Rampant Road Rage

Rampant Road Rage

The other day I witnessed a disturbing scene while driving toward a 4-way intersection. An oncoming, middle-aged driver had just driven through the intersection when a car to his right started to turn right into him, just barely avoiding a collision.

As I drove upon the scene, the older driver had stopped his car, blocking any traffic behind him from proceeding on and started furiously shouting out his passenger window to the offending young driver.   

As I pulled up next to his stopped vehicle in the intersection, I watched this adult actually get out of his car and start screaming at the young man.  I yelled out my window twice for the man to calm down. It was utterly unnecessary. No collision occurred. No one got hurt. No harm done. Man up. Get over it!

That incident reminded me of an occurrence that happened when I was about 8 months pregnant with my son, Scott. When the lane I was driving in merged with another, I apparently wasn’t traveling fast enough for the driver who was well behind me, racing toward me like a bullet. He got so angry with me that he felt he needed to teach me a lesson. He sped around me, got right in front of me, and then slammed his brakes on so hard causing us both to burn rubber while skidding to a halt. We proceeded to drive from that near collision, and then…he did it AGAIN! 

Honestly, if people get so enraged while driving, they shouldn’t be driving at all. Road rage is unacceptable. It accomplishes nothing at best, and possible tragic results at worst.

We should all stop, think and show some self control before we let our anger manifest itself with possible dire consequences. That driver could have become a murderer that day and his car would have been his weapon.

I am eternally grateful to God for sparing the life of my unborn baby that day. Just this past week, my “baby” turned 22 years old!

Happy Birthday, Scott! You are a blessing to all of us!

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About the Author

Sharon Lape is an editorial assistant in the periodicals department at Franciscan Media. She also researches and provides content for the popular Minute Meditations feature. Sharon is a wife and a mother of four children.
  • Jpinotti

    Bravo!  You should become a professional blogger!  Or, are you already? ;o)  And I agree, thanks to God for sparing the life of your unborn baby, Scott.  It could have been a tragic accident.

    • Sharon

      Tragic, yes. Accident…no.

  • Monna Younger

    Shar. A very good Blog and I too am so very glad to have Scott with us today. I hope your readers will find the Blog interesting and possibly help them to drive safer. Mom.

  • Tmk10

    I totally agree with you!  There are quite a few drivers on the road, especially on the highways, who are clearly driving well over the speed limit.  I say a prayer that neither they nor others around them get hurt.

  • Janet Tuchfarber

    Dear Sharon,
    You are so right.  People today are very inclined to act in the manner you have described.  What a shame you had to experience that type of behavior at that time.
    I suppose the best thing to do is pray for the person who is attacking you so that he or she can overcomee  this way of acting out his or her anger.