Tailgators and Alligators 25 Dec 2005
We rented a car from Avis at Miami Airport, and we were happy to get a free upgrade to a smart all American Hyundai, that was so quiet that we were frequently confused about whether the engine was running. This car was no pussy cat however, and it was capable of high speed, and was created with a certain desire to flatter the driver, in that all-American kind of way.
But sadly, Florida Roads are full to capacity and are overwhelmed by aggressive tail-gaters.
The Highways are usually so full of traffic in all lanes that the majority of Floridians are only able to get their rocks off by meandering between lanes overtaking and undertaking at will, and simply cutting into any reasonably safe gap that you might have provided between yourself and the car in front. They never give an inch. At every interchange there are horn blasting as cars accelerate to fill gaps in order to prevent others cars from joining the highway, or change lanes in order to leave the highway. The futile objective would seem to be to get home a few seconds earlier than the car in front.. After a week of this, I had lost all faith in humanity, and lets not pretend that this is a machismo phenomena, because toward the end of the week Mrs Monk got the finger from a female driver in a four by four, for no discernible reason.
The Avis courtesy coach driver seemed kind of smug about how fast and aggressive Florida drivers are and he warned us to move over into the slow lane and keep out of the way. In fact we discovered that Florida drivers, are less inclined to let rip on the open road and rarely wander more than 10 mph over the speed limit on the rare opportunity that this might be possible.