I do not believe in road rage. I am usually so passive on the road that it drives my hubby nuts. I let people in front of me, I don't try to cut anyone off, and I don't tailgate.
There's only one thing about other drivers that can raise my blood pressure:
When they don't turn on their headlights in the rain.
Not only is it a law in our state that drivers turn on their headlights in the rain, it's just common sense. Which I realize is far from common.
Sometimes I try to be helpful and flash my lights at them. Then I look in my rearview mirror to see if it has had any effect. Sometimes I see the taillights come on, and I feel an intense sense of satisfaction. Superiority even.
It is not a friendly flash of the lights, however. When I do it, I move the blinker switch violently, and I find myself clenching my teeth. Sometimes I snarl, "Idiot." But not when I'm in Atlanta. I'm not THAT stupid.
I even had a comment published in the Vent section of Atlanta Journal that said: "All you drivers with automatic headlights: When it's raining but not dark enough for your lights to come on, you are allowed to turn them on yourself." I thought it was so cool that not only did they publish it, they published it on my birthday.
Why can't I let it go? Why does that one little piece of evidence of complete and total lack of consideration for other drivers make me so crazy? I swear I can feel my blood pressure go up. If I see a cop car without its lights in the rain, it's even worse.
It does remind me, however, of a funny story I read one time in Reader's Digest. And we all know that Reader's Digest doesn't lie.
Seems that in one state, since drivers could not process the fact that they should turn on their headlights in the rain, the law was worded differently. The law stated that "headlights must be turned on when windshield wipers are on." [Shouldn't car manufacturers just start making that an automatic thing? I'm just sayin'.....]
One woman was riding with her aunt on a clear evening right at twilight. When it became dark enough for the aunt to have to turn on her headlights, she also turned on her wipers and muttered, "I think that's a stupid law."
I guess some people aren't going to get it no matter HOW they word it.
Can you tell I've been driving in the rain in Atlanta today?
Deep cleansing breath. Deep cleansing breath.