I’m currently doing a road trip across Canada (you can check out my adventures here). This is giving me lots of time to not only drive, but think about driving. And about some of the weird things people do when driving.
I visited my friend Vicki in Calgary a few years ago. Every time we got in the car to go somewhere she’d pass around water bottles and gum. When I enquired about this she vaguely explained how being in a car is a good time to hydrate, and gum made her thirsty. So chewing gum while driving made perfect sense to her.
It sort of did to me as well, and it’s something I now do on long trips. Or, I should say, it’s something I did. Until I met Rhonda a few days ago. While she was driving around, showing me her home town of Houston, BC, Rhonda casually mentioned that she never chews gum while driving. She’s afraid that if she’s in an accident she’ll choke on it. And how silly would it be to survive a car crash only to die on your own gum?
Thanks a lot, Rhonda! Now every time I pop a piece of gum in my mouth I imagine choking on it in a ditch, and I have to spit it out.
Who do I side with? Hydrating Vicki? Or choking Rhonda?
And then there was my friend Ingrid, who used to always drive with her window open a crack, no matter what the weather. This was in case she drove into a lake. Apparently if your window is open a bit, then your car will slowly fill with water, which will equalize the pressure between the inside of your vehicle and the surrounding lake. Eventually you’ll be able to open your door and swim to safety. If your window is open all the way, then the water will rush in and drown you. And if your window isn’t open at all, you won’t be able to open your door. (Disclaimer: I have not tested any of these scenarios.)
Personally, I always throw a glance into my back seat before I get into my car. Day or night. Just in case there’s an axe murderer hunkered back there. Because the last thing I want is to become a living example of an urban myth.
What about you? What are your weird and wonderful driving quirks? I know you have them. And this is a safe and supportive forum for you to discuss them freely.
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