A play on the old saying ‘ Nature abhors a vacuum’. Driving to work and home again, or anywhere for that matter is a test of patience and willpower. Seriously. just watch some jagoff switching lanes constantly because he thinks it will get him further along. Every time a space about the size of his car opens up, bam, he’s in it, only to move out again when the other lane has an opening. Idiot.
I drive a very busy section of Routes 1 and 202 in Southeastern PA almost every day. The idiocy of the drivers that I witness doing some very stupid, unsafe, and frankly outright illegal moves is amazing. Take something as simple as stopping at a stop sign.
The law requires the vehicle to come to a stop at the sign or stop bar, then move slowly forward until you can see clearly in all directions before proceeding. Stop. STOP!! Look it up. It pretty much means, well stop, not moving anymore. But the drivers I see every day, every stop sign, don’t even attempt to stop. I can’t count how many times I have had to slam on my brakes because some cell phone watching fool just blows through an intersection without as much as a glance. But traffic lights are even worse.
It seems nowadays that stopping at a red light is optional. I did not know this happened. Really, I thought we still had to stop, but no, go to any intersection controlled by a signal and count how many cars go through a yellow light. Then, count how many follow them through the red light. A lot right? Unsafe, illegal and very very stupid. But hey, what’s a law for if not to be broken right?
At every intersection that carries a certain amount of vehicles a day and up has what is known as a stop bar. Some even mark the bar with a sign saying “Stop here on Red”. You know where I’m going with this one. How many times do you see ( or do YOU) go past the stop bar and even sit in a crosswalk? Lots. That bar is there for a reason folks. It’s to make room for larger vehicles turning the corners. It is NOT just someplace they decided to paint a pretty line on the road. I pity the pedestrians trying to cross the street in the crosswalk when some asshole in a BMW or Hummer is sitting with his nose over the second crosswalk line and the peeps have to actually walk behind their vehicle or even into the cross traffic lane just to get to the other side. I have witnessed people hitting cars that are in their way. I mean seriously, it is a red light, you have to wait, what is so important that you have to wait in the crosswalk? Speaking of pedestrians…
What part of wait for the walk light do you not understand? In downtown West Chester there are 2 intersections on High Street at Market and again at Gay Street that have dedicated walk times. The traffic is stopped and the walkers can cross safely. By the way, pedestrian laws only apply IF you follow the rules. In PA, a pedestrian IN A CROSSWALK gets the right of way and we must stop and wait. But, at a controlled intersection, with Walk lights, the only way peds get the right of way is DURING THE WALK CYCLE. I see pedestrians crossing the street against the walk light and then yelling at or hitting vehicles making legal turns because they were inconvenienced. Fuck you. Wait for the light and have the right of way all to your self.
But there are other times where people have just plain abandoned law and drive any way they want. Take Rout 1 and Route 202 where they intersect at Painters Crossing. Going South on 202 there is a right turn lane for South 1. This lane starts about 300 yards from the intersection. however the shoulder of the road is the same width for a bout 1/4 mile back from the intersection. Yep, every day I see car after car roaring down the shoulder to turn right on Rte 1 because they don’t want to sit in traffic. Again, fuck you. Why are you so special. Wait like the rest of us. One day a tractor trailer hit a car because the truck waited, like professional drivers do, and the car pulled out of line and tried to shoot down the shoulder before the truck would get to the turn lane. The trucker hit the car because it appeared out of nowhere.
Other problems people cause for themselves: Lane ends ahead, 2 lanes feed into 1. Traffic backs up for a mile because why? That’s right, the impatient assholes have to clog that ending lane trying to force their way in when they should have merged and done it correctly. Fuck you. My trip is taking longer now because of your ignorance and stupidity.
I’m ranting, yes I am. But I am a professionally trained commercial truck driver. Don’t even get me started on the shit I saw while in my trucks. One of the worst is when a fuckhead four-wheeler darts in front of my truck at a red light and dramatically reduces my stopping distance. How many times I just wanted to slam into these clueless assholes.
The problem comes from poor training and enforcement. Hell I have even witnessed cops sitting at an intersection, past the stop bar, no turn signal and then just turn. Or, a cop is sitting watching traffic and sees (or does not) one or 2 cars run the red light, only to ignore it.
I have been through 3 different Defensive Driving courses. Each one gave me more info on how to look ahead, react quickly and properly and prepare for the inevitable bullshit ignorant drivers cause.
So, I say again…FUCK YOU asshole drivers. The older I get, the less I am going to care about whaling into your car for doing something stupid. I Remember the movie line that goes ” … I’m older and have better insurance sweetheart… that’s me. I will let you know what a dick you are and hit you if you are in the wrong. Look out… here I come!