First the story that prompts the thread. The poll’s at the bottom, but to answer the last question, you need the story.)
Yesterday, I had to escort a training class from our office to an off-site location. I gave everybody directions and a map printed off MapQuest, but since I was the only person who knew his way around the facility we were visiting, and since the security guards at the gate would only let the trainees in onmy say-so, I made it clear to the other drivers that they needed to stay behind me. Arriving before I did would result only in sitting and stewing at the gate.
There were three cars in addition to mine making this trip. Several times during the trip, we hit red lights. It was mid-morning, so the traffic wasn’t especially heavy; nevertheless, as is my wont, I came to a complete stop each time, surveyed the intersection, and proceeded only after I was sure it was safe to do so. I also kept to the speed limit or a little below the entire time, as is also my wont. I don’t drive at moderate speeds because I’m a goody-two-shoes; I do it because I’m cheap and want to economize, and because I had two bad accidents in 2006 and consciously try to be as conservative a driver as possible.
Anyway, one of the trainees criticized my driving style once we were done. (A very stupid trainee, I might add, as I am the one who decides whether he gets an offer for permanent employment, but that’s not the point). He said my insistence on staying out of the left lane and on driving no more <55 rather than >80 on the expressway was stupid; it made the trip take 30 minutes instead of 15, he said. (His math skills are not impressive.) He also avers that it’s not only unnecessary but actually illegal to stop at a red light if you’re turning right, unless another car is in the way. He also arrived late (and caused the group to have to wait for him), as he got frustrated with my pace, sped ahead, and went to the wrong gate of the destination facility.
All of which brings me to the thread questions:
As a function of the speed limit, how fast do you typically drive?
If you generally keep at or below the speed limit, do you do so because you want to save on gas, because you want to drive defensively, because you’re afraid of getting ticketed, or some other reason?
When turning right on red, do you come to a complete stop before proceeding into the intersection?
Should I bitch-slap this trainee, and if so, how? (If he’s hired, his job will be B2B selling.)