A traffic accident waiting to happen

By Lauren Gatto
November 14, 2002

Paul Williams

Beep, Beep!

What the hell are you doing?

Beep, Beep!

Does this sound familiar to anyone?

I don’t know about you, but I am tired of being the target for auto accidents.

It seems that just about everyday someone has to add a little bit of excitement to my life by trying to play bumper cars with me, except that I do not want to play.

Now, I cannot say that I am the perfect driver because I have had a few fender benders myself. However, there are more idiot drivers out there on the road that should have their licenses revoked.

I believe that I have this imaginary sign on my car that says “If you want to piss me off try and hit me.” I cannot believe how many times a day I come close to being in accidents that are not my fault for once.

Don’t you just love those people that decide they need to make a turn without warning you? I guess their car came without turn signals. Since they suddenly stop, you now need to brake fast so that you do not rearend them, while also praying that the person behind you does not rearend you too.

How about those drivers that think they can beat you through the light? As you are driving, you see the offending vehicle stopped in the oncoming traffic waiting to make a turn. While you are traveling down the road knowing that you have the right of way they, without the slightest concern for proper driving etiquette and total disregard for the safety of all the vehicles on the road, dart across the intersection like they are on some police show. They create all of this drama just because they are too impatient to follow the rules of the road and let you pass by first.

Speaking of drama, old people are the ones that create the most problems, but you have to love them. They either drive extremely slow or way too fast. They brake every five minutes before they get ready to make a turn that does not appear until 10 miles down the road. They act like they are driving a boat and do not care who is in their way. For that matter most of them are so tiny that they cannot even see over the steering wheel.

Forget about parking. You might as well just take a nap because you are going to be behind them for at least 20 minutes. I think that they should be retested for their license when they reach a certain age. There would definitely be less aggravation and less close call accidents.

With all of this chaos on the road it is no wonder why there is so much road rage.

Even when you think you are safe you wind up behind, beside, or in front of some jerk. I have come to the conclusion that you do not have to watch out for yourself, but for the idiot driver that decides that you are going to be their target for the day. Watch out and do not forget to use your horn if you have to.

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