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I brake for everything

I’m starting to believe that they use my bus route to train new bus drivers. Why? Because whenever I get used to seeing one driver, there’s a different one the next week, for one. But the other thing is that just when the ride starts to smooth out, I’m back to being jerked around all over the bus.

I know it can’t be easy to drive a city bus, I understand that. But one of these days somebody is going to get whiplash or just get straight thrown out of their seat from the way the bus drivers hit their brakes so hard. Not to mention that it’s not just slamming their brakes, it’s brake-pause-brake-pause-brake-pause-stop. You get jerked all over the place.

I get a little bit of that from the bus that I take to work, but the more experienced drivers that I recognize don’t do it as badly, that’s why I think it might be that I’m on a training route or something.

The metro trains do the same thing sometimes, and I can’t for the life of me figure out how to avoid it. Is it because I tend to sit in the first or second car? Is it because of bad driving? Is it because they speed and it’s the only way for them to slow down and not overshoot the platform?

Of course, it is possible that this is the way these people drive their regular cars too, I’ve been running into that some lately. Whatever happened to the slow steady brake? I thought that was how you’re supposed to stop.

I never used to get motion sickness, but this is starting to test my stomach’s patience.

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