What makes a Clover a Clover? It isn’t slow driving . . . per se. It is the use of your slow-moving car to make sure others drive slow, too. Observe, behold:
The Clover – meandering along at 10 MPH below the speed limit – refusing to either pick up the pace or pull off to let the cars the Clover is impeding get by. This Clover – embodying every stereotype about Prius drivers – is probably “hypermiling,” driving glacially so as to save as much fuel as possible.
Indifferent to the cost of everyone else’s time the Clover is wasting.
And that is the 190 proof essence of Cloverism. Others must defer; least-common denominatorism is the order of the day. Clover’s “savings” – on your nickel. Clovers preen and pose; they signal virtues – but practice few themselves. Certainly not consideration – and never live and let live.
So I passed the Clover – across the double yellow! Saaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaafety!
Of course – as you can see – it was perfectly safe to pass. Just not legal. Because of Clovers.
This didn’t prevent the Clover from flashing its lights as I passed, to express its outrage that I was unwilling to let the Clover hold me up.
It probably spent the rest of the day grumbling that “there ought to be a law”!
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