I have a theory — there’s a link between the way people drive and their attitude to life in general.
Keep in mind that I’m no expert (though, in my next life I’m coming back as a scientist). This opinion is based purely on years of observing Perth motorists.
Take, for example, those who cut corners when turning right at uncontrolled intersections. I’ve been stationary at such intersections and cringed as drivers just miss scraping the right-hand side of my bonnet because they’re too lazy to turn correctly.
Apparently these people need a stop or give-way sign or a kerb to gauge how to stay in their lane. They often grin sheepishly and raise their hand in apology. I often want to raise my middle finger in response.
It is pure laziness and I reckon they cut corners at work and home, too.
Which brings me to my next bugbear — angry and inconsiderate drivers in vehicles displaying their company’s brand.
I’ve seen tradespeople in filthy work vans as they tailgate and weave in and out of traffic. They’re terribly impatient. Their business name is clearly displayed for all to see — and I’d never hire them for a job.
What about those people who think they’re allowed to drive on the road … and the kerb and footpath? I’ve even seen people driving along nature strips to avoid waiting behind other cars at busy traffic lights. It’s peak hour, you fools, so just wait your turn.
I keep my distance from cars covered in dents and scrapes. One bingle is perhaps not their fault. Multiple signs of damage suggest sloppy driving habits and an insurance nightmare.
Don’t even get me started on those who overtake parked cars by ignoring oncoming traffic and moving into the other lane — forcing people off the road.
Blaming P-platers and old people for such jaw-dropping behaviour would be unfair. I’ve seen men and women of all ages display an inability to handle their car properly. And so I have inadvertently become what others would call a “nanna driver”.
I stay patient and stick to the speed limit while keeping an eye on other motorists lest they suddenly make a wrong move that puts other people’s lives in danger. It seems to happen a lot.
Listen up dodgy Perth drivers — do us all a favour and stop being so aggressive, inconsiderate and lazy. And stay off your damn phone. Pay attention. Obey the rules. Be courteous. It’s not rocket science, people.