Earlier this week, a pizza delivery truck nearly hit me and then honked at me after the fact. I was within a pedestrian crossing line on a green light. I wasn’t terribly surprised. For those unfamiliar with Tuscaloosa, the driving is bad on an epic level. This coming from someone who drove five years in Atlanta proper and two additional years in the Atlanta area. Drivers in Atlanta are crazy, but they simply do 90 on the highway. Other than speeding, they follow most other driving laws. In Tuscaloosa, I’ve seen every driving law imaginable broken. Here’s an article about a bad Alabama driver who died and killed 10 other people because of bad driving, although it happened in Kentucky.
I see double-parks on a daily basis. A double-park is when one vehicle uses two parking spaces. At any rate, it was yet another reminder that in Tuscaloosa you not only have to be a defensive driver (let’s not get into a few weeks ago when I alertly never let the brake go despite having a green light because someone ran a light that had turned red many seconds before), you have to practice defensive walking.
I stumbled upon this comical blog about defensive walking sticks. The entry dates from 1901, when people walking late at night had to be on-guard against potential attackers.
I also found this more practical blog about defensive walking. As far as I can tell, the blogger is from Toronto. It’s difficult to tell, which highlights the importance of having an About section on your website. But I definitely recommend reading the defensive walking entry. It’s important to be aware of your surroundings, especially when your surroundings involve crazy drivers.