Plagued By Dumbasses

February 24, 2008

Is common courtesy completely dead??

Filed under: Traffic Trials — by gresmer @ 2:02 pm

Now that I am a commuter I have more opportunity to experience the stupidity and inconsideration of far too many drivers. 

First of all – is there a broken signal light epidemic going on at the moment?  Do people feel that it is unnecessary to notify the drivers around them that they plan to veer off in a different direction or change lanes?  It would be quite helpful to me to know when someone is planning to plow their way into my lane.  It would cut down on the need for me to slam my foot down on the brake to avoid an accident.

Second – would it kill people to actually acknowledge a good deed?  When I merge into a lane where I know the person behind me had to actually slow down to let me in,  (Most often done on the 427 just after Eglinton when you have to move 3 lanes to the left in rush-hour because the right lanes end …don’t even get me started on the brilliant design of that section of road!) I always give  a wave in thanks to acknowledge the good deed.  Unfortunately I am apparently one of the rare people who practice this consideration for my fellow drivers.  I consistently give way to people needing to move over and I am rarely awarded any sort of acknowledgement for helping them out.  They just go about their business never once thinking that maybe a simple hand wave would make the whole commute a much more pleasant experience for all.  They instead just focus on where they are going with no thought to the thousands of people around them. 

Third – are people aware that there is in fact an area around their car where they actually can’t see with their mirrors??  The blind spot is apparently more blind for some than others.  Perhaps we are also experiencing a neck injury epidemic as well as a broken signal light one as there appears to be many a driver that finds it difficult to look in either direction to ensure no one is there before changing lanes.  With bumper to bumper traffic it is a little difficult to avoid driving in someone’s blind spot and you would think that people know this but as I have seen first hand – they don’t!


These are just 3 of a list of many behaviours I have noticed consistently in my 2 weeks of commuting to work.  I am sure I could fill up another couple of posts with all the insanity I see but these ones are really persistent and irritating.


  1. On point #2 – this annoys me as well…but then I came to realize that people in Toronto are so used to having to driving aggressively and bully others into letting them in, that they probably take credit themselves for *forcing* you to let them in rather than being particularly grateful for your courtesy. I’m not saying it’s right. I try to remember that, even when I feel like I probably did bully someone into letting me in…and give them a wave just in case…even if all it’s saying is “thanks for being a push-over” 😛 Kidding! (but not about the waving part)

    This of course doesn’t happen anymore…driver’s in Nova Scotia are beyond courteous and I’m still trying to get used to NOT following the rules of the road for courtesy’s sake (i.e. just because you’re first at a stop sign does NOT mean you go first and just because someone else has a stop sign and you don’t, doesn’t mean you don’t have to stop and let them go…)

    Aren’t you glad you finally got your license?! 😛

    Comment by Wendy — February 27, 2008 @ 9:31 am |Reply

  2. While I do enjoy the license I could do without the irritations. Perhaps some people should go back to driving school.

    As for the driver’s out east – my mom and I took a trip there and were surprised by how people drive. They stop dead on the main highway to let people come on from side streets and driveways etc. We were almost in an accident more than once because we so were not expecting that. Perhaps one can be too considerate as well. 🙂

    Comment by Gwen — February 27, 2008 @ 9:58 am |Reply

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