Is this a fair comparison?
Okay, this is sad. I need to get a life. I compare a lot of things to driving. While walking I check my blind spot before moving to the other side of the aisle or sidewalk. In the grocery store I scan the intersecting aisles for other shoppers before I cross through them. How many of you do the same thing? Please tell me it’s more than me!
The other day while picking up a few items at the grocery store, I saw a shopper with a shopping cart running into things. She was bumping into the stands that hold the produce. She was bumping into other shoppers and into other shopping carts. At first I thought she wasn’t paying enough attention to what she was doing, but as I continued to walk throughout the store, I realized she didn’t know how to push the cart. I know that’s hard to believe, but that’s what it looked like.
Now I’m concerned that this shopper may drive like they shop. She was looking at the objects she was hitting. Ironically, where you look is where you go. I wanted to give her advice so the other shoppers were safe to walk around freely throughout the store. But on the other hand, I’m a driving instructor, not a shopping cart instructor. Thinking back, I should have counted how many things she hit with her cart, but I couldn’t count that high. She was also hitting things because she was looking elsewhere.
As a driver, we can become distracted while sight-seeing. I’ve seen drivers drift out of their lane as they look at beautiful homes and landscapes. Can you imagine the crashes that could happen if a lot of drivers looked at things outside their vehicle and forgot they were actually driving? Window shopping drivers would be the worst! Which reminds me; let’s get back to this shopper.
At one point, she went between another shopper and a display the shopper was looking at. There wasn’t enough room for her to do this, but she tried anyway. I could see her doing this as a driver. Driving down a narrow street and trying to squeeze between 2 parked vehicles. Do we use common sense every time we drive? I know there are times when we make a choice, only realizing we need to change our plan. Changing plans is a very common driving task that all drivers need to master. Going around a problem is better than going through it. I was tempted to ask this shopper how her driving was and how many collisions she has had over her lifetime of driving, but I didn’t.
I realized it was difficult to avoid watching her. It was similar to drivers staring at other crashes as they drive by them. The only good news was that I was behind her and she couldn’t hit me. I was also glad she wasn’t my neighbour or a former student of mine!