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Uber driver with 2 million miles behind the wheel offers tips on staying alive

By in Press Enterprise on July 12, 2017

By David Whiting

  • Uber driver Jack Peters keeps his eyes on the road in Fountain Valley on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Uber driver Jack Peters at the wheel of his car in Fountain Valley on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Uber driver Jack Peters at the wheel of his car in Fountain Valley on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Jack Peters looks out onto the 405 freeway in Fountain Valley on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. Peters took up driving for Uber after retiring. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Jack Peters looks out onto the 405 freeway in Fountain Valley on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. Peters took up driving for Uber after retiring. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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With master driver Jack Peters at the wheel, I ride shotgun as we roam the highways and byways of Orange County picking up Uber riders and doing our best to stay alive.

A young man in a blue Toyota Corolla so new it still has stickers on the windows navigates the 405 Freeway with both hands texting. In Costa Mesa, a silver sedan runs a red light in front of us, crosses four lanes of traffic and blasts onto the 55 Freeway like there’s no tomorrow.

If rocketman continues his what-me-worry driving style, it’s likely there indeed will be no tomorrow for someone and — sorry pal — hopefully it will be only you.

Armed with 2.5 million miles of asphalt under his tires and a background of classes on defensive driving techniques, Peters is on a mission to ensure the innocents survive.

“People get behind the wheel […]    

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