As I was driving into work this morning, I saw a driver in the car in front of me realize that he or she missed his or her exit. This person then swerved onto said exit at the last possible moment and tried to cut off the car that was already driving appropriately in the exit lane, only to realize there was another car in front of that car that would not take kindly to being sideswiped. So the car just drove in the shoulder of the exit lane, gunning it past the first car, the second car, and then two more cars in front of those cars before finally merging in.
It was crazy. I'm pretty sure I screamed. Multiple times.
But then I got to thinking.
There are 3 types of drivers in this world, which can all be identified by how they treat an exit. Or maybe just 3 types of drivers in the U.S. I've been to Italy and Egypt and I'm not even going to touch how they drive, except to say thank God I am still alive. Holy cannoli. And holy whatever Egyptians eat. (I only ate potatoes while I was there.)
3 types of drivers. In the U.S. Identifiable by exit-usage.
1. People who do what the driver above did. They miss their exit, they think "To hell with that!" and then they go and TAKE that exit. These drivers are aggressive. They may also be playing their radio really loud. While texting and talking on the phone. And eating a cheeseburger and putting on makeup. Or, they may be drunk.
2. People who miss their exits, and then stop in the middle of the road, waiting for someone to let them in, blocking traffic in the meantime. These drivers are usually older. Or from out of state. Or just lazy. Often times you can find these same drivers in parking lots, stalking you for your spot near the front of the store instead of parking 3 spots further away so they don't have to walk.
3. People who miss their exits, then drive to the next exit, turn around and come back the other way. These drivers are very responsible, upstanding citizens. They will drive 5mph over the speed limit but not a smidge more, unless they are taking someone to the hospital. They typically drive a minivan. Or a Prius.
I'm a #3. Although sometimes I think it'd be fun to be a #1, minus all of the extra stuff. To just be wild and free and attack exits with gleeful abandon - it would be so liberating. Then again, it might not be so good on the old insurance premium. Damn my #3-ness. I just can't shake it.
So - what kind of driver are you? #1, #2, #3 or none of the above?