Friday, October 9, 2009

Licensed To Kill

I generally don't like to label entire groups of people, but it must be said:

People on the beltway in Montgomery County? Ya'll can't drive.

Before you get mad, consider that I can't drive on that stretch of road, either. Every single time I find myself on the beltway between 95 and the American Legion Bridge, I am convinced that I am going to die. On no other stretch of road in the entire metro region do I have to deal with cars slamming on their brakes with zero warning as often as I do when I kid myself and pretend it's a smart decision to drive to Silver Spring. I'm sure the guy driving behind me feels the same way.

It's not our fault, really. I'm sure the blame lies squarely on the shoulders of the civil engineers who somehow determined that a winding road, four lanes of traffic and highway speed were a safe combination. If you aren't slowing down to avoid slamming into the car in front of you, you're slowing down on a forty five degree curve to avoid exposing your toddler to the concept of g-force.

There is a reason the phrase is winding country road.

It's ironic, actually. I drive through my neighborhood, where I've never encountered more than five moving cars at a time, and the roads are a shrine to right angles. I drive through the Bethesda section of the beltway, where I generally share the road with dozens of zooming cars, and I might as well be piloting myself through a bowl of spaghetti.

It's not like I don't have options. At least Metro is safe. ;)

1 comment:

My Notting Hill said...

Agree - some parts of the beltway, the part you mentioned included, are much harder to drive!