|This was one particularly ugly morning on 84 in Waterbury|
Here is a brief refresher course for people who have forgotten common courtesy and common sense rules of the road:
1. On-Ramps: On ramps are designed for you to try to get up to highway speed. I understand that you can't instantly accelerate from 30 miles an hour to 65 or 70, but that's what the ramp is for. It is not there for you to mosey on up at 35 miles an hour with a stream of cars behind you all pissed off because you won't step on the damn gas. Of course people insist upon doing this when there's a heavy flow of cars already pouring down the highway, thus making it a pain in MY ass to merge because I'm not up to the correct speed to match the flow of traffic because Little Miss Featherfoot in front of me can't be bothered to use the on ramp properly. People are notorious for this on my way home in the afternoon coming off of 84 west on to Route 8 north, where you've got traffic from 84 east and and Route 8 north to worry about, and because of the state of Connecticut's "brilliant" design of the mixmaster, the traffic you are merging into is coming at you from both sides.
2. The purpose of the left hand lane on ANY highway: In most circles this is known as the fast lane or the passing lane. As such, it is beyond me why people insist on traveling in that lane when they are doing 5 under the speed limit. That's what the right lane is for dumbass.
3. Weaving Lanes in a traffic jam: Why even waste your time? Eventually you will get to whatever is causing the traffic issue [in my case, three lanes diverging into two], and have to sit there, thus negating whatever time you think you have saved. Plus people who do this tend not to use their signal lights which brings me to my next point...
4. Signal lights: Unlike DVD navigation, THESE ARE NOT AN OPTIONAL FEATURE ON YOUR CAR. USE THEM! I do not pride myself on my psychic skills. I am not a mind reader, and I would appreciate a little forewarning if you plan on weasling your ginormous SUV into a space the size of my little Hyundai. This does not mean you put it on for a half a blink either, because that's just as useless as completely ignoring the fact that you need to be using it. I swear the horn on my car has gotten more use in the last three weeks than it has in the nearly 7 months I've had it.
5. Lane Changes: Has nobody heard of a safety cushion? When you decide that your lane is going too slow and you decide to cut me off, for the love of God, do it with more than 6 inches to spare between your back bumper and my front bumper...because I swear to god...if you make me fuck up my pretty little Hyundai, I will get out of my car and push you into oncoming traffic...after you give me your insurance information of course. Also, if you're going to merge behind me, leave more than 6 inches between me and you, because you know damn well people are stupid and eventually I'm going to have to abruptly step on my brakes...likely because some asshole decided to merge into the fast lane 6 inches in front of me when they're going slower than I am. Tailgaters suck, hardcore. If I didn't have a brand new car pretty much, I would be more than willing to brake check these assholes.
Most people need a remedial driving course. Bottom line.
In closing, though, truckers, you are not god of the highway, so stop acting like it. I know you have blind spots the size of Russia, but that does not give you permission to drive like an asshole...because you could pretty much obliterate me AND my car.