Monday, February 14, 2011

Writer Claims Road Rage Getting Worse

Do you feel under fire behind the wheel? Do you think there's less courtesy and more road rage these days? This editorial from the Seattle Times says driving is getting more combatant, drivers are getting ruder and the first commandment of Seattle driving is that if you make a mistake, you give the other driver the finger.

The writer also claims that Seattle drivers are the worst; refusing to signal, passing on the right, and hesitating to let other drivers merge. After reading this piece, Spokane drivers' tendency to run yellow and red lights doesn't look so egregious. So read the piece and let me know, are things getting worse out there? Is this just a Seattle phenomenon or is it happening everywhere?


Charles Hansen said...

I think courtesy is slowly dying with all the drivers that are always in a rush. Looks to me like they think they own the road and can do what ever they please no matter that others on the road may be doing. I read the story on Seattle and while our traffic is not as bad, it is getting worse all the time.

SRTC Staff said...

I think common courtesy is dying altogether, not just behind the wheel. On the bus this morning, the last person to get on was a VERY pregnant woman who had to stand as there were no seats left. I was digging through my bag so it took me a few minutes to notice her and give her my seat, but in that time, not a single other person stood up to let her sit.

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