Road rage experience a reminder that life is fragile and there are jackasses in abundance

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See the silver 2014 Ford F-150 Platinum truck in the featured photo area? That jackass tried to run my wife and I off the road in northwest Oklahoma City as we tried to get to a high school football game Friday night.

We were headed down Rockwell Avenue at about 6:45 p.m. It’s a two-lane road that was narrowed to one due to construction, and the road was mostly filled with cars. There wasn’t a lot of space in front of my wife’s SUV.

However, the jackass behind us wanted there to be no space. She wasn’t driving aggressive enough for his taste — and I say ‘his’ because of the big truck and the aggression. The driver had honked and tailgated us for about 2-3 blocks before driving into the construction area to get around us, barely missing our vehicle, and slamming on his brakes in front of us.

I was going to splay his license plate all over Twitter. I considered maybe calling OCPD to report this jerk. However, with no video of the incident, there was likely no recourse. We were going to have to let it go, and that’s for the best.

In an article posted to driversed.com, we see that 37 percent of road rage incidents involve firearms. That’s a no-win situation especially considering that I’ve never owned one (and never will). Thankfully, we needed to turn around, and the jackass moved on.

The best thing to do in a situation where road rage is involved is to remove yourself from the situation, every time. We’re grateful this jackass didn’t hit us. He came awfully close, and that would have been incredibly unfortunate because – in Oklahoma – you have to presume this jackass had a weapon. Maybe we wouldn’t have even stopped, removing ourselves from that situation in the name of safety and recorded as much video as possible.

Heck, I get why some folks have a perpetually on camera running from their dash. If I had video of this jackass, I would have had something to submit to police. Maybe that’s what we all need to do.

On the other hand, it sure changes your perspective as it pertains to seeing police pulling drivers over. Sure, it sucks to get a speeding ticket, but if you’ve ever lost a loved one to a car crash caused by an aggressive driver, you appreciate what the authorities do to keep our roads safe. In my line of work, I see police and highway patrol reports on fatality crashes daily.

Almost all of them involve a jackass like this turd.

More than likely, and this is pure conjecture on my part, but this was an aggressive man who saw a woman driving and this whole incident was a behavioral microcosm of his neanderthal world view. You think road rage is a problem? Toxic masculinity is the foundation for a lot of the world’s ills.

Anyway, this post is for my catharsis more than it is an attempt to find out who this dude is. Don’t care. Hope he has a wonderful weekend; although I wouldn’t mind if his wife stumbled upon the post to see what a jackass he was.

That would be schadenfreude plenty.

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