…that these days its unusual to see someone drive like they know what the road rules are!!??!
What has happened to good manners? What became of having a little compassion and empathy? That’s really all the road rules boil down to if you give them a good hard look.
What am I getting at? Take a simple 5 minute drive to the local shopping centre for bread and milk, and see how many drivers are jumping traffic lights, ignoring no-entry signs, stopping right outside the door to the shop so they can run in and draw cash because- as you know– no one else is ever in as big a hurry as they are. Taxis stop every two hundred metres, indicators and traffic be damned. Stop streets are merely a suggestion. Eight out of ten drivers seem to have adopted the “I’ll drive like a wanker else I’ll never get anywhere” attitude and all it does is make it worse!
And there are so many people who boast about how they drive like nutcases! They openly brag about it! How often have you heard someone say “Oh but I never drive like that with my son/ daughter/ wife/ grandchildren in the car!” What about all the sons, daughters, wives and grandchildren in the cars around them!? Don’t they hear the irony!? Should someone else cause an accident and they lose a loved one they’re all but out for blood- but they will get in their car tomorrow and endanger countless other lives with the same reckless behaviour without batting an eyelid!
It takes just one person to ignore the fact that an intersection is not the place to rush into and then stop when the light is going orange- thereby blocking off the people who were supposed to be crossing that intersection at the next light change- to cause the ripples on the traffic pond that turn what could have been a perfectly flowing traffic stream into an I’m-going-to-screw-you-because-I-got-screwed disaster area!
Its now routine to perform your morning ablutions behind your steering wheel instead of getting up 10 minutes earlier to do them in your own bathroom!
Did you know, that if you sneeze when you’re driving at 120km per hour on a highway, your eyes are closed for 10 metres! Do you know how much can happen on a road in 10 metres?! And if you are texting or reading the news, or putting on make up, or eating your breakfast- how long do you think your eyes are off the road in front of you and behind you?!? Can you not put your make up on when you get to your office parking lot? Why can’t you eat your breakfast when you got to work, or take 3 minutes to do it at home before you leave!?
And you irresponsible tits who drive with your children on your laps! What the fork is wrong with you!??! Where do you think that kid is going to go if the car in front of you suddenly stops?
I have had my share of fines- I’m far from innocent- but I stick to the rules of the road because they’re there for a reason. Yes, I scream and swear in anger whilst I drive- I have a vocabulary to rival a sailor’s- but I am not going to tailgate you or cut you off because you did it to me. I am usually the one being sworn and hooted at because I am the one who decides NOT to go and sit in a congested intersection. I use my indicators. I use my mirrors.
I drive this way- sticking to the rules and trying to be polite- because my son is watching me do so. How am I supposed to teach him to have respect for the law if I don’t have any!?
You may not rob banks, or steal cars, but if you break the law when you’re behind your steering wheel you are a criminal. Plain and simple.
And do you have any idea how forking scared I am of the thought of my son being behind the wheel of a half a ton of power, with a bunch of pissed off, lunatic, criminals on our roads?!