5 Stupid Things Abilene Drivers Do
We all know that driving in Abilene can be a nightmare. In fact, it’s just flat out dangerous most of the time. Some of that has to do with the jacked up intersections in town. But, a lot of it has to do with some of the drivers as well. In fact, here are 5 stupid things that Abilene drivers do.
Use Cell Phones
Whether it's talking on a cell phone, or texting, cell phone use while driving has gotten out of hand. I can't tell you how many times someone has pulled out in front of me, or is going super slow because they are jacking with their phone. Heck, I've even seen people taking selfies while driving. Or, what about those people that like to check their cell phone at a stop light and are not paying attention when the light turns green? It's ridiculous! Seriously, if it's that important, pull over to the side of the road.
Can't Merge Correctly
First of all, the turn lane is supposed to be used as, you guessed it, to turn from one road to another. Yet many will use it as a "merge lane", or even just drive down it with no care in the world. If you're one of those people, stop it! I've seen so many near accidents just in front of the studios here on South 1st because someone will try to merge from the lane or, better yet, get in the turn lane a mile down the road. Also, people don't understand how to merge onto a highway. You're supposed to yield to the people already on the highway. Not muscle your way in or get mad because someone didn't move over because they couldn't. That said, if you're already on the highway, moving over for other vehicles is a smart and courteous thing to do.
Practically Stop Before Turning
I'm not saying you need to be on two wheels as you turn. All I'm saying is that it is not necessary to almost come to a complete stop when turning from one road to another. Obviously some circumstances, like a kid in the street, or another car stopped, would force you to stop. But, on a regular turn, there's no reason to come to a complete stop while turning.
Don't Use Turn Signal
Seriously, how hard is it to use that little lever by the steering wheel when you're making a turn. It's literally inches from your hand as you're driving! Yet people forget to use it all the time in Abilene. If they do use it, they wait until they are literally turning before they use the blinker. If you know how to use your cell phone, you should, at least, be able to use the blinker.
Race Train to Crossing
This is one of the most dangerous things you could ever do. Never try to race the train to the crossing. Ever. I've seen so many cars try to race over the train tracks to avoid waiting on train to roll through town. As irritating as it is to have to wait on the train, it's not worth losing your life because you're impatient.