Dear driver in the blue sedan

Dear driver in the blue sedan –

Might I suggest a little decision making technique I developed for when I’m behind the wheel of a mobile transport device?

It involves asking myself a series of questions:

Is what I am about to do:

  • Within the realm of what other drivers (or anyone in my vicinity) might reasonably expect based on accepted driving standards — or is it so out of left field that people will be left watching me in utter disbelief at how I’ve managed to stay alive this long into life?

Is what I am about to do:

  • Going to inconvenience more than the number of people it will convenience (beyond myself)?

Is what I am about to do:

  • Going to cause a dangerous situation or endanger the lives of others — even if I wave out my window in a friendly fashion while doing it?

If the answer to any of these question is “Yes”, I generally avoid doing it.

Or to quote a good friend of mine:

“Before I do anything, I ask myself “Would an idiot do that?” And if the answer is yes, I do not do that thing.” — Dwight Schrute

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