In defensive driving classes, even the instructor learns things.
When discussing what to do when your car breaks down on a railroad track, I used to say “abandon the car immediately and run toward the train” because when the train hits the car, the debris will go with the train. Running toward the train is running away from the debris.
In class, a high school girl with a confused look on her face raised her hand and said, “If I run towards the train, won’t the train hit me?”
Technically she’s right. Now I say, “Run next to the train tracks in the direction of the train.”
I had a guy in class on day who looked to be about 60 years old. I asked him why he was in class.
He answered, “I was speeding. Doing 60 in a 45.”
“Why were you going that fast?”
He said, “I was rushing to get my 4-month-old daughter to day care.”
I then commented, “Well, congratulations.”
He said, “For what, going so fast?”
I answered, “No, for the fact that it still works!”
Once in class, there was a young man and I asked him how fast he was speeding. He said, “I was doing 53 in a 35.”
So I asked him, “Are you dyslexic?”[social-bio]