20 Things to Avoid to be a Conscientious Driver Part 5 & 6

Fair warning, the language gets a bit colorful here.  I am dropping two points this week, because they are relatively short, and to make up a small bit for having missed Thursday's article.  Here are number 5 and 6 of this continuing series.

5. Refusal to show courtesy to other drivers

Unfortunately, like most of this list, this happens much more often than it ever should. There are many situations not governed by law where one would need to make a judgement call on how to proceed, and more often than not, the call is more self serving than kind to others. Additionally, this particular point has a place in near every other point on the list, and going into detail here would just reiterate a lot of the same information. So with that, I will state it as such:

Your life, your plans, and your time are not one single fucking iota more important than any other driver on the road.  Yes, I dropped the “F bomb” here.  I feel very strongly about this particular issue, and do for a lot of this list.  It is the reason this whole series was guest written under the WARNING: INCOMING RANT series, from creator Merlot Williams.

Courtesy is something we should all be giving to others. It is what we should be teaching our kids, and helping proliferate as a society.  Anger and strife are things that poison our civilization, and something needs to be done about it.  Someone stuck in a parking lot by an intersection? Let them out. They very well could have been locked in there for a long time.  Don’t assume that every person out there is just as cynical as you are, because they’re not.

6. Driving as if the road belonged to you and only you

I'm sorry to break this to you, but driving is a privilege. Oh, wait, I already told you that. Whether or not the testing is as difficult as it should be, which it is not, does not mean you have any more rights on the road than anyone else. Are you sensing a theme here?

Yes, I will be on your side to the extent of, if a person falls into one or more of the categories on this list, it is wildly frustrating to drive around them. However, bad driving to combat bad driving is a bit like trying to put out a fire by throwing more fire on it. "Fight fire with fire" is one of the most idiotic idioms I have ever heard. You are only a small part of the population who utilizes the public roads to travel. They have been a part of this country for longer than your grandparents have been around. You do not dictate who does what on them, or where. You will not make a single bit of difference by being an asshole on the road, other than birthing more assholes on the road. Share the roads, learn and follow the actual law, and be happy you angry mother fucker.