What Kind of Driver Should I Be?
I should drive aggressively so that I am not taken advantage of.
If you believe that taking advantage of others is wrong, then this is a Q1 violation if your aggressive driving takes advantage of those who do not drive aggressively.
If you don’t like it when others drive aggressively, this is a Q2 violation.
This is one of the few common beliefs that almost always fails both elements of 2Q. Aggressive driving often includes such practices as assuming others will get out of your way when you change lanes, not using turn signals, jumping green lights, accelerating through yellow lights, passing on the right, not completely stopping at stop signs, tailgating, etc. It is a rare person who practices any of these and does not also become irritated at other drivers who practice them.
Some drivers become irritated when other drivers do not drive aggressively. For example, they tailgate and will honk at a car in front of them in traffic if that car is maintaining a reasonable distance between itself and the car in front if it. These drivers are likely Q1 violators in that they would probably say that safe driving is a virtue, and Q2 violators in that they would hold responsible a driver whose car rear ended theirs because it was tailgating.
Which of these practices do you think would pass 2Q?
- Driving at precisely the speed limit in the fast lane, even though cars behind you clearly want to pass.
- Driving while talking on a cell phone.
- Driving while texting.
- Driving while having a passionate argument with a passenger.
- Driving while having a passionate argument on a cell phone.
- Driving with a movie playing on a portable DVD player on your dashboard.
- Driving when you know one of your turn signals is broken.
- Driving with three rambunctious kids in the back seat.
- Cutting blind corners on a curvy street because it helps you maintain control at high speeds and you know nobody else would be out at this time of night.
- Driving at normal speed in a heavy rain because you know your SUV can take it.
- Driving through a flooded intersection because you know your SUV can take it.
- Yelling at the driver of a small car because he was in your blind spot when you tried to change lanes and now the paint on your SUV is scratched.
- Parking across two parking spaces so nobody can park near enough to risk scratching your car’s paint.
- Drifting over in your lane a bit so that the motorcycler behind you can’t drive between cars and get through the traffic you’re stuck in.
- Stopping in an intersection, turning on your emergency lights, and running to help someone who was in an accident.
- Taking an extra minute to make sure your car is out of traffic before running to help someone who was in an accident.
- Stopping quickly to startle a driver who’s tailgating you.
- Driving the speed limit only because there is a police car near by.
You are encouraged to leave your answers to the questions posed in this post in the comments section. This post is based on an excerpt from Ask Yourself to be Moral, by D. Cancilla, available at LuLu.com and Amazon.com. See the 2Q system page for details of the philosophical system mentioned in this post.