Every weekday morning I stop at a Tim Horton coffee outlet on my way to work. The drive-through queue is almost always long and often extends out into the street. The road is a busy, multi-lane artery. In the morning, when everyone is in a rush to get to work, it is dangerous for any vehicle to be sitting with its ass-end hanging out into the thoroughfare. This should be so obvious to anyone with a brain that it would seem logical that each driver would creep up as close to the car in front of his or hers, to allow as many vehicles onto the lot as possible.
Apparently this is not as obvious as I think it should be. Every day, there are wide gaps between vehicles in the queue as passengers yak with each other, put on their makeup, fiddle with their radio dials, call customers/spouses/lovers on their cell phones, or whatever else you can imagine. Anything but pay attention.
Several years ago, at this same location, someone was killed trying to get into or out of the parking lot, I can't remember which. No one appears to care.
Are these people stupid? Oblivious? Inconsiderate? All of the above? I don't know.
This sort of behaviour is rampant. At intersections where there are multiple lanes going in the same direction, drivers cross immediately to their favourite lane (usually the leftmost) and pay no heed to the fact that they are cutting off other drivers in the process. They don't signal lane changes. They... oh, you know the rest, I'm sure you all face the same idiots on the road as I do.
Thirty years ago, the cops would pull over motorists who were making improper lane changes. I haven't seen that happen for decades. It's too easy to pull over some guy who is driving a tad over the posted speed limit or some gal who isn't wearing her seat belt.
What worries me as much as the careless and erratic driving habits of people is the fact that this same who-gives-a-shit attitude is rampant everywhere. People don't make way on sidewalks or in the aisles of malls and supermarkets. They butt in front of you in movie lines. They don't care.
What will it take to restore civility and consideration in today's society?