I like gawker delays about as much as the next guy, perhaps more (which is to say, not at all). But sometimes, I wonder what we’re all supposed to be staring at as we cruise past on the freeway, bumper to bumper, at thirty-five miles per hour.
I think there needs to be some guidelines about when, where, and how to gawk. Let’s break it down by scenario.
1. One car: Is the car rolled over or on fire? Is there a police cruiser or tow truck nearby?
Too, often I think people slow down just to watch someone change a flat tire. I mean, I suppose it’s good to learn how; but if you’re that desperate to know, pull over and take notes.
2. Two cars: Are the drivings yelling? Fighting? Are the cars rolled over or on fire? Just one? Any rescue vehicles nearby?
This is where it begins to become acceptable to slow down. After all, we all like a good fight. And fire definitely draws the eye. Nothing’s worse than slowing down only to watch two drivers calmly and rationally exchange information. If you really want a date, just roll down the window and write down their number.
3. Multiple cars.
We all know people only watch NASCAR for the wrecks, and life is no different. If you see three or more cars pulled over, there’s no hesitation, your foot hits the brakes and your head swivels to take in the scene. If there’s fire or a fight, that’s just icing on the cake.
So, the next time there’s a gawker delay, take a minute to realize which type of delay it is. And don’t get upset if it’s a legitimate reason. No one wants to hear that no jerk blaring on his horn. None of us can go any faster, just remain calm and we’ll get through this. And always remember to move over one lane for the police. That’s just polite.