Sunday, January 23, 2011

Driving Miss Raisy

According to s study I read, 65% of people surveyed believe they're in the top half of the world's best drivers.

This means 15% of people are not only sucky drivers, they're sucky drivers who think they're Jimmie Johnson.

I don't have that problem: I know I'm a lousy driver.

Okay, lousy might be an overstatement (or not, I'll let you judge), but I'm definitely in the bottom 50%.

Why, you ask, do I say that?

1) As you might have already inferred if you're a regular reader, my mind wanders a lot, and never more than when I'm behind the wheel. People who are in a fog do NOT make the most with-it drivers.

2) And I'm worse when I have other people in the car. Because I may be absent as a driver, but I'm very present as a conversationalist.

3) I have, ahem, challenges, in the arena of spatial concepts. I have a lot of trouble figuring out where things are in relation to each other. For example, I can't stand in my basement and tell you what room is overhead. It's not that I can't reason it out. I can look out the window and say, "Oh, there's the driveway, and the dining room window looks out on the driveway, so I must be under the dining room," but to just stand there and somehow know? Not happening.

4) This means that I occasionally run into things. Like posts. And garage door frames. And card-swipe gizmos.

Anyway, told you all that to tell you this: I'm looking for folks to form a carpool from Riverside to downtown Dayton.

Anybody in?


  1. Good thing you mentioned this today and not early yesterday. I am already a bad passenger so knowing you are driving impaired wouldn't have been good for my bleeding ulcer!

    Had a great time yesterday and retrospectively, I am very glad we made it to Columbus and back unscathed.

  2. Wow... what interesting statistics but it's good that you know that you are a lousy driver.. most of the people who took that survey were probably delusional about there abilities..

    happy blogging!
    - Sy

  3. I think there are a lot of people out driving that think they are good drivers but they are absolutely not good drivers. Where I live here in rural Minnesota there are quite a few elderly people out there driving that should NOT be.

    I would say I am a fairly good driver but like you can be distracted if the little's are loud or someone is crying loud. :)

  4. I've missed your writing, glad to get back to it.

  5. I had a headmistress once who was always hitting her gate post. She reckoned that being an inch or two out was pretty good, seeing that she's first aimed the car from a distance of 3 miles.

  6. Weird little fact about me: I was an anti-submarine air controller in the Navy, and ever since doing that job, I always know which direction I am facing. It is a weird, and completely un-marketable talent.

  7. I will go to my grave (hopefully not too soon) in awe that so many people of all ages and both gender tailgate with such intensity. Of course I'm also one of those people who think I'm not being photographed for fun at Wal Mart!

  8. Is downtown Dayton near Mulletville? If it is, I'm in.

    I know what you mean about spatial concepts. If you spin me around I lose all concepts of what's where. I always get lost.

  9. I'm in if you don't mind making a quick side trip to Seattle.

  10. i'm totally a sucky driver too. it surprises me often that i don't get into accidents.

  11. I'm happy to be a carpoolee, but I hate being a carpooler. I'm happy to have other people drive me around according to whatever fits their schedule, but I just hate being the one who has to drive everybody in. Inevitably one of the passengers will be late getting ready and we'll be delayed in their driveway for ever. Or someone will sleep on the way in and I'll be sitting in the driver's seat resenting their luxurious snooze while I've taken on all the responsibility for getting them safely from A to B.
    Good luck finding a ride! - G

  12. Surprisingly, I am a good driver despite my lack of spatial conception. I'm the same way with direction and being in a building. I get turned around way too easily.

  13. What, you can't talk and drive?;)


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