Road… Annoyances?

I was having a conversation with my husband while driving home from work Last Friday and I felt like it would make a good blog post and maybe spark a little conversation among ourselves. As you all know by now, I have a long drive to and from work. I work Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm and it takes me 45 minutes one way to get to and from work. As you can imagine, that means encountering many types of drivers; from the really slow or granny drivers to the speed racers. I know saying granny drivers is a little mean but that’s how slow drivers have always been referenced to me even from my own grandmother so I do apologize if that offends anyone but that’s the term I’m using. My drive consists of driving through 3 Ohio counties (fun fact: there are 88 of them). How people drive is usually determined by the weather. During the cold or rainy days, people are a little more cautious (obnoxious) in their driving. On sunny days people are a lot more speedy (also obnoxious) in their driving.

As I’ve mentioned before as well, I drive standard or stick shift or manual depending on who you ask. That means I have 3 pedals to work with instead of 2 which would make it an automatic car. Have you ever heard the phrase “road rage”? If you haven’t, let me explain it to you. Road rage is when people get annoyed with your driving and start doing obnoxious things like ride your bumper, honk at you or even go as far as yell out the window at you if they get the opportunity to pass you by. Usually this happens because a person is driving too slow or don’t use a turn signal when turning or ride their brakes; those sorts of things.

I have this ritual of having to be on the phone with people while I’m driving long distances. Since my husband gets home before I do, he’s usually my talk person on the drive. I don’t know when I started doing this but I just like having someone on the phone with me in case something happens or I get pulled over and a cop isn’t very nice (has to be said; I’m black). Luckily though, I’m a pretty safe driver and it’s overall nice to just have someone to talk to instead of the drone of NPR or silence (because I hate commercials so the radio is not an option). On Friday I was behind some silly drivers. One couldn’t decide if he wanted to use his turn signal or not and when he finally made up his mind he was going to turn he didn’t use it. Another literally took 5 minutes to turn a corner and another was a bumper rider. Instead of “raging” which usually involves a lot of cursing, I made thoughtful observations such as, “hmm, I don’t think he knows what he’s doing. Maybe his turn signal is broken. Hey! I’m going the speed limit!” and “I wonder if he’s lost….”. What was funny is I didn’t even realize what I was saying til my husband burst out laughing. I was like, “what’s so funny?” He was like, “you sound like you’re narrating a book!” and continued to giggle.

Apparently I have road annoyances instead of road rage (his words not mine), haha. I confess though that there are times where the rage lets loose and I want to make my car fly over everyone but most times it seems I find it all more amusing than anything else. So yeah, random story I wanted to share with you all. Are you a regular road driver? Do you think you have road rage or road annoyances? Let me know in the comments below!

25 thoughts on “Road… Annoyances?

  1. Lets talk about road annoyances. Wanna hear a funny thing that happened with me years back? 4 years back I was returning home from my school bus and my bus driver was pathetic. He soon got fired though. Anyhoo so we were on the main road and we had to take a turn into a street. Now naturally when you have to turn u gotta take the side lane, to whichever side you turn. But this silly monster was driving in the centre lane. These was a mini van in the side lane. Now when our driver turned without giving the indicator, the poor minivan guy also had to turn with us to avoid colision. And boy did he get annoyed. He drove past the bus and yelled loudly coz he had to take a turn which was a one way and now poor guy had to go all way from back of the city. hahahha we all had a good laugh at the time but now I realise it was wrong. lol.

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    1. Aaaaah! I know buses and big trucks have to make a really wide turn sometimes which requires them to drive a bit towards the center but a schoolbus should be the safest with using turn signals! I don’t blame the driver in the minivan, poor man, lol. Thanks for sharing your story! I bet as a kid it was quite funny and I probably would have laughed at the time too πŸ™‚

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  2. Ohhh my! I think I am the definition of road rage! I can’t stand it when people do under the speed limit. I also hate when they are texting and driving. I was on the way to work today a 30 min drive for me and the truck in front of me was slowing down. So I pass him. He’s on the phone texting. So now I am in front of him a driving on my merry way and I look in the rearview mirror and lo and behold he is driving down the middle of the road and cars are behind him in both lanes stuck. WTH right!! He is driving along down the middle of the road for a 1/4 mile. Now this is what drives me nuts. STOP TEXTING!!!!

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    1. Here I can agree though I admit I sort of text and drive depending on who I’m talking to and how urgent it is but I stictly keep it to red lights and if I’m in bumper to bumper traffic. If its super important though, I just call the person which I know is a dying action these days! Anybody that drives a semi shouldn’t have a phone at all imo unless it’s an emergency. They’re driving such huge loads that they truly need to be paying 100% attention absolutely!

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      1. Yep. I was sitting at a redlight one day and the lady next to me was so busy texting she decided the light was red long enough and just started driving, almost hit two cars. agggghhh

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  3. Yes! I have encountered road rage before and I can get pretty upset myself, but I usually try to keep myself calm. We live in the middle of nowhere and it takes about 45 minutes to an hour to get anywhere, so I know what you mean with the distance and coming across a myriad of drivers, lol.

    Once, a man got out and came after me and all because I accidently pulled out in front of him, and not even that bad. We got up to the stop sign and he came at me. I rolled up my window and he punched my back windshield. It was pretty scary. πŸ˜† A few months ago I was in the drive through and had to pull up to wait for our food. A guy who was parked nearby couldn’t pull out because of all the traffic and he got out and starting yelling at me and said,” move your f**king car!” There was nowhere else for us to go. It was bad because my kids had to sit there and listen to his foul language. People can be complete psychos. I wanted to get out and punch him, but I’m not like that anymore, luckily! Lol! He had to wait and used someone nasty words. What can you do though.

    I think it’s great that you don’t get upset and outrage. It’s so unhealthy to get angry and rage. ❀😊 You sound like a calm driver.

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    1. Okay see the scenario with the man coming after you is the exact reason why I keep someone on the phone with me while I’m driving at all times. People are insane and geez it was not that serious! The other guy in the drive thru, that was just completely uncalled for especially if he saw your kids in the car. That’s how people end up in accidents and die cause they’re too busy rushing and harassing undeserving people!
      Yeah. I’m of the mind, usually, that it’s a waste of my energy to get mad especially while driving cause most of it is out of your control anyway and yes, it’s not healthy! I completely agree!

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    1. You make a good point! I did use to drive the highway a lot and that was hell for me and I definitely leaned more towards the rage but the back roads have made it much better to keep me calm.

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  4. haha it’s a good term (especially since my grandma was definitely a granny driver πŸ˜‰ ) hehehe I love that you have road annoyances rather than rage!! Gonna be honest, I can’t drive, so I have no idea whether I’d have rage or annoyances! (I get public transport annoyances, if that works for this πŸ˜‰ )

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    1. Can’t drive?? Well I guess when your town has a good public transport system, it’s not necessary. That’s impossible here. Absolutely need a car, haha

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      1. hehe nope, can’t drive, not even a little bit πŸ˜‰ Yeah, public transport’s decent in London and when I was in Edinburgh I just walked everywhere. But I think it’s really different in the states (and if I lived somewhere else in the UK tbh)

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        1. Places like NY and Cali have great transport! Subways and taxis everywhere. We just don’t have that in Ohio. There’s buses but they don’t go everywhere and Uber can get so expensive.

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          1. I totally get that! A lot of people I know have said that to get anywhere in America you really need a car. One day I’ll learn though and then I’ll go on a roadtrip in the States πŸ˜‰ (tick two dreams off my bucket list πŸ˜‰ )

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    2. Oh and yes public transport annoyances work! Like when there’s a delay or when you have to be completely rerouted. I bet those aren’t fun times if they happen to you.

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  5. Ummm, I’m going to be the super-worried friend here. Please tell me that you’re talking on the phone hands-free. Even then I worry. If you text while you are driving I will come down there. I love you and I don’t want you to be hurt. Plus, can you imagine being Zel and hearing the accident from his end? Geez, I sound like a an overprotective Mom. Can’t help it…I worry! β€οΈπŸ’•β€οΈπŸ’•β€οΈ Did I mention that I worry?

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  6. So my h better to have road annoyances than road rage. I am getting closer to a granny but still think I am a good driver. I use my cruise control a lot. My frustration is the driver that speeds up, slows down, speeds up etc.

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