Traffic jams and torn emotions

“Nobody gives way to anybody. Everyone just angles, points, dives directly toward his destination, pretending it is an all-or-nothing gamble. —  Andrew X. Pham

Winter is the best of times and the worst of times to operate a motor vehicle on many thoroughfares. A few days ago I had a doctor’s appointment and was lucky enough to drive on an ice-free roadway. This was the scene from my window as I approached a traffic congestion site on the road ahead. The far lane on the right was an emergency lane but many drivers raced down this stretch of road to get a vantage point.

This is decidedly the best time of year to slow down and use good judgement when driving a motor vehicle.

This was my view of the traffic ahead. On the far right was an emergency lane. I stayed in the right lane and there were two other lanes to my left at this point in the road.

As I mentioned earlier a number of drivers raced down the emergency lane in order to obtain a vantage point when the flow of traffic became congested.

Here is the moral dilemma that many drivers faced: do they allow the interloper access to their lane or do they perform a squeeze play and try to teach the careless driver a lesson.

Courtesy and common sense ruled the day and safe driving attitudes assured that there were no accidents despite the ill actions of their fellow drivers.

This is the time of year when keeping a cool head and not over reacting to the bad habits of others will keep you and your loved ones safe from harm and physical injury.

I made it safely to the doctor’s office for my appointment.

Please drive carefully during the upcoming holiday season. — gc

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