TMP70 — line cuts on the highway

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Not sure how it is in other states, but in MI, summertime is when the roads that have gotten beaten up over winter get repaired.  It’s also a time when all of the tourists arrive to enjoy the summer paradise we have here.  This means a lot more people coming in and going out of the area on the highways, especially at the beginning and ending of weekends.

However, I’m not blaming my pet peeve on the tourists, because this happens year-round.

My peeve is when construction is taking place on the highway and signs start warning that traffic will be one lane up ahead, with a sign showing which lane will end and have to merge with the other.  It usually starts at about 5(?) miles, giving people plenty of time to merge over into the lane that will be open.  There are a fair share that speed up at that point to get ahead of the slower people when the merge actually happens — and that’s the time to do it, folks.  You don’t wait until there is a solid line of traffic in the remaining-open lane and the warning says in one-mile ahead the lanes will merge.  Like a force of nature, the morons begin to zoom ahead to the front of the solid line in order to get into the merged line in front of those who are working in an orderly and cooperative manner to get through with efficiency.  They get up there, and somehow always manage to force others to let them in ahead of the rest of us who are working together.

This year I’ve seen a change in how people are reacting to this irritating as f*** practice.  I have seen cars in the “orderly line” shift over to ride over the dotted lines to block these morons from passing.  The car was easily seen from way back in the line and seemed to effectively preventing the “cutters” from zooming ahead and coercing their ways into line, making the rest of us wait longer and longer to get through.

Next time the cutters try their sh*t, you’ve got an alternative to silently steaming in your car.

Paula is the host of The Monday Peeve.

12 Comments Add yours

  1. Sadje says:

    I’ve seen this happen and it’s so frustrating

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  2. Paula Light says:

    Oh yes. Out here, so many believe they are too special to follow normal rules and etiquette. It’s maddening 😡

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Paula, I think you have highlighted the crux of the matter perfectly: “believe they are too special to follow normal rules and etiquette.”

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      1. Paula Light says:

        Thanks, unfortunately. I’ve run into a lot of ‘em…

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  3. It’s very annoying when drivers don’t follow the rules to the detriment of everybody else. When I was younger, I would get mad at such behavior, yelling bad words at offenders and making obscene gestures.

    While these types of people still bother me, I’ve since calmed down a lot. At the end of the day, it’s not worth getting into a fight with somebody you don’t know what they are capable of – especially in a country where guns are everywhere!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Christian, I agree with you on the acting out part and the risk with all of the weapons floating around — including my own! Not worth it. I do remember doing something stupid when my kids were younger. A guy that literally pushed me through an intersection with his car got me so enraged that after I turned I pulled over so he would go around me, then I got right up behind him as close as I could and he pulled off into a parking lot and I followed him. I didn’t get close to his car but drove around him with the window down and screamed out some obscenities. He screamed some back and that was the end of it. My kids were in the car at the time. Not a smooth move, but that azz could have caused an accident in the intersection with his idiocy.

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      1. I can see why you lost it there, Lisa. I’m glad nothing worse happened!

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  4. memadtwo says:

    Too many drivers see it as a contest. One reason why driving is a leading cause of deaths. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Kerfe, I think driving is a perfect metaphor for US society. Usually the worst bullies have the biggest trucks and the most expensive cars, which I think in their mind means, I am above the rules and you will bow down to me. It’s aggravating to see how many let them shove their way into line. I compare this to waitresses, clerks, etc. having to be browbeaten by them, but now the “servers” are rebelling by walking off the job. It’s in small acts of defiance, but the shift may be happening…

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      1. memadtwo says:

        All this grasping for power seem like overcompensation for a lack of true self assurance. Real confidence doesn’t need to keep proving itself by bullying others.

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