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Sunday, September 20, 2015

What's the Score Behind the Wheel?


Just a few days ago while Jan and I were walking along a quiet street on my way to my interview at past midnight, we were startled when a driver of a Toyota Fortuner honked at us. I looked around and saw no one, except for the cars parked alongside the road. We were walking at the side too. So I'm not really sure what the honk was for. I gave Jan a puzzled look and continued to walk. After a few meters, the car was still behind us running slow. I am well aware of the city ordinance's 30kph speed limit. But if it's running at the same pace as ours, it wouldn't take long to smell something suspicious. We were cautious. So we slowed down and the car slowed down. We stopped and the car stopped. We continued to walk and the car continued behind.
It scared the hell out of me. Really. You know what I was thinking at that moment? I see a picture of an infuriated driver about to get off his car to give us some beating, or worse, point a gun at us behind the tinted windshield. Yes, maybe I think too much. I could be overreacting. Call me a paranoid. Whatever. But, who knows? A number of situations could come about. Pucha, kung may nangyari sa amin, walang witness dahil walang ibang tao nung oras na yun. I know there are a fair few hi-def CCTVs everywhere, but still we'd be so helpless if something ever did happen. Never in my life have I thought being a victim of road rage, and it's not even worth it. And I pray that it will never happen. We tried to play it cool and walked reeeeeaaaally really slowly, stopped, and pretended to go back the other way. The car sped on eventually. And I breathed a sigh of relief. What the hell was that all about? Ano yun? Nantrip lang? Hindi magandang biro. Nakakatakot.

I know it's nothing like a big life-changing incident. Nothing really happened except for the mini heart attack it gave us. And funny what emotional trauma can do to me that I started reading topics I have no interest at all. Motoring/traffic-related articles for example. Then I came across one news after another about short-tempered drivers and petty traffic fights that ended up in crimes that should not have happened.

No offense to drivers, but how is sitting inside a closed 4-wheel airconditioned sleek steel box make you feel so big and give you such overwhelming sense of superiority? What is it with cars and the aggression? They seem to come hand in hand - and a dangerous combination at that. Tsk tsk.



35 comments:

  1. I drive. And bitaw, I have this tendency na mag aggressive and maglagot sa mga driver na di kabalo pud. But I keep my rage for myself. As much as possible dili ko gusto ug gubot. Respeto lang sa kalsada.

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    1. Respeto lang jud. Naa jud ubang drivers na initon ug ulo. They should learn how not to lose their temper easily kay lisud na. Gamay bikil magkagubot sa kalsada.

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  2. Very interesting post, also love how your whole blog is set out and everything. You make some really good points in this post about road-rage.

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  3. If I were in that situation, I might run away from the car but on the opposite side. Nakakatakot naman kasi talaga.

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    1. We still tried to play it cool. Baka kasi mas malala ang mangyayari kung bigla kaming nagpanic. Haha.

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  4. really nicely discussed i am myself a padestrian and a passenger not the driver so i can understand how u feel about it..
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    1. Thank you, Aysha. I would love to hear more from you, too.

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  5. sorry if i would offend anyone who would read this comment but narealize ko lang, while reading this and going back to what i've been reading sa Top Gear, yung mga naka SUV yung mostly may "yabang factor" or mas maangas compared to other drivers. it's probably the size of their car, their ego, i don't know. but it's good that you were able to keep calm kasi if i were you nasigawan ko na siguro yung driver nun :P

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    1. Yabang factor. Exactly my thoughts. Although, hindi ko naman nilalahat, pero madalas yun nangyayari. Di ko kayang sigawan, baka kasi may baril, pagbabarilin pa lang kami. Juice-colored. Haha.

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  6. That was an intense experience. It would definitely make anyone nervous, even me. Good thing you're safe.

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    1. Actually, I've been watching related videos after that incident. What happened to us was just nothing compared to the animosity others have encountered on the road. It could be worse. I'm really glad we're safe.

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  7. I find this post quite interesting, you say it how it is. Thanks for sharing x

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  8. You can encounter a lot of these in Manila. Konting cut, konting gitgitan, magulo na. Your experience was scary sis. Kung ako nun, baka kumaripas na ako palayo.

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    1. We don't experience that a lot here in Davao. Thank goodness! Kaya eto, may na experience lang ng konti, parang ang laki-laki na sa akin. Di kami nasanay eh. Hehe

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  9. Drivers like those are very common in the Metro. Sad but true.

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    1. And it's a good thing I don't live there (no offense to Manilenyos).

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  10. You made some good points out there. Sad scenario but very common in India too. I feel sorry for such drivers !!

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  11. You know what tama ka talaga, there are lots of people like this driver na akala mo kung sino na naka-kotse lang. feeling nila siya ang may-ari ng daan. Minsan napapansin ko yung mga vendors pa yong iba ang tinuturo-turo nila. haaayyyyy :( But what is most important you were safe at walang nangyaring masama :)

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    1. Yes, I see this sometimes. Most often private vehicle owner vs puv drivers ang nakikita kong nagkakainitan ng ulo. Sadyang may mga mayayabang lang talaga.

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  12. Huhu scary! I never experienced anything like this but if I was in your place, siguro naiyak iyak na ako. Huhu thank God nothing bad happened to you and Jan. :(

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    1. Thank God talaga. Iniisip na nga lang namin baka natripan lang kami. Pero kung talagang natripan man, it's not funny. Hehe

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  13. Wow, I couldn't blame you to feel that way. It's really scary talaga. I would feel the same if Im in your situation. Minsan kasi ibang mga tao, trip trip lang but they never knew the damage they're doing to other people. Glad you're safe.

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    1. Di talaga maiwasan yung mga nagtitrip lang. Kahit ano pa man, dapat talaga magingat.

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  14. That was scary, mapapatakbo ako niyan sa takot. Good thing, nothing happened to you, ang lakas makatrip naman niyan.

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  15. The size of their car that's their ego talking. Above comment is right, usually those who drive SUVs have bloated heads. That's why most road rage accidents in Metro involve SUVs, "feeling" high profile men, and guns. That's one scary experience sis.

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  16. This is one of the reasons why I don't want to learn to drive for now - well, because 1 I don't have a car, and 2, init sa ulo talaga pag sa EDSA magdrive lalo pag super stuck na sa traffic! haha.

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  17. That must be scary. I sometimes get annoyed with these big SUVs (although I do drive a CRV hehe) because they act like they own the world. I also get annoyed with out of towners - and we get lots of them, I live in Baguio - who disobey our traffic rules.

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  18. That was really scary. With all the news of kidnapping and killings, that event will scare the hell of me too. I don't drive but we travel everyday to work. There are so many careless drivers and I always tell my husband to always keep cool and don't honk too much because we can never tell if that person, even if they are wrong, can do scary thing on us.

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  19. That incident so so scary! I'll probably be on my phone calling police or help while walking. I'm so glad nothing happen bad to you- Always on the look, alert while on the road, always always respect others space. Huwag masyadong magmadali at maghonk when you know na there's traffic. Great post Sis
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  20. Naku pag super traffic hindi maiwasan ang sakit sa ulo at inis especially yung mga jeepney drivers kung mka suot-suot murag sila tag-iya sa dalan. walay paki kung makagaras na sila sakyanan.. Ako ani mag bagutbot na lang ug mag yawyaw pero closed ang windows para dli nila madungog hehehe

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  21. I drive too and meet all different types of drivers on the road. It can be frustrating sometimes when there are aggressive drivers who try to take advantage and put you in danger.

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  22. Mukhang nantrip lang yong siguro. If I where on those situation I would just run very fast. Very very fast until forever. lol. hahah

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