Hi there everybody! I've had my license since February of 2008 myself and let me tell you: there are some CRAZY people behind the wheel! (And I don't mean in the good way. =_=;)

So here's the deal: this world is speciffically meant to relate to all what driving in the real world is really like. (And to share some of the oddities I find. ) There will be some rantings and there may even be some anime references, but this world will mostely show people, almost anything seen on the side of the road, and (hopefully for anyone paying attention) what NOT to do while in traffic.

For those of you who want to share some of your own experiences, just give me a PM and that's that! If you're not from the US and still want to add a post or two, that's perfectly acceptable too! (Personally, I'd like to hear a few stories to see if the mentality of drivers changes with the country.)

Here's a few things I'd like to clear up right now:

  • I live in South Texas
  • I generally judge distance by how long it takes me to get there, rather than by actual measurements
  • I don't claim to be an expert on driving, I'm just making sure that I can stay alive when traveling from point A to point B
  • In a normal week, I total about an hour and a half of driving time per work day (the brunt of it being in rush-hour traffic >_<)
  • & I drive a big ol' Chevy pick-up truck (in theory you can't miss it, but if that were the case then I wouldn't be making this world, now would I?)


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Shadweh (me! XD )
FrozenAugust (as of December 9th, 2008)

Rockin' Down the Highway

I haven't posted on this world in a long while and thought "why not put up something fun for a change?" So there y'all have it; someting related to this world but is meant for entertainment rather than advice. Enjoy! ^_^

Here Comes the Rain Again

Sorry folks--if you were hoping on a post about the Eurythmics, this ain't it! XD

Seriously though, do y'all recall me telling you that I live in a dry climate? Even if you have I'll state this anyway: When you live in a place that's dominated by sunshine about 90% of the time, the likelihood of accidents that occur during ANY type of weather involving precipitation skyrocket. =_=;


Why is that so? Here's a simple list I've compiled that contains both the unknown (i.e.-you might not have thought about it) and the obvious (for some).

The less experience you have driving in precipitation, the less likely you are to instinctively know what to do when something goes wrong

Advice: the best thing to get around this is by practicing. Unfortunately, not everyone can do a successful Lithium Rain Dance, so the only way to get around this problem is treat it like it's your first time driving in whatever part of the country your in (even if that same place is your home. I almost guarantee your attention to the road will increase double what it normally is.)

Pick-up trucks are designed to be "front heavy" for the sake of evening out the distribution of weight when it's actually towing something (it makes for considerably easier travel). Not having anything in the back while driving on slick roads increases the odds of the vehicle "fishtailing," this is when the back of the truck literally weaves out of your control due to an extreme loss of traction

Advice on Fishtailing: it's a scary feeling to not have complete control of your vehicle, but the best thing to do is NOT PANIC. Fishtailing usually occurs either when you’re coming from a complete stop, making a sharp turn, or slamming on the brakes for whatever reason. The first of these, provided that you weren't trying to mimic an Olympic sprinter, can easily be dealt with by maintaining a gentle press on the gas and to keep the steering wheel steady. (It may still fishtail a little, but American tires are purposely designed to get rid of whatever sediment/liquid is underneath it so recovering traction should only take a few seconds.) When making ANY sharp turn in ANY type of vehicle (I don't care how close to the ground it is) it's always a good idea to slow it down a bit and to not take it too acute. As for the last of these reasons; the only time you should slam on the brakes is in an emergency. If you're traveling normally then the best two best things you can do is brake early and keep your distance with the driver in front of you. At this point in time I don't have any experience with dealing with emergency situations and I'm certainly not the ONLY source of advice on this topic, so the best course of action here is to talk with your guardian, your parents, or anyone else you know WITHOUT A DOUBT has knowledge in this field. (I take this with absolute seriousness for the simple matter that any time you’re on the road it LITERALLY IS a case of LIFE and DEATH.)

People are more relaxed taking routes that they are familiar with and usually let down their guard as a result of this (I am no exception). This same mentalitly, again, increases the odds of accidents

Advice: the easiest way of keeping yourself at least a little alert is to make that same route you use a little different everyday that way you HAVE to look around at the other cars. Little reminders to yourself go a long way too.

Hydroplaning--when your car is literally driving on the water that's accumulated on top of the road instead of the road itself. Usually caused by an increase in the vechicle's velocity.

Advice: I would say "don't drive too fast," but you don't even need to be craking 45mph to actually hydroplane. If you just happen to be driving in a straight line just let go of the wheel and keep your foot AWAY from the break. As it slows down gravity will finally kick in and hopefully save the day by allowing your tires to be reunited with the road. For more information, it's highly recommended that you refer to a trusted source.

The collection of oil and grease (among other things) accumulates over time. Due to the "miracle" of density all of that same crud ends up floating up to the top of the water on the road, thus making them extra slick. (As if water didn't do that enough already. -_-; )

Advice: yeah...there's nothing you can do about that. -_-;

There are many other things I can put on this list, but this post is long enough already without the extra input. If anyone has anything having to do with the topic, feel free to speak up!


I had a story that I wanted to tell y'all, but I guess I'll leave that for tomorrow. Until then, safe driving! ^_^