Slalom Driving

Definition: move or race in a winding path, avoiding obstacles.

I was following a Honda as we were about to enter the Interstate. The Honda driver tried to clean her windshield with most of the spray rising over her windshield to plaster my windshield instead. The airborne spray covered my glass with an imprint worthy of melted snow and road treatment, leaving it almost opaque in the sun.

I wondered if there had been any way to avoid getting misted upon and decided there would not have been time or space to avoid being sprayed.

Drivers turn into Slalom racers for many reasons:

  • to avoid the pot holes that develop as winter turns to spring
  • to avoid puddles that might be deep enough to cause a problem
  • to change lanes without signalling in the forlorn hope they can avoid stop and go traffic
  • to avoid pedestrians and/or drivers that think traffic lights and signs are optional
  • because they can’t bear to put down their cellphone and pay attention
  • reaching for something that has fallen
  • searching for something in a purse, bag, or the backseat
  • responding to a child or somebody else in the car
  • trying to outrun law enforcement
  • get out of the way of an ambulance, firetruck, or a police vehicle in hot pursuit
  • a troubled celebrity in need of an intervention
  • ???
Is he licensed to drive?

13 thoughts on “Slalom Driving”

  1. here in Rome it’s mostly “because they can’t bear to put down their cellphone and pay attention”…. also “getting out of the way of an ambulance, firetruck, or a police vehicle in hot pursuit”…..

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