Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Road Rage . . . thanks to the state of Illinois


I have become a better driver since I moved to Illinois. YOU HAVE TO BE! I had to learn to pay attention . . . no more day dreaming.

There is a lot to watch out for ~

     *bicyclist (without the great bike
       paths of Seattle)

     *pot holes galore

     *people walking across the middle
       of the road without looking - all the time.

     *city buses that think they own
       the road

     *cars stopping in the middle of the lane
       to make a quick delivery (parking is a
       big issue in Chicago)

     *etc. etc. etc.

It is good for me to pay attention. I even use my side mirrors now, which I barely knew existed. (I know!)
And I am surviving quite well, as long as I stay pretty close to home. I can honk like I have lived in Chicago a long time.



But road rage . . . I did not get that until last week when I studied Illinois Rules of the Road to (finally) go get  a new drivers license. :-)



Oh my goodness, 112 pages of poorly written, hard to understand NONSENSE.

There are three pages just on documents you need to bring to prove your identity. Three pages, folks.

One of my favorites was the safety belt laws:

"Safety belts must be worn by all drivers and front seat passengers over age 8. A child not in a safety seat must wear safety belts regardless of location in the vehicle.

All passengers under age 19 with a driver age 18, regardless of location in the vehicle, must be belted. In a second division vehicle (truck with front seat) any person transporting a child under age 8 is responsible to secure the child."

Huh? Who knew you had to memorize the ages of everyone in your car. Why not cut out three pages and just say "Everyone must wear a seat belt."

Well, I did read all 112 pages, I aced the test and I now have a Illinois drivers liscence. I am off to watch for more pot holes.

34 comments:

  1. Your post gave me a good chuckle this morning! Yes, cars do have side mirrors and I quickly learned to use them. What are those people doing in the middle of the street? Have you seen triple parking yet? I must say, Chicago prepared me to not panic when I found myself crossing the George Washington Bridge into Manhattan a few years ago. I was behind the wheel and determined to fit in with the NYC drivers. I quickly learned that if you needed a lane, you made one!! I drove right down Broadway and made a turn onto 45th (I think it was 45th) and double parked to drop off some items that we'd driven across country to deliver to our son. Now I'd ready to drive in real traffic. Any ideas?

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  2. Oh My!! I just worried about passing the eye test at age 50 to renew my license. Since we are still in the stage of having a teen driver we all laugh about some of the dumb rules.

    Thanks for the morning chuckle.

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  3. Like Bonnie, your post made me laugh. The no honking except for anger...that is funny! I had never heard real honking until I moved east and went to NYC for the first time. Bonnie says Chicago prepared her for the George Washington Bridge. That is interesting! Chicago traffic must be REALLY something because NYC traffic is unbelievable!! Thanks for a great post!

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  4. Ha ha....had to laugh about the side mirror comment...I didn't know they existed until someone riding with me mentioned that I really need to use them.
    Glad you aced the test....road rage and all :)

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  5. Eeeek! city driving. Somehow I've been lucky and have avoided most city driving. I lived in Los Angeles, Chicago and NY and never had a car! I took a bus, a subway, cab or walked, but those are dangerous too in their own way! Eeeek, the stories I could tell! Now I live in the burbs-wow, some bad drivers here too!
    Happy and safe driving!
    -Lynn

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  6. Congrats on your accomplishment! Bless your heart (which is Southern for 'glad that's not me').

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  7. Congratulations Glenda! It sounds like reading that manual was torture. Good luck driving in Chicago. If Chicago drivers are half as bad as the ones in Houston, you're going to need it!

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  8. Ok, these comments . . . are making my day. Thanks ladies and keep them coming!

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  9. Too funny! I know whenever we drive into Chicago, it's quite the experience! Driving downtown is an art form!

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  10. Too funny! Congrats on the driver's license.

    I've only driven in Chicago once and that was an accident. Middle of the night, driving back from Ontario, two little ones in the car, somehow I missed a turn, but luckily I came upon an exit for 55, which I knew would get me home.

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  11. Hi Glenda - Love how governmental departments set out to see if we're awake or not!? In Kimberley, they had really bad pot holes and were doing nothing about it, so one night some bright spark planted a whole lot of saplings , one in each pot hole, which resulted in much traffic chaos and laughter the next morning. Suffice it to say - the pot holes were repaired forthwith!
    God bless
    Tracy

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  12. We moved to Singapore 13 years ago (for three years). Hubby had me studying the driver's book on the plane on the way over there. Now THERE was a challenge --- reading a book written by someone who it was obvious that English was not their primary language, about driving in a foreign country where they drive on the left side of the road. I took the test the second week we were there (after having spent most of the first week in the hospital). It was an intimidating environment. Thankfully, I passed and didn't have to repeat it. Then there came the actual driving in a big city on the other side of the road. I did get pretty good at it (scared my parents when they were visiting with my aggressiveness) and can now drive in a big city in the US without freaking out.
    Your post brought back these lovely memories. :)

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  13. Glenda, glad to read your post. We just drove the toll road around Chicago...RV in tow. My husband was tense, but did a great job. Took us four hours and $30 bucks. Since we are from Seattle, dropping that money in the "bucket" every so many miles became "painful". Our bladders took the greatest beating...finally, after paying what we thought would be our last toll, my husband pulled over, I ran to the fifth wheel to use our own bathroom, he ran for any door knob on any and every building and finally found some bushes. A guy in a truck behind us, watchng two old people in such a hurry stopped to see if everything was alright! The traffic may be bad, but the people are still friendly and nice. Have a great day! JL

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  14. Oh dear! That must have been a chore.....but so happy you got it accomplished! I am a country driver for sure.....no city traffic for me, please. I admire you for being such a good sport =)

    Doris (fahnmamma)

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  15. Still trying to figure out if I'm 12 and in the back seat and my driver is 18, um, no wait, I'm 21 and in the front seat, no wait, I'm 55 and sitting in the middle with a 21 year old driver, wait, is this a truck, no wait . . . think I'll just stay home!!
    :0 ALP

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  16. THis makes me smile today. Isn't it crazy how different places have a different culture--especially when it comes to driving? You were a good girl and did all your homework--despite the inefficiency of it. The things we do to find a story :).

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  17. Congratulations on passing your test. I think moving is stressful enough without having to bother with a new driver's license. I plan to live in Ohio the rest of my life! Have a great rest of the week.

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  18. Well I think you will have to create a checklist now before you go anywhere!! Your post made me laugh Glenda ~ enjoy driving through the obstacle course of potholes!

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  19. This post made me laugh out loud.. i don't often use my side mirrors here in tn.. ha :-)
    Blessings

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  20. Ha! Talk about interesting reading...

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  21. Great post! It is crazy out there! Have fun driving!

    Hugs,
    Maryjane

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  22. Hey! We drive through Chicago regularly on way to MN because we have relatives in an outlying 'burb. Although I must admit that I do prefer when hubby is driving, I am willing to drive in Chicago but was unwilling to drive in NYC! You brave woman! I grew up in Mlps so that helps with the city driving for me but...its not like other cities....

    I have learned to use my side mirrors because we have a great huge van and I need them in order to know if I can change a lane! Ha! They are getting us to those mirrors.

    Have you see any Tim Hawkins videos? He has a line about...use your road rage if you have to...your post made me think of that!

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  23. Paying attention does have its perks! Glad you aced your test. :)

    Happy weekend,
    Karen

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  24. You crack me up! I'm glad you passed your test and got your new license, but are you old enough to wear a seat belt?

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  25. Good grief! And I thought California had reasons for road rage!! Fun post Glenda!

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  26. Congratulations on passing your test! Glad you found humor in the midst of it all.

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