I’ve been turning into a bit of a
which, for those of you not familiar with the term, is driving using strategies
that maximize fuel efficiency.
For example, when I’m heading
on Hwy 5 in Eden Prairie, Minnesota on the way to work, I can put my car in
neutral at the spot marked in green and coast the last 1/2 mile or so to the off
ramp and make it up through the clover to the stop light (marked in red).
This particularly strategy doesn’t take any additional time on my part, since I
tend to end up at a red light at the end of the off-ramp no matter how I get
Unfortunately, some people have problems with this technique, including Ben, who
happened to be following me to work the other day.
He gave me a call to let me know his thoughts on this while we waited at the
light. Apparently, he wanted to get to the light faster so he could wait longer.
This brings me to a theory a friend of mine has had for a while now about road
rage: he thinks it could be solved by making everyone’s license plate their cell
phone number. That way, if you saw someone driving erratically, you could give
them a quick ring to offer some constructive criticism of their driving
What could possibly go wrong with that plan?