Smith: Better roads won't fix rude drivers

Paul W. Smith
Drivers work their way out of Dallas during rush hour Friday, July 1, 2016.

“Outta’ My Mind on a Monday Moanin’ ”

I drive a lot.

And I’m sure you also are sick and tired of the bad roads and looking forward to far fewer orange barrels and of course, far fewer pot holes. But the Michigan Department of Transportation can’t fix everything on the roads, especially bad, reckless and rude drivers.

I also read a lot, and have found an interesting study on bad drivers by John Huber, a clinical forensic psychologist.

His article, “From Tailgating to Going Slow in the Fast Lane — What Your Driving Style Reveals about Your Mental Health.”

Some examples I think we can all relate to:


Are likely reckless individuals with little thought for the long-term future. Great! And they are right on top of us!

Driving slow in the fast lane

These folks may either be completely oblivious to their actions or they may exude an unusual amount of arrogance. They may be saying they know best and we need to heel to their will.    

Those who repeatedly hit their brakes

They may have self-confidence issues.

Not signaling their turn

This driver is indifferent to others and likely self-centered.

Those who honk right when the light turns green

“Over aggression” is a mental health characteristic that may be in play here. Or they’re late for work and have time-management issues!

Speeding, weaving in and out of lanes

If you’re on the road and get passed by someone who appears to be playing a real life version of the video game “Grand Theft Auto,” get out of the way! These folks are not only reckless, but also likely overconfident and have some anger issues.

And finally,

Road rage provocateurs

Just avoid them at all costs.

Paul W. Smith is host of “The Paul W. Smith Show” on WJR-AM (760) from 5:30-9 a.m. Monday-Friday.