Thursday, May 11, 2006

Does rain bring out the idiots or are they always there and the rain just brings the idiot to the surface?

Ok, I am working like crazy, moving into a new apartment and my grandmother just had a stroke at the end of last week. So I have been just a tad bit busy and have not had time to post. However this mornings drive into work pissed me off and I just had to post something real quick.

I left the house this morning to drive to work and it took me over 45 minutes to make what is normally a 25 to 30 minute drive.... why? Because it was drizzling!

A little rain and wet pavement and people lose their friggin minds and drive below the speed limit. Of course there are more accidents.... it's the slow scared out of their minds people that cause the accidents to occur. They are driving 45-50 in the left or center lane on the highway.

I travel on a highway with 3 lanes in each direction and on a normal day traffic is moving along at 55-60 and there is little congestion. However this morning it was 35-45 and just short of being bumper to bumper. I fully expected that there was an accident a few miles up ahead that was slowing everything down.

That would have been to easy an answer. Nope the culprit was a little moisture. Put a light drizzle on the road and the people who are afraid to drive on a clear, dry, sunny day become freakishly frightened assholes. They drive in the left and center lanes 10-15 miles below the posted speed limit with a death grip on the steering wheel and a look of sheer terror on their faces.

On suburban 4 lane roads they are again driving 5 to 10 miles below the speed limit and even though they are already going slow and messing up the flow of traffic, they have to brake and slow even down even more a mile before a turn.

A good many of these accidents are cars that have been hit from behind and spun around. Why? Beacuse they have been hit by someone who was driving 'normally'.

These slow people do not drive with their foot on the brake pedal or with their flashers on to show those around them that they are literally crapping in their pants and that everyone else should watch out as they may do something else stupid that could affect hundreds of other drivers within 5 miles. No they just creep along impeding the flow of traffic and when some driver comes up behind them driving normally they freak out even more and hit their brakes or worse take their foot off the gas without hitting their brakes and those behind them are forced into reactive situations that lead to accidents.

Here are some tips for the assholes-
  • If your car does not have good traction in wet weather..... get some new tires!
  • If you are afraid of driving in the in the right lane or car pool or just stay home.
  • If you are afraid of driving even when it is a clear, dry, sunny day.... stay off the road...period!

Get a job closer to where you live and ride a bike or walk, or take public transportation. Or get a job where you can telecommute and work from home.

Don't whine about your right to drive, driving is a PRIVILEGE not a right. Leave it to those of us who know how.

Every time a group of cars could get past one of these rainy day freaks you could see a look of relief come over the faces of all the drivers. That is until we came up on another rainy day freak....

I let off a nice road rage type yell in my car as I pulled into the parking lot at work. 8 hours in the office strapped to a desk will be more relaxing than the 45 minutes it took to get there......


Blogger Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah said...

Rough commute.

In Florida, people would drive 75 mph in pouring rain, so I'm not sure which way is better.

11:26 AM  

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