SOAP BOX: When did Coast drivers become so rude?

WHAT is it with drivers on the Sunshine Coast lately?

I know the massive traffic jams are a school holiday thing and I can forgive drivers who make last-minute lane changes because they don't know their way around.

But when did Coast drivers become so rude in general?

They used to give a smile and a wave as they left a gap for you in the bumper-to-bumper traffic.

But not any more.

They used to drive slowly in multi-level public carparks and just shrug if they missed a parking spot by a few seconds.

Now they tear around on two wheels and suddenly reverse back towards you if they see an empty spot.

And don't get me started on drivers who keep a long line of vehicles banked up while they wait for someone to vacate a carpark.

It doesn't matter if mum's still got a week's worth of groceries and four kids to get into the car, they'll wait for as long as it takes while the traffic sits behind them.

My latest pet hate is the stretch of roadworks on Brisbane Rd at Mooloolaba.

Not the roadworks themselves but the drivers who deliberately ignore the fact the left-hand lane is closed and race up the outside of the waiting traffic, fully expecting to be allowed in near the top of the queue.

And we do let them in because most of us still have some traffic manners left.

But they are disappearing fast.

So don't be surprised if a little dark Yaris refuses to let you into the line of traffic, reverses back into you in the supermarket carpark or zips up the left-hand lane.

It's just me exercising my right to be as rude as I like.


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