Roads pave the way to rage

Road rage is a very serious problem in this country where over 250 million cars and pickup trucks share about four million miles of roads with over eight million trucks and close to seven million motorcycles.
 
June 24, 2011 - PRLog -- Road rage is a very serious problem in this country where over 250 million cars and pickup trucks share about four million miles of roads with over eight million trucks and close to seven million motorcycles. There are days when it seems like every last one of them is headed west with me on Route 80.

I admit, in my younger days I was guilty of road rage of a certain kind. Although I resented aggressive drivers who ignored the law and the common rules of courtesy, I never really blew my stack over their dangerous maneuvers. No, my rage was directed exclusively toward the unreliable jalopies I drove back then. The very worst days actually began with driveway rage when the *@*!*# crates refused to start.

I had breakdowns on crowded Manhattan streets and in the middle of the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel. The hood of one car unhooked and went vertical on the Stickles Bridge in Newark. There were blown head gaskets, misbehaving transmissions, carburetors and voltage regulators and faulty windshield wipers, always on the driver's side. The Automobile Club, tired of dispatching tow trucks, sent thinly disguised hints that I should buy a horse.

But I was never guilty of genuine uncontrolled rage toward careless drivers. I always hoped the lunatics would be dealt with by the authorities before they hurt someone. I couldn't understand their reckless attitude. Take one of those drivers out of his car and make him a pedestrian and he will apologize to someone who accidentally bumps into him on a sidewalk or in a supermarket aisle. "Excuse me," he, as the bumpee, will say, even though the bumper should have been watching where he was going. But back on the highway, any driver who invades his space is vilified, defamed and threatened.

As a retiree, my feelings for commuting drivers have mellowed. I remember what it was like in those pre-superhighway days, inching my way to Harrison over Route 10 and various back roads. Now when I'm out there on a leisurely day trip, cruising in the grandpa lane and watching the frantic weaving maneuvers of the Yuppies, I remember that I've been there and done that and I sympathize.
Not long ago on Route 287 I was abruptly cut off by a woman in a red sports car. I hit the brakes and road rage was momentarily a definite option, but then I noticed her vanity license plate:
"IM LATE," it read, and I thought, oh, in that case, God speed.

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