Have you ever been stuck in slow traffic, crawling at 5 to 10mph, on a ramp leading to a highway? Maybe it’s just typical morning rush-hour, maybe road construction. I, for one, have most definitely been there. Curiously, this mostly happens when I am in a rush to get somewhere, and am about to run late.
I am probably number twenty in queue when I spot a car from a neighboring lane trying to cut me off and get ahead. What should I do? If I am not in a rush (rarely,) I may smile and let that other driver in. Otherwise the following are possible scenarios: look for eye contact with that pushy driver, while continuously cursing in several languages, including ones I didn’t even know I can speak; avert my eyesight from that driver while quickly closing the distance to the car in front of me, so the bastard cannot squeeze in.
Now let’s take a trip to a distant city, state or country. Here I am, driving a car in an unfamiliar territory. There is a line of cars to my right, moving ever so slowly, while I am sailing at full speed happily on my way. Suddenly, what is this? A sign indicates that the entrance to the highway I was seeking is only via that packed right lane. Oh boy, the cars on that track are queued way back. I cannot reverse and join the queue. All I can do is hope for a gracious driver to let me cut in…
Yes, I know – many of those who cut into such lanes are anything but innocent drivers caught up by surprise. They are just people who feel privileged for taking a shortcut at the expense of others; much like some of our corrupt bankers and politicians.
Regardless, the question I would like to train myself to ask is not who they are but rather, more importantly: how am I affected by my choices and actions? How will the rest of my drive feel? The rest of my day?
Learned from: lessons from the road.