The people driving in front of and behind me today on the expressway.
The expressway has a 65mph speed limit. I was in the middle lane (five lanes total on this expressway). The woman in front of me suddenly slowed way down, then slammed on her brakes and came to a complete stop because she wanted to get into the lane to the right, but traffic hadn't cleared enough for her to get over. Rather than simply adjusting her speed and waiting for an opening, she seemed to think just stopping and waiting for a gap to open up was the best plan. So I had to brake. The guy behind me wasn't paying attention (he appeared to be on his cell phone) and very nearly rammed me while doing about 70 mph. If he hadn't been able to swerve into the next lane, he would have hit me, likely pushing me into the woman who was still sitting at a complete stop in the middle of the expressway. He missed me by perhaps six inches.
When traffic moves that fast, everyone needs to pay attention, and coming to a dead stop in the middle of an expressway is an incredibly stupid idea.
Oh monkey fritters. I am glad you are okay. Some people should not be driving, period.
That reminds me of a recent trip on an interstate. Mr. Misha and I were entering the freeway and merged into traffic getting up to speed pretty quickly. We had a delivery truck in front of us doing about the same speed we were. The truck was big enough that it was not possible to see traffic ahead of it. All of a sudden this truck swerves from the travel lane into the passing lane. It was a very sudden jerky movement done without a turn signal.
Why did he do it? Because an SUV had stopped dead ahead in the travel lane. Mr. Misha stood on the brakes and swerved to the shoulder. If he had not done it, we would have plowed into the back of this SUV. We missed hitting it by inches. We come to a stop on the shoulder past the SUV.
Why was the guy stopped? I have no fracking idea. He suddenly realizes people are swerving to avoid him, hits the gas, then pulls off the road onto the shoulder a bit ahead of us. Mr. Misha almost jumped out of the truck and confronted the guy. As angry as he was, it would not have been pretty. I talked him out of it, but half wish I hadn't because I wanted to know why the idiot thought it was a smart move.