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A Little Rant

So recently I’ve noticed an annoying trend on the road, and maybe it’s just because I live down here in the cluster fuck that is the DC/MD/VA area where no one knows how to drive, but it’s quickly becoming one of my greatest pet peeves.

There are rules of the road for a reason, so that in theory every driver out there knows what another driver is going to do at any given time.  When I have a stop sign, I stop.  Making a left turn?  I wait until it’s clear.  Lately, nothing annoys me more than when another driver and myself approach an intersection at the same time, and I stop because I have the stop sign, and they also stop even though they don’t.  You know what happens next, we both start to inch forward at the same time, stop at the same time, wave each other on at the same time, and I’ve wasted minutes of my day.  Seriously, if you don’t have a stop sign, DON’T STOP!  You’re not doing anyone any favors.

Another example has to do with pedestrians and their right of way when crossing the street.  I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve almost slammed into the back of the car in front of me because they stop to let a pedestrian cross when we have the green light and they have the Don’t Walk sign.  Dude, all you’re doing is almost causing an accident.  Also, there’s usually two lanes of traffic and the other lane of traffic has no idea what you’re thinking, what are you trying to get the pedestrian killed?  People out there, just use the written rules of the road, don’t make up your own or try to be nice, and we will all have smoother commutes with fewer dumb ass accidents.

As you can probably tell, since moving down here my road rage and irritation at stupidity has quadrupled.  Just a little rant for your Thursday.

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10 Responses

  1. Don’t even get me started on the pedestrian/biker thing. It’s a miracle I haven’t injured anyone yet.

    And that cartoon? So true. I don’t know how many drivers I’ve told to F- off on my commute.

    It’s really a good thing for my blood pressure and all of society that I’m switching over to public transit in a couple of weeks. You’re welcome, world.

  2. I should have that cartoon tattooed on my forehead.

  3. a big pet peeve of mien, is when people ride your ass for no good reason. like haven’t they heard of the golden rule? treat others the way you want to be treated – while drive like you want others to drive is basically the same thing. hahah!

  4. I do not miss this. Not that the metro isn’t equally infuriating at times, but Tyson’s traffic cut years off my life for the 8 months I had to deal with it. Raaaage.

  5. I couldn’t agree with you more. I think people are becoming worse and worse drivers. Don’t even get me started on the turnpike. That is horrible.

  6. I wish you could have been with us after we left the Thunder game last week. I about lost my shit. I’m sitting in the right hand turn lane to turn right (no turn on red). Some fuck pulls up next to me in the “go straight only lane”…as the light turns green he TURNS RIGHT! Since I too was turning right, I about plowed into him b/c WHO DOES THAT?? and laid on the horn and that douchebag had the nerve to FLIP ME OFF! ARE YOU $(*#T&(#&$%)$# KIDDING ME? And people wonder why I walk around swearing under my breath all day giving dirty looks to people…

  7. People around here can’t drive either. Seriously, it’s not all that hard, I don’t know why no one can figure out how to do it properly.

  8. Oh my gosh, I’m convinced that Virginia drivers are the worst. Like I seriously don’t think anyone was taught how to merge onto the highway. You don’t STOP and wait for a gap in 60 mile an hour traffic, people.

  9. You know what my favorite road rage-worthy thing is? Every day on my drive to work, I take an expressway that splits into two at one point. People like to stay in the lanes that are moving faster (sometimes much faster) and then pull unexpectedly into the lane next to them to get onto the side of the road they need to be on within 50 feet of the split. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve ALMOST been hit by someone. Bad drivers are the worst!

  10. OMG- Same asshat drivers in Southern California too!

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