When I get into my car now to go anywhere, I have two things on my mind, safety and courtesy.
I used to worry about how quickly I was to get somewhere, but as I’ve learnt more about driving I have come to realize that there is very little I can do to influence when I will arrive once I get in the car, when you arrive is simply a function of when you leave.
Driving like a bat our of hell, weaving between lanes, pushing every just turned red light and basically being a total asshole to everyone else on the road is not going to make up for leaving just a couple of minutes earlier.
A few minutes of traffic jam will eat up any performance gained by driving like a maniac.
Many a time I’ve watched cars around me swap lanes and cut each other off trying to eek out a few inches of advantage while I’ve stayed in my lane, only to find myself ahead of the O.C.D. A.D.D. plonkers.
If I want to arrive somewhere earlier, I leave earlier, and then smile at every driver who wants to come into my lane. I leave room for others to merge and guess what I arrive on time, and I truly enjoy being nice to other road users.
Rather than being stupid, I’ve learnt to be smart, and in the process I’m happier and get to be nice to others.