I hate driving on expressways. I really do. Folks drive too fast – way too fast. And they’re downright rude too. Of course, that applies to drivers everywhere and not just on the expressways.
You ever noticed how, when you try to be nice and let someone pull out in front of you into the traffic, most of the time, they don’t even thank you? Not even a nod or a wave. They act like it was your sworn duty to let them pull out into your lane.
When somebody stops and lets me pull out into traffic, I always give them a big wave and say “Thank YOU.” I appreciate it, yes sir.
I reckon it’s because I was raised that way. I was taught to always say “Please” and “Thank You.” But you don’t see near as much of that as you used to. Rude behavior is tolerated a lot more than it used to be.
And the one place it seems to be most obvious is on the highways. Some folks just seem to go crazy once they get behind the wheel of an automobile. Some folks get irritated and mean spirited as soon as they start the engine. They lose control. And that creates a real problem for everybody else.
Now don’t get me wrong. I get frustrated sometimes myself. Especially when I get stuck in traffic and I can’t see what the holdup is. And then, when I finally do see, it’s just folks slowing down and rubber necking at some minor mishap or insignificant incident. And that causes me to have to waste a lot of my valuable time just sitting there and going nowhere.
But you let them get out on the expressways and build up a good head of speed and they ain’t stopping for nothing. On most expressways, the speed limit is 70 mph, but it seems like everybody is running 80-85 mph or faster.
And the state trooper is sitting there just watching them go by. After all, what can he do? There’s just plain too many of ’em to chase.
Awhile back, I got pulled over by a state trooper on Ga. 400. He walked up to my vehicle and asked to see my driver’s license. He looked at it and then asked, “Mr. Crabapple, do you know why I pulled you over?”
I said, “Yes Sir...on account of you couldn’t catch any of the rest of ’em.”
He didn’t think it was funny.