Driving

Cutting someone off.

Could this be the most offensive action a driver can do on the road?

I mean, other than actually causing a collision, is cutting another driver off the worst offense? Do you judge every other driver by the offensiveness of their driving technic? And if so, do you judge them by how close they are to you and your vehicle when they merge?

Even if you don’t, I do.

I judge people’s driving skills by their ability to make me want to cause the accident they were about to commit. Don’t ask why. I have an undying curiosity. It can’t be stopped.

Forever, I will be wondering: “What would it look like if they were driving that close and I wasn’t paying attention and instead of braking I just rammed into them?”

It’s a good thing I value my vehicle or there’d be mayhem on the highways. I could imagine having a less-than-appealing automobile and driving it like an idiot so at every lane change and every merge point I was making some other driver angry enough to play crash-up derby with me. In fact, it’s a good thing most people value their vehicles, or there would probably be a lot of that going on out there.

Could you imagine all the stressful and impatient moments pushing a driver to do the crazy driving things like crashing through barriers, driving off the road, and/or plowing through a flock of sheep?

Photo by Tobias Tullius

An impatient moment. A gas pedal. A slowly meandering sheep. All of these mix too well. If a low-quality vehicle was thrown in, then the accident would be inevitable. There’s no doubt in my mind.

Low auto esteem is a real phenomenon. It happens all the time, on every roadway in the world. The good thing though, is that it’s not too widespread. If it was more common, we’d have massive twenty-car pile-ups. We’d have crash-up derby. We’d have, well, mayhem on the highways.

Published by Kurt Gailey

This is where I'm supposed to brag about how I've written seven novels, twelve screenplays, thousands of short stories, four self-help books, and one children's early-reader, but I'd rather stay humble. You can find out about things I've written or follow my barchive (web archive, aka 'blog) at xenosthesia.com or follow me on twitter @kurt_gailey. I love sports and music and books, so if you're an athlete or in a band or you're a writer, give me a follow and I'll most likely follow you back. I've even been known to promote other people's projects.

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