I can understand Road Rage!

Discussion in 'Road Rage' started by Jim C-G, Oct 8, 2017.

  1. Jim C-G

    Jim C-G Member

    On my ride to the ferry in August I seemed to have had someone deliberately try to block me from passing. Pissed me off a little... would it have pissed you off?
  2. RossKean

    RossKean Member

    The sad thing is the guy may really be that bad a driver rather than simply being a total dick - I have encountered too many in each category.
    I get a touch of Road Rage from time-to-time. More because of stupid drivers but sometimes the "nice" guys are even worse!

    Stupid is expected and the horn plus one-finger salute reduces my irritation level a bit with these. For the most part, the "stupids" can't really help it. Just be aware that even though the "stupids" really don't know any better, they are quite capable of killing you inadvertently.

    The really irritating ones are the "nice" guys:
    The guy that stops in the middle of a block to let a pedestrian jaywalk.
    The guy who, when the light turns green, beckons the opposing left-turning driver to go ahead; holding up the line of cars behind him.
    The guy who allows a half-dozen cars (who zoomed up ahead in the more open lane) to get back in the lane in front of him.

    The individual who yields the right-of-way when he should not is at least as likely to cause an accident as the "stupids" and generally impedes traffic flow rather than help.

    In answer to your question, it would have pissed me off as well. I might have taken the opportunity to pass on a double yellow - visibility seemed good enough. In any case, I would have wanted to put some distance between that driver and myself. Did you consider getting the license number and reporting him along with your video evidence?
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  3. Bob

    Bob Member

    Lots of unsafe driving practices out there for sure. Thanks for showing us how you dealt with that one.
  4. Jim C-G

    Jim C-G Member

    The other nice guys I have seen on Newfoundland roads, especially our usual 2 lane ones, is the guy who slows a smidgen and puts on his right blinker to let you know to pass him... usually on a blind corner.
    One thing with action cams, the lenses are very wide angle and things are much closer than they look. I would have done the double line pass but I could see sporadic traffic coming towards me well ahead of what you can pick up in the video. From realizing he was not giving me room to pass til actually passing him was only 2 min.. So, not a great deal out of my day, it did wake me up and keep me awake for quite a bit lol. There are certainly lots of poor drivers out there as well as bad drivers and reckless drivers. Keep your eyes peeled and there is a reason why I seem to have a camera on every minute of the ride these days.
  5. murph

    murph Active Member

    Seen lots of stupid in my riding. Been stupid quite a few times as well.
    I find that being pissed off with someone elses actions results in me doing something stupid that when I think about it after makes me shake my head at their actions and my reactions.
    Who is the bigger arsehole is up for interpretation.
  6. Trash

    Trash Member

    Amen, brother!
    The older I get, the more I realize that the real goal is to live to ride another day.
    Sometimes it is hard to keep that perspective in the heat of the moment!
  7. Wayne

    Wayne Active Member

    I agree.
  8. Clipper

    Clipper Member

    Always keep your eyes peeled for sure. I was coming back from a run in NS a few years ago. Crossed the Seal Island bridge eastbound and came upon a fellow rider doing the speed limit of 100kms exactly. I followed him for a bit , but like Jim, I like to go a bit quicker. The ST seems to settle at 120. There was no traffic ahead of me that I could see in either lane. We came to a passing lane so I signalled and pulled out to pass him, just as a pick up truck a ways back decides to nail the gas and proceed to pass me on my left going into the oncoming traffic lane. Really???? Thankfully no opposing traffic but really? Once he passed me he stayed the same distance ahead of me so maintaining same speed as me. There was no emergency flashers going or anything and the fact he stayed just ahead of me led me to believe there was no emergency. I wasn't late for the ferry so he wouldn't be either. I figured if I stayed with him and found out where he went in the ferry lot I could find him and ask why? However, he turned left at one of the exits before the ferry? I still wonder why?

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