The title of this post is something I’ve said all too many times. I’ve said it (or paraphrased it, anyway) in other cities I’ve lived in, mostly as a comparison, “Yeah, ok, but they’re not as bad as Midland drivers.” I thought that Fort Wayne drivers were bad; I thought that Huntsville drivers were bad. Returning to Midland, however, and driving here after driving in several other cities and states, has reinforced for me, just how terrible and stupid Midland drivers can be.
I don’t know, maybe Midland drivers have gotten worse over the last several years. Maybe there are just MORE bad drivers in Midland. Maybe I’ve just gotten spoiled by a better class of idiot drivers from other cities. But it’s definitely worse here than I remember before. I continually see more and more amazing displays of vehicular stupidity the longer I’m here. The day and a half of icy roads a couple of weeks ago, I thought, were going to be some of the worst displays I could expect. Alas, I was so wrong. Give Midland a little dust storm – a weather phenomenon anyone who’s lived here more than 6 months should be familiar with – and people amaze me even more with how fucking stupid they can be.
I came up with an idea several years back, which I’m even more in favor of now: All Midland drivers should be forced to spend like 3 months or so driving a regular work commute schedule in a big car-oriented city, like DFW, Phoenix, Indianapolis, or so forth. Someplace that HAS more than lip service to public transportation, but where individually owned cars are still the primary mode of getting where you need to be. Then, maybe, the ones who don’t get themselves killed might come back to Midland as slightly less of a fucking idiot behind the wheel.