There’s a bunch of thoughtless, insane, or just plain mean things people do when they’re driving. You know what I’m talking about. You’ve seen the madness if you go on the roads at all.
I live on a corner, so there’s a stop sign right next to my driveway. Sometimes, when I’m headed towards my house from around the corner, facing the stop sign at a right angle, there will be a car stopped at the stop sign.
They nearly always try to insist on me going first. They’ll sit, parked at the sign–in front of the driveway I want to pull into–and wait for me to get out of their way. To be fair, they expect me to turn and continue down the street. There’s plenty of places I could be going to other than my house.
Because I know that, I gesture politely. “After you.”
Sometimes, they drive away, and I can park easily.
Other times, (This happens a fair degree of the time, certainly more than half. I don’t know why.) they wave back at me and shake their head. “No, you go.”
I gesture again, a little more forcefully. “No, you go. I insist.”
They give me an exasperated look, unmoving. “What’s wrong with you? Go!”
I was recently involved with this dance. I could see the driver and the passenger discussing my behavior, and they were not going to move. After some slightly difficult maneuvering behind their car, I was in my spot, and they finally drove off. No idea what they were thinking, but I hope they felt a little ashamed for being so incredibly unhelpful.
Have you ever experienced an odd driving issue? Not the standard ones, like people who refuse to merge, or don’t signal, or tailgate, but something that makes you wonder ‘what are you thinking?’
My strangest ‘what are you thinking’ moment happened on a two-lane highway, where someone from oncoming traffic was attempting to pass a line of cars. (Not recommended.) Seeing me approaching in the same lane they were driving in, but unable to drop back into their lane, they pulled over into my breakdown lane, kept driving, and then moved back over after they’d passed all the cars in their lane.
All of this was done without slowing down, as I observed with amazement in my rear view mirror.