Be warned, this may be viewed by many as a rant or whine and it is to a certain extent. The following details experiences from months of commuting over an 100 km distance by car.
All I ask for is common sense, common courtesy. But that rarely seems to happen. For once I ask that you do not honk loudly while on the road, particularly if the person you are honking to is 4 lanes away. This goes double for 13 year old girls, illegally driving a car.
And do not yammer into your cell phone and constantly call back after losing your signal through tunnels. The majority of us are simply trying to stay alive on the road. Your phoning while driving is dangerous to all of us.
To the guy on the 6:30 red light next me - do NOT attack your paper, snapping it back and forth like the news in it is evil and has it in for you personally, while you have your windows open. Thwack. Crack. So instead I may sit next to the guy who in black leather jacket, with eyes closed, sits with finger to thumb on each knee in meditation. For chrissakes! You're driving. So stay awake, will ya ?
Do not bring toys that beep or squawk. Do not wear cheap crappy ear phones and then crank up the volume that you go deaf eventually. The guy foUr lanes away from you has to honk the horn even longer, now.
Figure out how much money you have in your wallet; BEFORE approaching the toll gate. Do not jump lanes. You're making all of us NERVOUS!
And if you're the first person at a red light turning green, would you terribly mind not waiting until the light turns red again? Because we might see some lobotomized fool in you. Look into the rear mirror from time to time; especially on the highway and especially if you're constantly blocking the left lane. Other cars may want to overtake.
Middle aged women who shoot daggers at anyone who may overtake them need to chill. I've been driving for 15 minutes behind you (while you where moving with all of 17 miles, through a 45 mile zone). You'd be better off if you were cool about it and I might even provide you with a smile.
And is it just me or do people speaking foreign languages always speak at a higher volume at red lights while they have their damn windows open. It's like there's a different decibel level for each language. I'll have to look into that.
Stop obsessing on your PDAs, your palms, pocket pcs and handsprings, scraping with your pointer in muted clicks like some African popping language. You're driving a fscking CAR!
If you are fucking hyper and crank up your laptop, do that after you left your car only and in a save place (BART comes to mind).
When roads are crowded, either stay home, or move all the way to the right, so I can pass. Then flatten yourself quickly (literally), do society a service. When you're flat, you can use public transportation better, while not taking up so much space on the road.
When on 80, or on 101, don't drive by not holding onto your steering wheel, like some 12 year old, trying to prove that you can withstand all the jerks and snags of the trip - that you're center of gravity is just the cats meow. That the time you spent in Hawaii surfing has taught you to keep your legs spread and knees bent, and nothing but a killer wave could throw you. Don't do that, because in a heartbeat the car will jerk and throw you, and you'll bump into me and others while making a desperate wild grab for your stiring wheel. You are not 12 anymore and that game is well in your past.
Take this time to isolate those nervous habits, those tics, and then get rid of them. You are exempt if you have tourette's by the way. If you tap your foot incessantly on the accelerator or suck your teeth causing a cross between a slurp and a smack every 23 seconds (especially with the window open at a red light) - then get a clue. You are not paranoid. This is the reason why everyone is staring at you. Take this opportunity to stop these obsessive habits and spare us all.
If you have a nose-whistle, please note this and try to kill it off as quickly as possible. And constant snuffling that does nothing to snuff the whistle is simply not acceptable, but just adding insult to injury. You might have guessed it: Especially at red lights with windows open this is an annoyance to humanity.
You may think me harsh, and sometimes I am. I find myself chastising myself for being such a curmudgeon. But I usually boomerang around from the right to the left lane and back once another person violates one of the above. Now, I fully admit that I can be a hypocrite. That in rare instances I go against a few, a scant few mind you, of these annoyances. And so I don't judge others in that first instance, or try not to. I mean, please, everyone jumps to judgement. But I try not to knowing that at times I will need to count on these folks to forgive my banter across the lanes with a friend or co-worker.
In all, these experiences are a microcosm of our (or at least my) everyday experiences. People not using turn signals, using the express lane at the grocery store with 25 items and writing a check, taking your squawking 2 year old to a rated R movie, and outright inconsiderate and self-centered behavior.
I implore you to help educate our fellow humans to the rules above.