Monday, March 15, 2010

Other Blog Beyond Opinion

Is it to agree or disagree with those bloggers out there who may not share all the same opinions that you do? Coming from this certain blogger, bad drivers come in all ages, with a wide range of driving skills, and with a variety of driving experiences. At any given moment, a once considered good driver, can become labeled by others as a poor driver. Likewise, a bad driver can have good driving moments.

Perfection at each of the skill’s pillars identified by the blogger in "Vent Away" tends to improve your likelihood of being considered a good driver by those sharing the road with you at the moment. Nonetheless, this particular blogger seems to have not considered the "human factor". It should be evaluated with equal importance as the skill pillars, should such agree. The personality, attitude, mood and the “human factor” of those driving the same path , have a major impact on whether the driver will be perceived as a good or a bad driver on any given day. Although the unknown blogger makes excellent points in his blog to point out why drivers operate their vehicles so poorly, the points that he assesses in his skill pillars is not all that there is to this driving equation, but is this true for my opinion?

This particular blogger perceives himself as a good driver and is irritated by the vast numbers of drivers, which he labels as bad drivers. He is dismayed by the lack of basic knowledge that he has determined is not being taught to new drivers. He argues that only perfect practice can make us perfect drivers. He insinuates that many drive, but do not practice safe driving practices on a regular basis. He acknowledges that today’s driver is bombarded with far too many distractions while driving. All of these factors, he argues, contribute to their bad driver profile. Additionally, the author of this blog cites the public’s general lack of common courtesy behind the wheel, as well as the driver’s general lack of awareness, as major contributing factors to poor driving. He believes that with the improvement in the pillars of a good driver, that others will be less likely to label you as a bad driver and our roads will be a safer place to travel.

This blogger is asking questions and seeking answers as to why he shares the highway with so many poor drivers. His own perceptions seem accurate, yet, too black and white, and he lacks considering the influential component of the “human factor.” The blog is nicely structured, and he clearly states both his opinion and his conclusions as to why other drivers function so poorly at driving.

His outline requiring skill pillars is easy to follow and most of his points are non controversial. His tone is a tad sarcastic and a bit haughty. He leads us to believe that he is mistake free driver and he considers himself a comparatively excellent driver to everyone else. Somehow, he believes that following his few suggestions will make it difficult for fellow drivers to consider you a poor or inadequate driver. It seems fair to assume that most drivers would not label themselves as bad drivers, and that they also believe that they are better drivers than the other guy. There are indeed bad drivers and good drivers with bad driving moments. Sometimes the determination of the ability of a driver lies only in the eyes of the evaluator.

The blogger left out several major contributing factors to one's ability to drive well. The driver's personality, attitude, or mood on a particular day and time can even make the best driver a bad one. Some personalities make worse drivers behind the wheel than others. A person who feels a sense of general entitlement, or who is greedy, selfish, or aggressive is likely to be considered by others to have a poor ability to drive. A driver, who habitually has poor judgment in all other aspects of his life, is likely to have similar poor judgment while they are behind the wheel. The driver’s mood can contribute to how his driving is viewed by those around him. If the driver is momentarily anxious, depressed, tired, or angry, his driving could possibly match his mood or distract his otherwise good driving skills .A driver who is usually considered a good driver can become one of the most dangerous drivers ,if he has chosen to drive while impaired with drugs or alcohol. An elderly driver who has been accident free his entire life, can one day be called a poor driver because of factors that are related to his age. Sometimes our perceptions of one’s driving ability are tainted by our own judgments based on the age or gender of the driver.

The writer of this blog states his aggravation with drivers who he considers to be poor drivers. He makes excellent suggestions and valid arguments that could well influence how a driver is able to drive, as well as, how they will be perceived by fellow drivers. It is inaccurate to label a driver as a good or bad driver, as human factors such as mood, attitude, and personality can all influence your abilities at any given moment in time, at any particular place and time. His comments are well taken as we drive in a world with drivers with too many distractions and with drivers who are inconsiderate of others. We must never lose sight that a human being is driving the machine. Agreeing and disagreeing with the blogger comes to many advantages when writing my own blogs.

Rushkoff, Douglas.  "The Internet is Not Killing 0ff Conversation but Actively Encouraging it."
Anonymous. “What do you mean I’m a bad driver? Define bad driver!” Bad Driver Blog. 17 Jan. 2007. 15 Mar. 2010

1 comment:

  1. Are you having difficulty finding the "link" button on the blogger post page?