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Dangerous Driving: Would You Treat Your Kid Like This?

Aggressive drivers are bad enough. But check out the guy driving on the highway in Manchester putting lives of drivers...and his dog....in jeopardy.

Last week, I attended the Skip Barber School of Racing at Lyme Rock Park.  It was an educational (not to mention insanely fun) day filming for Mazda of Manchester.  I’ll have some videos of driving tips that I’ll be rolling out over the next few weeks, such as this one on distracted driving and driving with pets.

You’d think someone would leave the school and start whipping down roads and trying to power-slide.  Instead, I came away with a deep respect for the power of vehicles and the importance of safe driving.  I also drove away with my eyes opened as to just how many bad drivers are out there.

But let me say this.  There are bad drivers, and then there are IDIOT drivers. 

Driving home from work last night, I encountered a guy whipping in and out of traffic on 291 in Manchester at some 85 mph.  Aggressive driver = bad driver, says Skip Barber.

You’ve seen “that guy” before.  Heck, you’ve probably been “that guy” while running late to work, an event, or Dunkin Donuts.

But here’s what turned “that guy” into “that idiot”.  Take a look at the picture.  Look closely, ladies and gentlemen.  That would be a DOG in the back of his pickup truck.  And no, you’re not hallucinating – the hatch is down.  85mph, weaving, cutting people off – and putting his dog and lives of other drivers at risk.

What if he stopped short? What if there were an accident? What if the dog decided he’d had enough of his owner and non-stop slanted election coverage by major news networks and took the final leap into oncoming traffic? 

I don’t know about you, but my fiancée and I have doggie seatbelts for our dogs.  Laugh it up – Madison and Chewie are SAFE when we are driving around.

Would you put your KID in the back of an open pickup truck on the highway?  No? Then why would you do this to your DOG? 

What do you think?

Kyle S. Reyes is Director of Marketing for Carter Chevrolet and Mazda of Manchester.

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Jim G. September 29, 2012 at 07:06 PM
RH, when even I start to find you tiresome, it's time to go for a walk in the woods. Letting these blockheads bait you into this kind of response is just sad all around.
Jimmy (JJ) Johnston September 29, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Probably an off duty cop driving the truck. The driver also looks a little shorter than the passenger so he probably has Napoleon syndrome added to his aggressive baggage. If you phoned the police, you are the one who would probably end up with the ticket for keeping pace with him to get the photo.
Think Positive September 29, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Jim G. you do have to admit these blockheads just make it sooo easy. It's like shooting fish in a barrel.
Jim G. September 29, 2012 at 09:53 PM
True, but posting a detailed reply to a stupid jab is just a waste of time. I have noticed, though, that the folks who are shouting the loudest about how stupid dog-restraint laws are haven't noticed that the law, and the issue, isn't really about the dog. I'm glad that dogs are protected by the law and even happier to see smart owners that properly restrain their animals in vehicles, but the law didn't come about from BHL lawmakers concerned about the canines.
Jimmy (JJ) Johnston September 29, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Bet super-duper pro race car driver Kyle S. Reyes didn't have his dog properly tethered while on Lime Rock Race track.

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