Lately it seems that at least half of the other drivers on the road are complete idiots (and I'm not referring to their choice of political bumper stickers). Even allowing for my own seasonal crankiness as the weather deteriorates, things out there are bad.
On the highway, the other drivers are usually more or less under control, except for the occasional egotist who thinks it's a great idea to avoid a traffic jam by speeding down the shoulder. On residential and city streets, however, it's a whole different story.
First of all, why is it so difficult for people to understand how a four-way stop works? I'll tell you in the least number of words possible: Approach the intersection, observing the three or fewer cars at the other compass points. When everyone who reached the intersection before you has gone through, it's your turn. The End.
My new favorite rash act on the road involves double left-turn lanes. It seems that some drivers feel it is acceptable to barrel into the other turn lane during the turn if they've incorrectly anticipated which lane they'll need once they're through the intersection. Hey! Think ahead!
As you might guess, my audible rush-hour monologue sounds a lot like the above, only louder and spiced with a few more choice words. Maybe I need to start drinking coffee before I leave the house...