After work today, I had to drop someone off on Moody Street. I pulled to the side, and put my blinkers on. For some reason, someone pulled behind me. I’m not sure why, since it wasn’t a driving lane, it was just the side of the road. Anyway, afterwards, I was about to pull into the street, and the guy who pulled behind me shouted: “HEY! Move ya #$%*ing cah!”
WTF?! I was not obstructing traffic; I don’t know WHY he was behind me…but even so, was that neccessary? I mean, if I was really impeding his progress, wouldn’t a simple light tap of the horn suffice?
What must be going on in that man’s life to make him react with such anger? It must be dreadful!
Road rage is a funny thing. I think there’s a sense of anonymity while driving, and it’s probably the same reason why people are jerks online but oftentimes cowards in real life.
There are a few types of road rage:
1. The “Hey, the light’s been green for a fraction of a second! Better honk!” type. Sometimes a honk really IS necessary, but these imbeciles can’t waste a second of their precious time before the previous person proceeds through the intersection.
2. The tailgater kind. Ya really think driving 6 inches behind me is going to make me go the 65 MPH you want in a 35 MPH zone? Nope.
3. The swerving kind. “I’m late, I’m late, for a very important date!” You’re not going to get to your destination ANY faster if you get pulled over or wind up in an accident.
4. The vocal kind. Is cursing at a stranger because they’re not abiding to your schedule really necessary? How emotionally unstable you must be to let something like that get to you.
One of the scariest encounters I’ve had with road rage is #4. It was when I lived in Alameda, California…I was preparing to cross the street and a woman in an SUV stopped to let me go. I didn’t start walking into the intersection because the people driving in the other lanes didn’t stop to let me go. The woman started SCREAMING at me from her car.
“Pedestrians have the right of way! You’re supposed to go! I stopped to let you go. You better start walking across the street NOW!” and she kept going on and on and on. I felt particularly vulnerable because I WASN’T in my car and I had this woman in an SUV just shouting at me while I was standing defenseless on a street corner. And I wasn’t even doing anything wrong! I was just dumbfounded and didn’t know how to react. So I just ignored her.
I always ignore people with road rage. Sometimes the temptation is there to antagonize them further but I can’t bring myself to do it. They’re probably total psychos to be acting this way on the road and honestly, I worry that if someone makes a road rage-filled person even more angry they could get violent. A car could be a real weapon if someone wants it to be.Filed under Greater Boston (General), Massholes on the road |