You’ve been there: someone turns without signaling, cuts around you to jump ahead, stops for no reason, or merges across 3 lanes of travel from a side street to make an illegal u-turn. Your blood boils a little, your pulse quickens, you think about what an idiot they are. You may even vocalize your opinions of them. You may yell, scream, flip them off, pull up next to them at a light to start a confrontation. And then you realize you know them. It’s your neighbor, friend, school mate or acquaintance. Sometimes you realize it before they do and you can simply drive off before they get a good look at you. Other times you can’t.
This last Christmas I was driving to church with my husband. We were cut off by someone merging into traffic from a residential street. My husband called him a name and drove faster to catch him at the light. When we pulled up we heard an all to familiar phrase, “Hey Doogie.” My husband’s high school nickname. We realized we knew the other driver we had seen them at a church service and attended school together before that. Be careful what you say when someone upsets you in traffic, you may just know the offending party all too well.