October 14th, 2006 at 1:20am]
Okay, so today l'm going to talk about my road rage incident that happened on my way home from work on Wednesday afternoon.
I think l'm a pretty safe driver. I don't take risks, l always go the speed limit.
Anyways, l was travelling through the back-streets of St Marys, as l tend to avoid the main streets during peak hour.
I was driving in a 50km/h zone. From this street, the speed limit would be 50km/h until l got home.
As l was driving in one of these zones on one street, a purple excel came up behind me. I noticed that she was young, probably younger than me. I couldn't tell if she had p-plates on or not, l couldn't see them. She also had a passenger, either a sister or friend.
She was tail-gating me, for more than a kilometre. Fair enough, l should have pulled over, let her pass me and l continue driving.
But l don't like giving hoons their own way. I don't see why l should go out of my way, and pull over just because she was in a hurry. I just continued to sit on 50, l wasn't going to go faster for her.
I kept looking in my rear vision mirror, and l think she noticed and thought l was delibrately trying to piss her off. I wasn't. I was making sure she wasn't going to end up in the backseat of my car.
Now, we went around a roundabout, and she was so far up my back, l was a little tense.
We went over a bridge, over the M4, and l did 50. There was a bike lane that appeared after the bridge, and she overtook me. That was number 2 of broken road rules by her. Number 1 was tailgating.
I couldn't believe it. She overtook me in a bike lane!! Freaking idiot! I gave her a short beep, not a long one, just touched the horn with my finger to let her know she's an idiot. I then stuck my finger up. I don't know why, l was just pissed off. I can't stand hoons.
Anyways, l thoguht that was the end of it, because she sped off. I couldn't even see her anymore. Obviously she slowed right down so l'd catch up to her before the nest round about, which we were both turning right. Don't forget, she's now in front of me because she overtook me on the inside bike lane.
We were both turning right. She looked in her rear vision mirror at me a lot, and noticed l put my right indicator on to turn right as well. She enetered the roundabout, and she went around as slow as she possibly could. She kept looking into her rear vision mirror to see if l was pissed off. I didn't react. I just thought "You want to play that game? Sure, no worries" and l played along. I went around just as slow, keeping distance and kept a straight, relaxed face. After we got through the roundabout, we went past St Clair shops, which she did 30km/h.
She kept looking back to see if l'd react. I didn't want to have anything to do with it. She was delibrately trying to get until my skin, but l didn't flip. I did 30km/h too, keeping a safe distance. She obivously got fed up, and slammed her foot down and sped off.
I did my 50km/h, and got to the next roundabout, she went the same way l go to go home. I turned right as well. She looked back as she went around the roundabout. Maybe she thought l was following her? I don't know. I wasn't. Thats the way l go to go home.
Then we got to the next roundabout, turned the corner, both of us turned left.
She sped off up the street that my street is off. I didn't think much of it because l was really close to home.
She put her blinker on to turn left into a side street, just before mine. She stopped to turn right in the middle of our side of the road. We had a wide bike lane/parking lane and the actually lane of the road. She parked right in the middle, so l couldn't get around. Normally, when someone is turning right, you can go around them in the parking lane, if there are no cars parked.
She looked in her rear vision mirror again to see what l'd do. I thought "you bloody bitch".
I had just enough room to pass her on her left hand side (in the parking lane) and l put my window down, yelled out "Grow up and go the speed limit" to which l heard "You slut". I didn't care, l just wanted to get away from her. My street was pretty much right there on the right, so put my blinker on and started to go down my street.
Halfway down, l looked in my mirror, to make sure no one was behind me, so l could turn into my driveway. I put my blinker on to go into my driveway, and the next thing l knew, l heard a loud screech of tyres and a loud beep of a horn. I stopped fast, looked to my left, and there she was in her car, almost slammed into mine.
Dad came out, went ballistic. He saw the whole thing. I continued up my driveway, parked my car, yelled out "What the hell do you think your doing?" She looked shocked. She said "I wanted to know what you called me" I told her l didn't call her anything, l told her what l yelled out and l said "Your the one who called me a slut". I then said "Have you ever been in an accident?" she said no. I said that she will be one day, very soon if she keeps driving like that.
She drove off. I was almost in tears. She almost hit my car.
Dad said, come on, come with me. We drove to find out where she lived. I knew what street she was going down, so l told dad to go there. There were some side streets, and we went slow to try and find her car. We found it. Dad stopped and knocked on the door. Her dad answered. My dad told him what happened, and her dad yelled at her "GET OUT HERE, I KNOW YOU DID THIS, YOU DRIVE LIKE AN IDIOT!!" Haha, even her dad knows she drives like a maniac.
Anyways, she claimed that she didn't do anything wrong. What l think is her friend in the passenger seat yelled out slut to me, but the girl driver thought l said it, as it came from her left.
Then she came speeding down my street (which is a cul-de-sac) at around 80-100km/h.
I think she took her eyes off the road for a little bit, and didn't realise l was turning with my blinker on, thats why she slammed her brakes on and almost hit the side of my car.
I saw her again yesterday, near the roundabout where she went about 10km/h. I didn't make any eye contact, and l didn't follow her. I just drove home.