Why Is Everyone Passing Me?

enjoying the drive...
enjoying the drive...

What's the rush...

What’s the rush? The speed limit is 45, and I assume that means for everyone driving a motor vehicle on this highway. Yet, everyone seems to be passing me, and it’s not even ‘rush hour’. I glance down again to check my speedometer; yes it’s right on 45 and there is a posted speed limit sign everyone can see right beside the road. Could there be a one-time sale at the mall? Did I miss some important happening on the local news this morning or maybe in the daily paper? Everyone can’t be just running a little late today, can they? Some of the people are giving me a sour look or even a little hand gesture as they pass, but that's okay, I am obviously the only one observing the posted speed limit at the moment.

Do you normally observe the posted speed limits?

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I'm observing the speed limit...
I'm observing the speed limit...

what are they thinking...

It seems that in this fast paced world we live in everything is moving faster, or maybe I'm just getting older or somewhat more cautious of the situation as I mature. Apparently hurry, hurry, hurry is everyone's attitude these days, or if you aren’t going as fast as I am, get out of my way because I have places to go and/or people to see. You would think that certain drivers these days don’t care about observing the posted speed or else they think they can get by with it – or maybe it’s, “I don’t care, I want to risk it” is what they are thinking. Really?

'Smoky' ahead...
'Smoky' ahead...

some drivers' attitude changes...

One time I truly notice a difference in driver’s attitude is when they suddenly notice a marked vehicle with numerous antennae stationed on the roof and traveling in the same direction down the road. If the law just happens to be observing the speed limit for a change, the general flow of traffic around them humorously is always found moving at the same speed vigilantly observing the officers as well as their own speed. Even if you sometimes notice a speedster in your rearview mirror steadily moving up by passing other motorist on either side drastically changes their mind and slows down to join the fray once they see ‘the law’ is in this processional. It is really most comical and my wife and I always have a little chuckle as we notice them slap their steering wheel in discontent or otherwise mouthing some obscenity for having to slow their pace a little.

dad usually had a word to say about most everything...

The law doesn’t even seem to worry about the random speeders much anymore I assume feeling the speed cameras will eventually catch them so why even bother. A friend of mine and retired police officer told me that when a police chase ensues it generally places other innocent drivers on the road in danger as well so other means are used to apprehend those violators by alerting a fellow officer down the road. My mind carries me back to when I was just a small lad and hearing my dad reply when some inconsiderate or speedy driver would pass us in a flash. “Someone will be picking his teeth out of a tree or telephone pole up the road somewhere ahead of us…”

© 2012 SamSonS

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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

My son saw a woman walking on the road at 7:30 AM last week,him going about 55 as he passed her. After hearing a crash behind him he saw that woman's body level with his window for seconds which of course seemed an eternity. Of course she was dead. Her body was moving at 55 mph. People should not wait for something like that to slow them down.

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samsons1 4 years ago from Tennessee Author

Thank you so much Jackie for your comments. I agree with you completely. Some people seem to act differently when they get behind the wheel of an automobile. Besides the speed some people take chances never thinking what 'might' happen. What terrible baggage someone will have to carry from now on knowing that they are responsible for someone else's life...

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josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Interesting hub on a relevant topic! Too bad most people did not vview driving in this way; voted up, interesting, and useful! Btw, thank you kindly for the follow, :)

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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

I have noticed the same things as you. I don't know why more people get tickets, as they come flying by you. I tend to get out of their way, as I think they are dangerous. Up and interesting.

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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

Too many cars, not enough cops Pamela :)

The Frog

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samsons1 4 years ago from Tennessee Author

*Thanks so much Pamela for commenting and at times I just get outa their way also. I appreciate the ratings. We definitely live in a different age...

*also, thank you Mr Frog for adding your comments. Of course more police would just add to the economy...

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Rebecca E. 4 years ago from Canada

As always another great story you've given us, keep up the excellent work, awesome and useful and all that good stuff.

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samsons1 4 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks Rebecca, so glad to hear from you and I appreciate your kind ratings...

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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I agree with you that drivers seem to be in such a rush these days. When the speed limit says 50, they take that to mean they can go at least 60. I see this is a trend... Well written. I vote up!

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samsons1 4 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks so much ChristyWrites for your friendship, your follow and also your nice remarks and vote of confidence. I agree with what you said and I also think some people feel the speed limit is for everyone else, but them...

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AnnaCia 4 years ago

Thank you for the hub… I always have the same question about people who want run me over just because I am following the speed limit. Well, they can pass me because I am listening to my music and enjoying.

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samsons1 4 years ago from Tennessee Author

thank you AnnaCia for stopping by and commenting. Everyone seems to be in a hurry these days. Feel free to come back often and I hope you enjoy all my hubs...

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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Thailand

So true, that is why I moved to a quieter part of the world, a place where there is little rush about getting anywhere and being late is just expected lol.

Shared, up and interesting.

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samsons1 4 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks Brett for stopping by and commenting, but I would have thought that South Korea would have been a most bustling place with all the technology. Also, thanks for the rating and the share...

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bryanbaldwin 4 years ago from Los Angeles

I used to be a passer....not people pass me. I think age and getting in a few accidents/tickets helped me slow down.

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samsons1 4 years ago from Tennessee Author

Hey Bryan, welcome to HubPages and thanks for stopping by to read one of my hubs. I think most of us 'settle-in' a little as we drive more and as you say, being 'prompted' to slow down and come back to reality helps also...

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Fiddleman 4 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

Sampsons1, saw a bumper sticker on an old Toyota the other day, it read,"Horn broke-watch for finger! The microwave age has most drivers with their pedal to the medal. Small wonder there are so many accidents and when you add in cell phones, texting, and those loud booming speakers that can be heard a country mile 5 minutes before and after they pass you, you got to be thankful you made it to your destination unscathed.

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samsons1 4 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks so much Fiddleman for your visit and for your nice remarks. The highway is truly a dangerous place anymore and we spend as much time watching the other man/woman behind the wheel around us as we do watching the road in front of us...

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molometer 4 years ago

I often wonder what all the rush is about too. Why is everyone passing me goes through my head and then I see them at the next set of traffic lights. What was the point?

I think your Dad had the right idea. The only problem is that these idiots may take someone else out in their haste. Tweeted.

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samsons1 4 years ago from Tennessee Author

thank you molometer for stopping by and commenting. I'm like you, and their expression as you pull up beside them at the traffic light, like-- "Yes, it was worth the extra gas used!" And yet we are still side by side...

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pringoooals 4 years ago from Edinburgh

Very fair point! One of my friends died because was sitting in the car of the speeder who didn't even have a bruise after the accident.. Thanks for sharing. Maybe will help to open some people's eyes.

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samsons1 4 years ago from Tennessee Author

thank you pringoooals for stopping by to read and comment on one of my hubs...

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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Most drivers are inconsiderate and driving in such horrid speeds doesn't make anyone happy

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samsons1 3 years ago from Tennessee Author

So, so true. I really appreciate your visits DDE; for reading and commenting on many of my meager hubs. Thanks, and come back anytime...

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