My Top 3 Road Rage Triggers
Road rage strikes all of us at one point or another. I’m thrilled that I know how to drive and that I have my own transportation, but there are some days in which I completely dread going out on the road. I don’t claim to be a driving expert, but I like to think that I at least abide by the standard rules that I learned in my Driver’s Education course back in high school. Those are pretty reasonable…you know, obvious rules like stopping at stoplights, yielding at yield signs, slowing down when another car has its hazard lights on, and using turn signals. Run-of-the-mill procedures, right? Wrong. Why is it that most people drive so irresponsibly and recklessly? Are they really that oblivious to what they’re doing (or not doing) or are they just jerks? I’ll be honest – I’m just as guilty of committing minor infringements once in awhile, like spacing out and speeding a little or not making a full and complete stop at a stop sign. I’m not claiming to be Miss Perfect or anything. But come on, people. Show some common sense! Even though I’ve had my share of frustrations while driving, there are 3 situations that cause me to experience road rage moments moreso than all of the others.
3. DRIVERS THAT DON’T USE TURN SIGNALS
I don’t know about you, but when I’m driving on a busy road or a highway and I decide to switch lanes, I put on my turn signal to let the person behind me know that I’m doing so. Why do so many people avoid this step and randomly change lanes without warning? This is the most annoying on a tollway or an interstate, and I’ve almost gotten into several accidents because of someone’s lack of turn signals. I’m fairly sure that car manufacturers put the signal where it can be easily reached, so it’s not as if convenience factors in at all. What’s the deal?
2. DRIVERS THAT DON’T TURN ON THEIR LIGHTS IN SEVERE WEATHER OR AT DUSK
I can understand turning off your headlights on a bright summer day or when there’s plenty of daylight, but why do people leave them off when driving in the pouring rain or when it’s practically dark? Just because they may be able to see where they’re going doesn’t mean that another driver will be able to see them. Again, I’ve almost gotten into accidents because of cars without headlights on. How much effort does it take to flip them on when you get in your car and realize that it’s getting dark or that the weather is severe? I’m not positive, but I think not having your lights on in inclement weather is grounds for a ticket, so why don’t I ever see anyone penalized for it?
1. DRIVERS THAT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST POSSIBLE SECOND TO MERGE
This annoys me more than anything else. When there’s construction or a ramp that requires cars to merge either left or right, there is almost always a sign 1-2 miles prior to the point in which merging is necessary. So why do people zoom by those signs and wait until the last tiny stretch of road before they put on their signals to merge? This causes jams, holds up traffic longer, and pisses people off. People should merge over when they first see the signs instead of trying to gain as much ground as they can. Don’t they realize that they waste more time trying to get over at the last second than they would have if they had just gotten over in the first place? Don’t do this, please! It’s so frustrating and unnecessary. (My personal “favorite” – when people combine #1 and #3 and wait to merge without using their signals. That’s the best.)
Long story short (too late) – have a little respect for the drivers around you. You’re not the only one on the road, at least most of the time, so be considerate and try not to be a jerk while driving! Road rage is nasty, and it causes accidents AND long-term stress. Bad, bad, bad!