Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Back to School, Back to Traffic.

As I drove in to work today, I was smacked across the face with the reality that school is back in session. While it means my short commute across town is far more congested with traffic from parents dropping off their children at school, it really means that people act like total idiots.

Since I no longer stop at Starbucks every morning, I don't have to contend with the high school kids flooding the lines anymore, but I do have to deal with their neurotic parents trying to get them to school on time. It's a miracle there aren't more fender benders.

The scariest part about this whole thing is that everyone (myself excluded, of course) seems to have forgotten how to drive like a capable adult. It's like they've reverted back to their days as Student Drivers and are relearning the basics.

Where is the gas pedal? 
Is that one the brake? 
Do I really need to stop at this stop sign? 
Maybe I'll just go when I want to and let other people wait for me.
Good thing that guy's brakes are operating properly!

These are just some of the things I witnessed today from those driving around me. Before I could truly experience the joy of driving among these lunatics, I first had to turn right and merge onto the busy street. As I patiently waited for a break in traffic, the woman to the left of me who wanted to cross over traffic decided it was a brilliant idea to keep inching forward even though her chances of actually completing her left hand turn in the next five minutes were basically slim to none. Unless of course she was planning on bolting out into the heavy stream of cars and hoping for the best. So instead of waiting, the genius decided to pull forward even more and turn left into oncoming traffic all so she could make a cramped U-turn to go back down the street she had come from. She's seriously lucky she didn't cause a major head-on collision, but she's equally lucky she didn't back her car into my door because I would have gone ballistic. That is, if the Jaw of Life didn't have to come pry me out. It would've been okay though, I had the license plate on her white, Chrysler 200 filed away in my short term memory folder just in case.

I just don't understand what the issue is and what makes people lose their minds on the first day/week of school. Maybe it's a matter of getting back into the swing of things, but I'd like to think that people are capable enough to practice patience and utilize sound driving skills even if they are running a few minutes behind and it feels like they're experiencing a mini Carmageddon. Wishful thinking, I know, but wouldn't it be nice if people were considerate of other drivers and weren't so damn selfish? Be safe out there!


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