Tonight, I was driving home on I-10 West from CA-57. The whole way back, essentially all drivers were extremely aggressive. I can’t remember any cars that allowed a few car lengths of buffer zone around them. If they weren’t aggressive, they were the complete opposite — driving too slow for the flow of traffic.
I was engulfed by frustration as I-605 drew near. I tried to get to the number 1 lane so I could go North. I promise my signal lights work. I was signaling for a mile trying to get over, but nobody would let me. The car behind me was tailgating, so I couldn’t slow down.
I ended up going South — the opposite direction. Argh!
I had to exit on Valley to backtrack. Immediately after the off-ramp, I saw that there was an on-ramp going North. I got back on, but I had to cut someone off speeding towards the on-ramp trying to get around the street traffic. (I think they were headed for the shoulder, but didn’t realize it.)
California drivers are idiots, and I’m ashamed that I’m one of them. No matter how hard I try to be a good, defensive driver, it seems to be in vain.
What do you think? If you’re a native Californian, and you’ve seen our traffic, how does it compare to where you reside? If you are a Californian, do you agree with my thoughts? How could we help the mentality of drivers?
Note: The photo isn’t from tonight — I just wanted to use something.