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Miss Your Exit…Don’t Take The Short Cut

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Pretty close to the front of my dealership, Freeman Grapevine, there is a fair amount of construction going on at highways 121/114. Now, granted there are a lot of orange cones around and this can make driving on these roads, at times, a tad bit confusing. The construction seemingly changes almost daily, but that is no excuse for what I saw yesterday.

I was traveling on 121/114 about to take the exit that would push me up towards Grapevine Mills mall. That is Business 121. There was a white sedan traveling in the right lane. At that exit you can do one of three things. You can stay on 114 by staying in the left lane. You can use the middle two lanes to access 121 Business, the way I was going. Or, you can stay in the right lane which is an exit for the airport. The person in the white sedan was traveling at a pretty good clip in the right lane when the realized the were not taking the exit they needed. She had almost completely exited when she made a seriously dumb move…cutting across an unpaved exit median without slowing down. Instead of just taking the eit and making a U-turn, she decided it was better to pull an tricky, dangerous and illegal move which, you guessed it, cut me off. It caused me to hit my brakes hard and change lanes quickly, even though I was in the proper lane which cause everyone behind me to hit their brakes as well. For all I know, it could have caused an accident behind me.

So, this person missed their exit, veered into my lane and nearly cause an accident…why? because she was on her phone. That’s right, she cut across 100ft. of median into my lane because she couldn’t pay attention to the signs on the road that were obviously placed for the airport exit. To make it worse, as I pulled along next to her, she was laughing about her dumb move to the person on the other end of the line. She had no clue that she nearly hit me, nor did she seem to care.

Look, this is the first rule of driving, it is your responsibility to drive. It is also your responsibility to be respectful of everyone else on the road. If you miss your exit, or are exiting inadvertently, don’t make your own route across the median. Don’t take the short cut. Just exit and turn around. You may not think you are causing any problems, but clearly you are.

It made me pretty mad. I spend a lot of time railing against distracted driving and her was this aloof driver that almost took out my vehicle and others with just that. Keep your eyes on the the road and your hands on the wheel. It’s part of your responsibility as a driver.

What do you feel about this type of unnecessary aggressive driving? Tell your us what you think.

 

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Dallas Fort Worth Buick GMC: Independence Day 2012

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Independence Day is this Wednesday and while you are getting ready to enjoy the day off with family and friends, your Dallas Fort Worth Buick GMC dealer, Freeman Grapevine wants to remind you that Independence Day isn’t all about firing up the grill and shooting off fireworks. It’s about celebrating one of the most poignant moments in American history: the drafting and implementation of our Declaration of Independence. Our forefathers knew that there was going to be an amazing future in the history of that young country. To show you the true grandeur of the event here a snippet from a letter John Adams wrote to his wife, Abigail.

The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.

Remember the true meaning of this national holiday. It’s the celebration of everything that we hold true to be uniquely American. It’s the celebration of our freedom and the vision of a group of men who knew we could be more than just subjects to the English Crown. It was a dream and a vision that has come to fruition and shaped the nation we have become today. There are very few who can afford the freedoms we enjoy here in the United States of America. Don’t take them for granted. After all, Freedom is never Free.

That being said,Freeman Grapevine wants to wish everyone a happy and safe 4th of July. When you polish off all of those burgers and hot dogs, swing by Freeman Grapevine and test drive Dallas Fort Worth’s hottest selection of Buicks and GMCs. There’s nothing like driving American, and we’re proud to offer you the best vehicles America has to offer.