Saturday, January 10, 2015
I was on my way to Atlanta the other day and I was listening to the radio. I was interested in the traffic reports. As I was driving around Macon I heard about a big traffic tie up ahead but I was sure they were saying it affected the southbound traffic lanes. I made note of the exit number referenced in the report. I left the bypass and merged onto I-75 at about that location and there it was. A major traffic jam in the southbound lanes that stretched for several miles. The traffic was creeping along very slowly. I was driving north so I was unaffected by the slow down. I felt badly for the unsuspecting drivers as they approached this mess. There were so many trucks crawling along at very low speeds, if any. I was glad I was not caught up in this. However, during another traffic report, I was made aware of a different traffic tie up in the northbound lanes near a bridge overpass closer to Atlanta. The report mentioned a five mile backup on the road. I realized that this was shortly going to affect me. And, it did. Just as the traffic report stated, the back up was at least five miles long and moving at a snail's pace. I just toughed it out and held my lane. I wasn't in any hurry so I was fine. So, I guess what I'm trying to say is, pay attention to the traffic reports, be patient and courteous on the road and remember, what ever happens on the other side of the road, will probably happen to you at some time, too. And, it will probably happen sooner than later. So, no laughing at drivers caught in traffic jams, no sighs of relief when it doesn't affect you and no thinking it won't ever happen to you. It can and it will. Now, stay safe out there.