Saturday, March 12, 2011
Then I thought -
What would be the proper protocol to advise another driver that an alien creature was attached to their vehicle?
Should you honk the horn?
Personally, I am not a big fan of car horns. You always have at least a half-dozen other drivers get mad at you because they think your horn-blowing was directed at them. They all then proceed home in a foul mood and take it out on their children.
What about using the old hand signal to the driver of the giant bug-infested pickup to roll his window down so you can verbally alert him to the situation? I am referring to the technique in which you pretend that you are cranking the lever in a circular fashion.
This of course would have its own problems as well. Sure, World War Two vets, hippies, and Generation X-ers are all familiar with the roll-down gesture, but our nation's youngest motor vehicle operators grew up with cars in which you push a button and the glass magically slides down thanks to cutting-edge technology. Sadly, these drivers would look at you as if you are a nut job only later to be dismembered by the radioactive cockroach that lurks near their muffler.
I guess the best thing to do would be to turn on some NPR and pretend you didn't see anything.
That seems to work for everything else.