Archive for the ‘driving’ Category

Blocking traffic with your car
October 15, 2007

Living in Rhode Island, i’m convinced that I have seen just about everything you should not do while behind the wheel of an automobile. One of the more common scenarios is the following:

1. I’m driving my car straight at a moderate speed.

2. Man or Woman pulls out of shopping center/parking lot/behind a bush etc in what seems to always be an SUV or Giant Van.

3. This driver proceeds to block traffic with his or her car while waiting to make a left turn.

Figure 1

Now the reasonable person in my situation would probably come to a stop. The thinking here is that stopping when a car is blocking you would most likely avoid an accident. When this incident unfolded for what must have been the 2492th time this year, I decided I would do something different… I would speed up.

This time it was with some guy in a classic corvette. It angered me that he would put such a nice car into danger the way he did so I proceeded to accelerate with the gas pedal pushed to the floor. I ended up stopping a few feet from his car and it was at this moment that the man simply stared at me. I stared back. He then made his left turn and shouted obscenities as he pulled away.

Cutting someone off and then slowing down.
October 14, 2007

Ok, I see this a lot when I drive, and it is probably my biggest pet peeve for lack of cooler words. Now I realize that people are in a rush to go pick up their kids from school, get back from work, and to go get their nails done at the salon with Lisa… so I can understand their need to cut people off (not that I condone it). But why.. WHY… would you slow down after you speed up to get in front of me?!

I notice this the most on the highway. I’ll be cruising along at a pleasant, moderate speed , but it won’t be long before I see a ’91 civic, with a dent in the back, flip its left turn signal on and gradually come into my lane. Of course they apply the brake because thats what normal people do when they get into the left lane right? It is people like this, that I just want to slap in the face with the driving test handbook. I’ve attached a detailed diagram below:

As you can see from the above diagram, it is usually a very bright car with an aftermarket paint job that cuts me off. I figure this occurs naturally and that it happens for the same reason that poisonous snakes are brightly colored. It’s God’s way of warning others that they could strike any time and the result could be deadly. I think Bear Grylls will have to cover this on the next episode of Man vs. Wild.