'Road Rage' Opinions Please
I often seem to fly in the face of public opinion, and the matter of 'road rage' is is no different. I believe that in many cases the anger and subsequent behaviour is fully justified, but I'll qualify that by saying that a simple hands-up apology would diffuse most situations before then develop in to one.
Anyway, here's what happened today:
Driving out of town on an A road that had been recently re-surfaced. It had numerous signs stating 20mph max and no road markings. In fairness there weren't many loose chippings and so I only slowed to 40mph. The car that had been way behind me caught up and then sat on my bumper, clearly impatient. I kept a steady speed and he then decided it was time to overtake. Obviously most of the loose chippings had collected in the middle of the road and several were thrown up on me as he went past and pulled in.... Then there was a loud bang and a lump of tarmac thrown up by his car broke my windscreen.
I flashed my lights at him and put my hands up in incredulity at his stupidity. He responded by giving me the finger, and that's when the red mist came down. We all make mistakes, if he'd put his hand up or some other symbol of apology I might have left it, but he didn't. I let him go until we were back on old tarmac before coming up behind him with my lights on and gesticulating that I wanted him to pull over. He gave me the finger again..... I overtook him, put my hazards on and started slowing with the intention of stopping him, I was very angry by now and would have punched him without hesitation. He tried to overtake on both sides but I blocked him. I stopped (no other traffic was involved), got out of the car and told him I wanted to talk and that he'd damaged my car. He went in to reverse, backed-up quickly, turned around and shot off bloody quickly. By the time I was back in my car there was traffic coming from both directions and it was pointless trying to go after him.
I make no apology for my behaviour and at no time was I so angry that it clouded my ability to drive safely. I'm just interested to know other's opinions about 'road rage' and the incident above. As it stands I'm now going to have to fork out the excess.
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