“It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is
humility that makes men as angels”. – St. Augustine.
Even though Saint Augustine never drove on today’s highway
system, he must have had a keen sense of what the future would hold. Driving on
America’s roadways can be quite a challenge. Travel the miles of concrete and
asphalt and you will find everything from texting to eating gourmet meals.
Driving skills have eroded to juggling cellphones, razors and burgers.
But what do you do if you are one of those drivers who do
not do any of those things? A sort of “angelic driver”. Don’t think you are off
the hook. You might be guilty of a greater transgression; the “prideful
I recently spoke to one of those prideful drivers. He is a
17-year old who refuses to talk or text while driving, always follows the speed
limit and refuses to drink and drive. But when it comes to driving, he is a
“road hawk”; always claiming his space no matter the outcome. A humble driver?
Take the time when another driver tried to force his way
from a merging lane. Our young no-texting and no-drinking driver was not about
to let him merge. After all, “I have a right to be here and you don’t”. But
that kind of thinking nearly got him tangled in some guardrail. It might not
have necessarily been “his fault”. But that makes no difference when you are
injured and your car is totaled. Or maybe even something worse.
Refusing to drink and drive, text while driving or do any
of the other well-known driving sins is good! But what can save your life is
becoming a humble driver. This type of driver doesn’t take other’s bad driving
habits personal. Instead, they move over and let others merge onto the highway.
They move over when someone is tailgating. They slow down and leave an opening
to that driver who waits until the last minute to merge.
The humble driver is alert, scanning the road ahead, to the
side, and is most of all, mature. They allow others to merge at the last minute
even if it raises their blood pressure through the roof.
In short, the humble driver knows that a little bit of
humility can go a long way in preventing a wreck, no matter whose fault it
Unfortunately, the world is full of drunk drivers, those
who use a cellphone when driving, and those who just flat-out do not pay
attention to what is ahead of them. We need to continue pushing to change those
bad-driving habits. We also need to instill a sense of humility among all
Pride can literally be a dangerous think. It can quickly
turn a relatively good driver into a road demon. What today’s highways need are
more angelic drivers.
Saint Augustine would be happy and so would many drivers
all across Southeast Texas.