Being at home during the holidays usually means that I’m engaging in either one of two activities: watching television or hanging out with friends. When I do flip on the television, my fascination with the Discovery Channel almost always has me flipping to channel 42. And more often than not, I manage to watch a few episodes of Canada’s Worst Driver. The show manages to, each season, select a number of the nation’s most untalented drivers, and illustrates the few triumphs and many failures of the contestants whose goals are not to be the last one standing (and thus earning the title of Canada’s worst driver). Much of the entertainment stems from the wailing of contestants and ruined cars; I wonder if how car dealers feel when they hand over new car reports to the heads at Discovery with the knowledge that the car won’t be around for very long.
Truthfully, I like to think that the show is just what it is – a show. But sometimes when I’m driving on the streets of Toronto, I inevitably end up asking myself how some people have managed to earn their licenses. Albeit, with graduated licensing, you’re not expected to be perfect with G2 in hand, but you are expected to learn how to command the steering wheel in a safe, and sometimes if necessary, defensive, manner. It’s mind-blowing to see the many oblivious drivers, concerned only with the metal chassis encapsulating their mobile world, fumbling in parking lots, rolling on stop signs, and awkwardly driving between lanes on left hand turns.
With that said, though, I have to admit too that I’ve been at fault for some lapsed judgment moves and sometimes been distracted by the highlights and disappointments of real life. But I do try my best to drive responsibly and to better myself whenever I’m on the road. Then, of course, there are the completely unpredictable moments; when I was seventeen and driving on the highway, a hammer fell from the back of a truck and flew at my car’s windshield. I swerved my car, and the hammer bounced in front of my car and over it.
So you may be wondering all the auto-related posts as of late? Well, perhaps the biggest proponent for such being the contract that I have for writing these posts in exchange for payment, and the second being that I’ve been driving a lot more lately, especially since I have to go for my G exam next week (my license expires at the end of January, and I don’t quite want to renew my current status since I feel that this exam’s been a long time coming).
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