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    • Glad I could make someone laugh. I felt like this was one of the more impassioned posts I’ve written in a while, so I’m happy it worked.

  1. You drive on the wrong side of the road, you know that don’t you?
    But yes, drivers are just dicks all over, especially when merging. My father does exactly what you described, every single time.

    • Considering the majority of the world drives on the right side of the road, I would say that it is you who drives on the incorrect side. Pretty much everything I put on this list was standard practice in the Philippines. I’m fairly sure I’d die of road rage if I lived there.

    • Okay I have to say, I got used to walking on the left, using the left escalator in the tube terminals, etc REALLY SUPER INSANELY FAST when I was in England–it pretty much came naturally. And I’m right-handed, so it’s not that. As much as this maybe makes me a bad American, I have to agree that the right side is the “wrong side of the road.”

  2. I didn’t realize how stupidly polite Northwest drivers are until I moved away. People drive like dicks. Seriously, like it might as well be a literal dick steering the vehicle. Hampton Roads, VA is notorious for their terrible traffic too, so it’s a bunch of dicks operating 3,000 lb machinery very, very closely packed together, and across a LOT of 2-lane bridges/tunnels.

    This is one of the top 3 reasons why I bike or walk everywhere.

    • I think that Arizona was about on par with the Midwest in terms of their drivers. On one hand, Arizona drivers signal and tend to allow you to leave reasonable stopping distance between other drivers. On the other hand, they don’t know how to drive in any weather but pure sunlight and the state tends to be filled with tourists who driver under the speed limit. It’s practically a wash.

  3. I’m guilty of #3 at times…I’m sorry, I cannot go 15-20 miles over the speed limit just because someone else has hundreds of dollars to blow on a ticket.

    But hubs & I were JUST talking about #5! We did two fairly decent trips this month (one 3 hours away, the other 7 hours away) and literally any time there was *a* car length in between us & another vehicle, someone inevitably squeezed into it. Cue the rage.

    • If there’s one I’m guilty of, it’s also #3. That said, I think there’s a fine line between going slow to stay close to the speed limit and being unsafe on the highway because you’re going so slow. The amount of traffic around is part of it. If you’re the only car going 10 under the flow of traffic on a heavy traffic day, you become a clear and present danger to those around you.

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