Road Rage by Scott McClanahan
Road rage is real. Millions of people experience it on the highways that Eisenhower built. The United States leads the world with its tremendous levels of road rage. Nothing else can compare with the grace at which the average driving American will simply string along a series of curse words in order to accurately convey the meaning their that words ought to have. Yes they say it loud and proud to whoever might be around. Passengers of said road raging fiends get uncomfortable at the sight of it but most likely they would not be acting any differently, probably more of the same if anything. To be immune from road rage is unreal.
People troll each other on highways across the United States. Somebody simply tailgating, tailgating hard, may find that they are trapped behind a person moving deliberately slowly to antagonize. This is the way it has been since people realized how quickly and efficiently they could move throughout the world. Lots and lots of convenience is embedded deep within the driving experience. Hurrying is what initially led to the creation of the car, a thing that represents independence and isolation from other people. To a large degree the way that the car embodies the same aloofness Americans feel for each other may be why it has been embraced more in the United States than anywhere else in such a romantic way.
Driving requires calming down. The number of frustrations a person might face can be unavoidable. By doing this the person realizes that they can have control over their situation in some small fashion. Opting for this approach results in a plethora of good feelings. Stress can destroy a person’s mind making them act irrationally making them realize that the way of the world may not be their making today.
There are instances beyond categorization. Usually these instances occur at irregular intervals. A person could be feeling good, calm, even together. However, this singular moment remains completely unknowable. Thus, an individual can see snow pile around them right in the middle of nowhere. Without any context it can be impossible to know how to react. Should a person get annoyed? Are there really cool long horn honks that they can procure from the depths of their car horn? So many questions and no answers are available.
Frustration can come from all of this but with enough time so can understanding.