Fuel for Thought

Patient or Patient

By Greg Huggins
Posted Mar 8th 2023 6:19AM

We all have somewhere to go. All of the vehicles on the road have a destination as their goal. Some of us may be on long journeys, across several states, while others may be on a short trip to the store down the street from their home. While our destinations will most likely differ, all of the drivers on the streets, highways and interstates have somewhere to go and most have one common goal which is to arrive safely.
No matter what you drive, where you are going or how soon you think you need to get there, try a little courtesy out on the road.
A little patience goes a long way. As a professional driver, you should be a defensive driver. Since drivers come from all over the country and different states tell their drivers how to drive, there will be conflicts. One example is merging traffic. Some states tell drivers to merge ahead of time before your lane ends while other states tell you to merge at the last minute. The latter is called the zipper merge and it works well, IF all drivers would follow the zipper merge rule (and we know they do not). Either way, patience and defensive driving is required to ensure your trip ends safely.
You can be patient now or you can be a patient later. In other words, drive courteously and defensively and arrive happy and healthy or be the angry aggressive, won’t give an inch or a tap of the brake for another driver and possibly end up in a collision with a hospital visit to follow, if your lucky, if you are not so lucky it could result in a final trip to the morgue.
Be safe out there. Be courteous. Be patient. You will still get there, only you will be less stressed and less angry than if you are out there trying to win a race that the other drivers didn’t even know they were in.

The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it.
- Arnold H. Glasow

Good character is not formed in a week or a month. It is created little by little, day by day. Protracted and patient effort is needed to develop good character.
- Heraclitus

See you down the road,