According to Marginal Revolution, bumper stickers are an indicator of aggressive drivers. My wife often tells me I am an aggressive driver. While I am the first to admit that I spend a lot of time feeling irritated by other folks and their rude behavior on the road, I don’t think I’m very aggressive. I think my driving style could be referred to as politely offensive.
I do have a list of things that get under my skin, including, in order of irritation factor:
- Left lane jackasses – the people who think the left lane is reserved for them no matter what speed they are going – these idiots cause drivers who want to go faster to have to pass on the right
- People who pay more attention to their conversation than what is happening around them – the worst offenders are usually middle aged women with bad hairdos (think Texas big hair).
- Cell phone addicts – more women than men. I keep my cell phone conversations as short as possible while driving. I’ve been next to people for 20 minutes who are on the same call. Apparently driving isn’t challenging enough for these people and they need an additional activity to keep their razor sharp minds engaged. For these mental giants, only a banal conversation about last night’s clubbing activity will keep them sufficiently occupied.
Whether or not it makes me a driver who should be watched more carefully, here is my bumper sticker: