Road rage has gone too far.
There was a recent episode where a student leaving Centennial College’s Progress campus accidentally cut off another driver. The slighted driver followed the student all the way up to Meadowvale and Ellesmere roads, where he allegedly took out a handgun and fired two shots at the rear passenger side of the car.
Luckily no one was hurt.
Sitting in our cars, there is a sense of anonymity. Drivers are masked behind their vehicles, becoming faceless, a piece of machinery, rather than a human life. This allows drivers to act in an aggressive manner, not realizing the effects it will have on one another.
Living in a fast-paced society, people are always in a hurry and are often distracted. Whether it’s our cell phones, a meeting that we need to attend or thinking about what we need to get done, we are always preoccupied with our thoughts. Today’s lifestyle has people constantly on the edge.
The conditions of our roads don’t make things easier either. As our road and highways are plagued with potholes, many drivers coast below speed limit, making other drivers even more frustrated.
In the end, road rage is just not worth it. If you see a driver acting aggressively, it’s best not to confront them. And if someone ends up cutting you off, then give them the benefit of the doubt, as it could have been a mistake. As you drive, relax, stay calm, and just remember we will eventually get to where we’re going.