If you asked me one thing that is a problem in traffic and I would immediately say it is impatient drivers. Impatience causes a lot of frustrations on the roadway.
Yesterday was a good example as I was getting on the Interstate, another driver was tailgating me and flailing their arms at me because I wasn’t doing it fast enough. The problem was that I had to wait for the drivers in front of me to do what they were going to do. I couldn’t push them. Once we got on the interstate, the driver behind me jerked their vehicle into the other lane and raced away.
I’m sure you have had your own experience with impatient drivers too. Common examples are those who tailgate and trying to push you out of their way or drivers who fly by you on the left so they can cut in front of you to the exit or those who want to make two lanes before there are actually two lanes.
Most of these impatient moves actually don’t end up saving the impatient driver very much, if even a few seconds down the road.
Now I admit that I am not the perfect model for patience and I don’t like being delayed by slower drivers ahead of me either but some take their impatience to the extreme. There is quite a driver arrogance when you honk legitimately at someone for being in the wrong and they either honk back at you or flip you off. I had a guy do that one day when HE ran a stop sign and I honked at him. He flipped me off and keep going.
Yes, we all have somewhere to be. Unfortunately there are some who are not disciplined enough to leave in enough time to get to their location on time without having to use the roads as their personal NASCAR race to get to their destination. When someone is impatient with me during the morning commute, I will make it a joke that THEY are the only ones who have to get to work.
Let’s all relax and take a deep breath. Quit trying to one-up other drivers or force your way in traffic. It’s a small world and we’re all trying to get somewhere. Let’s get there safely.
Some places in Nashville that are in need of patience:
Drivers who are trying to get on I-65 North when other drivers are going straight on Rosa Parks. I have seen people drive up on the sidewalk to get around. It’s funny because they are in a hurry to get in line on I-65.
Drivers getting off the Broadway exit on I-40 who immediately try to make it two lanes before it actually has two lanes.
Drivers either entering downtown from I-40 exit ramp or those on the frontage road that insist on ignoring the red light.
Nearly ever time you drive, you will see another driver do something impatient or even reckless. Take a deep breath and let it go. None of us like injustice but be patient. Being impatient will only make it worse. Because there are so many people on the roads, we have the false sense of negativity of others and the idea that we will never see them again so we can act however we want.
Come on Nashville drivers! Be patient! They say we are one of the friendliest cities in America but there is little evidence of that on the highways.