Road Rage and Babies Don’t Mix!

October 4, 2013  |  

Just the other day I was coming home from the park after what I call a pregnancy 5K. Only a couple weeks shy of my seventh month preggers, I was quite happy I could still move the way I did before the bump. I proceeded to head home like normal and while I was expecting some evening rush traffic, nothing prepared me for an erratic drive who practically forced me to the side of the road.

There are no words to describe how I felt at that moment. Who did this joker think he was as he used his car to push me out of my lane – coming inches from side-swiping me. Now, the old Tanvier would have felt the need to get out of my car and lose my mind on both the driver and his vehicle. He would definitely have learned today! However, as an expecting mother, I am pretty sure it wouldn’t have been a good look to act in such a way. Plus, you just never know how the other person will react.

This got me to thinking about road rage and how stupid it really is. Trust me when I say I am far from being a saint. There may have been a few occasions in the past where I may or may not has cut someone off, given the finger, was “friendly” with my brakes or called a person everything under the sun. It can happen, right? Call it an epiphany, maturity or just plain common sense – I’m not trying to get caught up in a pointless or worse, fatal situation that wasn’t worth it to begin with.

Splashed throughout the headlines right now is an incident that stems from road rage and resulted in multiple arrests and a seriously injured man who was ran over. While the police work to sort out who’s at fault, I am surprised no one is talking about a pretty seriously issue – the driver of the SUV had his wife and two year-old in the car!

Now he claims a large group of bikers were driving erratic prompting him to call 911, but what I can’t understand is why he (according to a witness) began to cut bikers off the road which more than likely was the catalyst for this entire debacle. I don’t care how pissed someone makes me feel while driving, I have a responsibility as a parent to protect my family. Even if someone’s actions are wrong, my reaction could make things much worse, which it looks to be true in this instance. What if the other person decided to retaliate as well cutting you off thus creating an accident where someone gets hurt (like your child)? What if they decide to pull a gun not knowing who was in your back seat, or if you yourself were pregnant? There are way too many what if scenarios to roll the dice on how our reactions affect an outcome. It’s just not worth it.

The bottom line is road rage and families don’t mix, period. You would think this would be a common practice for everyone but it’s not. How many news stories do we have to read about unnecessary accidents and fatalities? And what about victims who had nothing to do with the situation that get hurt – is it worth catching a case? I know it can get hard but for heaven’s sake think about your babies and your goal of making it home.

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