We are all victims, perpetrators or prey for road rages at some time or other.
I was a victim this morning when I was driving to office early in the morning as we had a scheduled testing process in the early hours as part of our project.
I moved into the fast lane as I had to take a turn to the road leading to the office. A huge SUV behind started tail gating which normally irritates me. The speed limit at the point was 80KMs and I even accelerated to near 100 which I normally won’t do.
I also had my signal light on indicating the requirement to stay on the fast lane for the turn.
And when I turned, the vehicle overtook me came in front and suddenly applied his brake. My driving style as a normal defensive driver saved me from hitting him.
This is not about my skill to react to potential danger. This is about a paradigm shift in my handling a road rage.
The urge was to honk and challenge him to stop. But I am in a foreign country where there are different types of people with wrong egos. So over a period I have learned to suppress my anger and be sensible.
Then I thought of reporting the driver for dangerous driving. But that would be a lot of trouble and personal inconvenience.
It left a bad feeling. But the thought that I may have to be this defensive meek guy when I get back to india is not a good one.
It’s now equally or more dangerous back on home roads. We hear of quotation squads and antisocials roaming the roads.
Personal freedom is not guaranteed.