Bat Crap Crazy Drivers

bscd-signA while ago, I posted a short series of traffic rants. In the final rant, I promised that I was done. The normal day-to-day idiots are still out there, and my daily commute is still full of heart-racing moments when a special person invoked their right-of-way at a red light, or a stop sign, or a no parking zone, but I was done ranting. Some of you invited me to “rant at will, Dan” – so…

Today’s rant is about a special class of driver. Batsh*t crazy drivers (BSCD) whose judgment is so flawed as to be dangerous and whose sense of entitlement is positively scary. These are people who should not be allowed to drive. These are people who should be avoided at all costs, but who, unfortunately, are sharing the road and a few parking lots with us.

There aren’t as many of these people – thankfully – so it’s taken a long time for me to collect these stories. I collected the final story about a month ago. The aggressive nature and high speed of these drivers, not to mention the dangerous situations they cause, made photos impossible. So, you get diagrams – yay.

I’ll start with our local Mobil station. Although I like the Mobil brand, I love my SpeedPass, but I usually avoid this station. It’s on a 4-lane road. It’s at a busy intersection and it’s the last gas station before the airport, so lots of people are returning rental cars, not knowing what side the gas cap is on. In addition, the parking lot has a drive-up ATM, a convenience store, and for some unknown reason (money), the owners added drive-thru Dunkin Donuts service. (click any image to start larger show).

The first BSCD award goes to several people who cut through this gas station in order to avoid the traffic light. That would be dangerous enough, but when they realize that the light turned green and the traffic that used to be behind them is now going to be in front of them, they speed up – in – the –gas –station!

The second BSCD award goes to a young lady who was behind me at an intersection with an on-ramp for I-91. As were driving up to the ramp, the light turned yellow. I was already starting to turn, so I continued. She cut the corner and sped up so fast, that she ended up almost hitting me broadside, and almost being hit by a car exiting the highway (who had a green light by that point). She slammed on her brakes, and ended up blocking the off-ramp until I passed.

The third BSCD award goes to a man who simply wasn’t thinking. He and his truck were parked at a stop sign at a 3-way intersection. That’s illegal. You can’t park within 30 feet of a stop sign. The reason is that if people have to drive around you, they end up blocking the intersection. On the day this guy earned his award, the person driving around him was driving a school bus. The bus wanted to turn right. The woman in front of me wanted to turn left. I, along with four people behind me, just wanted this to be over. The woman eventually went straight. I stayed back to let the bus turn. The BSCD in the truck never moved.

 

 

The final BSCD award goes to the driver of a King Cab pickup back at the Mobil station. I really need to avoid this palce. When I arrived, the station was full, and several cars were in line behind people at the pumps. I pulled in behind a woman at the first pump.

Pump, pump, pump…I waited while she filled her rental car. You can tell, because the cars are mostly white with Florida plates. When she pulled out, I pulled up to the pump. By this time, there were two cars behind me. As I got out of my car, the BSCD who was parked across the lot at the ATM, waved his hands and yelled:

I was next!

Next? You’re not even in line.”

I stayed over here because I have to turn around and back into that pump. My tank is on the other side.”

Turning around in this station’s lot is not something a sane person would do. If you had a St. Christopher statue on your dash, he’d jump out the window if you tried turning around there.

I pointed to the pump on the other side of the island from me, where a man was getting into his car.

Why don’t you pull in here? The pump is on the right side for you.”

The guy pulled in, but the cars in line prevented him from pulling up as far as he wanted. He got out, looked at the positions of the hose and gas cap, made a frustrated gesture and yelled:

See what you’ve done?

Then he got back in his truck and sped away. That was a good thing. It’s bad enough encountering these BSCDs on the road, meeting them face-to-face is downright scary.

img_0455

I’d like to say that this will be the last driving/driver rant, but these things continue to happen, I like drawing diagrams, so…

70 thoughts on “Bat Crap Crazy Drivers

Add yours

    1. They truly are special people. I can deal with the ones who take every advantage, but some of these people are putting lives at risk, to save, at best, a few seconds. It’s really disconcerting to realize that they have such little regard for others.

      Liked by 3 people

  1. Rant away Dan. I really wish I could just live out in the middle of nowhere. Here’s another category for you — Batsh*t crazy pedestrians! Their sense of entitlement to have the “right of way” regardless of any common sense includes never bothering to look before they jump out in front of your car (even if from between parked cars) AND to do so while having earbuds plugged in and staring zombified at their phones. Maybe we could get the Batsh*t crazy drivers and Batsh*t crazy pedestrians together in their own Thunder Dome and leave them there…
    Hugs.

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Now, you are describing a college town like Durham. I try to avoid that town during the school year because the pedestrians come at you from every direction and just walk right in front of your car with their ear buds on or while texting. They have no fear because they think they own the town and the roads and just walk right out without even looking.

      Liked by 3 people

      1. It’s funny that you mention college towns, Judy. My mother lives near my brother in a college town. When school is in session, he basically forbids her from driving on certain streets at certain points during the day. I’ve done a few guest lectures at a local college, and I find that even walking across campus can be a challenge.

        Liked by 2 people

        1. A resident of Durham called me last week and wanted to donate some small trees to the MG plant sale. We headed over to pick them up and it was like there were students coming at you like meteors from every direction. We crawled through town and then got back out as soon as we could. One very positive thing about being ‘retired’ is you can choose your stressors, and driving in a college town is one I try to avoid. :-)

          Liked by 1 person

    2. Thanks Teagan, for both the comment and the permission to rant :) Fortunately, I don’t run into too many pedestrians in my daily commute. I do see enough of their antics when I’m traveling in large cities (including DC) that I can certainly see how that would be an added challenge to the drive.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Unfortunately, Dan, I live in Northern Virginia and our area seems to have more than our fair share of these kinds of drivers. Some of them surely are politicians with a highly-developed sense of entitlement, but there are a few others too, often in really expensive cars.

    Liked by 2 people

      1. There does seem to be at least a general correlation. I used to think that people with old, beat-up cars would be the ones to drive recklessly, because they have less to lose if their car is damaged. Then I realized that the folks driving those cars probably can least afford to pay for repairs and may therefore drive carefully. From my experience, Mercedes and BMW drivers and drivers of big expensive SUVs like Lexus, Escalade, and Porsche are the worst.

        Liked by 1 person

        1. I think you may be right about that, Mike. When the only vehicle I could afford was a tired old Dodge pickup, I was very careful when I drove it. I like to think I’m still careful, but I remember being a bit more cautious in those days. Of course, I wasn’t always sure it was going to respond to the gas pedal, so maybe that tempered my desire to pull out in front of the oncoming big-rig ;)

          Like

  3. I must say thank you for sharing your experiences. You made my tea time entertaining with these rants. Sorry to say but hearing these stories make me laugh. I know these are horrible encounters with special people. If there’s a voting about whether you should write more rants like these, I would vote Yes.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks Sharukh. I wouldn’t want to even think about driving in many foreign countries, including yours, but these are the challenging moments I collect over time. Hopefully, I don’t collect too many more of these stories,

      Like

      1. I had few incidents where I was this close to experiencing crushing death, but phew, lucky me. If you come to Mumbai, do you think I’ll let you drive? Ha! you are my guest and I’ll make sure you go home happy and alive.

        Like

    1. I know! I am in my office, 30-60 minutes early, so I can avoid the really bad traffic and so, if anything goes wrong, I’ll still be “on time.” People seem to cut things so close. I don’t think it’s healthy.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. We normally stay close to home on a ‘holiday’ because of tourists but found ourselves trying to get home last night from meeting friends from out of state with what looked like half of the country. So, we took the back roads through Maine to get here and avoid the highway. It took a little longer but it sure was less stressful than the six lane bumper to bumper traffic. :-)

        Liked by 1 person

  4. Oh, Dan–what to say. We have so many BSCD’s here in FL–we check the tag and it seems most of them come from Alabama or Louisiana. I think the prize goes to the King Cab driver, though. He was next, eh? Clear across the parking lot and he was next. The St Christopher medal jumping ship–my dad always had one in our car, so this totally made me laugh. Great post. Too bad these award winners don’t read this!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. We import a lot of our BSCDs from Massachusetts, Lois, but we seem to be growing a very nice local crop. My dad used to say, to my mom, that “St Christopher wouldn’t ride with you” and it always made me laugh, even though it was probably an inappropriate time to laugh. Thanks for the comment, I’m always glad when people get a chuckle out of some of this stuff. I can’t fix it, but I can laugh about it.

      Like

  5. Just an observation that I have noted from my own personal life. Seems as if the male gender have more of these problems on the road then the female gender. Hubby comes home with these atrocious stories and as I listen I ponder if we are driving in the same world. OK I admit I’ve seen my share of BSCD too but thank goodness not too frequently. Could be it is because I don’t drive my car frequently. Hmmmm….that may have something to do with things. By the way, really enjoyed your drawings. Cute, Dan. You are definitely a budding artist. LOL <3

    Liked by 1 person

    1. My wife does encounter some of these folks, Amy, but I do drive a lot more than she does. She also goes out of her way to avoid bad times of the day, bad intersections and bad weather. I’m glad you like the drawings. I hope they help get the point across.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. But of course your drawings do! And truthfully I don’t drive much and when I do I am usually on the back roads. I hate thruway driving. And there are some intersections, one in particular that has 5 roads all coming to one point that can be a nightmare. :)

        Like

  6. Oh Dear God.You’ve got to stay away from that Mobil! I stay away from ours because you can really only get in and out if you’re going north AND they lock up their ice, making ice purchasing a much more time-consuming activity.
    I’ve been the person trying to pull around to get the fuel door on the correct side, and lost my spot — but no one could tell, no one KNEW that’s what I was doing, so it never occurred to me to yell at anyone about it. lol
    Driving home every single day is an epic battle between me and all the BSCDs. I’m pretty sure there’s no good commute in this city, but the jobs can’t all be within walking distance, so…

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I have driven up to this station and gone past because it’s too crowded, or, I would have to cross that 4-lane road when I exit. I’ve also waited in line when I could turn around and use a pump, because there’s too much activity. Between the people using the ATM, shopping and wanting to get coffee, it’s really not a safe place to be. If I had even thought that the guy was trying to do that, I might have waited. He wasn’t even in his car! HE really looked like he was waiting to walk up and use the ATM.

      Liked by 1 person

  7. That place is a vortex of accidents waiting to happen! The other day we were driving down the main street here which is typically around 35 mph. The light turned green and we were starting to proceed when all of a sudden a woman cuts in front of us and stops! I kid you not. Dave slammed on the breaks and actually waited when she just sat there. Naturally Dave laid on his horn (he loves to honk…I think he has a honking addiction lol) and finally she started to move but then she cut across three lanes to move to the right and make a turn almost hitting two cars. Honestly…what goes on in these people’s heads? Whew…that felt good to rant. :)

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Oh my! That’s sounds like is amazing you weren’t in a write-it-up-in-the-paper style accident. You really do have to wonder what these people are thinking, or what they’re doing that’s preventing them from thinking. I have seen people make left turns from the right lane, and the other way round. The scary thing is there’s almost always a driveway or a side street that would safely let them get where they’re going and not put anyone at risk. I’m glad Dave has good reactions.

      Liked by 1 person

    1. Ha h, I can imagine, Audrey. My mom is 91 and still driving. The thought kinda scares me a bit, but they keep her off the road if she’s feeling, in any way, less than perfect (for her). A big piece of the reason I look forward to retirement is to get out of the daily commute.

      Liked by 1 person

  8. Have you ever seen George’s Carlin’s rant about maniac and idiot drivers? If not, you need to find that on YouTube. Hilarious.

    It amazes me when people drive like that – with a sense of entitlement. The guy at the Mobile station, telling you he’s next…that took kahonies. I often wonder if these people are having a bad day, a bad life, have anger management issues, or are void of common sense.

    I agree with Joey – stay away from the Mobile station.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. I really do try to avoid that station. It’s just that some times, I need gas. I also go there to fill up the gas cans I use for the mower/snow-blower/leaf-sucker/etc. Talk about raising the blood pressure of your local BSCD, get out of your car and unload 3 gas cans. But, it’s the closest station and I don’t want to be driving them around all over town.

      I will look for that video, thanks Mary.

      Liked by 1 person

  9. I enjoyed your rants, Dan, in a macabre sort of way. I’ve driven a lot in my lifetime and normally I enjoy it, but these kinds of drivers are definitely scary and you can’t prepare for what they’re going to do because you just can’t believe anyone would be so stupid! There are lots of other categories worthy of a good rant and maybe I’ll have to take your example and highlight them. In the meantime, be safe…or as safe as possible with these BSCDs on the road.

    janet

    Like

  10. The scariest thing about these unsafe, maniac drivers isn’t that they’re allowed behind the wheel of a super heavy, fast-moving metal box. It’s that they’re also allowed to reproduce. *sighs* I’m telling ya, there really needs to be stricter regulations for the important s***. (Sorry.) ;P

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ha ha – My apologies to the bats, but it’s really only their guano that I’m comparing, Still, that is a very useful fertilizer. These things would make me laugh, if these people weren’t still on the road.

      Liked by 1 person

  11. Those same crazy drivers are everywhere! One evening a guy didn’t like that hubby passed him, so he sped up, passes us and slams on his breaks, nearly causing us to hit him in the rear. Hubby got in the left lane and tried to pass the idiot, but he sped up.This went on for several minutes. When the idiot’s lane ended, he was now on the shoulder of the road where he swerved in front of us and sped off like a maniac!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Oh, Sandi. Those drivers are so annoying and so dangerous. I have the unfortunate commute that involves a left-hand exit, and I am frequently faced with the guy behind me who expects everyone in the left lane to be going 80mph. They see the signs, they see my turn signal, but they still flash the high beams and honk and gesture. You really do have to have a thick skin to drive these days.

      Liked by 1 person

  12. I was laughing as I drank some hard cider as a bedtime beverage, Dan. That stuff hurts as it snorts out of your (my) nose! You captured both men and women in crazy self-centered driving attitudes. They think they “own the road,” as I used to hear my own father rant. The woman sounds “spacey” and the driver parked at an intersection sounds oblivious. The ATM gut sounds arrogant, blaming you for his own stupidity! I am sure I left one of the scenarios out, but those were perfect examples of your title namesakes, Dan.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. :D These made me grin. I’m not good at diagrams. I’m not good at traffic rants, giving or receiving, I prefer to dismiss any traffic disturbances as not worthy of conversation. But I like to think I’m good at driving and still, every time I must drive into Roma I get the jitters. It feels like in a videogame. Everybody’s out to get me. Without a doubt, I’m a BSCD to the locals on occasion. I’ve heard say that in order to drive around Roma, one would require a pilot licence. Anyway, please continue. I think doing these is good for you. :D

    Liked by 1 person

  14. I hear ya, Dan. Every time I see one of these awful drivers pulling some stunt, I’m like, “My insurance rates could be lower if it wasn’t for you.”

    The distracted ones are what really get me these days. You can see them looking down and fiddling with their phones. Meanwhile, they’re drifting into my lane and missing green lights. Really annoying.

    Liked by 1 person

  15. Almost every driver over here is BSCD! They will drive you up the wall like a lizard till you lose your mind completely. I always take the bus. That way, somebody else gets to take the heat on my behalf. But once, the driver of the bus was himself a BSCD. He overlapped a Toyota Premio and drove it off the road. The driver of the Premio just lost his mind. He overtook us and packed the car across the road, stopping the bus. Then he got out with a big pistol and came towards us. He grabbed the conductor and smashed his nose with the butt of the pistol. He smashed repeatedly until the conductor’s nose and mouth were all blood. Then, overcome with more fury, the man pressed the gun on the conductor’s forehead and dragged him to the car. He opened the trunk and started shoving the conductor into it. But just then the women in the bus, who had been watching in disturbed silence, began screaming at him. He hesitated and they screamed louder. It turned out that he was a cop. A batshit crazy cop, if you ask me!
    From that day, my fear of driving in his city increased a hundredfold.

    Liked by 1 person

Add your thoughts. Start or join the discussion. Sadly, links require moderation.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: