I wish I was making this up, but this actually happens to me quite a bit on my route to and from work.
I don’t drive on the highway because the tolls around Chicago are really expensive, and there is no way to get from my apartment to my job without going way out of my way on the highway. So I take the state route that leads directly from my apartment to my job. It takes the same amount of time, is much more direct, and is complete with several stoplights. There are days that I am stuck in traffic, stopping at every single light and unable to pass cars or move anywhere.
Many times, as I’m sitting at these stoplights, I hear a horn honking, and I look around as anyone is likely to do when they hear a horn honking, and when I look next to me, there is a man driving a car making lewd gestures in my direction. Usually, this doesn’t become a problem because I can either speed up or slow down once the light turns green. Or the guy making those motions has to be all macho and speed off just as the light changes. The other day, however, this wasn’t the case.
I was driving along, listening to some Justin Timberlake (hey, don’t judge!), when I hear a honking horn. I’m in the left lane with cars just in front and just behind me. The car honking is right next to me in the right lane. And we’re driving. That’s right, two men in this moving vehicle are honking at me and making lewd gestures and asking me to pull over. They’re driving alongside of me, knowing I can’t speed up or slow down because of the cars in front and behind me, and they’re blocking me from moving into the right lane and passing or moving behind them. And harassing me.
Not only was this extremely dangerous, but it was scary and disconcerting to say the least. Luckily, ignoring them did the trick and they eventually switched into a turn lane and turned out of sight. But it definitely shook me up. I wasn’t quite sure what to do in that situation, and I still don’t know what to do if it ever happens again. I mean, what if I got into a car accident and was stuck with these guys dealing with insurance and stuff? I could play a million what ifs; the bottom line is that it was creepy and upsetting.
Have you ever had an experience like this? If so, what did you do? How did you handle it?