Am I the only one who feels like the other drivers on the road are out to kill me? It seems like the roads are becoming more and more dangerous and unpredictable. Because I work out in the community for a lot of my day, I drive a lot. And it seems like I am narrowly missing a fatal crash about once a day (never my fault, of course). Just today, I am about to merge onto Crowchild Tr, I shoulder check, there is a bug city bus right behind and beside me. There is a clear sign that says to yield to Calgary Transit. I do so, and then suddenly the car directly behind me honks its horn, pulls into the shoulder of the road while speeding up, passes me and then cuts off the City Bus, narrowly missing it. Well, alright buddy, I guess you were in a REALLY big rush, or maybe you have some phobia of driving behind buses. I wish the bus had hit him, because that bus would be just fine, and that guy was a real idiot. The best part is that he was in the lane right beside me when I got to the next red light.
I would call myself a defensive driver, I definitely am not aggressive. I try not to speed TOO much, I always shoulder check and will wait for a convenient time to change lanes when possible. I am courteous; I always let other drivers in, even the stupid ones. Basically, I treat the cars on the road like I treat people; with respect. I am not saying my driving is perfect, but at least I try to be descent to others and try to be safe.
It is interesting, because I think that as soon as people step into their cars, they are no longer a person, but part of a vehicle. All the other people driving around are not viewed as people anymore either. Drivers are all hiding in their little machine box, in their own little worlds where they own the roads, noone can see them, and their destination is the most important thing in the world. Any other cars should magically clear the way, because if you don't, beware their gap shooting capabilities, or be run off the road.
Has anyone else noticed that driving "personalities" tend to drive certain kinds of vehicles? For example, you have your road raged angry and impatient 'I like to follow too close because you are in my way, and I am big car, you little' personality, who in my experience tend to drive big honking trucks. Then you have the people who drive work vans. As my brother puts it: 'Doo dee doo I'm a big stupid guy driving a big stupid van, I have no regard or respect for other drivers but it's okay because I'm just an honest guy with an honest job whose plans for a better life didn't work out doo dee doo driving a big stupid van la di da...' And then you have the sports car hot rods who are too cool for school.... and therefore also too cool to drive the speed limit and look where they are going...
When frustrated on the road, just remember: Laughter is the best medicine and your face is curing the world.