He has no­ticed a high in­stance of in­tim­i­da­tion to­wards women driv­ers in smaller cars, es­pe­cially by men in big 4x4s, says Mic van Zyl.

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There is a cer­tain el­e­ment of sat­is­fac­tion driv­ing a big, tall 4x4 in traf­fic. There is a lot of metal around you for pro­tec­tion. Those big 33” tyres, 2” sus­pen­sion lift and bull­bar cer­tainly lend an air of in­vin­ci­bil­ity. Add to this that 300 W LED light bar to scare off any­body who dares pull into the gap in front of you. I wit­nessed some truly shock­ing be­hav­iour re­cently from a fel­low Ford Ranger driver in traf­fic. Shock­ing! The male driver used his truck to in­tim­i­date a young mom with her kid­dies driv­ing a small hatch­back on their way to school. Traf­fic was its usual hor­ri­ble self and the lady had to get across three lanes to make a turn at a very poorly de­signed in­ter­sec­tion. She was in­di­cat­ing and po­litely re­quest­ing a gap. The fool in the dou­ble cab was be­ing an ab­so­lute id­iot. He forced his way in front of her to en­sure that he could get through first ahead of the mom and her kids in their lit­tle car. He had to go over the pave­ment with his left-hand wheels and caused quite a com­mo­tion. Well done buddy! You won that one! You’re a hero to many, I’m sure. AS HE WAS head­ing in the same di­rec­tion as me, I had the op­por­tu­nity to wit­ness his ter­ri­ble road man­ners for a while longer. A cou­ple of kilo­me­tres up the road at an­other in­ter­sec­tion, this road war­rior had an­other chance to show off his su­pe­ri­or­ity by tan­gling with a taxi. Again he pro­ceeded to en­force his dom­i­nance us­ing the pave­ment and some wheel spin and ul­ti­mately won the battle, al­though judg­ing by the smile and shak­ing of the taxi driv­ers head, I won­der who truly won that one. Af­ter this al­ter­ca­tion I no­ticed that this clown had his wife and kid­dies in the bakkie with him. I im­me­di­ately got quite up­set and just as quickly calmed down when I thought of my own wife and son. I can­not fathom why some­one would put their own lives at risk, never mind those of their fam­ily or of other road users. It is a lit­tle-known fact that SA has one of the high­est in­stances of road rage in the world, al­most as bad as Rus­sia. Go check it out on YouTube. I do a lot of mileage and I have seen a lot of road rage. Strangely enough, I have never wit­nessed fe­male road rage. I HAVE NO­TICED a high in­stance of in­tim­i­da­tion to­wards women driv­ers in smaller cars, es­pe­cially by men in big 4x4s. It’s un­be­liev­able! It’s quite ob­vi­ous you have the big­ger ve­hi­cle. Ev­ery­body can see this. Surely there’s no need to em­pha­sise the point by be­hav­ing rudely. Take it from me: If you want to im­press the good-look­ing girl in the lit­tle car, give her a smile and wave her into the gap ahead of you. If it’s a mom with her kid­dies on the way to school, do you really want the kids to be late be­cause of your ego? I em­ploy around 400 peo­ple who rely on taxis to get to where they’re go­ing. Yes, I know taxis drive badly, push in any­where and drive up the wrong side of the road, and it is infuriating. But spare a thought for the peo­ple who have no other choice but to take a taxi to get to work and back home again while you sit in your lux­ury 4x4 truck sip­ping on your latté and lis­ten­ing to Ap­ple Mu­sic. You have the ul­ti­mate power to be cour­te­ous and it doesn’t cost a thing.

Af­ter the sec­ond al­ter­ca­tion, I no­ticed that this mo­torist had his wife and chil­dren in the ve­hi­cle with him.

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