Thursday, June 26, 2008
People and their road rage amuse me.
When I drive, I tend to drive fast. Not as fast as some people, perhaps, but driving ten to fifteen miles above the posted speed limit is not uncommon. Also, driving 25 miles above the posted speed limit is not unheard of.
SweetPea, particularly now that we're using a vehicle that is not ours, tends to stay a little bit closer to the speed limit.
This tends to annoy drivers following us to no end, and mostly they just go around.
This morning, however, we had a group of people who got really really angry about it and then did stupid and unsafe things because of it. Bear in mind that I get to work early, and traffic is pretty light during our commute. There was plenty of room for safe and swift passing in each of these cases.
First, some dude in a Tundra drove up the shoulder to pass us on the left. Probably doing 80.
Then, a bitch in an SUV (which goes far towards explaining some of her issues), felt the need to turn all the way around in her seat while passing us on the right to flip us off. Now, SweetPea isn't driving erratically. She hasn't cut anyone off and she's been in the same lane doing the same speed for about five miles at this point, which is way longer than this bitch was behind us. There was plenty of room for her to safely pass us if she felt like it was that important to her to speed. But, still, she felt the need to flip us off because we weren't driving fast enough for her taste.
By the way, when your mama told you that if you made ugly faces like that, your face would freeze that way? Clearly you weren't paying attention.
Finally, a guy on a motorcycle felt the need to ride our bumper and drift back and forth so that he could flash his high beams into each of the side view mirrors even though he can legally "lane share" to pass us and even though he could have just passed us in the lane next to us because it was free and clear several times during his hissy fit. He finally got out from behind us and we thought he had finally figured out that he could pass us. But, no, he needed to cut across five lanes of traffic so he could merge onto a different freeway and he only had about half a mile left to do it in.
Because he spent so much time pitching a hissy over the speed we were driving.
I do not understand this about people.
I can totally understand wanting to drive a certain speed. I can understand wanting to drive a speed that is higher than the vehicle in front of you is travelling. But I do not understand people who get so focused on the outrage they feel over not being able to drive their preferred speed that they can't see how easy (and safe) it is to just pass the car in front of them.
Are people really that stupid?
I think I just answered my own question.