CA Interstate 5 (South), photo by Michelle Lindblom

Driving Behavior Is a Powerful Barometer

You Are How You Drive

Michelle Lindblom
6 min readOct 19, 2023


Recent fatal driving behavior during a 48 hour period killed 6 people on several Central Oregon highways close to where I live. One accident involved someone going over the centerline (two lane highway), sideswiping a semi and trailer, then striking a Toyota Rave4 which exploded, killing two adults and their teenage children. This led to a four hour closure of a main north and south corridor in Central Oregon.

Another fatal accident involved a driver navigating a corner too fast crossing over the centerline, striking another driver head on, killing the second driver. Clearing the area took three hours.

A man was run over by a Chevy Suburban while lying in a lane of U.S. HIghway 97 within Bend, OR. The police are investigating whether the man was dead before being run over. This main thoroughfare through town was closed for 3.5 hours.

Speed, situational unawareness and lack of alertness. Bad driving behavior that led to these fatalities.

Early Lessons in Driving Behavior

When learning to drive and years afterward, Mom always talked about watching out for the others because you never know what they may or may not do. Be defensive and anticipatory, even if you are doing everything right. Great…