My Ranting Road Rage Blog

I live in a small New Hampshire town where the only way to get anywhere is on a two-lane highway. Traffic on this road has increased dramatically over the years as it is one of the main east-west routes through our part of the state. Just today I found myself cursing (under my breath) at the driver ahead of me and could feel my blood pressure rise. I had to take a moment to regroup and thought… time to blog about my driving pet peeves, if only for my sanity.

So! Here they are….

(I’m not even going to mention drinking and texting because that goes without saying).

My Top Ten Driving Pet Peeves…

10.  NOT wearing your motorcycle helmet or your seat belt.

This one might get me in trouble… I know this is the live-free-or-die state and it is perfectly legal to do so, but is free-flowing hair that important? It may be none of my business but it’s possible that this may affect more than just you. If you happen to die in an accident that involves other people because you aren’t buckled up or have your helmet on, they have to live with the fact that they played a part in killing you. Even if it wasn’t their fault.

 

9.  Stopping in the rotary, (or “round-a-bout” as they so quaintly call it here).

You do NOT stop and let people in the rotary while you are driving AROUND the rotary. That has “Fender Bender” written all over it.

 

8.  Not passing in the PASSING lane.

Hello??? PASSING Lane? For P-A-S-S-I-N-G?

 

7.  Driving in the highway breakdown lane during a traffic jam in order to cut in line.

How far do you think you’re going to get? How much time do you think you’ll save? Would you cut in line at the supermarket?

 

6.  GO-AHEAD-MAKE-MY-DAY PEDESTRIANS.

You know who you are. With your menacing I double-dare-you-to-hit-me looks. Here in New Hampshire, pedestrians have the right of way. And some use it to the fullest. The town even had to post signs to inform the pedestrians to “LOOK LEFT” or “LOOK RIGHT” because many felt it was the drivers responsibility to look out for them, so they wouldn’t have to look out for themselves.

 

5.  BLINKERS PEOPLE! YOU HAVE THEM FOR A REASON!

 

4.  Speeding up so that I can’t merge into a lane.

SERIOUSLY? Would you run to get in front of me at the movie theater?

 

3.  TAILGATING…

Especially when I am stuck behind another car and CAN’T go any faster. Do you really think riding MY bumper is going to make the car IN FRONT OF ME move FASTER? The TWO-SECOND-RULE, folks!

 

2. Driving UNDER the speed limit.

This causes ACCIDENTS and ULCERS and ROAD RAGE.

 

1. THROWING YOUR CIGARETTE BUTT OUT THE WINDOW!

PLEASE DON’T DO THIS! I’m guessing that you’re not the kind of person who would throw candy wrappers and soda cans out onto the street, right?

SO WHY CIGARETTE BUTTS? WHAT DO YOU THINK HAPPENS TO THEM? WHY DO SO MANY PEOPLE THINK THIS IS OKAY?

Birds eat those. Other Animals eat them. My dog used to eat them. They are trash… litter… garbage… NOT biodegradable! They contain plastic filters that enter sewers and storm drains, and get swept into rivers and then out to sea, where they can release toxic chemicals including nicotine, benzene and cadmium. In fact, according to a New York Times article (that everyone should read), “cigarette butts constitute 28 percent to 33 percent of all litter nationwide — measured by item number, not volume”… “and one butt has enough poisons to kill half the minnows in a liter of water!” It makes me sad that they even have to do studies like this. So, please think twice before discarding your cigarette out into the street.

Wow, I feel so much better. Thanks for letting me vent. So, here are my questions for you… Do you see yourself in any of my top ten peeves? Can you relate to some of these? Do you think I’ve crossed the line on any? If so, which ones and why? Okay, I will grudgingly admit that perhaps I have been guilty of a few of these infractions from time to time, but I will promise to do my best to be a courteous driver if you promise the same. And if we all tried just a little harder to change a few of our own driving habits, then maybe we wouldn’t be subjected to writing and reading ranting road rage blogs (or worse). Do you have any pet peeves to add?

Thank you for reading! Please share your comments!

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37 Responses to “My Ranting Road Rage Blog

  1. Catherine says:

    You nailed it! I think you could use this for any state! Maybe in my state, with all of the traffic lights, I might add that I don’t like people who honk the horn IMMEDIATELY after the light turns green. (There was a study done a few years ago. NY drivers were the least patient in that the honking began within a fraction of a second of the light turning green. According to this study, VT has the most patient drivers. Drivers behind the lead car tended to even let the light run through several green-yellow-red cycles before taking action. There was even one Vermonter that got out of his car to ask the car holding up the traffic whether they needed help!)

    I add that on items like #7 (driving in the breakdown lane), what bothers me is that those people must assume that their time is more valuable than ours! An admission, I might be tempted to run to get in front of someone at a restaurant or movie theater but I wouldn’t speed up in a merge to keep someone from getting in front of me. I also think your helmet comment is a very deep thought that most people would not even consider.

    • suerae says:

      Love your story about Vermont drivers, Catherine – so funny! I think I’d be a honker, but not IMMEDIATELY! (I hope). And I think everyone thinks their time is more valuable somehow – that has never made sense to me either! Thank you for your great comments! ~ Suerae

  2. Natalie says:

    Love it!!! Very well put! I am in NH and live free or die and all of that – and it does drive me NUTS to see motorcycle riders with no helmets. It’s legal here, yes (which I do not agree with) BUT don’t you value you BRAIN!? And your HEAD? What about the people who wear almost nothing but skin? Do they value their SKIN? They get all burnt from the sun and if they get in an accident – I can’t imagine what that would look like. And I hope none of us ever have to see what happens to them with no helmet and with their skin all messed up from the damage after an accident. I agree and don’t get me going on smoking. Throwing out the butts, tip of the iceberg on how I feel about that. Your facts on the butt trash is very very interesting. Yet another seriously good reason to not smoke. I feel so strongly against smoking that sometimes I can’t put my thoughts into words. Nice job writing this up!

    • suerae says:

      Hi Natalie! So great to see your comments! Yes, our live free or die motto is a strange one, in my opinion, and selfish in so many ways. I will never get used to some of our strange laws – like the helmet and seatbelt laws. And no, I don’t even want to think about the road rash of a motorcycle accident with no protection! Smoking is a touchy subject, for sure. But litter is litter and I still can’t believe that people don’t consider the butts trash! Thanks for writing Natalie – your comments are always thoughtful and greatly appreciated! :) ~ Suerae

  3. Tasha says:

    You are a woman after my own heart, Suerae – as my friends who get in a car with me know, I tend to mutter (or yell) “i hate people!” when driving – so many asshats out there. Around here it’s the people on the highway puttering along in the left lane, while a long line of cars stacks up behind them. Hello, slower cars to the RIGHT, people! And don’t get me started on people who are driving slowly or erratically, and then you finally pass them and see they’re texting or takking on a cell phone. IDIOTS!

    • suerae says:

      GRRRRR – I HATE that driving SLOW in the left lane on a cell phone!!!!! You know, if everyone could just drive like you and me, Tasha, we wouldn’t be having this rant-fest!!! Thanks for reading. I’m enjoying following along with your RAGBRAI trip – I feel like I was there, but didn’t have to sweat or gasp for water, or expend any energy. I think my way of participating through you is the best way!!! :)

  4. Suerae:
    Are you sure we are not related????
    I sent this to my kids- who will swear I wrote it. (Except you are missing some choice 4, 7, and 12 letter adjectives…)
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    • suerae says:

      Roy, that is very funny. You had me counting out all the potty-mouth-word letters on my fingers! I think I’ve figured them out! lol – Thank you for reading and passing it along. I think we might have a lot of relatives on this one!

  5. BTW, when I used to commute from NY to Boston, I always knew it would be a Buick or Cadillac in the left lane doing 54 in a 70 lane.
    My favorite “blessing” to such folks:
    May you find yourself with four flats- one at a time over the next five hours….
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  6. Roshanda Gilmore says:

    HA HA ha! Love your vents!! 2 funny!

    Mine are bicyclers riding their bikes in the car lanes ( it’s legal here, ugh!). It drives me nuts because they are on a regular bike trying to keep up with cars.It forces me to drive really slow as to not hit them. I would prefer bike lanes! lol

    It also drives me nuts when people cut in front of me and then drive slow!

    Thanks for letting me vent! I don’t do it very much so was nice. :-)
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    • suerae says:

      Hi Roshanda! Thanks for coming by to vent! We all need it every now and then, don’t you think? It made me feel so much better to write this post! Now, when I get frustrated with a driver I can scream “YOU were the one I was talking about!” instead of all those adjectives that we tend to stoop to! I agree, I wish there were bike lanes – it is very tricky to get around a bike sometimes. And I especially hate it when they double-up, side-by-side. How can that be safe??? And OMG the cutting in front and driving slow – a BIG no-no!! Not sure how that missed the top ten!!! Thanks again for commenting – it’s nice to know I’m not alone! :)

  7. This is so good! I agree with all of them.People driving SLOW in the passing lane and won’t move over,not using turn signals, just not being courteous….So many things.Of course I am perfect and that’s why I can be so judgemental. HA!
    Thanks for sharing.
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    • suerae says:

      You are right, Beverly, it’s about courtesy and somehow people forget to think about others when they are behind the wheel! Thanks for sharing your frustrations! Hope to see you back again! ~ Suerae :)

  8. LeAnne says:

    Jon and I were just stopped at a light (Jon was driving) and the light turned green. A line of cars came to a stop when their light turned red and along side of them zoomed a motorcyclist crazy fast right through the red light. Jon had already started to go (silly, him starting to go at a green light) when the cyclist zoomed in front of him. Had he hit him, yes it would have been the cyclist’s fault, but he could have died and we would have had to live with that. So your motorcyclist rage really has hit immediate home. Luckily Jon is the most cautious driver I know. This was in NY. In MD they honk at you as soon as the light changes and since we travel back and forth from NY to MD if we are ever confused as to which state we are in, that tells us. Road rage is a way of life in MD with all the traffic. I think it turns normal people into animals when they get behind the wheel.

    • suerae says:

      LeAnne, I’ve actually heard that driving is miserable in MD – I wonder why that is? I’m glad Jon is such a good driver – he’ll need those skills out in California! Thanks for reading! :)

  9. Cathy says:

    I had an eye opening accident this year: A women crossed the main village street (jay walking) during the busiest time of day in my small town, when the buses hit the street at 3:00. I stopped to yield to her crossing illegally. An elderly women (87 years old to be exact) parked along side of me thought I was stopping to let her out. She proceeded, scraping her entire car down my front bumper (there was not enough room), not realizing she had hit something. If my bumper had not slowed her down she probably would have hit the Jay Walker. Sooooo, to make a long story longer…she (the elderly women) was completely confused and I had to calm her. The moral of this story boys and girls is, first of all never Jay Walk, it causes accidents. Secondly, if Mom or Grandma demonstrates diminshed capacities…please have there doctor talk to them about relinquishing their license. Plus all the other stuff Suerae said:)

    • suerae says:

      Yes, Cathy! Two things that need to be added to the list! Jay Walking & driving beyond when you should be! Very dangerous. I’m so sorry that it happened to you – sounds like a very stressful event – not to mention the damage done to your car. UGH! Thanks for reading my post and for commenting! :) Unfortunately, that jay walker probably had no idea of the grief she caused!

      • Cathy says:

        It was only stressful in the fact that it could have been a far worse scenerio than a few thousand dollars in damage and that the elderly lady was so confused. I still see Granny W (her vanity plate) still driving around town with the large scrap down her car.

  10. Helen says:

    Lately I have begun searching for a new car. So, when I drive with my girls they ask my opinion on lots of interesting options. One day Sarah asked (pointing to a motorcycle with a helmetless rider) “what do you think of when you see that”. My response “brain matter”. Her comment to Emily “I so called that!”. So, my kids know well that I share your #10 gripe – although it’s higher up on my list.
    One more to add: (Keeping in mind our limited passing lanes on smaller roads in rural areas) People who speed up when you FINALLY get that opportunity to pass them when they have been driving soooo slooooow for the last 12 miles! Seriously, I have been patient with you while it took 25 minutes to make it this far, can’t you just let me get on my way?

    • suerae says:

      OMG – Helen, another one to add to the list! I HATE HATE HATE when people do that – it’s like they suddenly wake up when you start to pass them! I should’ve made a list of top 20 peeves! Thanks for adding yours to the list – it feels good to vent, doesn’t it? Hope you have a great day! :)

  11. You know what would be a good project? Have learning drivers list THEIR pet driving peeves. Maybe they would be less likely to commit those offenses :)
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  12. You stole my list. I recalled it from before, but I still love this list…
    Suerae for Traffic Enforcer Extraordinaire!
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  13. Sophie Bowns says:

    All your points are perfectly fee sable. I mean; how stupid must someone be not to wear a helmet when cycling?
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  14. Tana Bevan says:

    Then there’s the driver who cuts in front of you, forcing you to SLAM on your brakes … and then proceeds at a snail’s pace. lol

  15. Sarah Cartwright says:

    I’m not a driver but I do find my mam become irritated by driving cutting in front etc…great post

  16. Tammy says:

    Awesome stuff and right up my alley! I’d be embarrassed to admit how many times I have yelled out the window at people. Road rage is an ugly thing, yet I seem perfectly okay with the idea of sharing my opinion of others stupidity. Proving once again….it’s exhausting being me! I am particularly fed up with those people who are afraid to scoot out into the intersection while waiting for a left turn. If you’re that afraid to drive … take the bus! Oh, yeah!

    • suerae says:

      Glad to give you a place to vent, Tammy, and you came up with yet another one that I missed. I agree with you – SO ANNOYING!!! People seem to lose all sense of courtesy when they drive. Maybe it’s because they are anonymous behind the wheel.

  17. Muriel says:

    I hate road rage. This side of the pond, we have narrow lanes and cyclists as well. Nightmare. You have to look everywhere while driving and, with the best of all intentions, you get called birds names. I try hard to keep my calm. Ah, the joy of driving!
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    • suerae says:

      Muriel, I am really curious about what birds names you get called? Americans tend to flip “the bird” during their bouts of road rage. It is a nasty thing!

  18. Wow. I’m glad you let that out. The thing about life is we can all choose what we do. However, this is not the case when you’re driving. Everyone has to conform to certain rules. Why aren’t they doing so? Are the police lazy? I guess they’d have to step up surveillance to catch bad behavior as it happens. In the meantime, it’s good to be reminded of what you should NOT do.
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    • suerae says:

      I don’t think the police are lazy, Francene, I just think there are far too many inconsiderate drivers… too many to be able to do anything about legally. I think people get emboldened behind the wheel since they are anonymous to other drivers. It’s a shame.

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