Have you ever noticed how often people say "yeah, people can't drive around here." Chances are, whether you live in a big city or small town, you hear, or even find yourself saying this at least 3 times a week. If I'm being completely honest, I am very guilty of road rage and aggressive driving. But, after wrecking my car a few times I've come to the realization that it's just not worth it. I don't want to be the cause of someone's road rage, and when I experience road rage it really doesn't do any good for me.
Road rage and aggressive driving don't do anyone any good. This is my plea to all drivers to try and be more patient. To remember that this is not a video game; that we are operating heavy machinery and that we don't get a new life if we screw up on the road. Here a few things not to do on the road, to keep you and everyone else safer.
1. Not use your turn signal
This is honestly one of the most infuriating things to me. I can not stand when someone cuts in front of me without using their turn signal. Or worse, when I'm trying to turn left and they end turning and I'm just left there waiting and thinking about how I could have already gone if they would have done a simple karate chop to the left of the steering wheel to turn on their turn signal.
2. Cut someone off
Just don't do it! It's a real dick move!
If I'm going the speed limit or slightly over, there is no need for you to be so close to my car that I feel like you're riding with me. Back off or pass me!
4. Be glued to your phone
Again, I'm not perfect. I am guilty of doing this on several occasions. I have to admit it may not seem like a problem to you, but I assure it really is. Even making a phone call can cause you to not pay enough attention and wreck. So figure out what hands-free option works best for you.
5. Go slow in the fast lane.
I mean this is just common sense. There is nothing worse than someone doing the speed limit or less in the fast lane. If you want to drive at a leisurely pace then you need to be in the right lanes.
6. Drive after drinking
Unfortunately, this happens way too often and it doesn't always end in tragedy, but when it does it's one of the worst tragedies there is. Even if you think you're a "good" drunk driver or you've never gotten caught, it's still a very bad idea. You won't be so lucky every time, so it's in your best interest to just not do it.