Awhile back I was on a date with a guy, and we were talking about driving (for some reason) and I mentioned that I don’t like to spend too much time driving right next to another car on the highway (if I can possibly help it). And he was all like, “That doesn’t make sense. Lanes are so wide. What are the odds that he will veer to the left at the same time you veer to the right? Realistically, there’s plenty of space within lanes for sideways motion.”
Well yesterday I was proven right! I was on I-95, driving towards DC, when the car in front of me suddenly swerved to the right to dodge an object in the road (honestly, it looked like a child’s tricycle or something). I only had a second to react. I had to dodge to the right–going a few feet into the other lane–to avoid hitting the object.
You know what would’ve made it much more difficult to avoid the tricycle? If I had been driving next to another car.
So take that, guy!
Risky behavior isn’t risky because it is guaranteed to result in disaster. it is risky because it increases the chance of disaster. Oftentimes, risky behavior reduces your resiliency: your ability to react to unforeseen circumstances. If you drive in a careless way, then it will probably be okay…but that means you’re putting a lot of trust in both the other driver on the road and in the universe in general. You’re trusting that you will never encounter a child’s tricycle in the middle of the highway. And, yeah, that’s unlikely. But, you know, if you drive for long enough, then shit like that is gonna happen.