Additional Explanations for Scene 4

Being a good driver means staying alert to the needs of other drivers and being aware of how your own actions affect them. If you act in a way that annoys another driver you need to adjust your behavior. It is tempting to want to be obstructionist when you feel in the right and the other driver in the wrong. Observe your reactions and emotions in some specific situation:
  • Do you feel justified with self-righteous anger against the wrong doer?
  • Do you feel like retaliating?
  • Do you just ignore the pressure and continue on your course as a way of protest or self-assertion?
If so, you are on very dangerous ground here, operating with emotionally out of control procedures that can get you into deep, deep trouble. In this instance, insisting on waiting for another light cycle to get the green arrow, is extremely irritating to the drivers behind you who are anxious to make that left turn. By not proceeding when allowed, you are being obstructionist. Your act of not proceeding when you can is a hostile act to those behind you.

If you don't see this clearly, you need to think this through and discuss it with others. The general driving psychology principle is this:
Since the road belongs to all, they belong to no one driver. As you drive you are not free to do whatever is legal at any time, if what you are doing is obstructionist or risky to others.
This is common sense. It's good psychology. It's rational and social. It's not good, or healthy, or advisable to ignore the feelings of others around you. Other drivers depend on you to clear the road for them and not to stand in the way. If you are not in a hurry and drive slow on a narrow road with other cars behind you forming a queue, you are acting in an obstructionist manner--even if it's your right to drive under the posted speed limit!

If you don't see this clearly, you need to think hard about this. Here is a lead that will help you consider some important issues about your driving philosophy.  

 


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Dr. Leon James
1997