23 June 2005

Welcome to sunny Perth...

Picture of a rainy road

...the weather, I can cope with. The turkeys who start brake-dancing when the first drop hits their windshield are another thing. They turned a 40-minute trip into an 80-minute trip this morning. Why are we all going so slowly? Because there’s a traffic jam. Why is there a traffic jam? Why, because everyone’s going so slowly, of course...

I also wonder how much automatic transmissions contribute to this. People driving autos mostly have to tap the brakes to slow down, they can't coast down very effectively — and of course, flash a brake light and suddenly 20 people behind you are pre-emptively panicking and dancing on their brakes, and so on.

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