Plagued By Dumbasses

July 31, 2008

7 Minutes in Heaven

Filed under: Traffic Trials — by Gwen Resmer Patchett @ 10:41 am

Well not exactly.  Perhaps I should have just returned home and crawled into a closet but nope – I still had to get to work.

Picture this….

You leave your house and head down the side streets heading to Dufferin to avoid the rush hour traffic just as you do every morning.  As you approach Dufferin you see a big rig with a trailer come barrelling around the corner at speeds that even a car would have a problem turning at.  The big rig is in your lane.  You are on a head-on collision path with a big rig that is still travelling way too fast as it makes the right hand turn.  You slam on your brakes.  The truck is still coming….FAST!  You slam the car in reverse and stomp on the gas pedal.  The big rig swings across the lane in front of you – narrowly (and I mean narrowly) missing the left corner of your front bumper.  You look up at the driver as he and his truck squeeze by you on the left and to your utter disbelief he doesn’t even acknowledge that you are there or that he could have killed you had you not reacted.  You take a couple of deep breaths, swear under your breath a couple of times, thank the powers that be that no one was behind you and continue on your way to work, thankful that you are still alive.

Fast forward about 4 minutes.  You are lined up to get on the Gardiner.  The guy to the right of you (who is in a right turn only lane) decides to merge left.  Okay fine – this surprisingly happens all the time so you tap your brakes to make room and save the right side of your front bumper.  You continue across the intersection and enter the ramp.  You see a flash of a car to your left that seems extremely close to the side of your car.  You realize that the driver of the car to your left has decided that the ramp is going to be two lanes this morning.  You honk and motion to his passenger that this is not in fact a two-lane ramp.  She looks blankly at you completely oblivious to what your problem could possibly be and the driver continues to push his way onto the ramp almost clipping his mirror against yours in his idiocy.  You swerve to the right and hit the gas to escape the lunacy.   You look down at the clock and realize you have only been on the road for 7 minutes and make the sad realization that it is going to be one of those days!

Welcome to my world!!  Come on, everyone say it with me…..DUMBASSES!!!!!!

May 23, 2008

Wow…who knew I had the invisibility package

Filed under: Traffic Trials — by Gwen Resmer Patchett @ 12:40 pm

I think our car has some sort of fancy schmancy invisibility option that I wasn’t aware of.  At least I am assuming I was invisible when I was cut off twice in about a 10 minute period on my way to work today. 

Do people not even look around them before changing lanes???  Why is it up to me to slam on the brakes to avoid being hit??  What the hell are they doing moving into my lane while I am already driving in that exact spot?????

February 28, 2008

Thank goodness for mirrors!

Filed under: Traffic Trials — by Gwen Resmer Patchett @ 3:41 pm

I thought I had pretty much seen it all on the highways by this point but this morning I experienced a whole other brand of inconsiderate behaviour.  As I was just passing the Kipling exit going west to the 427 ramp, I noticed a fire truck coming down the Kipling west-bound ramp so I quickly moved to the right shoulder and stopped to let him pass.  As I was about to pull back into my lane, a car came flying by me on the left.  The driver was recklessly using the passing fire truck to jump past people on the highway.  He just flew along behind the truck with no consideration for the people who had actually done the right thing and moved over to let the fire truck pass.  The guy almost plowed into the side of me (and would have if I hadn’t checked my mirrors before moving.) and he ended up only a couple of cars ahead of me in the queue of traffic that was almost stopped trying to get onto the 427.  How is a couple of car length gains worth the risk of life?  If he doesn’t care about the injury he might cause to me or others, why doesn’t he have enough self-respect to look after his own personal safety??  Trust me – no job is so important that you should be driving like a maniac and taking huge risks trying to get to it.  Well except for the job the firemen were trying to get to.

February 24, 2008

Is common courtesy completely dead??

Filed under: Traffic Trials — by Gwen Resmer Patchett @ 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.

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