I’ve been driving for about 42 years and believe that drivers have changed significantly in the last 10-15 years.
Road Rage is a recent phenomenon that I think is primarily due to the change in motor vehicle drivers.
How have drivers changed? Well, in my own daily drives I have noted that driver courtesy is rare today compared to say 20 years ago. Rather than someone offering to let you pass or merge you have competition for the front of the line. Race to cut someone off so you can be first. Rather than ‘wait your turn’ we have people failing to stop at all at stop signs.
I also noted that people seem to believe that either Red Lights and Stop Signs don’t apply to them or that perhaps they’re merely suggestions to stop.
The double line in the middle of the road is also meant to keep drivers from crashing but many today feel that you are supposed to straddle the lines.
The skill at making a left turn is almost non existent anymore. Did you know that you need to go around the corner, not cut the corner. How many times have I come to an intersection and had to stop 15 feet short because someone cut the corner making a left turn and was now coming right at me head on.
Maybe it’s just Ottawa drivers? I know that I heard an insurance company report that listed Ottawa as having the worst drivers in Ontario (maybe in all of Canada). I’m assuming it is rated on the number of claims per capita.
I think if the police in Ottawa would ticket more drivers things might improve on the roads. Maybe we could pay off the city debt in short time with all the revenue. Every day I see cars failing to stop at stop signs, running red lights, making illegal U turns, talking on cell phones or texting while driving. I also see very aggressive drivers that do dangerous things on the road just to save seconds or maybe a minute on their drive to work. Seriously, are you that anxious to get to work that you have to risk lives to get there a few minutes earlier?
Driver skills are low too because I see many cars this winter in the ditch. Speed is a factor in almost all of them. One road in front of a high school has had a car off the road in the ditch almost every week. One day there was one car in the ditch and on overturned on the morning drive. The speed limit is 60 kph and it’s a school zone. How do you flip a car on a straight road doing 60 or less at rush hour?
My next question to you, assuming you believe as I do that drivers have changed, is why? What has caused this shift to selfishness, self-centeredness and the total loss of courtesy on the road? Maybe it’s due to the Internet and the increased feeling of anonymity in the world.
What do you think? How can we fix this or should I just give up driving in order to stay sane?