Twice, in the last 24 hours, I have not felt safe while driving. This is not related to my taking a wrong on-ramp yesterday while leaving a work obligation. This is related to feeling pressure or even, rage, from other drivers who happened to be near me and my vehicle on the road.
In general, I think I’m a safe driver. I follow the speed limit, drive on the right, pass on the left, don’t do anything to become distracted like texting or even talking on the phone. I am a defensive driver. But, last night my husband and I were out for a little while running errands. We drove out to check out land and how it was draining with all the snow melt. We went to the local home improvement store, and then to the grocery store. By the time we arrived home, it was dark. All the way up our road, a car had been so close to my husband’s truck, one could not see it from the side view mirror! Wow! Very close!
Typically, people start to speed on our road just after they get past a school that is less than a 1/2 mile away, but the speed limit still only goes from 25 to 45 mph. It wasn’t so much that the car was speeding behind us, it was that the person driving it was not keeping a safe distance. So, as we slowed even more to turn into the driveway, I thought they might crash into us. It didn’t happen but very well could have.
Then today, while headed home from work, I happened to be in the wrong lane – a left hand turn only lane. Unfortunately, the line of cars in the right lane that allows you to go straight or turn right was long and prevented me from moving over. So, I slowed, leaving a big gap between me and the one car turning left and the line of cars on the right. I turned on my right blinker, indicating I wanted to move over. But, then I looked up, into my rear view mirror. The person in the car behind me was shaking both their fists in the air at me with their middle fingers extended! Wow! I thought, what do you expect me to do?
I just shook my head. It was a mistake that I was in the wrong lane. I did not know if this person behind me wanted to go left (that is what I assumed) and couldn’t because I was in the way. But, the car in front of me was in the way too! They were waiting to go left.
Luckily, a nice person in the line of cars on the right, let me in. I gave a friendly wave to thank them, being truly grateful. I watched in my rear view mirror what the double bird driver was going to do to determine what had made them so mad. I am still perplexed at that. The driver ended up moving over to the right lane as well when someone let them in, a few cars behind where I was let in. So, the rage was not about me being in the way of their left turn. Were they angry because they had followed me into the lane that went nowhere but left? I will never know.
I do know that I think I’ll find another way home from now on. Luckily, there are alternatives.
Why is there so much road rage? What are your thoughts on this?