Road rage: it’s not worth it


Jessica Adair, Staff Writer/Columnist

Yesterday, I honked at somebody for the first time, and it came back to bite me shortly after.

I was hurrying to work and was stuck behind this car who was literally just rolling down the hill and swerving to the side every 10 seconds. It was obvious that she didn’t know where she was going, but because I was so frustrated, that didn’t matter to me. I timidly honked at them a couple of times and they sharply pulled over to the side for me. I caught a glimpse of the lady’s face after I passed her and she was less than pleased.

Stop_signThe embarrassing part was — we were going to exact same place. She was going to pick up her kid from the school where I work at and I had to show her the way; all the while she was staring at me and probably plotting my destruction. Overall, it was not my finest moment to say the least.

I know you all have experienced that driver who drives slow in the fast lane, the person who sits in the car when you’re waiting for their parking spot, the guy who cuts you off or never puts his blinker on. I know that that makes you want to blast your horn, cut them off, or even shout a few words out the window. But the bottom line is: it’s not worth it.

We all have something that we’re not very good at, and for some people, driving is that one thing. There are always going to be people who suck at driving, but there’s nothing we can do about it. How is cutting them off going to solve anything? It might make you feel better at the moment, but nothing good will come out of it. You could cause an accident, get pulled over, or face consequences for it later in some other way. I, for example, got a little satisfaction after honking at that lady, but I payed for it almost instantly.

Next time, instead of making a fool of yourself, try patiently waiting for the person to drive faster and give yourself the satisfaction that you are a much more superior driver than them. I guarantee you will feel better.

Even though there are a lot of idiotic drivers out there and showing your frustration might seem tempting, road rage is never the answer and that’s just the way it is.