I've seen plenty of peevish drivers - want to drive at a certain speed, and want everybody else behind them to just have to lump it. And perfectly safe and legitimate overtaking can see them apoplectic.
Another regular observation, especially obvious is you use cruise control on the motorway - you can be approaching, move out to pass, and be practically alongside some middle-laners, then they'll speed up, the only tend to back off their acceleration when it's clear you're still going to pass them. It's not all about them trying to ensure you don't move into a gap between them and the car in front, either - because often there is no car in front of them, which has allowed them to speed up. And, although this may sound sexist, it's really not - the majority of the time I look across at them, it's women pulling that stunt.
Don't get me wrong, I've encountered plenty of male drivers who'll speed up when you're overtaking - but this particular stunt from motorway middle-laners, at least in my experience, has been heavily domintated by women - not sure I understand why.
There's always a certain degree of curmudgeonly drivers, who you can often see, frantically, trying to speed up, and show there was a problem with you pulling out of a junction, or onto a roundabout, but despite the true flogging a dead horse of their jalopy, it wasn't quite up to the rapid acceleration required to try and manufacture an issue. I'm going to stereotype, now - but really, I'm just going off those that I've seen in my experience - this demographic is heavily domninated by the man-of-a-certain-age (ie 50+).
The reality is, true enough, there's idiots of all ages and sexes, that act-up behind the wheel of a car, but at least in my experience, certain types of behaviour, can show some trends in terms of those that do.
Drivers in general, seem a lot less tolerant - and I know some will rap on about the harsh landscape for drivers, in recent times - but realistically, say, in the 70s, was driving / running a car any cheaper, in terms of cost of living? Yes, I know, there was a whole lot less traffic, but most of the argument about how drivers are somehow justified - or at least explained - in their intolerance, these days, is the punitive costs of doing so.
And yes, I do think standards have dropped over the decades - sure, the driving test and theory test seem more challenging - but all the same, looking at what I see on the roads (yes, the occupancy is a lot higher, but still...), behaviour, courtesy and competency seem all worse than in previous times. I guess, sometimes, progress is a fallacy.
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