Driving You Crazy: Getting Cut Off

Tempers are tested during the rush hour commute.


ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Drivers who cut around a long line of backed-up traffic just make the traffic worse.

Those drivers not only slow down the line of traffic, but sometimes, they block the second lane!

It frustrates other drivers who patiently wait to pass through the bottleneck, only to be cut off.

Tempers are tested during the rush hour commute.

With traffic backed up on Alternate Route 7 westbound, many patiently waiting to merge onto the Northway.

Then a tractor-trailer comes to a crawl at the front of the line trying to cut in!

Now holding up a second lane of traffic, it seems we’ve found the root of the problem.

“Why is there a line of traffic if there is no crash? There’s a line of traffic because there are way too many cars going down the same ramp. If you cut into the line, you add to the line,” Michael Sweeney said.

This “me-first” mentality makes even the most relaxed drivers lose their cool.

“I’m laid back,” Rich Kipp said.

Unless, according to his son, someone cuts in front of him.

“I think there’s a fair amount of selfish drivers out there and they are just going to go where they need to go,” Chris said.

Yet there’s another hurdle when you finally make it to the front of the line, merging, or lack thereof.

“People will stop before they get onto the next road. They can keep on going because all the traffic can’t come in. They don’t know that so they hold up all traffic on the exit ramp,” Ken Thompson said.

“When you try to turn into a lane and then someone speeds up and doesn’t let you in. That drives me crazy,” Michael Assad said.

You can get pulled over for this and it’s considered improper passing/changing lane unsafely.