Can we talk about driving for a minute? I usually drive to both my jobs and have become very comfortable getting from one place to the next on Chicago roads. Except for one thing: honking.
Back home, I seriously might think twice before I honk at car that is idling at a green light. A green light! And I’m going to make a huge generalization and say this is how many Southerners drive. A person is more likely to honk their horn to say hello to someone walking down the street than honk their horn at a car that is slowly entering their lane and forcing them off the road. (Seriously, I have actually almost been run off the road and still NOT honked my horn.)
I hate it when other cars honk. I usually think people who are honking are being extremely impatient and rude – 9 times out of 10 the car directly in front of them can’t help the traffic jam! Just wait your turn everyone! Even in the safety of my car I have always felt the need to remain polite. (Hello…they’re called manners.)
But something is changing…I might be developing road rage. I often find myself cursing at other drivers and getting WAY more frustrated than I can remember. Even with this new found anger on the road, I have refrained from become a person that honks…..until today.
I was on the phone with my mom (I know, very unsafe – save the lecture) and waiting in a very LONG line at a red light. When the light changed and cars started to move once again, the vehicle in front of me stayed put. Without realizing it, I started to honk my horn! I did it without any hesitation, and I was so proud. Then, I realized the driver was attending to a small child in their car seat in back and immediately felt guilty. I don’t think I’m cut out for honking.