Saturday, May 14, 2011

Road Etiquette

     There are rules of etiquette for a lot of things.  Sending out invitations, giving gifts, how to set a table, etc.  Someone needs to write a book about road etiquette because there IS such a thing whether some drivers out there know it or not!

     I don't know if it is etiquette/manners as much as plain old common sense and consideration.  I know every rude driver out there has to be some place that is so much more important than the place I need to be, but rudeness will only get you one place faster.  A very hot place.  I am convinced the devil takes over drivers all the time on the road.  That is his best recruiting grounds.  If you want to test someone's true character put them out on the road on a Friday afternoon when EVERYBODY is rushing to get away from or to somewhere!

     I hate it when someone pulls out in front of me and then turns.  Why can't you just wait and let me get out of your way?  Nobody likes those people who can't drive and talk on the cell phone at the same time.  You know, the ones that have to slow down to a snail's pace just to have a conversation.  I am not a multitasker at all, so even I know my limits with this one.  Then, there are those who speed up or slow down just to annoy you.  You know what I am talking about.  You are on a four lane road and two cars are in it together to speed up and slow down just so they can stay side by side with no hope of you getting around either of them.  Maybe they are talking to each other on cell phones!

     I am not the most patient person in the world and I have found out just how impatient I am while trying to teach my daughter to drive.  She is a good driver and I have taught her pretty much everything I know.  I think that was accomplished in the first week.  I am not very consistent.  I zip around town and I know I go faster than I should, then you get me out on the interstate or somewhere I am not used to driving and I turn into Mr. Magoo.  My dad drives CRAZY!  He is an aggressive driver.  If he forgets his exit is coming up, he just shoots right on over across 5 lanes of traffic at one time.  I am NO WHERE NEAR that gutsy.  I am the 90 year old woman that just stays in the slow lane way before the exit so I don't panic if I can't get over.

mr. magoo

     It is nerve wracking teaching your child to drive.  I am very anxious driving anyway, but much more so with my kids learning.  Sydney is ready to be out driving on her own, but Shane is able to get his learner's in a couple of weeks so here I go again. 

   I keep a grip on the "Oh S---" handle on the passenger's side.  Even with all my back problems, one day I am going to rip it right off!  My kids don't scare me as much as all the other drivers.  I try to teach them to be defensive, but there is so much traffic around here and people just don't pay attention while driving.  I am scared for Sydney to be out on her own.  I know she will be careful, but I don't have any control over the other drivers on the road.

     I know I make mistakes on the road, everybody does.  I might be too focused on the kids and not paying attention, but I don't do anything on purpose.  What really makes me mad is when I do something stupid, then wave or do some kind of gesture to apologize, and some MAN gets irrate with me.  NOW, I am mad too.  It is probably my biggest pet peeve when a man is completely rude and fusses out a woman in the car.  For starters, a gentleman doesn't do that.  If I had done something rude or made an obscene gesture, I don't expect a man driver to like it or even ignore it, but when I make a mistake, try to apologize, then they want to tell me what they think anyway, then they deserve what they get back.

     You don't do that to a woman driving with kids in the car.  It's looks bad enough when a man does that to a woman period, but it is so unnecessary when kids see that.  I am shocked that a lot of times I have men in their 50's/ 60's do me that way.  I feel that they were at least raised in a generation that taught them treating a woman in that way is unacceptable.  It isn't right for a woman to to be rude or vulgar toward a man either, but I think it looks so bad the other way around.  When it happens to me and the kids are in the car I always tell them that is NOT how you talk to a lady.  I go even further and tell my daughter that is NOT an acceptable way to be treated by a man.  I get angry when this happens and sometimes end up embarrassing myself and the kids, but if a man is "man" enough to talk to me that way, then he is "man" enough to get what he gets in return.  What really makes me mad is if I had been a big, strong looking man driving they might not have said or done anything.  Maybe there should be two books, one on basic road etiquette and one on how to be a gentleman on the road.

    I need to get off this soapbox, but I have to tell you one day I had a man, he looked a little older than me but not much, get mad at me.  I admit, I did something stupid, but tried to apologize.  He was so rude.  He was really letting me have it and I just looked at him and said, "Stop being an a--."  That moron looked back at me and said, "Nice, you have kids in the car."  ????????

  Well, I am fixing to have to leave and do some errands. I hope it goes well.  I am going to be teaching Shane to drive soon, and then in 2 1/2 years Stratton.  Wonder if I could get a permanent "Student Driver" sign for the top of my car.  Nothing makes people get out of your way faster than seeing that.  Except maybe a big transfer truck with a "Student Driver" sign!

"Caution Student Driver and Screaming Parent" Car Magnet

The Policeman couldn't believe his eyes as he saw the woman drive past him, busily knitting.
 Quickly he pulled along the vehicle, wound down his window and shouted "Pull over!"
"No" she replied, "they're socks!"

This Policeman pulled a car over and told the man driving that he was going 50 mph in a 40 mph zone.
"I was only going 40!" the driver protested.
 "Not according to my radar," the officer replied.
"Yes, I was!" the man shouted back.
"No you weren't!" the policeman said, starting to get annoyed.
With that, the man's wife leaned toward the window and said, "Officer, I should warn you not to argue with my husband when he's been drinking."

'Listen, be fair, George - it's your TURN to take Mrs McCarthy for her lesson.' by Naylor, Jim

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