I try to be a careful and safe driver. As part of that I do my best to keep my eyes open for people who drive inappropriately. I hate being surprised by dangerous drivers.
This morning, on my way to work on Highway 285 east bound between Santa Fe and Broadway, I noticed a brown Honda SUV weaving in and out of traffic behind me. I watched as the SUV cut off several drivers and could see that it would soon be coming up behind me. As I expected, the driver cut off the car behind me and entered my lane dangerously close to my rear bumper. I noticed that it was a young woman driving the car.
As we went under the Broadway bridge, she remained hard on my bumper, and I could see her looking for an opportunity to cut into another lane to get around me. No such opportunity afforded itself. As we reached the red light past Broadway, I merged into the right hand lane. As I did so, she moved quickly into the lane where I had been, but was unable to pass me due to traffic in that lane. So as I moved forward, she cut in again behind me, right on my tail.
As it happened, just as she was doing that, the light ahead turned orange, at just that wrong time where you have to stop fast, or run the red light. As I hit the brakes to stop, I also looked in my rear view mirror to see if she was paying attention so that if it looked like she would hit me, I could continue forward. She did notice I was stopping, but she became enraged that I did so. Apparently she had assumed that I would push on through the red light, and her intention was clearly to follow as closely as she could.
Because I stopped, she had to stop, and she began gesticulating wildly and yelling at me. After a few seconds of watching her antics, I raised my right hand in a gesture of “what can I do? The light turned red.” This enraged her further and she took out her phone and took a photo of my car. Then she called someone, I presume she decided to pay me back for making her stop by reporting me as an aggressive driver.
So… if this happened to you, what would you do?