Anytime Karla and I go anywhere, it turns into an adventure. This time, however, it turned into a life lesson. A driving life lesson.
It was 5:45 pm and just turning dark, we left my house and headed to bunko.
As I drove though a 4-way stop, I looked to my left and said, “dang, that truck must have been in a hurry, he got awful close to me.” But, we continued on, talking and laughing.
Five minutes later we heard a truck honking, as we drove by…
Me: Geez. Rude. Did I do something wrong? Do you think he was honking at me?
Karla: Nah, I think you’ve been in this same lane the whole time.
So, we continue on, talking and laughing.
Five minutes later…
Me: Wow, this road is reaaaally dark. Think I should turn my brights on? (I attempt to pull the lever for the bright lights)
Karla: No, you shouldn’t. Wait! Are your lights even on?
Me: What? Of course! OMG! My lights aren’t on! Shit, how do I turn my lights on? Why were they off?
Karla: That’s probably why that truck was honking!
Me: Holy cow! I’m glad we didn’t die!
It’s all fun and games until someone gets hit by a car. Except…
- This wasn’t fun
- This wasn’t a game. And,
- No one got hit by a car. Thank goodness.
First life (driving) lesson: Always make sure your lights are on. Mine had been on, but the day before I had dropped my car off at the dealership to be “maintenanced.” I’m assuming the switch may have gotten bumped from auto lights to off. Either way, I’m not blaming. This was a good lesson to be learned, always check your lights before driving at night. For reals, this is serious business.
Second (driving) life lesson: Don’t always assume the guy honking is a jerk. However, there should be some sort of honking etiquette (or, rules, if you will.) I’ve made a short list I will be submitting to the DMV.
- One long, loud honk means the driver next to you is being an idiot and has almost run you off the road! (hand gestures are acceptable here.)
- Two short, quiet honks while flashing lights means the driver next to you doesn’t have their lights on. (maybe add in a nice, friendly wave, showing them you’re not, in fact, mad, just trying to save their life.)
Just remember, friends, Karla and I do these things so you don’t have to.