Monday, August 22, 2005

Bad Driving Is A Duty, Not A Privilege

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Bad driving is a duty, not a privilege and Americans are obligated to be the worst drivers possible.

That’s what Larry Arnstein and his son, Zach are driving at. They’re the authors of The Bad Driver’s Handbook (Santa Monica Press) and believe that being a bad driver is the only way to meet the expectations of the other drivers on the road.

As Larry – a former cab driver – puts it, “Good drivers make the road unsafe because, unlike the rest of us, they come to full stops; slow down at yellow lights; and, of course, drive the posted speed limit.”

Even worse: Larry says driver education programs and the Department of Motor Vehicles continue to promote this imaginary ideal of “safe driving” without teaching the most important rule of the road: “The person who doesn’t stop always has the right of way.”

It may sound counter-intuitive but the Arnsteins insist that so-called “good drivers” cause traffic jams by letting other cars cut into their lane whereas bad drivers help speed things up because, as Larry points out, “they create extra lanes that otherwise wouldn’t exist.”

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