Chill out and breathe, road rage is obnoxious

Running a business on the busy intersection of Bealey Ave and Victoria St, I see a lot of crazy driving. It's not the stupidity of motorists that astounds me, but the white-hot rage that emerges when seemingly normal people encounter someone else making a dumb mistake.

This week as some dimwit sat across the intersection blocking the traffic, a woman leaned on her horn, wound down her window and shouted something that The Press won't let me publish.

Eyes and veins bulging, I worried that her heart would explode.

She looked like a well-functioning member of society and had a kid in the back of the car, yet this silly infraction by someone else was enough to get her frothing at the mouth.

The lights changed a few times and she headed off to wherever it was that she was going.

I'm not a fan of the social issue advertising stuffed down our throats on a daily basis, but while we're paying ad agencies to keep us safe from ourselves, I think we need to promote a campaign to make Christchurch motorists calm the hell down.

Maybe we could pay some bright spark to make thousands of bumper stickers that say: "Chill out and breathe."

Are people behaving worse on the roads than they used to? I'm not sure. Maybe people are just stressed out, but as the condition of our roads has eroded so too have our standards of driving.

I know, it doesn't help that road layouts change multiple times every day, but really, we need to learn that getting mad doesn't achieve much. It just means kids are learning behaviour from the back seat that really shouldn't be taught by parents. That's what hip-hop music is for.

Recently they've made it harder to get a driver's licence. At the same time it might have helped if they'd made it easier for people to lose their licences. Some people seem to take on psychotic personalities the second they get behind the wheel. These people shouldn't be in charge of a potato, let alone a motor vehicle.

Here's a thought. If we all try our best to behave in a more considerate fashion on the roads then it will be a nicer place to be. Try stopping in traffic and letting someone in.

You'll be surprised that it's not just swear words that are easy to lip read.

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