Here’s my “road rage” peeve for today: Other drivers/people who unnecessarily obstruct traffic for their own selfish reasons/ purposes.
This incident happens so often, it almost feels “expected and even silently accepted.”
Here’s what happened: As I drive into my subdivision, I notice by default, I’m driver #10 who’s waiting for the first driver to finish his conversation with a neighbor on the sidewalk. They’re so engrossed in their conversation, their totally oblivious there are potential safety issues, not to mention the rage other drivers feel from being inconvenienced.
Being that this is not the first–and probably not the last–it’s upsetting and frustrating. Why should I or fellow drivers be subjected to this obnoxious behavior by others who merely want to stop the flow of traffic to talk, exchange numbers, flirt or whatever else they’re doing? What if we have emergencies, appointments or just trying to get home to see our families? Selfishly, these offenders are not sharing the road, they are monopolizing the road.
Even while I’m fuming, I cannot help but to think of “reasonable solutions” to the problem. In an “ideal world” I believe the driver should:
- Momentarily, pull into the neighbor’s driveway
- Called or texted that person later
- Waved and kept going
If there’s a legitimate emergency and someone needs help, I have no qualms about waiting patiently for the police or emergency crews to arrive. But what gulls me the most, is that I’ve seen those stop right in the middle of the street and signal for others to go around them!
It gets worse. Those of us who have been held up now have to contend with drivers coming the opposite direction and their trying to get pass, and now there’s a potential for a collision! Yet, it is us, the drivers, who give into the offenders! Need I say more?
Where do we fellow drivers draw the line?
In Auto Blog, Saul Gomez, a former patrolman and public information officer for the California Highway Patrol says these are “narcissist drivers” because their lack of judgement puts others drivers at risk.
“That is obstructing the flow of traffic, plain and simple,” states Gomez. “And if a police officer spots something like that, the driver is definitely going to end up in a conversation with the officer. Depending on the traffic conditions, and how nice the officer is, the driver may end up with a ticket, or just a verbal warning.”
Having lived on the East Coast, drivers/people who intentionally hold up traffic, would be reprimanded by fellow drivers and even the police officers would intervene.
There’s a new level of road rage that stems from ignorant drivers that ruins everyone’s day: silent road rage, that’s puts innocent people’s lives at risk by causing accidents and other mishaps.
Silent road rage exists and when people are stressed, the situation can escalate. There are no easy answers, but I do know, something has to be done to protect other drivers.