Have you ever heard the saying, my life passed before my very eyes? Well I have not only heard it but I lived it. Where did you live out this you might ask me? It was while I was driving in Miami. That’s right, the Miami traffic you have always heard about. I tell you, there are some race car drivers that could learn a thing or two driving in this city. Yet I’m not a race car driver and have no desire to be one. I still have to drive with these crazies and for sure need some kind of medication after just a short drive. Usually the crazy drivers are from out of town as I look at their license plates!
So what is the key to survival here? Driving is similar to life in so many ways especially when it comes to how we learn and grow through both of these. For example, as we work through life we must make careful and wise decisions because quick decisions can become expensive in more ways than just monetarily. So then when driving in a tense situation one must make sure there is a calmness to insure you don’t make a hasty quick decision.
This calmness can be accomplished by focusing on the road and the participants who are using it. Sometimes we give away our intentions beforehand. It is true that this is what the turn signal and other lights are there for even though it seems some peoples training didn’t include such information. If you watch the other drivers you can sometimes see what they are going to attempt to do. It could be a slight turn of the wheel before the crossing of four lanes in 3.2 seconds. Maybe they are straying a little close to the center line just before they change lanes just in front of you. Being a defensive driver and anticipating what other drivers may do is key.
Another strange phenomenon that has become a part of life and a part of driving is how so many people just do things without thinking. The important thing to remember is that a serious or fatal accident happens in just a few seconds. So you’ll want to be focused and thinking about what all is going on when driving in a big city.
Miami is a city of charm and spell binding sights but every year we lose so many precious lives on our highways that we all must stop and think about what we are doing while driving down the road. Life is precious and we all should take steps to be safer on the road. Remember that driving is a privilege, not a right. So the responsibility is yours to make it safe.
Miami captures the world’s attention with everything that it has to offer so there are many tourists on the road as well as locals trying to get to their work place.
Once you drive there a few times, you’ll learn the pace of Miami, the back roads, and become familiar with when traffic is the heaviest. You’ll start to know the pedestrian crossings and anticipate the busy tourism. The best thing is that you’ll learn the less traveled routes that will allow you to avoid the massive traffic and lead you to the paradise city on the beach.