Riding High

A New Perspective

Given the recent legalization of marijuana in Michigan, the title of this article might be a little misleading. What I’m referring to is getting used to piloting my new (to me) 2014 Ford Edge. Completely sober of course. Let me explain. I have owned a Ford Fusion since 2011, so I haven’t driven a high-profile vehicle on a regular basis for many years. As a matter of fact, this goes all the way back to my Ford Windstar days. There is just something special about sitting up a little higher than the rest of the cars on the road. It gives you a completely different outlook.

This change in perspective allows me to anticipate traffic slowdowns, because of how far I can see down the road. However, the one thing I was not prepared for, was the incredible amount of SUVs on the road these days. Back when I was driving our Windstar, I wasn’t surrounded by a squadron of Suburban Troop Carriers wherever I went. Now, I fell like I’ve joined a Presidential Motorcade whenever I pull out of my driveway. I have always been a practical car owner. And, while I enjoyed driving around with my buddy Rick in his bright orange Firebird back in the day, I am not a car guy.  

During my boys’ preschool years and beyond, I constantly made the case for leasing a minivan, for the sake of my aching back. Trying to buckle my younger son into his carseat in a Saturn SL2, that was about four inches off the ground, just about put me in traction. When we finally leased the Windstar, my spinal column rejoiced. However, one of the drawbacks of this perspective change, is that by having my vision diverted down the road, I’m not really paying attention to the car in front of me. I have had to stop short a couple of times already. In the future, I’ll make an effort to keep my eyes where they belong, and not half a mile down the highway. It’s not going to be easy, but for the sake of our insurance premium, I’ll make the effort. In the immortal words of Hill Street Blues’ Sgt. Esterhaus, “Let’s be careful out there!” Roger that, Sarge.   

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