I don’t know about you, but I am a nervous wreck in the passenger seat next to the driver — better known as the “death seat.” This has been going on for a long time. It is getting worse as I am getting older.
I hate driving on I-95 in South Florida, the Ventura Freeway, the San Diego Freeway, and the Long Island Expressway. Is it my imagination or are there more young girls speeding up and cutting off other cars? I started to notice this 10 years ago. At first I thought it was young, rowdy men who were drunk. I was so surprised to learn that it was young women who were the culprits. I discovered that when we sped up and pulled alongside the car that cut us off. That is what happens when there is a lot of traffic. Ha, ha.
It is the most scary thing to experience. We are driving along very peacefully, when all of a sudden a car speeds up next to us. Then just as they are passing our right front fender, they cut in front of us. You see a flash in front of you, your heart flutters and feel like someone smacked you right in the chest. That is the kind of emotional impact it has on me.
This happens so often that I wonder if these young women have a nervous tick? What’s worse is that they are cutting us off while they are texting, yakking on the phone or plucking their eye brows. I wanted to give each one “the finger,” but I am afraid that they will pull out a gun and shoot me.
I started writing down their license plates numbers, but I probably got them wrong. Who can see that far and at the speed of light?
All of my frustrations ended today when I discovered a great weapon against them, the Roadtrip Video Recorder at Hammacher Schlemmer for $ 129.95. I don’t care how expensive it is. I want to make citizen arrests! I am going to hang out the front side window like a dog and hit the record switch when I see a car speed up.
This is how Hammacher Schlemmer describes The Roadtrip Video Recorder. Sets up in a car and enables hands-free visual and audio documentation of travels.( In my case, road rage). The suction cup mount attaches to a window or dashboard and the camera can be directed to record color video at 640 x 480 resolution of the approaching horizon or roadside views. The lens has a 120º viewing angle, an 8X zoom, and integrated motion detection that automatically initiates recording when the car is moving. The 2.4″ LCD viewfinder rotates 270º, enabling travelers to monitor what’s being recorded or view stored video, and four infrared LEDs allow nighttime video recording. Video is recorded in AVI format and stored on the included 2 GB SD card (supports up to a 32 GB SD card that records up to three hours of video). Rechargeable battery provides up to two hours of video recording after a two-hour charge via the car outlet adapter. Also captures still photographs. Includes AV cables for displaying video on a television and a USB cable for connection to a computer. 4″ L x 2 1/2″ W x 1″ D. (4 oz.).
Once I capture a few of these dare devils on video, I am going to post them on YouTube for all to see. I will not be using the YouTube blur feature. I will be issuing media alerts with their full descriptions for all to see. I hope I live to tell this story for a long time.