So far this week I have had three encounters with stupid drivers. The first one was on the Queens-Borough bridge in New-West Minster where a lady decided to switch lanes without signalling and moving between me and a slowing vehicle. The second encounter was large truck that over shot his turn onto the Langley Bypass off of 192 street. Finally today, going to work a driver in a black jeep was not paying attention, his eyes were off the road, he swerved into my lane narrowly missing me.
The amount of people I see driving while talking on their cell phones is getting to the point of stupid and ridiculous. The truck driver who over-shoot his turn in Langley City was talking on a cell phone. At first I thought people could easily be in control of their driving while talking, but not anymore. I used to do it myself, but since learned the hard way by almost driving into the ditch on a wintry day about five years ago. I turn off the phone now when driving. I see the odd responsible person pulled over to the side of the road to take their calls, but they are only a small number.
Two weeks ago I had a lady throw her cigarette butt out of her window and it landed across my windshield while we were coming to a red light. When I rolled down my window to tell her to stop doing that, but she just leaned on her horn till the light changed. I did phone the police to make a complaint.
I think speed is the number one reason why I hate driving through Langley during the summer. The speed limit on Route 10 is 70 km/h, and the average speed is 80 km/h, but people always pass me. Even in Fort Langley, people like to gun-it through the main road. Motorcycles are worse because of the noise, yet they only do it quick bursts. I think 100 km/h is the norm during the day?
I think I know the answer to all of this. People are still in a hurry to get from point A to point B. Sure, the high price of gas has not put a damper on driving. I think the population of cars is still the same, though I am seeing a lot more scooters on the road. So I think drivers are still in “Rush-Hour” mode. Summer is supposed to be a time of relaxation and open spaces, but it does not seem to matter what season it is any more, people dive like they are going to be late for something.