Have you ever had that friend or family member who just gets all upset about other drivers? Well, I have both a friend and family member that are both very angry drivers. Both will remain nameless as to avoid outright akwardness in my future rides with them. Although we are keeping this anonymous, I am afraid that I will describe them in such a way that they will know who they are…
The friend – drives like someone punched him in the balls for no reason whatsoever. He is always flailing his arms and screaming profanities that are often uncalled for. Not to mention they are down right embarrassing! I am not one that cares too much for what other people think of me, that is of course so long as I am being myself. Yelling at other drivers that are abiding by the laws, but are maybe a little too cautious, is a little bit too much. Which I believe it to be more effort to curse and carry on than to just go around. This effort is something that is practiced so it would not be what comes naturally. It’s a bad habit.
So, if you are pissed when someone takes an extra second to turn the corner, maybe you should inquire as to why this is. Maybe you need a hug? Or maybe you just need a swift kick in the pants? Or maybe you just need me to tell you that it’s not cool, and you are not cool when you do it. So hey! It’s not cool, so stop dong it!
The family member – has spent one too many days behind the wheel of a big rig. This family member calls cars “four wheelers” which is nearly another article itself! He talks to cars like they can hear him… they can’t. But rest assured, if they could, they would tell him to shut up. It may be true that none of the four wheelers out there care about the big rigs, but don’t take it personally. And for crying out loud! Stop gettng mad at them for your 6 lane right-hand turns!
In summary, I personally think that dealing with crazy, lazy, extra safe drivers can actually make you a better driver. This will only happen if you will first stop yelling, gesturing, flailing, honking, headlight flashing and just being outright outraged. You too can be a more aware, more aggressive driver! Why is this important? Because you will have more friends, your wife won’t tell you how to drive, you will become a nice guy, and gosh darnit you just may be something someday!