Highway Horrors!

Wife and I have logged more than 10,000 car miles the last couple of years, traveling around the U.S.,  and we think we’ve seen it all when it comes to other drivers . . . only to see something new each time we get on the road. It’s scary enough to pass someone who is texting on their cell phone, but here’s a few that make you wonder if they made it to their destination . . . or took out someone along the way:

  • A young blonde had her left foot on the steering wheel and was apparently performing a pedicure!
  • An older woman was using her rear-view mirror to apply make-up.
  • A 40-ish fellow was reading the newspaper.
  • A young couple was “making out.” He was driving and his wife/girlfriend/lover/mistress was draped all over him!
  • A burly guy was shaving. What bothered us the most: He was using the rear-view mirror to see which whiskers he had missed!

According to AAA, between 4,000 and 8,000 crashes related to distracted driving occur daily in the United States. In a year, they contribute to as many as one-half of the 6 million U.S. crashes reported annually.

In a Jul 18, 2011 post in wthr.com (WTHR, Channel 13, Indianapolis, IN)  Allstate’s David Kaehr explained, “In 2009 for example, there were 5,500 fatalities in the United States due to distracted driving plus another half million injuries.” The post (http://www.wthr.com/story/15097292/distracted-driving-can-be-a-fatal-mistake) went on to report that 

  • Right now about 25 percent of car crashes reported to police involve driver distraction.
  • Five seconds of texting at 55 miles per hour is equal to driving blind down a football field.
  • Eighty percent of all crashes happen within three seconds of driver distraction.

Here are some other stupid driving tricks reported around the country:

Woman causes crash shaving bikini area while driving

Posted: Mar 09, 2010 7:52 AM CST Updated: Mar 09, 2010 7:56 AM CST
WBBH-TV – Fort Myers, FL

KEY WEST: A woman shaving her bikini area while driving caused a car accident on Cudjoe Key, near Key West, according to a report in keysnews.com.

Troopers told the reporter that 37-year-old Megan Mariah Barnes was meeting her boyfriend in Key West and wanted to be properly groomed for the visit.

So during the drive, she decided to shave. Her ex-husband, who was in the passenger’s seat, took the wheel while she focused on other areas, according to the report. The site also noted that Barnes was convicted of DUI and driving without a license the day before the crash.

The vehicle she was driving struck another car from behind, causing minor injuries to the occupants. The report says she and her ex-husband drove another half-mile after the crash and switched seats, so it looked like he was driving. But burns on his chest from the passenger-side airbag sank their story – since the site reports the driver’s airbag wasn’t deployed by the impact.

Troopers charged Barnes with driving with a revoked license, reckless driving, leaving the scene of a wreck with injuries and driving with no insurance.

A trooper told keysnews.com he thought another incident in the same general area was the strangest traffic incident he’d ever see – but this topped it.

Out-of-control van strikes car, killing woman

Wednesday, March 23, 2011  03:06 AM


A 19-year-old woman was killed after a driver reaching for a cellphone charger lost control of his van yesterday on I-71 in Delaware County, crossing three lanes of traffic and striking her car, authorities said.

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So my #1 pet-peeve here is distracted drivers, but here are a few more related to driving (and parking):

  • Halogen headlights – especially on a two-lane road
  • Drivers in the passing lane going less than the speed limit and refusing to pull over
  • Idiots who pass me on the shoulder
  • The jerk who thinks he can get ahead by passing everyone who’s in single-file when a lane is closed ahead
  • The person who parks his prized possession at an angle in a parking lot, taking up at least two spaces





  1. Aaron H. Jones says:

    Bob, Have been trying to reach you on your old address Can you send a note to me with your new address that I can reply to so I can get it in my address book???? Hope things are going well with you. are you still in OMaha, or are you scattered around the U.S. or world?? Guess we are not having a reunion again this year. We need to get together right SOON for NEXt YEAR SO WE don’t lose that important event. Especially if you have some new family information. We need to update family pictures also. I know onlly a couple of the dozen families show up, but They are neat folk and we need to keep in touch with them. Doesn’t sound like Gladys is doing so well. Hope she is enjoying things pretty well where she is. Family doesn’t think she would know ME. She has certainly been a lovely lady all these years. Sorry to hear of the downward progress. Guess that is what makes our faith such a blessing. As the OLD house wears out the promise of a new one looks real POSITIVE!!!!!

    Love you!!! Can we do the 11worth thing again sometime??


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