“The best cure for a short temper is a long walk” – Jacqueline Schiff
“The best cause for a short temper is a long drive” – Lemon Custard
A volatile driver is a common thing, as I learnt on a recent forty-five-minute drive I took with two humans. This flimsy nature in drivers can sometimes make the roads look like some kind of Punch and Judy show. Taxi drivers are, of course, a particularly volatile population. As a human acquaintance of mine remarked, the angry drivers are just safely behind their windscreens, and it brings out their worst. Here follows an example of what usually results (scene written by LC, based on fact).
DRIVER OF CAR 1
DRIVER OF CAR 2
DRIVER OF CAR 3
(Extras may include birds or pedestrians)
DRIVER OF CAR 1 is driving on a moderately busy road behind DRIVER OF CAR 2.
DOC2 commits small diving error (eg. veers around slightly for no apparent reason/slows for no apparent reason/turns or pulls over without indicating).
DOC1: “Idiot! What are you doing?! The road’s full of stupid drivers. Can’t stand it.”
DOC1’s anger results in DOC1 committing an error (eg. speeding) later – near DOC3.
DOC3: “Look at that – flying down the road like it’s a race! Where are the cops when you need them?”
A cheerful situation for all involved. Such situations get worse around Christmas for a real feeling of peace on Earth. But even in the middle of the year, it can get pretty un-peaceful on the roads.