I recently watched a docudrama about traffic problems on the roadways. One segment involved road rage which as we all know is a huge problem in our society. So the reporter takes a ride with a "recovering road rager” (which by the way is a man about 6’ 4” and 250 pounds with arms as large as my thighs, can't see any potential danger or warning signs here!) and they discuss his behavior before and how he is overcoming his anger as they wing through traffic which immediately follows a segment on distractions in and out of your car. (Does anyone else find this ironic?) As we ride along with a view from the cameraman in the backseat the recovering road rager, this enormous man, describes how he hates to have people speed up and cut him off just to be first in line at the light. He tells the story about one time when a guy did this and how he dragged him through the open window of his car one night and “didn’t hurt him badly but did put boot prints on his a_ _.” (Wow this situation is looking better all the time!) No sooner did he finish talking about this incident than a lady in a minivan speeds past and… yep you guessed it cut this guy off and slammed on the brakes at the upcoming red light! (Uh oh I am thinking this lady is road kill!) So as our recovering road rager pulls up he moves into the lane beside this lady telling the reporter about how he would sure like an apology from this lady. (Now I’m thinking that if this reporter sees the glint of steel he should hit the deck!). I am not making this up, as you see him pulling up beside her she in anticipation of his arrival holds a sign out the window that says “I’m Sorry” in very nice pink and blue cursive script as if much time and consideration went into its design. (You don’t think she has done this before do you?)
Now what you have to ask yourself is this, “what was the greatest irony of this whole situation?”
A.The reporter picks out the most enormous, intimidating and potentially deadly man he can find bearing the title of “Recovering Road Rager” to ride with on the streets, in traffic?!
B.The fact that outside of impaired driving, distractions are the leading cause in traffic crashes is being reinforced by interviewing this guy with a cameraman in the backseat as he wheels thorough traffic?
C.The thing that angers this man most happens almost simultaneously as you witness it on tape?
D.This now obviously irritated recovering road rager the size of a small building is wanting an apology from this driver because he is now “upset.” Obviously so he doesn’t have to drag her through an open window and “put boot prints on her a_ _.”
E.That this lady held a sign out the window apologizing for her malicious maneuver?
F.She had an apology sign at the ready?
G.That it is always easier to ask forgiveness than permission?
Well the moral of the story as I see it is this…
Traffic is getting worse all the time, even in smaller communities. More than ever we practice poor driving habits and some that are flat deadly like using cell phones and even texting as we drive. That even in the best of circumstances we take our lives in our own hands every time we climb into a vehicle and hit the streets. But most of all, never ride with an enormous recovering road rager unless you know for sure that everyone else on the road has an “I’m Sorry” sign!