Possibly. At least in the US it is an archaic system laid down in the
'30s. If you can find the 1940 film 'They Drive By Night' with Bogart,
that's what the laws were written for. Not quite the same as driving
down the interstate with the cruise control set to 65, the air
conditioning cranked up, and good tunes on the mp3 player.
My takeaway from reading interviews with various OTR drivers is that
their primary worry is falling asleep at the wheel - and they have a
number of strategies for dealing with that, CB radio conversations and
singing to oneself among them.
Books on tape were okay but if you got too engrossed in the story that
could be bad too. Crank up the radio or tape. I was crossing Iowa one
night and the search on the radio was coming up dry. Finally it picked
up a station that was playing a Bo Diddley cover
I'm a man
I spell M-A-N
A Christian man..
Oh shit... Seek...
My kid brother told a cop one time when he was questioned about
talking on the CB, and handsfree telephone "you don't really want me
driving WITHOUT distractions, do you???" as he was motoring across
Sakatchewan - - -
I'm not talking about interest, I'm talking about the things you have to do. If you're going twice as fast, there's twice as much information to process, and twice as mcuh stuff to do with the controls. I have on occasion driven slowly on a motorway. I tried a long journey at 55mph for economy, and I went at 70 when I was running low on points on my license. On both occasions I felt myself nodding off due to absolute boredom. But driving at the usual speed of 100mph, I have enough to keep me occupied controlling the car.
Crazy Laws in towns of the state of Illinois:
The English language is not to be spoken.
Do what with the controls? The Harley has a poor man's speed control --
a screw that holds the throttle in position. I've been known to take my
hands off the bars, stretch out my arms, and play airplane when I'm
bored. Unless there are side winds, there's enough gyroscopic effect a
bike will go straight forever and the road damn well does. You're in
fifth, really wishing there was a sixth, so you're not going to be
shifting for an hour or two. That's mostly because the tank on a
Sportster isn't that big and you'll have to stop in Lame Mule for gas.
Information to process? I never got into counting the prairie dogs in
I saw 10 female deer crossing, then slammed into the chasing male at about 90mph. The deer bounced off the hood, was sliced in two by the pointy end of the canoe, then one half took out the mirror. Intestines all over the engine bay, it stank for ages. I was stopped by the police a month later with the car in pretty much the same state, but the numberplate had split right through and was hanging off. I was told off because my numberplate might come loose and kill someone. I said that only happens in the movies and he lost his temper.
Obviously, you weren't alert and careful :) Wildlife, and on the open
range, domestic stock are a problem unless you're riding a bicycle. I'm
sure if you look hard enough there have been deer versus bicycle
I had one who had safely crossed the two travel lanes and was standing
on the grass median. When I was about 50 yards away he suddenly
remembered he'd left something where he came from. Since I was driving a
Kenworth it was 'THUNK! thunk, thunk, thunk, sorry Bambi.' That was back
when the bumpers were steel and it did bend it a bit.
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