This morning, I experienced the worst situation of road rage in my life from a man in Lilburn, Georgia. This man should absolutely be ashamed of his abominable conduct; I definitely feel sorry for someone so enraged by a situation he actually created, deliberately placing both us of at risk of harm.
Driving toward Five Forks Trickum Road in Lilburn on Martin Nash Road, a dark-colored hybrid car, GA tag PVG 7307, pulled out in front of me at the last moment from Dearwood Drive. While I was oncoming at 50 mph, this man apparently assumed that I was able to slow down or stop for him to turn. Or, he wanted me to collide with him. Anyone who drives a truck or SUV knows that one cannot stop on a dime, on slick, wet roads, at 50 mph. So, this is a man who placed me and himself at risk, as well as any other oncoming drivers. He turned out in front of me with such little distance between us that I was forced to pass or would have rear-ended his vehicle.
Continuing onward, this man flashed his lights as he raced to catch up with me, and then, attempted to cut me off as we transitioned into the turn lane. Approaching the traffic light, this man has rolled down his window and is yelling and swearing at me from behind me, making hand gestures, and blaring his horn. When the traffic light changed, I turned onto Five Forks Trickum Road and stopped in the median to allow him to pass. Still with the same behavior, this man pulls up next to me and stopped traffic behind him; I let him eventually pass and so did the driver behind me who stayed some distance behind us. Finally, this man decided to drive away and not wait for myself or other vehicles to follow. Taking his license plate number, I called 911 and reported this incident. What was his problem?!
Again, never in my life have I experienced such a severe situation of road rage. Is it becoming the norm for older white men to become enraged and be unable to control themselves behind the wheel, and believe it is okay to harass and terrorize women when no one else is around? I am a courteous driver, but I also do what I believe is the most safe course of action in the moment. If that means passing someone who pulled out in front of me at the last moment, rather than rear-ending them, then that’s what I’ll do. Anyone with any sense would have first waited for me to drive by, and not turn out as I’m oncoming. Further, once I passed this man, had he any sense, he would have realized that this was the best course of action I could have taken to protect both of us.
I will not be intimidated by idiots on the road who place lives at risk, whether mine, theirs, or those of others. I will, however, pull over, let them pass, and call the police. Too many people drive dangerously on the road, and I experienced the worst of this type of situation this morning. My record reflects that I have a history of being a safe, defensive driver. Therefore, when the severity of the situation reaches a level to what I experienced today, it becomes important to me to make of record of it and inform other drivers for their own safety and protection. Beware!