And I thought WE had it bad

“Lethbridge drivers are horrible!

I’m sure we’ve heard this at one time or another. I’m sure I’ve said some form of it too. But I don’t doubt that other drivers in the world have said it about their respective city as well (though I don’t think I’ve heard someone complain about drivers in Kipp. Could someone look into that for me?)

I’ve been cut off, tailgated, sped past, honked at (for doing the speed limit, no less), and hit from behind, totalling my car with the other driver being in the wrong. So, I agree. Lethbridge has bad drivers. But I’m no saint. I drive 50 km/h in the city, signal when I’m suppose to, and take my time when road conditions require me to. BUT! I know that my highway driving is not the greatest, and I don’t do a lot. I’m not saying that as an excuse, but that I am able to recognize that and honestly admit it. If I were to give a percentage to how good of a driver I am, I would have to say I’m good 90 percent of the time. I’m not perfect. No one is.

I used to get really angry with bad drivers until I took a trip to Europe in May of last year. Paris was one of the cities we visited, and it was also the city where I pretty much shut up about the bad drivers in Lethbridge. Parisian drivers are THE WORST! Traffic is chaotic, mopeds weave between vehicles to get to the front of the pack at red lights, and don’t get me started on how crazy it is in the traffic circle around the Arc de Triomphe.

We were in London and Amsterdam during this same trip, but the traffic paled in comparison to Paris. My husband and I even took a Fat Tire Bike Tour where we were told by our guide to psych ourselves up before dealing with the traffic by yelling “DOMINATE!” to ensure 1) the group stayed together, and 2) we had the courage to get through narrow side streets and cross major roadways with Parisian commuters looking on. All this WITHOUT wearing a bike helmet. Thankfully, our group made it through unscathed, and we felt more brave and confident in ourselves. We could take on the world after just an hour and a half on a California cruiser bike.

Nowadays, instead of cursing traffic, I just become more aware of my surroundings and drive with caution. Every city in the world has bad drivers. Though comparing Paris traffic to Lethbridge traffic is a bit like comparing apples to oranges, the adage is the same.

Be aware of the “idiots” on the road, don’t become one.

In what city have you experienced the worst drivers?

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