Driving on the interstate when you’re old is like a roller coaster ride. You never know what to expect, and you’re always gripping the wheel for dear life.
I drive on I 75 in SWFL a few times a week and varying times of the day.
One minute, you’re cruising along at a comfortable speed, and the next, you’re being tailgated by a semi truck going 90 mph. You swerve to the side of the road to let them pass, and then you’re stuck behind a camper van going 45 mph.
It’s a constant battle to stay in the right lane and avoid the crazy drivers all around you. And then there’s the construction zones. Oh, the construction zones. They never seem to end.
And if you’re unlucky enough to be driving during rush hour, you’re in for a real treat. Traffic is bumper-to-bumper, and everyone is honking their horns. It’s enough to make you want to pull over to the side of the road and scream.
But despite all of the challenges, there are a few perks to driving on the interstate when you’re old. For one thing, you have a lot of time to think. You can reflect on your life, your regrets, your hopes for the future and listen to podcasts.
You can also use the time to people-watch. There are all sorts of interesting characters on the interstate. There are the crazy drivers, the slow drivers, and the people who eat entire meals while driving.
And of course, there’s always the chance of seeing a road rage incident. Road rage incidents are like reality TV shows for us geezers. We can’t help but watch, even though we know it’s probably not a good idea. Maybe even can get dead!
So if you’re ever feeling brave enough to drive on the interstate when you’re old, remember to be patient, stay alert, and have a good sense of humor. You’ll need it.