During the drive down Interstate 15 from Las Vegas to Los Angeles and back last weekend, I started noticing driving patterns and practices. For those of you who have never made this drive, it’s four-plus hours from one city to the next, through the desert, over a mountain pass and then into the suburbs—all freeway.
Here are the kinds of drivers I came across:
The Hurry-up Tailgater: This person shifts back and forth from lane to lane a few miles faster than the speed of traffic. Their modus operandi is to race up to the next car in front of them, brake rapidly, then tailgate. Doesn’t matter if the car in front of them is in the slow lane or not. Just as soon as it’s almost safe, they’ll quickly jump lanes and race up to the next car. I especially love how they zoom up behind trucks—which are beyond easy to see since they’re, well, trucks. This is clearly a person who does NOT plan ahead, but wherever they are going, they’re doing it NOW.
The Slow Poke in the Fast Lane: This one wouldn’t pull over to the slow lane if their lives depended on it. They are going (usually below) the speed limit and are not yielding to anyone, anytime—anywhere! Think DMV employees.
Greyhound Buses and Private Passenger Vans: Scary. Get out of the way. NOW. You never know when they’ll flip over, taking innocent bystanders with them.
Speedy Gonzalez: Enough said. Usually involves a sports car. Or someone in a mini-van that thinks they are driving a sports car. They have no idea where their turn signal is located either.
The Good One to Follow: They go at the rate of traffic. They signal, then go where they’ve just indicated they are going (this is quite a rare occurrence!). They pull into the slow lane when others want to speed by. They probably also get the best gas mileage.
Haven’t we all worked with these kinds of personalities? What jobs in our industry do they have?
Stephanie S. Selesnick is president of International Trade Information, a longtime global exhibition industry specialist helping U.S show organizers increase international participation in their exhibitions and a well-known speaker and trainer. Follow her on Twitter at @stephselesnick.