Okay, so if you've been reading my blog for pretty much any amount of time, you'll know that I get angry fairly easily, especially when it comes to being out in public with PEOPLE. Eeek. I suffer from intense pavement rage and sometimes think people who just randomly STOP in the street without checking whether or not someone is right behind them should possibly be fined. I feel similarly about cyclists who think they have the right of way while cycling on a pavement and who also think the rules of the road don't apply to them when travelling alongside cars.
But recently I've been suffering from severe road rage.
Which is odd since I don't have a car and can't drive.
And am hardly ever in anyone else's car.
It's an observational sort of road rage. Because, y'know, I have enough to deal with on my way to work with the aforementioned cyclists trying to run me over while I'm walking where I'm supposed to be and they're cycling where they're not, or trying to overtake superslow walkers who always seem to come in packs, or trying to navigate a narrow part of pavement in the rain with an umbrella wavering around above me, and a person walking in the other direction ALSO with a brolly...
Now I've got to deal with motorists getting in my way too!!!
Seriously, I honestly don't know how some people actually ever managed to get their driver's licence, because they don't seem to have a clue what they're doing. Do they even HAVE a licence, I can't help but wonder?
And if they CAN drive, well they're just arseholes. Here are some examples:
***I have many roads to cross on my way to work, and I generally stick to crossing safely at traffic lights. Recently this has become virtually impossible though as impatient drivers zoom through red lights rather than just fucking braking at the light like they're SUPPOSED to and I can't trust the green light in MY favour to actually stop them from hitting me!
***In addition, there seems to be a more regular occurrence of drivers blocking the junction so that when the green man appears for my safe journey across the road, I can't actually GET across the road because there's cars all OVER the bloody place and no space for me to squeeze through!!!
***On my way to work a few days ago, I was sprayed by a car by surface water at the side of the road. Now, I know sometimes this is unavoidable - I understand that. But this car had went into the bus lane to overtake a line of cars queuing at a red light . . . it was going too fast and wasn't where it should have been. ARSEHOLE!
On a related note, a few years ago I actually had to go home and CHANGE when a lorry ran a red light on purpose and sprayed me from head to toe with water from the side of the road. Luckily it was only a five minute walk home, because when I got there I realised that my face was all dirty and my make-up had ran thanks to the water. Yup - HE was an arsehole too!!!
It's a bit shit that I can't feel safe crossing a road at a green traffic light because some people are impatient selfish buggers who can't just hang tight and sit and wait for a light to change. I know not everyone is like this and it must be a minority, but it's really pissing me off. And I must be missing out on some other niggly little driving crimes.
Do you notice any of these driving crimes, either as a pedestrian or a driver? Do they irritate YOU too??? Can you think of any more?