I would like to offer some empathy to Gary Puckett of Franklin (MCN 7-3) although I have to say he has somewhat burst my bubble. I have long thought Jackson County harbored the most reckless and inconsiderate drivers on the planet, with one possible exception (Italy). In Italy they drive with one foot on the gas, one foot on the brake, both hands on the horn.
I will also state (perhaps this will comfort Mr. Puckett some), driving in Sylva and Dillsboro these past 14 years has made me a better driver, and most certainly a more cautious one.
It is common knowledge that you drive in accord with road conditions and the circumstances are (in Jackson County at least) that if you drive you are going to be tailgated and if you're on a road with curves you must assume the next car you see coming at you will be speeding and on your side of the road.