Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
Impatience is rampant these days, with harried drivers blaring horns to speed up traffic. The car horn was designed to alert other automobile drivers to potential hazards, i.e. swerving into oncoming traffic, drifting into the next lane, etc.
Recently, I observed the impatient driver of a beautiful white Mercedes sedan waiting to turn at a traffic light at a busy intersection. When the light turned green, traffic proceeded slowly due to cavernous potholes deceptively filled with water. This driver honked his horn abrasively and then barreled through the intersection, damaging the undercarriage of his Mercedes. It forced him to stop in his tracks.
Perhaps the driver had been late. But now he was incapacitated. And his impatience cost him a pretty penny.
During this difficult weather, use prudence. Take a bit of extra time for getting to your destination. The weather and the salting have damaged roads while the snow mountains left behind by the plows mean poor visibility of oncoming traffic. Patience is always a virtue. At this time of year can be a money-saving—even life-saving—one.