The Scariest Road Rage Incident I Ever Saw Happened In Hamburg
Driving can be extremely frustrating. I don't think I have to tell anyone that, especially if you always drive during peak drive time in the morning and late afternoon. Speeding drivers, slow drivers, getting cut off, lane closures, tailgating -- there are plenty of chances for people to get angry while commuting.
Getting to the point of road rage, however, is very serious and often can be dangerous. It doesn't take much sometimes for drivers to get to the point of road rage.
A while back, I was driving back from my parents' house in Hamburg. I took Route 5 to Milestrip Road (by the Ford factory).
If you've ever driven there, you know there's a roundabout to get from Route 5 to Route 179 and vice-versa. Those driving off Route 5 onto Route 179 have to yield to the drivers already in the roundabout that want to merge onto Route 179.
I didn't do that, which was my fault, and a driver in an SUV was cut off.
Unfortunately, the driver was so upset about getting cut off, she followed me all the way down Milestrip to McKinley Pkwy, and even followed me into the Wegmans parking lot.
I knew she was following me but I was hopeful the driver would veer off when I made a few turns. This did not happen.
She then pulled up beside me and yelled out her window about how she was cut off and she had the right away, which she was absolutely correct about...however, following another driver for nearly three miles and into a parking lot was clearly NOT correct and is a classic case of road rage overtaking a driver.
Luckily, she drove off after getting her point across but that can shake anyone up for obvious reasons. I've had family members and friends cross paths with road rage drivers and I know how scary it can be. There are lessons about it during five-hour driving courses and driver's ed.
I get frustrated sometimes when I commute, I get it. Perhaps there's some force that can overtake us because we're in a vehicle, so it gives off a protective shield and makes us feel invincible. It shouldn't and road rage should never happen, so matter what incorrect maneuver a driver does, whether it's by accident or on purpose.