In an effort to avoid road rage, I've adopted a whole new approach to my time behind the wheel. I'm now enjoying it as cheap entertainment.
One of the things I love to do is be on the lookout for important people. You know the ones I'm talking about. They do everything they can to get in front of any line of traffic. They'll use lanes not meant for where they are going and even drive long distances on the berm just to gain an advantage.
How do I know these are important people? We'll they must be. Why else would it be so important for them to get to where they are going any faster than the people they are passing. They know they are important and it's time for the rest of us to recognize that as well.
Another thing I'm really starting to enjoy is being in front of an impatient and aggressive driver and simply obeying the law. It drives 'em nuts when you actually drive the speed limit or come to a complete stop at a stop sign. Now you have to be careful, because the real entertainment is happening in your rear view mirror. It's great, though. They are like caged animals and sometimes they even explode with flashing lights, honking horns and flailing arms.
There you have it, a way to make your daily commute much more entertaining. It's a whole lot more fun than getting angry about something you can't do anything about.
That's my turn. Now it's your turn. To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emailed comments from viewers:
I thought about the same thing the other day! It is fun! I was leaving my neighborhood and had to wait for traffic before I could pull onto CB road. I could tell the behind me was getting impatient, but I always take my time, don't pull out in front of alot of traffic. Of course as soon as we both pulled out, he punched the gas and was gone! I love making people slow down, and I always use my turn signals (even in parking lots) and stop at stop signs. Drives people nuts, and I love it!
Thanks for the good article!
Sir, It is people like you that make road rage. And we wouldn't have it if you were considerate and moved over in the right lane, when a person was trying to get ahead of a person going slow in the fast lane. Well I got hit and ended in the hospital. It was the person that was going slow that I planed for the accident. It never would have happened it the stow person just moved out the way. And there would have been no road rage at all. Please like you cause accidents and kill people. We have road rage because of people like you.
I swear, we are on the same wavelength!! I do the exact same thing! Take yesterday for example. I was driving down Harris Road at 4:00pm. I went exactly 35mph (which I feel is too fast for the area anyway). You would not BELIEVE the line of cars behind me! The car directly behind me, I almost did not see, because he was SO close to my rear bumper, that he was almost not visible in the rear view mirror! I LOVE it! I do that everywhere I drive in town! If someone decides to ride my rear bumper, I keep slowing down. One time in my neighborhood, two teenage girls came speeding behind me, right up to my bumper. They passed me…so being extremely irritated, I floored it and chased them to their neighborhood. They acted like they were scared (they way they were driving so erratically), that I stopped and went on my way. I hope that scared the bejesus out of them! I just wanted to say that I share your sentiments exactly! I always wonder why they didn't leave the house ten minutes earlier!!
We put roads in to drive on not go below the speed limit in the left lane. If people would use them like they are used over in Germany we would be alot better off. Roads were intended to commute on not talk on your phone. Find a parking lot the wrest of us are trying to get somewhere. And for the older people well if you cant do the speed limit you are a danger to the wrest of us. At least move over.
I hope you are not one of those people in the passing lane doing the speed limit. That is illegal. You are impeding the flow of traffic and that causes accidents.
I totally disagree with what you are doing. I recently completed the National Safety Council's Defensive Driving Course offered by my company and taught by the N.C. Industrial Commission. Whether you realize it or not, you are what they call a passive aggressive driver. That is the type driver that gets in the left lane and drives the speed limit holding up drivers who wish to get by. You are being passively aggressive by trying to impose your will or standards on the drivers behind you because you think you are right. You are encouraging road rage with your behavior. The safe and courteous thing for you to do is to move over and let the "what you call the important drivers" pass. You don't know their circumstances. I know by doing that you will miss out on your enjoyment. But it may save an injury and perhaps even a life.
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