By Jon Keller

BOSTON (CBS) – Maybe some of you regulars have noticed – it’s been awhile since I’ve taken up one of my all-time pet peeves, the driving skills of our fellow Bostonians.

Or rather, the lack of them.

Usually that topic presents itself during the bad-weather months – the chronic inability of too many of us to learn how to drive in snow or rain, or even to remember the lessons we learned from last year.

But I have never seen a better stretch of driving weather than we’ve had the last couple of months, dry roads, clear skies, plenty of daylight. And yet the local driving I’ve been seeing this summer has been absolutely horrible.

This is not exactly something new, but despite the boom in hands-free Bluetooth devices that come standard in most new cars, I am seeing more people than ever with one hand on the wheel and the other on their phone.

These are the offenders most likely to be ignoring stop signs and red lights, straddling the middle line, weaving all over the road. How many stories of fatal accidents caused by carelessness like yours do you have to see before you wise up?

The perfect driving conditions also seem to breed more speeding than normal.

But there also seems to be more cars and trucks on the road this summer than ever before. The result – there is less chance than ever that speeding is going to get you where you want to go any sooner.

But that doesn’t seem to deter anyone.

Maybe its time for someone to create a new app we can use to start reporting these clowns to the registry.

And maybe a few $200 tickets will succeed where common sense has apparently failed.

Listen to Jon’s commentary:

Jon Keller

Comments (6)
  1. Sy Clops says:

    Jon, what is it about you and driving? Yes, there are still the morons holding a cell phone while meandering from lane to lane. Yes, people drive too fast (when and if they can). But has it been any worse this summer? I don’t think so, and I’m out there every day. In fact the summer is usually better (when schools are out and a certain percentage of rush hour drivers are away on vacation). This summer has been no exception. And perhaps you haven’t noticed that we haven’t had much rain this summer. Rain invariably messes up traffic, causing “grannies” like yourself to drive with one foot on the brake pedal.

    Today, I fairly flew into work as traffic was light, as is usual on a summer Friday morning.

    Perhaps you should consider using the T. (Or were you just looking for an easy topic, so that you can hit the road early on a Friday?)

  2. bees_knees_6 says:

    I think you just live in a bad area….or commute to a bad area. I moved a few months ago and find that once you are away from the city (and Wellesley), the people are quite polite. There are many four way stops and I have not seen one person not proceed through as intended.

  3. The Owl says:

    We frequently are in Boston and drive from the south, and often drive during rush hours

    I cannot confirm Jon’s observations regarding the lack of politeness in drivers this summer, an increase of people using cell phones while driving, or, for that matter, even an increase in traffic.

    I agree with Bees, you live in a bad area, or…

    You are doing something that is causing you to be picked on by other drivers, Are you the commuter’s equivalent of the Peanuts character Pig Pen who has a black cloud of revengeful motorists following you around?

    1. bees_knees_6 says:

      I consider driving to Boston or living in Boston to be one of the bad areas. When we were driving regularly into Longwood area, there was a vast majority who regularly said how just traveling to that area and parking in that area added tremendously to the stress. Conversely, once we switched to a satellite outside of Boston, there was rarely an individual who did not mention how much less stress was associated with not having to travel to Boston.

      1. The Owl says:

        The Longwood section is well known for the fact that no one can get there from here…where ever here might be.

        We’ve even found that going through the city, as opposed to using the tunnel, an taking advantage of the little-used HOV lane that starts near South Station cuts of a mile or two of stop-and-go crawling since it rejoins the expressway down near the Mass Ave exit.

        We don’t find it “stressful” at all. But then again, we take the attitude that we’ll get there when we get there and we start with ample time to meet and schedule or deadline that applies.

        If you spend any time driving in our larger cities, you’ll discover that driving in, through, and around Boston is one of the easier experiences.

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