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Not really all over the front page these days. Share your experiences of 'la rage au volant'
I just slow down and let them in/through/pass
when I was doing 5mph in a 2mph limit car park. She said her child was 'around somewhere' and that my reckless speeding could have killed him. Unaware of the location of her child, I referred to her as Kate McCann at one point in our heated debate.
I still feel really, really terrible about it now. Can I #SSP this?
The thing is, children can be naughty and can be nightmares and wriggle free if you don't pay fiull attention. I could imagine the mum maybe had her hands full, child has ran off, and her immediate terror and anxiety is compounded by you driving at more than twice the recommended speed.
I'd probably have biffed you for the McCann comment and then laughed about it afterwards.
Completely agree with everything you said. I did try talking to her calmly at first but she started getting really mouthy.
I can only empathise bnecause I'm not a parent myself, but I have noticed tat parents lose the rag when they panic- must be a chemical thing! At least you got to make a funny joke.
when I hit rush hour evening traffic on the Kingston Bridge and nobody would let me into the lane that takes you into the city centre.
I get quite irked quite easily when driving but I do breathing exercises so that I don't lost the plot.
normally she's quite a calm driver, points out people being idiots but doesn't get bothered by them. two exceptions though:
- hired a car in Reading as we were staying at her parents' house for a bit, got onto the main road and some muppet heading in the other direction does a U-turn, doesn't look and only avoids hitting us by us slamming the brakes on. we then follow them for a bit down the road, wife honking the horn at them pretty much constantly for about five minutes.
- driving through Clapham Junction on the way to Asda, some idiot decides to go from the left hand lane right across us so they can turn right at some lights. gets a good honking but winds my wife up to the point that she decides she must drive at twice the speed limit round the Asda car park, which reminded me of the first level on Driver on the PS1, except with more chance of death. she then stormed off and forgot to lock the car, but no-one noticed and it was still there when we got back.
I don't drive because I would be doing things like this on a daily basis, so it's best for everyone I stay off the roads.
(If only every putative driver had your level of self awareness and just didn't bother...the roads would be so much better.)
I'm sure there are scientific studies around (can't be arsed looking) but there is a definite change of character that people go through behind the wheel