Monday, September 5, 2011

road rules

I'm pretty sure I attract terrible drivers while I'm on the road, which has caused me to suffer from mild - sometimes severe - road rage. Now, I don't know about you, but I don't drive around just to waste overpriced gas. I am a woman on a mission, who intends on following the rules of the road and I expect as much from other drivers. 

Here are a few of the violations that bad drivers commit that spark the onset of my road rage:

1. Driving under the speed limit. This is my BIGGEST driving pet peeve. I really just don't understand why someone would want to go slower than the posted speed limit. Yes, I will ride your rear if you don't step on it. Think of it as driving encouragement.

2. Not using a turn signal. Whether you're weaving in and out of traffic or stopping abruptly, a little heads up would be nice. Lest we now know the reason for your jacked up rear bumper.

3. Cutting people off. If you can't see the front of my car in your rearview mirror, chances are there really isn't enough room for you to wedge your car in between mine and the one in front of me.

4. Not understanding the rules at a three- or four-way stop. If I came to a complete stop before you, I get to go first. First come, first served. Yeah, it's like that.

5. Not getting fully in the turn lane while making a left-hand turn. It's there for a reason, people.

6. Not turning right at a red light when no cars are coming. Unless there is a sign prohibiting you from turning right at a red light, please do. It's annoying just sitting there for no good reason.

7. Riding my tail. If I'm going the speed limit (and usually I go at least five miles per hour over) and abiding by all other road rules, back off! I will break check you. Note: I only ride people's bumper if they aren't going the speed limit. Despite what Shawn or my sister says.

These may not seem like much, but they are important road rules and, when not followed, can be quite rage invoking. Do any of these things irritate anyone else or is it just me? Did I miss anything?

I really am not an angry person, scout's honor, but day after day of running into bad drivers on the road takes a toll on me. I've considered rehab. Please tell me I'm not alone.


Whitney said...

I totally agree with you. All of these annoying, especially not turning on red and riding my bumper when I am already speeding.

Kori Donahue said...

You are too funny sweetie!!! This is so true! Have a great night doll. Hope you can enter my giveaway!

Kori xoxo

Neely said...

Not turning right on red makes me so mad!

EZsx5 said...

Amen sister! - OHHHHHH and merging - it's not your responsibility to let someone in, it is a courtesy IF you can do it. DO NOT slam on your brakes on the highway to go from 80 mph to 50 mph, just to let some jackass in who doesn't understand how to accelerate and merge their way in.

Sondre Lyn said...

I'm so with you! I definitely get a little road rage. Slow drivers in particular really get on my last nerve. Just GO already!!! Argh! haha

I'm visiting my kids in a college town, and I have to say people doing all of the above things while chatting on the cell phone (or worse, TEXTING) really irritates me. I'm sorry, if you can't do it OFF the phone, hang up! lol

Miss Chelsea said...

I hhhhaaaattteee when people slow down to switch lanes on the interstate. Or when you pass someone so they speed up & ride your tail..uhh if you were gonna go the speed I wanted to go to begin with I wouldnt have needed to pass you, quit taking offense! hahah

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