Why is driving so stressful nowadays?

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  1. mikej89

    mikej89 Senior Stratmaster

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    I live in somewhat rural Wisconsin and I can't even leave my house without being tailgated by angry, entitled individuals... Just yesterday I was driving 55 on a nice scenic back road, but they don't want you to enjoy that situation lol. Gotta go 70 on a scenic back road these days... Can't enjoy the moment, gotta get home to watch TV and social media ASAP!

    Just regular driving is like Mad Max The Road Warrior these days. Just to go to the local Kwik Trip to buy a gallon of milk gotta put on a leather jacket and make sure I have a sawed off shotgun handy lol. If you get in road rage which is likely, gotta go to Thunderdome! "Two men enter, one man leaves!"

    LOL has it REALLY gotten worse in that regard? My parents told me it's really gotten worse over the decades.
     
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    I feel you bro. :mad:
     
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    I agree and don't understand. I will leave it there.
     
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    Driving with blood in their eyes...
    Hadta cross it many times a year heading to races...
    Bubbs beer
    Walters Beer
    Old Chicago Beer
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    Sitting in JPs mud room waiting to pay traffic fines...
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    Haha never heard of any of those beers! Right now it's mostly Busch Light and Spotted Cow!
     
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    Maybe because I find that the majority of 'drivers' can not really 'handle' a car properly. :rolleyes:
     
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    In Belgium sir, what do people mostly drive?
     
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    1) Driving is taken for granted: no need to focus, think, pay attention.
    2) People stay immortal for longer.
     
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    You're not allowed here with a PRS profile pic. LMAO jk
     
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    In our very small 'place', too big a SUV/4X4's is the trend nowadays! o_O

    Usually does not last long hitting these kind of roads! :rolleyes:;)[​IMG]
     
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    human over-population...finite supply(roads,real estate,gas),infinite demand(exploding human population).For instance,when i was a kid in 1976,the US population was 200mil.Today it is 325mil.It has exploded 60% in such a short period.Human presence is pushing into all corners of the planet.
     
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    I find quite the opposite. My car starts, stops and pretty much drives itself. With all the added safety things today, plus the reliability and superior handling of modern cars I in no way long for the "Good old Days". Relax, it's all good. The car won't get up upset, only the driver.

    Clearly, you never drove around NYC or LA in the 90's.
     
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    In big urban areas like São Paulo there has been heavy traffic for some decades. This is São Paulo in the 1970s.

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    The difference in the traffic is pretty much a reflection of the difference in the people. I think in the past people tended to be more patient and cordial, and this made the heavy traffic easier to cope with. Now people scream, fight, stab and shoot others in traffic for small things.

    I understand the sentiment. I'm a traffic warrior. Not one who promotes violence and madness, but one who endures it, because he has to come home alive and in one piece.
     
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    What is the human population of the Earth supposed to be?
     
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    .... too many.

    I confess I still enjoy my driving in the main. But then while I'm doing it it's my sole focus ... and pleasure.....

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    I have to say age has also helped.

    Whilst enjoying what I drive I also have a more mature attitude now.

    When not enjoying getting apexes just right or engine braking and heel and toeing etc., when I'm stuck in traffic or cut up or I wait at a roundabout for drivers who don't indicate that I needn't have waited for and on all the other multiple opportunities to get frustrated driving offers nowadays I try to remember, as with everything else in life often the only control I can exercise is over my own reaction to it.
     
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    There are drivers and there are operators. Unfortunately, it seems we have more of the latter.
     
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    Driving isn't half as stressful when you don't. :D
     
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    I feel the opposite, but maybe that means I'm a control freak. I can't stand riding in a car with someone else driving.

    I think "improvements" in cars have led to more aggressive driving. A whole lot of drivers these days have never driven a car without airbags, power steering, power brakes, antilock brakes, 150+ horsepower and an automatic transmission. They don't realize how hard the jobs of accelerating, steering, and braking really are, because the car does all the work for them. At an uphill stop, they don't realize that cars roll backwards, so they pull right the hell up to your back bumper. They've never had to pump the brakes to get up enough pressure to stop, they've never had to downshift to stop, they've never had to fight with the wheel because the power steering failed--many just take it for granted that the machine will work as it's supposed to, and they don't leave margins of safety because they've never needed them. To people like me, accustomed to driving cars without the modern whiz-bang features, it comes across as really aggressive and frankly stupid.

    Add on top of that, people in general these days don't get enough physical activity to burn out the stress hormones. People everywhere are spending every waking moment in the middle of a fight-or-flight response, and no doubt that contributes to some aggressive driving. You could probably blame smart phones for that. Back in my day...etc.

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