I have mentioned some irritations I have had with other drivers in the past. I feel like once you get your license you have an obligation to not be an idiot when you are on the road. I know it’s hard – especially for the new, teenage drivers, but there are certain things that I feel are crucial if you are going to be driving.
I realize I live in a big city and because of that my road rage has significantly decreased. Yes, decreased. When there are thousands of other drivers around me, I know I can’t get from one place to another without running into at least one douche bag driver. The benefit of living in a big city is that most non-residential streets are two lanes so you never have to stay behind the driver out for their Sunday jaunt on a Tuesday.
There is one type of traffic light that I am never able to get through without screaming “GO!” to the driver in front of me. Most of the on-ramp traffic lights in San Diego allow for two cars to pass per green light to get on the freeway. The lights are only on at high traffic times like morning and evening commutes. I don’t mind the concept of the lights. I know that it prevents thousands of accidents and allows for traffic to move much more smoothly. What bothers me is when a driver takes it upon themselves not to be the 2nd car to go through the light. They stop after the car in front of them goes through and waits for the light to turn green again.
I can say with absolute certainty that there were engineers much smarter than the guy in the Nissan Sentra that decided two cars per light was the appropriate amount to ensure traffic not only got onto the freeway safely, but also didn’t cause a huge backlog to get on the on-ramp.
I refuse to give any benefit of the doubt to these drivers. I still remember the first time I came across one of these lights. I was visiting my brother and friend, Kelley in San Diego sometime in the early 2000’s. I was driving Kelley’s Jeep which made me a little nervous because the car she had before, I did this to:
I had dropped her off at work and was driving to my brother’s house when I encountered this on-ramp light. I read the sign, observed the drivers next to me go through their green light and when it was my turn, did the same. Not rocket science. All that is needed is knowing your colors and the ability to count to two. Technically, Rory can do it.
Today my WTF Wednesday Award goes to all of the drivers who won’t follow the instructions on the sign and be that 2nd car to go through the green light.As for the milestone, today is my 150th blog post! Who would have thought I would have made it this far? Not me! I’m pretty excited about it so I’m going to have a giveaway. Not for this milestone, but for my 200th post. I haven’t decided what it’s going to be or how I’m going to do it, but one lucky reader will get something awesome. Sorry for that let down, but it just occurred to me.
LOL Other drivers make me want to scream. Especially when you have your blinker on to move over to the next lane, so they over-take you and cut in front of you… seriously, wtf??? Couldn’t you just let me out and then take the spot I was in??? Duhhhhhh
I also hate people who refuse to let you into their lane for no apparent reason, even though you’re stuck in the Exit-Only lane you’ve only got ten feet left of road before the exit.
Lastly, I got frustrated with this stupid woman on my last drive to St Louis. It’s not the most exciting drive – straight along 64 – in fact, you can drive right through Illinois on that road and never move your arm. All you need is some gangsta music and you’re set.
Anyway, this woman was doing about two miles an hour less than me. My car was on cruise, so I sped up a little and overtook her. I took my foot off the gas and it went back to cruising at 65mph.
Her car wasn’t on cruise… she was just pedalling the gas… I know this because she caught up to me, overtook me EXTREMELY slowly (causing about five other cars to line up behind her), pulled in front of me and then took her foot off the gas… causing her car to go 2mph less than mine again…
WTF??? I had to step on the gas a little again and overtake her AGAIN, go faster for longer and put some distance between me and her. Aha, I thought, screw you, seeya. Not so, She was always in my mirror and five minutes later she was overtaking me again.
All because I like to cruise and she can’t keep a constant speed.
I swear, I must have hit 80 or more – and when you’re in a rental on company business, that’s not a smart thing to do. I just wanted to get the hell away from this woman. I drove at about 80 for five minutes, overtaking anyone and everyone to put as many vehicles between me and her. When I needed to pee, thirty minutes later, I didn’t dare stop in case she caught up to me again.
BTW, regarding your give away, I think you should have a “I deserve the prize because…” competition 🙂
What is it? An iPad? I’ll go for that 😀
First off, when you say “overtake” it reminds me of a hostile take over and I had this image of an angry woman racing you kind of like on a race track.
I don’t think I’ll do the “I deserve the prize because…” clearly, I would win that competition, right?
If Apple wants to donate two iPads, sure, I’ll give one away, but they have to give me two because I am currently typing on a 4 year old laptop. I’m still using Vista for Christ’s sake!
I have a four year old netbook. I’d love an Asus tablet but alas, I have no money. Sorry about Vista. Windows 7 is nice 🙂