On my way to work today I made a mental promise to myself that I would not allow the traffic to make me angry or irritated or anything. I can’t say that it worked, but it did let me think a little bit more about things. I am curious as to what everyone thinks. Can we judge people by their driving? Or do the South African roads just bring out the worst in all of us?
I know that I personally get a lot more aggravated and impatient on the roads than I do in any other area of my life. I know that my tolerance of people on our roads is incredibly low when compared with my tolerance of people in other areas of life. I think that that may have to do with my patience having run out somewhere along the line, though. I think that the road works have created a kind of monster in all of us.
I was thinking about all of this as I was sitting dead still on the highway, while car after car sped past me in the construction lane. It really made me wonder about the type of people in those cars. Are they that inconsiderate off the roads? Are they that arrogant outside of their car? Do they think they are somehow more important than other people? Or do they just think they are somehow the smart ones of all of us? Or do they even think about the consequences at all? Do they realize that they are contributing to the traffic that the rest of us are stuck in? Or are they just so ‘gatvol’ with traffic and roadworks that they just don’t care anymore?
I really want to believe that they are ignorant rather than arrogant, but I really don’t know anymore! I am just glad that the majority of people are still considerate and patient enough to wait there turn and take the traffic in stride!
One thing I am convinced of, though, is that once these road works are finished we are all going to advanced drivers, impatient or not