08 October, 2006

Excuse me while I rant a while...

I hate hate hate it when other drivers sit right up my backside. Take this afternoon:

I'm finishing work and, to get home, I have to merge with a very busy main road. There's a set of traffic lights right on the corner and I have to use the slip lane to get into the traffic.

Now usually it's busy, so most of the time you have to wait for the traffic lights to get a gap. Sometimes you can get lucky but as it's in a 80km zone (with a 100km speed limit just up the road a little) traffic is usually travelling pretty fast - and my car is not the biggest or the gruntiest (0-60 in two weeks is the usual joke).

Then this idiot, in his minivan, gets right up my butt. Given that I don't have a big car and his is huge, you may not be surprised to hear that I don't move out into traffic immediately when a gap emerges. Mainly because I can't see a damn thing past his van!

So, I hear you ask, why didn't you just move forward a bit so you could see? Well, I did - several times, in fact, until the slip lane ran out. Unfortunately this guy immediately filled the gap.

So a break in traffic happens, I still can't see it so he zooms out - honking his horn at me! Then to top it off I can see him ahead of me and he's weaving in and out of traffic, causing other drivers (in both lanes) to brake suddenly several times.

Bloody rude drivers!


Carmi said...

I hate agressive drivers like this. They put everyone around them at risk because they're in such a hurry to get there. It wouldn't bother me if they wrapped themselves around a telephone pole. But the problem is they often take innocents like us with them.

If it makes you feel any better, Canadian drivers seem to be no better. They're so selfish that they can't see that their behavior threatens others.

What they do with the extra five seconds they saved in travel time is beyond me. They'll all probably die young from a heart attack.

Visiting you from Michele's today. Lovely to meet you and read your blog!

caramaena said...

Hi carmi and welcome :)

You're right, these drivers are selfish and usually can't see how poorly they're behaving.

The Phosgene Kid said...

We have the 2 Fast and furious out here. The Phoenix council wanted to hold a race in downtown phoenix, little realizing the already have one every evening.

Steve said...

I can see what the problem was. If he was driving something like that he was probably feeling emasculated.

Tasha said...

People drive crazy here! I hate drivers like that, but if you are too rude- you might spar road rage- which is really sad. So I try to be careful but I still hate those drivers!

caramaena said...

phos - according to the news we get a lot of street racing here too. I spose it happens all over.

steve - hehe probably!

tasha - yeah there are some scary stories about road rage. The blog's a much safer place to vent my anger!

h&b said...

I hate him, hate him.

Re: Road Rage. What I used to like to do when I was out on the road a lot for work, was to wave like a bimbo with a REALLY happy smile on my face .. or blow kisses.

I'm seething inside, but this confuses them, and lets me vent in a way that wont get me killed ;)

R2K said...

Stupid people cant drive for anything.

caramaena said...

h&b - what a great idea. I'll have to keep that in mind if I'm ever in a similar situation.

alex - yep, as shown by my trip to work this morning too. Same road and 5 cars had just parked off to the side - fronts and rears crumpled and police had just rocked up. No one looked hurt but obviously a lot of people regretting their tailgating today.