My drive home from work exactly a week ago contained two surprises.
First, there was the red light at the freeway exit ramp I take each day. I get into the left lane and wait for the light to turn green. Traffic in the right lane is required to stop for the light; there is no green arrow or provision to turn right without stopping.
But they did. One. Two. Three. All minivans for some reason. No regard for the red light. Not even a hint of a stop.
Then, not two minutes later, I was on the single lane road that leads to my home and noticed a guy weaving two cars behind. Sure enough, he pulled onto the inside — a combination paved pedestrian walk and bike lane — and passed the vehicle directly behind me on the right side. At that I decided to get out of the way of the guy and pulled over to let him pass, which he did, swinging way out into the other lane to do so.
At the top of the hill a police car was in radar mode, but the guy wasn’t actually speeding so he sailed through. And the police had missed the drama of his approach because of a hill.
In both cases, there is a Friday factor; alcohol could have been involved.
What do I say to this?
- There is a complete disregard for the rules
- There is a great deal of impatience
- There is a sense of “me first” with many drivers
However, if I start regarding every approaching vehicle as being operated by a potential menace the paranoia and over-cautiousness will start to affect my own driving style and could result in a worse situation.
Driving is based on trust. Trust of the other guy on the road.
It’s an act of faith if ever there was one.