Fast and Furious: Five Subtle Ways to Inspire Road Rage in Other Drivers
We all know Houston has a lot of traffic. We're a driver's city and we're (mostly) proud of it. We also happen to be a pretty polite lot, which makes driving here slightly less stressful than in other major cities, if only slightly. For the most part, we carry our Texan demeanor with us on the roadways, but there are definitely exceptions.
This doesn't even count the overt ways in which people wreak havoc on the highways -- cutting people off, tailgating, driving wildly while trying to talk on the phone, eat a burger and apply makeup (Don't laugh, I've actually seen this one on the West Loop!). Those are as obvious as they are infuriating.
But, there are slightly more subtle ways to piss off other drivers that are often less dangerous than the above, mostly legal, but still annoying as hell. Here are five of them.
5. Slow down when it isn't necessary.
As if driving around in your massive Hummer wasn't uncomfortable enough for the rest of us, you are the guy that slows down to a crawl when you go over a railroad crossing as if you are driving a low rider. We promise that those awful railroad tracks aren't going to damage the shiny undercarriage of your beautiful gas guzzler even if you are going faster than the speed you would go if I were pushing you, which I might do if you don't speed up.
4. Go straight from the right lane.
When there are four perfectly good lanes of traffic available, why would you choose the right lane if you don't plan on turning right? This may seem ridiculous, but if I would like to turn right on red at the light and you are in front of me...you get the picture. This is particularly frustrating when EVERY OTHER LANE IS EMPTY. You might be able to get away with it if you have to turn immediately after the light, but, if not, get over and keep us all from wanting to drive a spike through your engine block.
Whenever I see a person drifting into my lane, my first thought is to pass him/her, not necessarily to avoid an accident, but to determine exactly what idiotic move they are making that would cause this driving neglect. A glassy-eyed driver trying desperately to type "OMFG! STFU!" on his smartphone is often the culprit. There is also the application of makeup, the consuming of food, fiddling with the radio, reading (I've seen this one) and the like. I actually drove past a woman on the West Loop who was talking (or singing), while trying to apply eyeliner with one hand and holding a burger in the other. She was driving with her knees.