Tuesday, September 28, 2010

For the love of all drivers.

When someone willingly allows you to merge into their lane, what do you do?

Do you kindly wave your hand to let them know how appreciative you are of them?

Or do you rudely ignore them and go about your day as if someone wasn't kind enough to allow you to enter their lane?

I find that when someone is thoughtful enough to make some room for me to get over, it makes my whole day-you never know, I might need to urgently get off at the next exit or take the next right. It would really stink if I missed an exit just because some bozo wouldn't slow down enough for me to move into their lane.

Give me your opinion if you wish, but do you think Utah drivers are rude and inconsiderate? I know that we've got inconsiderate drivers all over this country, but Utah seems to be the breeding grounds for rude drivers. I'm from Washington and I don't remember any drivers that wouldn't allow you to merge into their lane. It just gets under my skin when drivers don't allow other drivers into their lane to the point that you have to squeeze yourself in their lane and then there is no room for a "thank you" at that point. "Who made that driver King or Queen of that lane? Hmm. Whooo?"

I need to take a chill pill.

I hope I'm making myself clear.

I have my moments, I am definitely not a perfect driver. I have the occasional road rage experience, but overall I am aware that I don't own the road and need to be considerate of those driving in front, behind, or next to me.

My rant has ended here.


Nancy said...

I agree. It always makes me sad. BUT, there is HOPE. Today I needed to get over to get off the freeway. I put my blinker on expecting a full-fledged battle of having to squeeze in with mean drivers and guess what happened? A guy in a big ol truck not only slowed down to let me in, but flashed his lights at me to let me know I was safe to go. And it did make my day, just like you said!

Jonathon talks about how great WA drivers are allll the time. I'm sorry for you two - you must miss it dearly.

KaRynn said...

Hahaha. I agree too. I guess you wouldn't have a very good time driving around LA. I've become so used to the traffic. You HAVE to let people in at the same time that you have to be agressive.

The other day, I was driving home from the rehab center where my gpa was staying. It was just after 5pm and we are 20 min (without traffic) from home. But, of course, we left when the traffic is at it's worst. So I'm at this stop sign where there are SOOOO many cars. All I want to do is cross the intersection to the other side, but my lane is backed up because there is a stoplight up ahead and for the most part, it feels like it's always red. So everytime it SHOULD be my turn to cross the intersection, someone is super agressive and turns in front of me, blocking the intersection for everyone. So when I let the intersection empty, I try to go again, only to have someone else turn. Seriously, I'm a pretty aggressive driver. I don't just lie back and let everyone in, but it seriously took me FIVE minutes to get across the intersection of a STOP SIGN. Can you believe it? I'm a pretty patient person, but you better believe it took us 1 1/2 hours to get home. Ugh.