Tobe Frank: Patience is a virtue 162



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To be frank, I’m glad I’ve learnt some patience over the years. No, not just because the missus has no sense of time (was late to her own birth) or direction (couldn’t find her way out of a sandwich wrapper) or for that matter, couldn’t drive a stick up a dog’s…but because I think we need more and more patience to put up with some of the godforsaken lunatics in this world…and most of the buggers can be found on the road…or should that be up the dog’s…as well?

Holy hell! Maybe I notice it more now that I am retired and have no place to be in a hurry. Maybe it is just because I’ve crested the hill on the road Toleranceville? Is it just me or is it getting more prolific? When did it become O.K. not to indicate? Were coupons for mental telepathy seminars being given out in cereal boxes recently? I must have missed it. It’s becoming apparent to me that we’re all supposed to know where the person in front of us is going.

What’s more, we’re not allowed to slow down to turn off on to a side road either. The amount of people who have been honking me and gesticulating all sorts of inappropriate sign language recently had me believe that my indicators or brake lights weren’t working. I pulled over and had the missus check them but they were all in good working order. So apparently I’m supposed to just keep driving until all cars behind me have gone around or cleared…either that or learn how to drift around corners at full speed like they do in the movies! I was beginning to feel like a clot in the vehicular veins of our society.

And don’t get me started on those that refuse to allow a solitary car to merge, particularly in heavy traffic where no one’s really getting anywhere in a hurry. Some people even speed up to the point of risking crashing into the car in front, JUST SO YOU CAN’T GET IN! Do these guys think there’s a checkered flag and a podium for them to stand on at the end of the road? A magnum of bubbles and a pretty girl waiting for them to celebrate a terrific drive to the office? In my world a podium finish is getting to point B in one piece.

Now I’m not saying that I’ve always been a saint on the roads. I’m guilty in my younger years of being far too cool for school, flippin’ the bird, tailgating other cars so close that I could change their music, and weaving in and out of traffic like a schizophrenic trying to decide what foot to put in the left sock. I’ve mellowed over the years though and decided it wasn’t worth it. Ultimately, the guy who drives like a selfish knob or flips the bird is the one with an overwhelming deficiency of intelligence. I’m not really inclined to lower myself to their standards anymore. On the contrary, I get far more personal pleasure from letting people in…sometime I let everyone in just to stick it up the impatient wally getting all hot and bothered behind me. That’s about as far as I go these days.

It does remind of a Frank family tradition though that the kids use to think was hilarious and that was ‘The Frank Family Stare’. On cue, given the opportunity to ridicule some amazingly idiotic piece of driving, the entire Frank Family, yes all five including the missus, would simultaneously rotate our heads violently towards the relevant window, getting as close to the window (and on some note worthy occasions we’d even wind the window down to get even closer) and execute a synchronised stare of Olympic proportions. Most of the time the other driver and their passengers were completely unaware of what we were doing and why, which is not surprising given they were oblivious to their complete lack of driving skills in the first place.

Clearly the cereal box had come into play again…sometime in the past handing out driver’s licenses.

Come on Miss Daisy…let’s go.


What are your gripes on the road? Do you think drivers are getting worse? Tell us about it today!

Tobe Frank

Tobe Frank is a recently retired 62 year old gentleman with many views. He has grand ambitions for his retirement he just isn't sure what they are yet and is constantly looking around to find them. Tobe shares his views on Starts at Sixty regularly as one of our columnists.

  1. I think it is just that there are a lot more drivers on the road good bad and average and they are all sick of bieng there wanting to get somewhere else it is a shame they waste a lot of life angry annoyed and do not realise better to be alive stuck in traffic then dead and stuck in the ground. Radio can be interesting to listen to in the car and you can do your breathing exercises and your pelvic floor exercises and just go with the flow or lack of flow!

  2. My biggest annoyance on the road is drivers who brake first and indicate second, I was taught to indicate first to let other drivers know my intention and then brake. Is it only me that finds this annoying.

  3. Courtesy has been lost !!! I think south Australians particularly are only just catching up (barely) they have had little traffic and good roads for so long and now the numbers are rising rapidly and they haven’t learned many thing the zip merge being my major concern. I can’t trust to be able to merge so many cut me off.

  4. My annoyance is Drivers driving at 80 km/h in a 100 zone. just holding up the traffic!!

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    • Apparently a person can be fined for driving too slow but I have yet to hear from someone who has been. Driving too slow is just as dangerous as driving too fast as the other motorists get impatient and try to overtake when It’s not always too safe to do so.

    • In the right lane as you said twenty under the limit. But then they will turn right one day.

    • Well 80ks means you can’t go over that speed. Not that you have to. Any slower is grossly rude though. Get a life not everyone is in a break neck speed and usually it on 2lanes so stop moaning and over take when safe.

    • Heather
      Lawrence actually said doing 80kph in a 100klm zone.
      And I agree.
      What many people don’t realise is that they can get booked for doing this. It’s classed as dangerous driving as they are holding up the traffic and in doing so can cause an accident.
      I believe that if people are not competent to drive at 110klm or 100klm where allowed to do so, then they should not drive on roads sign posted for those speeds.

    • If they are in the left lane of a dual lane road, no problem. Some drivers are just too impatient.

  5. Young people seem to be way more hostile than they use to be and have no patience on the road.

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    • I agree with Heather, the rudeness and bad driving of older people continues to amaze me. Dawdling and not indicating are just as bad as speeding.

  6. Love it!!!!! Tobe — I hope you don’t wear a hat ……… that, and Volvo drivers are my pet dislike!! Along with drivers with broken arms (the poor things are unable to indicate), mobile phoners ( use Bluetooth peeps), make-up putter oners (you won’t look better with a steering wheel wrapped around those glossy lips) and one or a hundred others. Especially mid-life crises drivers — bald men (or women) driving a sports car with the top down. 😀

  7. Should live in Canada, when crossing the road car will stop 20 ft away at first we couldn’t work out what they were doing, they were very polite any where while driving what a change, we are so impatient, in Australia. What’s the matter with us.It’s turning into a me first country

  8. Just love your articles Tobe. There are a lot of senior drivers who really shouldn’t have a license as well. They seem to think they are exempt from stopping at crossings – I’ve almost been struck a couple of times (am I really getting that invisible as I age?)

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