Adventures In Driving

My mom is staying with us for the summer and it’s the best thing ever. There’s a chance my in-laws might also visit during the summer and it will be so nice to have an ally around for that visit.

There are tourists flocking to our area and it has made driving more frustrating than usual. The road that’s the cross street by our house is so congested as it is but during the summer, holy hell. And, I hate driving anyways. It’s always made me so tense and stressed.

My mom and I were coming back from the store because oh my fucking god, no matter how much I plan, I go to the store at least three times a week for shit I forgot, even though I always… well I mostly have a list.

Anyway, there was an older woman ahead of us doing at least five under the speed limit.

A mild annoyance but oh, well.

Then, this woman started to put on her brakes.

Okay.

A normal thing to do.

But, she then came to a complete fucking stop on the two lane road.

What the fucking fuck?

I looked at my mom and said am I just crazy or is this woman turning really fucking slow?

She’s turning really fucking slow, my mom replied.

This woman came to a complete stop on our two lane road that goes by our house and she just fucking stops.

Who dropped the acid in my water?

What the hell, lady?

Can you turn any slower?

Yes. Yes, she can.

And with that, she made the slowest left hand turn in the entire history of left hand turns.

When she was finally far enough out of my way, I hit the gas and looked back in my rearview mirror.

And what did I see?

This lady was still in the process of completing her turn into the golf course entrance.

I just don’t get the way people drive anymore. Common courtesy has blown to the winds. People drive like they’re the only people on the road.

Yes, I’m bitching about drivers because I’m officially old. Next week I’ll have a post entirely centered around the price that things where when I was a kid.

Okay, no, I won’t.

Or will I?

Hmmmm.

What’s your driving pet peeve or an annoyance you’ve had lately with driving?

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5 Responses to Adventures In Driving

  1. FM June 26, 2017 at 15:54 #

    After living in Atlanta for 19 years where NO ONE WOULD LET YOU IN. EVER. when you tried to merge, Pittsburgh has been a lovely change. Yes, there’s these weird bridges and tunnels everywhere but people in Pittsburgh actually allow you to pull out into traffic, allow you to be in front of them without trying to get in your trunk, and are pretty patient. It’s been a nice change and I feel the road rage ebbing away from me. In Atlanta, they’d rather run you off the road, off the shoulder, off the edge of a cliff to a fiery death rather than let you merge in front of them. So while I haven’t had to deal with the merging/lack of merging thing for a while, that’s a pet peeve. Please allow me to pull onto the road that you don’t own and be one car-length ahead of you, you bastards.

  2. Brnady June 26, 2017 at 19:59 #

    I live in Southern California and we have a “California Roll” which annoys the crap out of me, but more then anything its men that will do illegal things on the road to be “Courteous”. Its confusing, scary and ends up taking twice as long as if they just followed the law. Example: 4-way intersection, 2-way stop. I’m at a stop and the gentlemen isn’t. Verses continuing to drive past me like a normal person, they will stop in the middle of the f-ing road and make a grand gesture for me to go by. WHAT THE FUCKERY? I never allow the insanity, gesture for them to just drive.. cause well, now your unpredictable to me and i dont want my car or body near you!

  3. Angie June 28, 2017 at 08:57 #

    So glad you’re back! I’ve missed your writing.

    As polite as we Canadians are, I’ve noticed a disturbing trend of tailgating. I usually drive about 10 km over the limit (police will let that go, but not much more) and I still have idiots riding my bumper. I tap my brakes twice (lightly) and that seems to make them back off.

  4. Lori July 10, 2017 at 13:27 #

    My pet peeve is also tailgating. It’s really bad here in NM. My go to move is to hit the windshield washer fluid. And then again (because you know, that windshield was still dirty). Usually the tailgater will back off. My theory is that a lot of these impatient drivers have really clean shiny cars and don’t like them being splashed!

  5. Puppygirl July 26, 2017 at 23:40 #

    You’re not complaining because you’re old. I’ve been complaining about other people’s driving since I got my licence. People just don’t seem to have common sense/ courtesy when they drive. I have to say, you had far more patience than I would have had. I would have been laying on the horn and trying to drive over the curb to get around.
    I live off of a highway and daily I get behind people who have obviously never driven down a highway in their lives. The worst ones are those who race me to where the highway narrows to a single lane each way, get in front of me, then slow down to less than the speed limit. My kingdom for a mack truck that runs them all over.

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