This morning was a typically quiet morning for me filled my the usual errands such as my almost daily trip to the post office (happy eBayer here!) and buying some 'important' item that one of my children requested before heading off to school. Sounds easy enough, no? It would have been had I not been a magnet for the world's most annoying drivers. There must have been a contest that I was not aware of because the bad drivers were out in force today and everyone of them seemed to track me down on my little less than four mile jaunt into town. There was the person who rode the brakes for a mile plus long stretch causing me to travel at the break neck speed of 5 mph in a 40 mph zone. Then there was my friend the tailgater who clearly wanted to try out the dimensions of my trunk and, had I not been paying close attention, probably would have since he rode so close to my bumper. I thought I might have have been finished with annoying drivers once I lost 'up my bumper' until I practically ran into my friend "Mrs. Stop at the Green Light." I will admit that I have made mistakes while driving, accidents would be non-existent if people did not make mistakes after all, but at least I react to blaring car horns. This woman had zero response to my horn--none--which causes me great concern. Was she sick, merely did not realize the light was already green, was she stoned? I don't mean to make light of this as this driver may have been having some sort of problem today but how scary to think that she was non-reactive to a car horn. I am terrified to think of the accident she could have caused had I been too close to her or if the driver behind me had not been paying close attention to the road.
I now have a new driver in our family so I worry all the time, and not only about his driving, but I am concerned about the types of drivers I met today and how my son will react to them being so new behind the wheel. I was thinking that perhaps we could all benefit from a driving refresher course every few years or so that might remind drivers that signaling a turn is a good thing and that cutting someone off and then proceeding to drive well below the speed limit is not. A little common courtesy when driving goes a long way and so does remembering that red means STOP and green means GO.