Sharing the road

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Who owns the road? All of us.

Each of us has the right to use the road—whether we walk, ride a bike or drive a car, truck or 18-wheeler. But we can’t have it all to ourselves. We have to share it with everyone else.

When driving, you have to know which part of the road is yours and respect what belongs to someone else. That’s what makes it all work. Unfortunately, some people aren’t very good at sharing.

Can’t we all just get along?

At the grocery store, people are usually quite nice. No one cuts you off in the checkout line or tailgates you with their shopping cart or yells “Move it, slowpoke. You’re going too slow down the cereal isle!” But on the road it’s a whole other story.

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Driving seems to bring out the worst in us. We become pouting, angry, selfish little brats wheeling a lethal weapon through the streets. We take care of Numero Uno and to hell with the rest. Our self interests come first. We want to get where we’re going and get there fast. Everyone else on the road is just a nuisance—an obstacle in our way. We’ll do whatever it takes to get around them because driving is a cut-throat business.

It seems that when we start being drivers, we stop being human.

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It’s easy to forget that underneath all the sheet metal and glass of an automobile lives a real human being.

On the road we are lost in a sea of vehicles and feel anonymous, even invisible. We usually can’t see other drivers and they usually can’t see us. So instead of seeing people, we see traffic—a nameless and faceless beast. Traffic is the enemy and must be defeated.

The truth is, traffic is not the enemy. Traffic is people. People who have wants, needs and desires—just like you.

We’re better together.

Guess what? Cooperating with others is in your best interest. Things are so much better when we work together—traffic flows more smoothly, collisions are reduced and everyone gets there quicker.

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