Thursday, December 21, 2006

Riding in Cars with Janelle

If you think you've ever heard of road rage, I'm here to tell you that you haven't...unless you've ridden in a car with my fellow blogger Janelle.

I drove her to the airport today so she could be with her family and friends in Virginia for Christmas. Most of her time in my passenger seat was spent with her cutting her eyes at cars that changed lanes without signaling or yelling at cars that were driving 40 to 50 mph on the highway.

One of the things that irritates her most are motorists who drive too slowly.

Though she doesn't tell me (the driver) how to drive, she does yell at everyone else. And she yells at them for the right reasons. Some drivers just aren't defensive drivers. They drive 30 mph in the fast lane or the interstate or constantly press their breaks seemingly for no reason. Some drivers do change lanes, cut in front of you, or turn without signaling. All aren't safe ways to drive and could potentially cause an accident. I know, I've been in my share of car crashes.

I've also rode in a car while Janelle was driving. She doesn't drive extremely fast and she is very conscientious about looking both ways before she turns, using her signals, and coming to a complete stop at a stop sign. It's kinda weird to watch her in action as she gets so worked up about people who don't drive safely. When they do something she doesn't like, she leans forward and screams at the top of her lungs so that the veins in her neck pop out.

I imagine that Janelle fancies herself a vigilante driver--yelling at those who don't follow the rules of the road.

She looks crazy yelling at cars that don't know she exists but at least she drives safely. Now when it comes to Janelle and parking....that's an entirely different thing.


Janelle Rucker said...

I don't know how I feel about this
I mean, you're not really calling me a bad driver. I guess you're just calling me crazy. I don't know.
But yes, I do get overly irritated at inconsiderate drivers (that's what I'll call them for now to keep from using words I'd use if I were in my car).
But you've painted such a crazy picture of me, maybe I'll ease up. Well, probably not, but I'll try.

Anonymous said...

IF YOU DIDN'T HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD!!!!!! LOL!! Hi, my name is "J" and I too am a Janelle victim!! LOL!!! It's the funniest thing to see her yelling SO loudly...with all the windows up. I mean who can hear you? And what is laying on your horn going to do, but aggrevate the other drive? It surely is not going to motivate them to drive correctly. She can be in the passenger seat, the back seat, or in the doesn't matter! LOL!! Her driving skills have improved though...she used to not even TOUCH the brake when turning a corner...or would turn REALLLLLLY wide! LOL!! Now it's just a laughing matter...we just all know to buckle up when we get in and get the ear plugs out!!