An acquaintance of my said she was at a light, and the light had just turned green when someone came speeding up behind her, honked his horn and flipped her off. To be honest, she drives painfully slow, but there’s still a lesson here.
This tends to be a problem in a lot of places. People aren’t very patient at lights. When my mom was here she noted that if you don’t move within about half a millisecond of the light turning green, people will honk at you.
Now, there is also the problem of people that legitimately don’t move when a light turns green, and it’s always hard to decide when it is the correct time to honk. I’ve been stuck behind someone at a turn light that did not move for about 10 seconds. I was too far back in the line to see what exactly was happening, but I felt that I was out of place to start honking since I was so far away and didn’t want the person in front of me to think I was getting mad at them. I don’t have a sure-fire answer to the “to honk, or not to honk” question. I don’t like honking, so I only do it in emergency situations when someone’s about to hit me (never a fun experience), but I never honk at someone going too slow in front of me, and I hate honking at people at lights (but it has been necessary unfortunately). The only time I do honk at someone at a light is when a significant amount of time has passed, and it’s obvious they’re probably texting (GET OFF THE PHONE!). Keep your anger inside the car unless your life is in danger—someone accelerating or driving slowly (in most circumstances) does not warrant such outrage… even though some people feel like it does.
Try to remember that, as you approach a light that has just turned green, the people that were previously stopped at the red light will not be going as fast as you are going. I get annoyed when this happens too, but it’s one of those things where you just have to slow down and let the people in front of you speed up… hopefully they’ll speed up. I’ll have a rant about speed limits sometime soon, but that’s a whole other issue.
Overarching message here is to be patient.
The other overarching message here is honking etiquette, but we’ll save that for a later post.