Why are we always rushing?

I am not a huge fan of driving in big cities.

I am not scared of it, I am just annoyed.

I hate it when people rush from one red light to another.

What’s the point?

Why are you slamming on the gas pedal to race to the next blocked red-light-infested intersection?

I hate it when people expect you to go 10 km/h over the speed limit on any highway or they get mad and honk, swerve in front of you cutting you off for those 2 precious seconds extra on the road…

….and end up in front of you waiting a red light intersection off a ramp that you were both going for anyway.

It’s just an extra minute or two.

Why would you cut me off for no reason if you are going to take the same ramp?

If there wasn’t so much traffic, and there were only a couple of cars on the road, I can go up to 20 km/h over the speed limit.

However, when I am driving in town, on a highway I am not familiar with, using a GPS, with a LOT of cars around me, I am not about to go 20 km/h above the limit.

A lot of time is spent stopping and starting or slowing down for people who keep swerving in and out of traffic trying to get ahead by an extra car or two.


If we could all drive carefully, and not have to slam on the brakes, or watch out for some idiot who thinks he can get ahead of the traffic by switching lanes every 2 seconds but still ending up in the same place as he was in before (in front of me)… we’d save a lot of hassle on the road, and have less accidents.

I was once told by a very wise Brit:

The way you drive, is an extension of your personality.

Couldn’t have said it better.

If you drive like a stressed out maniac, you are a stressed out maniac, and it’s not good for your blood pressure.

You can’t control the situation you are in. If it’s bumper-to-bumper traffic, just turn on some music and take the time to think about other things, perhaps other problems you are trying to work out.

I find that driving in small-to-medium cities is a lot more relaxing.

Less high strung, less rushed and the way it should be on the road. I don’t even get mad if I have to follow a cow or a tractor. I just switch out of the lane to get in front safely, the moment I can.

It’s just an extra 10 minutes. It’s not worth your life or anyone else’s.

I just don’t want to be someone who says after the accident, or after hurting/killing someone:

If only I had(‘nt).

About the Author

Just a girl trying to find a balance between being a Shopaholic and a Saver. I cleared $60,000 in 18 months earning $65,000 gross/year. Now I am self-employed, and you can read more about my story here, or visit my other blog: The Everyday Minimalist.