Are you breaking the law every time you drive your vehicle? Are you one of the many who regard a posted speed limit as a challenge? Do you regard it as a target to exceed?


If you are one of those, I ask you, “Why do you feel compelled to flaunt the law whenever you get behind the wheel?”  If you tell me you are short on time and have to hurry you are fooling yourself, not me. Let’s say the posted limit is 60 mph. If you drive 65, and nobody gets in your way, at the end of an hour you will be five miles farther than if you had stayed within the limit. Only five lousy miles! After a whole hour of stress and frustration!  On the other hand, if you had started five minutes earlier and driven the speed limit, you would have made those five additional miles in the first five minutes.

If you are not using the excuse that you have to make up time then is it pure and simple rebellion against authority? Are you pushing the envelope to see how much you can get away with? Or, have you been doing it for so long that it has become a way of life?

Seeding SignWhatever the reason, why not ease up a little with that right foot and relieve some of the tension you are causing for yourself and the others who are sharing the road with you? Deep down in your boots, you know that, in your haste, you sometimes pass another car under unsafe conditions. Maybe you were not entirely sure that you had enough time or that the car ahead of you wasn’t going to swing out to pass. How many times have you cussed out another driver for getting in your way when, in honesty, you knew that this little sign applied to you?

I am asking you to make our streets and roads a safer place by backing off to one or two notches below the limit and encouraging others to do the same. I am sure you will find  driving is less stressful and will likely get some satisfaction from the knowledge that you are making the roads a little safer.

You may be asking, “Who is this guy to think that he has any credentials for preaching to me?”  The answer to the question is, I have been there. I have been as guilty as anyone.




About authorjim

I grew up in the country near a small Montana town, I have spent a lot of time in the outdoors, working, fishing, hunting and camping but have always been interested in mechanical and electrical things. Most of my life has been spent in the use, care and repair of things mechanical, electrical an electronic. After being retired for several years, I began writing and published my first novel at the age of 79. Now, at the age of 82, I have recently published my fourth noveland it is available from me or from the pulisher or book distributor.
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  1. I totally agree.
    I’ve been working on a poem: “Racing to the stop sign.”


  2. jfwknifton says:

    It really isn’t worth risking somebody else’s safety just to arrive three or four minutes earlier.


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