Is it Just Me, or Are Michigan Drivers Losing Their Minds?
My first post here was about speeders on I-96 between Lansing and Grand Rapids back in May. I am back again complaining about the crazy drivers on the road in Michigan. I will say, during the first 3 months of the pandemic, driving in our state was very pleasurable. Because very few people were on the roads. You could get anywhere quickly with no hassles at all. But starting in June when things first started to open, the drivers got back on the road. And today we are right back to where it was before the pandemic.
I admit, I have always had a lead foot. I take advantage of the unwritten 80 mph rule on the Michigan Interstates. And on city streets, I may at times go 5 mph over the limit. But what I see and experience every time I am traveling these days is unsafe. I can be cruising 80 down I-96, and people blow past me like I am going 60. The new norm on Michigan Interstates appears to be 85 or 90, and in some instances even faster. And now our city streets and neighborhoods are seeing the same situation. Everybody seems to be in a big hurry to get where they are going, and putting other people along with themselves in danger does not seem to matter.
I drive through neighborhoods on my way home from work every day, the speed limit is 35. There are families walking, kids playing, people riding their bikes, but that does not seem to matter to some. You can be abiding by the speed limit in this situation, only to look in your rear-view mirror and see someone riding your bumper trying to push you to go faster. This used to bother me, not anymore. I just ignore them, and if they want to pass me, do it. But it still frustrates me that many drivers here have no respect for each other. Well, to be honest there are some careful and courteous drivers on our roads. But the ones that stand out are the careless drivers who put all our lives in danger. Is getting to your destination five minutes sooner so important that you risk injury to you or others? Think about it. The life you save could be your own.