Try to cut in traffic? Enjoy my music!
So, for a little bit of setup. I drive for Uber downtown on weekends. There’s one main street for downtown where all of the clubs, bars, music venues, etc. are. During normal daytime hours, this is a two lane street with parking on the right. After around 8PM, the leftside lane becomes a parking lane. Further down the street, there is a turn lane in the ‘normal’ lane, and the next street turns into a one lane. For that block, the leftmost lane is a driving lane, and the parking is on the right, immediately in front of the turn lane. Here’s a handy diagram of sorts.
So, as I’m coming down this street, I get to the intersection. A guy in a large blue lifted truck with spinners and all sorts of fun things on it drives down next to the line of cars in the turn lane. I think he’s turning.
This genius decides to use the turn lane to attempt to cut in traffic. He can’t pull through the parking area in front of him because there’s a food truck blocking him. I pull up, bumper to bumper with the car in front of me. He tries to turn in front of me, but can’t due to the inch of space between me and the other car. He turns to me with his window rolled down, like he’s trying to say something.
I roll my window down slightly, and cup my hand to my ear, and say “What?” He tries to yell louder. I reach down to my volume knob to turn my music down. OOPS! That’s not the right way. Music volume goes up. “Huh?” Again, I can barely hear him. Music must be too loud. Oh, clumsy me, I seem to have turned the volume up again instead of down.
Eventually, we repeat this back and forth until my music is at it’s max. At that point, I just glare at him and keep my car bumper to bumper with the one in front of him. Unfortunately, it didn’t matter, because the car behind me ended up letting him through. I still felt good.