I was driving the company van on the way to the warehouse, which is a big white van, with great big blue and green lettering on it, so it’s pretty hard to miss.
The traffic coming from the opposing direction was stopped for the traffic light, but someone had kindly left enough room for someone to make a left turn out of the gas station. So just as I am getting to where this person has left a hole, doing maybe 30-35mph at this point, some chick in a little grey sports car pulls out of the gas station, making a left turn, yakking on her cell phone, and not even looking where she was driving.
I hit the brakes and swerved. If I hadn’t swerved, just hit the brakes, I would have hit her car, and caused maybe a 4 car pileup behind me, not to mention ramming her into the nice person who had saved room for someone to pull out.
That pissed me off, but what really made me mad was that she had the nerve to flip me off! Okay, so it’s been a while since I took driver’s ed, but IIRC, turning left into a lane of moving traffic is NOT the right of way.
grrr. I hate inconsiderate drivers!!!
What the hell happened to common courtesy while driving?
(feeling a little better after ranting, but not grinnin’ yet)
I’ve found when confronted with obnoxious drivers who exhibit lewd gestures, the best response is to lift your hand to your face, thumb touching the end of your nose, fingers straight up and waggling … accompanied with a hearty oral bi-labial fricative (a raspberry).
If everybody wrote a rant about every stupid driver they encounter the internet would be full. I’d imagine that most people encounter so many that they could hardly remember any single incident about which to rant at the end of the day. So I have to ask, do you usually not see other drivers on the road, or are you just exceptionally touchy?
I had a similarly annoying thing happen. I was entering onto an access road. I had the right of way and the person on the access road had a yield sign, which she ran (of course). I pointed at the sign, trying to say, “Look, you idiot, you have a yield sign!!!” She actually followed me into a parking lot and, when I was inside a store, left a nasty note on my windshield saying how rude I was and that people like me should have my fingers broken for pointing at people. Nice. Little old lady, too. Thank goodness she didn’t actually confront me in person. I would have been very uncomfortable cursing at someone old enough to be my grandmother.
Speaking of little old ladies on the road, one flipped my boyfriend the bird the other day. I don’t even remember what the circumstances were…it was just so not what you’d expect from any white-haired old lady! We pulled into the Blockbuster parking lost and laughed for ten minutes straight.
And I decided that when I’m a little old lady, I’m going to be vulgar and flip people the bird as often as I can!
I was stopped at a stop sign, waiting for a hole in traffic so I could turn left. The ass behind me decided he couldn’t wait, swerved around me and pulled through a hole I thought was unsafe.
When I took my turn, I ended up slightly behind him on his right - both of us stopped at the same traffic signal.
He’s looking around for me - aware that he did an asshole thing and looking for my reaction. When we made eye-contact, I blew him a kiss. He spun back forward and tried, unsucessfully, to look non-chalant. I guess he didn’t feel attractive that day.
I have to say, I don’t think I am exceptionally touchy. What really pissed me off about the situation is that, had there been an accident, it would have been her fault, and she probably would have been pretty badly injured, lots of damage to her car and so forth. Driving a big honkin’ van, an accident probably would have made something work better. And yet, she had the nerve to flip me off. That’s what made me mad.
However, I am over it now. Best thing about being me is I can’t hold onto a bad mood for long…