MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)

People on the road and other driving things...

  
By:  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)  •  Just for Fun  •  3 months ago  •  16 comments

People on the road and other driving things...
“If you want to get into an altercation on the side of the road with someone go ahead, but it is not going to end well.” Dr. Donna Rockwell

I don’t understand why people get so angry with something so ridiculously silly....

Let me start off by saying that no one is perfect. This is a rant, so to speak about people on the road, new drivers, seasoned drivers, and overall nerve-racking drivers.

I have a 20-year-old boy [aka “the adopted one”], who we’ll call E for the purposes of this rant, that has his adult permit that we went to get him on May 7 ($25 to the State). I have an 18-year-old daughter, who we’ll call M for the purposes of this rant that took driver’s ed. Segment 1 last year ($300 to one school), passed with flying colors, but because of COVID, were unable to get her the segment 2 class ($85 to another school) scheduled until April this year [again, passed with flying colors] and a road test next month ($65 to yet another school). However, because she turned 18 in June, we had to get her an adult permit ($25 to the State) to continue driving until next month, after her road test.

I’ve had both of them practicing in the local high school parking lot with my Fiesta with a manual trans for more than a year now; both have been on side streets with it, but only M has been on main roads with it, because it seems E forgets everything he’s been taught immediately after we’re done driving for the day. Generally, I get him to a place that he’s doing well driving, but a few days later, we’re back to square one again. So, I decided to start taking him out in my husband’s 97 Ranger, which is an automatic. No Bueno. It doesn’t matter much which vehicle E is driving. He doesn’t check blind spots when getting into the next lane, he doesn’t look both ways at a stop, he blew through a stop sign that I had warned him about a block before and claimed that he didn’t have enough time to stop in that block’s distance. Can’t maintain his speed. Gets angry if someone honks at him... like shaking angry. I made him pull over when that happened. Damn near hit someone because he simply didn’t slow down for a right turn, I had to yell, “BRAKES!” Almost never uses his damn turn signal. I had to scold him every time. He keeps asking me if he has to wait for the light to turn green to make a left turn... EVERY TIME WE DRIVE. What blows me away is that he has a younger sister and she’s a great driver!!!

The other thing is, M got a job two weeks after she graduated. E is still making excuses regarding a job... he graduated LAST YEAR. I already told him that he cannot get his license until he gets a job, because he IS NOT going on my car insurance. He needs his own car and his own car insurance.

Anyways... I was talking to someone at work, and he commented that he [a damn near 50-year-old man] gets shaking angry when he’s honked at too. All I could say, or think is, “WHY”? What good does it do to get angry, let alone shaking angry when someone honks? Who gives a shit? Road rage has never been good for anyone. I mean... this article says it all for road rage in Metro Detroit: https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/defenders/2021/07/09/it-is-every-day-road-rage-on-the-rise-in-metro-detroit/

I will NOT allow E to keep getting behind the wheel if he can’t control his anger. Personally, I think that if more people took anger more seriously that we would see road rage reduced. What I mean by that is, most people don’t think twice about someone they’re riding with or live with drive or continue to drive when they start getting angry. Even if my mom started getting angry while driving, I’d tell her to pull over and let me drive. She doesn’t get angry behind the wheel, she’s the panicked driver, but that’s no better. I just used her as an example.

My husband is the best driver I’ve ever known. He complimented me the other day by saying, “I think you’re every bit as good a driver as I am, but you’re better at teaching. I lose my patience trying to teach.” I found it to be a huge compliment coming from him really. I’ve seen him a little frustrated on the road, but NEVER angry. I usually sound angry on the road, but I’m simply a bit frustrated.... I’m just loud and obnoxious. :D It seems my daughter is taking after me that way. She’ll call someone a fucking asshole or say, “Use your damn turn signal jackass.” Never loud enough for the other drivers to hear her, but that’s usually the shit that I do too. I’m fine with that method, because while she’s a bit frustrated by the other driver, she’s not angry.

When that person honked at E, I watched his face go red, his hands start shaking, and his breathing pattern increased in speed... he didn’t say anything, but I saw what was happening. I said, “Pull over. You CANNOT be angry behind the wheel.” He said, “I’m trying not to be.” I didn’t want to escalate it further, so I didn’t say what I was thinking, “Well, try harder. This is MY CAR.” His dad is a hot head. I’m not going to put up with that crap, especially behind the wheel of my car.

 

NO POLITICS, NO MENTION OF PRESIDENTS PAST OR PRESENT.

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MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)
Sophomore Principal
1  author  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)    3 months ago

NO POLITICS, NO MENTION OF PRESIDENTS PAST OR PRESENT.

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
Senior Principal
2  Just Jim NC TttH    3 months ago

Great post....................jrSmiley_13_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)
Sophomore Principal
3  author  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)    3 months ago

Guess I could've gone with the following gif.

512

 
 
 
Split Personality
PhD Principal
4  Split Personality    3 months ago

Both of my daughters were terrific learning how to drive. Now one is nervously anticipating her own son's 16th birthday.

My son was a nightmare; tickets, engines, transmissions, drive shafts...4 or 5 cars, one totaled.

He bought a heavily modified Dodge Neon SRT that had Viper badges on it, blacked out windows and lenses,

(so modified that the dealership declined to honor any part of the warranty)

and suddenly started driving like an old man.

Except when they went to the track, lol.

 
 
 
JBB
Professor Principal
5  JBB    3 months ago

Half the cars in NYC are owned by a Richard Parker.

You could park 20 cars on each side of my block but the way these dicks do it only a dozen fit most days!

On odd even street sweeping days they actively maneuver to take two full spots with only one car!

It is maddening so I get why people get into fights.

 
 
 
MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)
Sophomore Principal
5.1  author  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)  replied to  JBB @5    3 months ago

Oh my... that's partly because people don't really know how to parallel park and if their car does it for them, the sensors won't allow you to get close enough on either end to squeeze in tight spots.

I will get pretty pissed if I see a parking situation that could easily be resolved, but I'm not driving while I'm pissed, I'm parking and then getting out. jrSmiley_82_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
JBB
Professor Principal
5.1.1  JBB  replied to  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka) @5.1    3 months ago

I am talking about the Richard Parkers who on purpose leave big big spaces front and rear. In some spaces one vehicle can block 1.9 other cars from parking in that same space. They can then by mov8ng forward or backwards a few feet make a space for friends or family who come home later. At least, that is the game they play in my neighborhood...

 
 
 
MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)
Sophomore Principal
5.1.2  author  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)  replied to  JBB @5.1.1    3 months ago

I understand what you mean. There were people that played that crap in my parent's neighborhood. I'm that person that pisses those jerks off, because I drive a tiny Fiesta and it can usually fit into those tight spaces, so I squeeze in and watch them rage.

I'm glad that on my block, there's only parking on one side of the street. Most driveways are off of alleys in my neighborhood and there's not much reason for any of us to park on the street, so on the occasions that people do need to park on the street (e.g., my household having a birthday party), I make sure people don't park like jackasses. I've made people visiting my home move their vehicle before. Most times, when people along my block have people over, they tightly line one side of the alley, allowing people by if they need to, but it keeps cars off the street and less likely to get a mirror taken off by someone not paying attention.

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
Professor Expert
6  Hal A. Lujah    3 months ago

I’m getting very tired of seeing road rage murder articles.  I’m all for a swift death penalty for any asshole who fatally shoots a gun at a car over road rage.  Tired of hearing about children getting cut down in their car seats just because someone attempted to change lanes when someone else was in their blind spot.  I always tell my kids it’s not worth getting angry at a stranger over something stupid, because you don’t know just how fucking stupid that person might be.

 
 
 
MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)
Sophomore Principal
6.1  author  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @6    3 months ago

Amen to that!!! Or should I say hallelujah? jrSmiley_91_smiley_image.gif  

 
 
 
Ender
Professor Principal
7  Ender    3 months ago

I get mad but not hysterical. People are idiots and most can't drive. Around here anyway.

I always get stuck behind someone going ten miles and hour with their blinker on, or someone looking at their phone and swerving all over the place.

Never fails.

 
 
 
MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)
Sophomore Principal
7.1  author  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)  replied to  Ender @7    3 months ago

I've called the local PD for people swerving. 

 
 
 
Ender
Professor Principal
7.1.1  Ender  replied to  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka) @7.1    3 months ago

I have honked at them before. Swerving along the road, stop at a stoplight, light turns green and they sit there on their phone...HONK!

Haha

 
 
 
MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)
Sophomore Principal
7.1.2  author  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)  replied to  Ender @7.1.1    3 months ago

Oh, I've done that too, but when it's excessive, I'll call the local PD.

 
 
 
charger 383
Professor Quiet
8  charger 383    3 months ago

when you drive too angry, you will be madder when you have to deal with police, tow tucks, body shops, insurance companies, the DMV and hopefully not the rescue squad and emergency room.  

 
 
 
MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)
Sophomore Principal
8.1  author  MsAubrey (aka Ahyoka)  replied to  charger 383 @8    3 months ago

Yep. Absolutely correct. E tried claiming that he's more focused. I said, "Bullshit."