In the last 24 hours, I have witnessed some of the most ridiculous behavior on the roads I’ve seen in my 20-odd years of driving.
And – I’ve had enough.
It’s time to call on Gold Coast drivers to get your act together, or we’re going to see an increased number of reports of road rage in the nightly news.
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For me this week, first, there was the roundabout honker. We both approached the roundabout at roughly the same time. Both of us were going straight, but we were at right angles to each other – she going west to east, me going south to north.
We both entered the roundabout at virtually the same time.
We both had plenty of room, and there was never any danger of us colliding.
But apparently Miss Silver Wagon, loitering on my right, felt that I should have waited until she’d completed her journey before I entered the circle of trust, so she honked at me as she sailed through the roundabout (well behind me, I might add).
Clearly, she was under the mistaken assumption that we should always give way to our right on roundabouts. This is not the rule – we should give way only to vehicles already on the roundabout, and as this handy dandy video shows, she might have been required to give way to me.
She wasn’t the only driver to honk me this week – I was also on the receiving end of a royal tooting when I carefully drove around another vehicle, which was blocking an intersection.
The final straw in terms of rudeness on the roads happened this morning. Driving the kids to school, I saw the driver of the vehicle in front of me wind down his window and piff an empty cup of Starbucks out onto someone’s lawn.
Really? In 2017, really? Do people still do this? Has clean up Australia Day taught us nothing?!
Throwing your garbage out the window isn’t just gross and environmentally hazardous, it’s also lazy and hugely inconsiderate.
I’ve lived in many different cities in my time, but I have to say the Gold Coast takes the cake for crazy, chaotic and downright inconsiderate drivers.
A little less distracted driving and a little more courtesy on the road could go a long way towards creating a more harmonious community!