Driving is a very complicated, dynamic activity where unexpected things are bound to happen. As a result, it’s common for drivers to suffer from the occasional bout of anger at their misfortune, or directed toward other cars on the road. (This is where learning defensive driving techniques would help immensely.) But there is a special class of drivers who feel perpetually irked every time they get behind the wheel. We call them Road Ragers.
Here are four of the relaxation-challenged drivers you should watch out for the next time you start your commute.
This is a driver who is pretty sure the drivers handbook is made for other people, not them. While everybody else might have to adhere to things like “rules” and “driving defensively,” they know they are far too talented a driver to ever bother with such things. They will drive on the shoulder when everyone else sits patiently in stop-and-go traffic. They blow through four-way stops without looking if they think they can get away with it. And when their rebelliousness causes the inevitable near-miss or even a full-blown accident, they act shocked, angered, and completely bewildered that someone of their unique driving talent could ever find themselves in such a situation.
Who’s number one? Well, if you believe The Competitor, they are number one. These are drivers who absolutely, positively must be first. At stop lights, they always bolt ahead of other drivers. They weave in and out of highway traffic with the dim hope that they will get ahead of the rest of the cars on the road. And in their pursuit of getting into a superior position they have little respect for the concept of “right of way.” When their reckless and dangerous driving doesn’t give them the advantage they want, they respond the only way they know how: with a steering wheel-pounding meltdown right in their car.
Members of this class of road rager are drivers who believe they are far above the rest of us who need to deal with plebeian concerns like backed up traffic or dividing lines. When a construction crew blocks a lane and causes traffic to pile up, the rest of us might have to politely merge and endure the slight delay with quiet dignity, but it is far too much for the delicate sensibilities of Road Royalty. They speed up and dart in at the last possible moment, then sit in traffic, sneering and guffawing that someone of their caliber is forced to wait along with the unwashed masses.
This is a special type of driver who is well-intentioned, but still suffers from the blood-pressure raising anger that all other suffers of road rage are afflicted with. Is your registration decal not applied properly? Did you signal for slightly less time than generally desired before turning? They will let you know with much finger pointing, honking, and waving. These drivers always seem to be more focused on how other people are driving rather than paying attention to their own driving habits, sacrificing their personal safety.