One day in Atlanta traffic should cure that comfort. Unexpected slow zones, debris, wrecks, stalls, rain and potholes all disrupt that calm familiarity. Other drivers meandering like featherless darts put senses on edge. Yet the temptation to aggressively or listlessly (or both) pilot this freedom rocket often wins over the responsibly needed to safely do so.
Responsibility on the road extends beyond actions beyond the wheel. Take maintenance, for instance.
“It’s important to remember tire safety. Tires are the only part of your vehicle that touch the road and are key to ensuring the safety of your family,” Keith Willcome, project engineer for Bridgestone Americas, told the AJC and WSB. “Bridgestone recommends that drivers check out TireSafety.com for tips on tire and driving safety, or perform this simple at-home test to check your tire tread. Simply place a penny upside down in your tread, and if any part of Lincoln’s head is covered, you should be road ready. If not, it may be time for new tires.”
How many problems have bald tires or blowouts caused? Think about how those affect the freedom of others on the roads and not just the offending driver. Those mistakes even constrict the freedom of the passengers in their own cars. Injuries, damages, deaths — those all hinder liberty.
Freedom can mean many things. Anarchy is the cheap, concentrated version of liberty. All is fun and games until someone gets hurt. On the flip side, an imposed bridle on some citizens can open certain freedoms for others. But the negative effects of that can often outweigh the gained reprieve. A shared understanding of the responsibilities of driving, the needs of others, and the freedoms everyone share can unlock the best and purest kind of freedom. Maybe we should all do better at approaching this great privilege of driving in that manner.