09-18-2007, 07:28 AM
There is another thread asking about drivers being worse on Mondays and it started me thinking. And as luck would have it, I left the house early today so as I was approaching the business area 10 minutes before, instead of 10 minutes after, seven. As the clock reached about 6:55, I noticed a lot more people getting pushy, tailgating, and generally looking a bit more in a hurry and I realized they probably were either late or about to be late.
Now when I'm later apulling in, I usually see a few fast movers but otherwise mostly average (not to suggest good), driving.
Anybody else having this experience? Are drivers near the beginning of their hour/half-hour shifts worse that those in between?
09-18-2007, 07:45 AM
I was thinking the same thing when i saw the monday thread. If I leave at a different time (off by 10-15 mins) than usual I encounter a whole different mentality of drivers. Certain times are really full of road ragers but I haven't really paid attention to the times of day.
09-18-2007, 08:32 AM
That makes sense - folks usually have appointments/work/activities starting on hours and half-hours. Crazy how that works.
Now it'd be interesting to see whether or not more accidents occur around those times. :)
09-18-2007, 08:33 AM
If I leave my house about 6:45, I get to the toll plaza about 6:55-7:00. I may be behind 2-3 cars. This gets me to work at 7:10-7:15. If I leave closer to 7:00, I hit heavy traffic at the toll plaza and have to hurry to get to work at 7:30.
For some reason, the toll plaza brings out the worst in drivers. Lane switching, swerving, etc. It's a big cluster **** of unmerging and remerging, with an added cost of $0.50.
09-18-2007, 09:16 AM
This is a great observation, and I do notice it. There are little pockets of time around the top of the hour where the driving just sucks.
09-18-2007, 09:18 AM
Great question. And the answer is ABSOLUTELY.
My drive in to downtown is 30 minutes. If I leave at 8:30, it's mayhem. If I leave at 8:45, noticeably better.
09-19-2007, 03:12 AM
Good Question! I've also noticed this too. I don't understand why some drivers take such big risks just to save a minute or even two seconds. Being late to work is one thing, but putting your life, your vehicle and others at risk of a collision is completely pointless. It just beats my mind into submission.
09-19-2007, 05:21 PM
My mom leaves work at 5:30 when the traffic is lighter/better, instead of at 5:00 when she is supposed to leave.
09-19-2007, 08:46 PM
YES, I have noticed this ! And I would add, it is was very noticable when i have experienced this. It is for the same reason I go for lunch mostly at 12h30 or 13h15 in order to avoid the 11h55 to 12h05 and 12h55 to 13h05 trafic.