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'You Can Learn a Lot About a Man's Religion...'

Updated on April 26, 2015

I could hear his voice...

 Ever have your dad tell you something when you were much younger and you really didn’t know what he was saying; and then those words come back to you so real that it’s as if your dad just spoke them, all over again?  That happen to me today, and my dad’s been gone almost fifty years.  It was almost as if we were alone in the front seat of the car again, but this time I was driving, alone, all by myself and I could hear his voice, so real—but when I looked, he was not there.  Only his words ringing in my mind just as they had over fifty years ago when I first heard him say, “You can learn a lot about a man’s religion, or lack thereof, by his driving…”

Tri Cities Area
Tri Cities Area

three cities comprise the Tri-Cities...

I live in Johnson City Tennessee. A cross-roads town of about 60,000 people. Just 10 miles or so from Interstate 81, a major North/South route in upper East Tennessee. Interstate 26 bisects the city from east to west and intersects with I 81 just south of Kingsport TN. Bristol is just east of Kingsport and the state lines of Tennessee and Virginia divides my hometown from East to West. These three cities comprise the Tri-Cities of East Tennessee and southwest Virginia. I mention all this to describe the uniqueness of this area of the country. Traveling north or south by Interstate highways, between the Atlantic coast and the Mississippi River chances are you will pass through at least one of the Tri-Cities. Traveling East and West between the Great Lakes and the Gulf of Mexico, you just might past through the Tri-Cities also.

totally unaware of all that goes on around them

 We’ve got a lot of transplants in this area.  A lot of my friends being from other regions of the country say they just drove through this area and liked it.  Either it’s the climate or the people.  This is a nice area of the country.  And since we get a large variety of peoples, they bring a lot of their ways and mannerisms, not at all like our way of doing things around here.  Some people drive like they are the only people alive, totally unaware of all that goes on around them.  I mean they drive by looking at construction projects for example, and don’t even notice the red light they just ran.  You’ve probably witnessed young people driving and texting or maybe a lady putting on her makeup while driving, or a man eating his morning sausage biscuit with just one hand on the wheel and the other straightening his tie, or maybe a little old lady driving along at twenty-five miles an hour with both hands locked on the steering wheel.

Can you read lips?

Ever notice the other drivers around these people? The impatient ones on either side or maybe behind those just mentioned? Can you read lips? Sometimes you can really get a good laugh by just watching other drivers. You know, the ones that never seem to leave home in time to get where they are going and have to weave in and out of traffic, or honk their horns wanting to pull in front of you because they failed to see the right lane closed sign a couple hundred yards back down the road. Maybe those that want to turn left from the right hand lane because they forgot where they were going or where they were at the time. Some people get mad and won’t let others in front because they’ve got an attitude or they personally never leave late or their hairs always in place and never needs combing while driving. You know what I mean. Yes, “You can learn a lot about a man’s religion, or lack thereof, by his driving…”


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  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Tennessee

    thanks cristina327 for your fine comments. We attempt to do too many other things when we drive, eg. eat, talk on cell phone, apply makeup, drink coffee, reach across the seat to get something..., I'm sure I've missed some. We have a tendency to believe "we can do it". When some people drive they assume everyone else is watching out for them...

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    Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

    8 years ago from Manila

    Great hub. Truly the driving attitudes of a certain person reveals much about his character. It reveals also something about his maturity and self-control. Even some professing christians have have the worst of attitudes during driving. Thank you for bringing out this lesson into light here at Hubpages. Blessings and regards.

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Tennessee

    thank you James, appreciate your comment...

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    James A Watkins 

    8 years ago from Chicago

    Amen! I truly enjoyed your witty little tale, my friend. Well done!

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Tennessee

    thanks Peggy W, for your nice comments...

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    Peggy Woods 

    8 years ago from Houston, Texas

    You certainly described a good many of the drivers seen in any part of the country...not just yours. Your dad was a wise man!

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Tennessee

    Hey lifegate, confessions good for the soul, I'm not either, but ain't it fun to watch others get sooo frustered...

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    William Kovacic 

    8 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA


    Nicely done--and a lot to think about. I'm not the best driver!

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Tennessee

    thanks Bro Dave for your comments and views...

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    Dave Mathews 

    8 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

    samsons1: I don't know if a person's driving ability ahs anything to do with their religious persuassions or lack there of but I do know that most lack common sense.

    Brother Dave.

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Tennessee

    thanks again ictodd1947, for your gracious comments.


  • lctodd1947 profile image


    8 years ago from USA

    samsons1, this is so true for the country. I live in Mississippi and worked and lived in Memphis for about 22 years. My husband is from Big Sandy, TN. So I know what Tennessee is like and yes some people drive like they own the highway.

    I enjoyed the post.

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Tennessee

    thank you my friend Kristeen for your kind comments...

  • Kristeen profile image


    8 years ago from Michigan

    This brought a smile to my face. Thanks for sharing

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Tennessee

    *thanks Dave, for your nice comments, I believe they've cleaned up the rock slide by now...

    *and thank you Specialk3749 for you usual nice remarks...

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    Karen Metz 

    8 years ago from Michigan

    Interesting! I do not think many people in my area have religion at all, if you go by their driving skills. LOL

  • DavePrice profile image


    8 years ago from Sugar Grove, Ill

    Hey, I know the area well. I used to drive a semi from Chicago to Greenville, SC - when the rock fall closed I40 last fall I had to take the detour up 81 to 26. You are blessed to live in a beautiful area my friend. And of course I can relate to your message - I see cars driving crazy all the time and the only glimpse you get of them as they race by is that fish sticker on their bumper.

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Tennessee

    thank you Captain Jimmy for your visit and your gracious comments...

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    Captain Jimmy 

    8 years ago from WV

    All so True Samson!

    Many are running to and fro and don't have a clue that they are a part of prophecy!

    Daniel 12:4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.

  • samsons1 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Tennessee

    thank you RevLady for your rapid reply...

  • RevLady profile image


    8 years ago from Lantana, Florida


    It is certainly true that we can learn a lot about people by their driving temper.

    This article reminded me of a sermon I heard not too long ago. The speaker said, you can learn a lot about the faith of Christians by watching how they spend their money.

    Thanks for this delightful thought provoking observation.

    Forever His,


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