Bad Driving Tip #8

Welcome to my personal rant that gets me fired up traveling to and from work, and really, anywhere in between.  I struggle with other people sharing my roadways.  Thanks Dad!  In an effort to not take part in a road rage incident, I’ve decided to express my frustrations in a healthier manner.  Right here.  For you.

Person A:  You won’t be happy until you are the only person driving out there.

Me:  How do we make that happen?

Offense:  Stopping traffic to let more than three people out

Tip:  Only allow one person out into traffic

I get it, especially this time of year.  You know, the giving and all.  But do we really need to force traffic to come to a screeching halt to let an entire county full of drivers out of an intersection and into our lane of traffic?  Wouldn’t letting one car out be enough to keep us on the good list?  And what if they’re pulling into traffic and going in the OPPOSITE direction we are going?  Now, the drivers coming from that direction feel obligated to stop, as well.  I’m not going to be THAT guy and not stop.  So now, we are all at a standstill because someone is trying to make amends for past sins and feels it necessary to be extra, extra friendly to strangers.

Bad Driving Tip #7

Incompetent and Insane Drivers:

Welcome to my personal rant that gets me fired up traveling to and from work, and really, anywhere in between.  I struggle with other people sharing my roadways.  Thanks Dad!  In an effort to not take part in a road rage incident, I’ve decided to express my frustrations in a healthier manner.  Right here.  For you.

Person A:  You won’t be happy until you are the only person driving out there.

Me:  How do we make that happen?

Offense:  Getting confused at a four-way intersection

Tip:  Don’t get confused at a four-way intersection

It’s really not that difficult.  The car(s) that were at the intersection before you get to go before you.  You do not get to cut ahead.  This was addressed at the recess line in kindergarten.  If you haven’t learned this by now, you shouldn’t be driving.  Or getting to go outside for recess.

Nor is this the time to be extra courteous and wave drivers through who got to the intersection 30 seconds after you.  For some reason, the four-way is confusing enough.  Extra courtesy just muddles it up further.  Plus, you’re ticking off the pile of drivers that have now gathered up behind you.

An Extra Tip (because we’re near the holidays and I’m feeling extra giving):  If there is any confusion as to who was actually at the intersection first, like any confusion at all, and the other driver waves you through, for the love of God, please GO!  Do not turn this into the Courtesy Awards and wave them through instead.  You already know what will happen.  Both of you will go at the same time, creating that awkward situation where you both must hit the brakes and look foolish in the middle of the intersection.  Just go.  It’s fine to give a thankful little wave as you go.  But go.

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