While driving eastbound on Highway 50 through Placerville on the evening of Friday, Aug. 31, I made a terrible mistake. At Bedford Avenue, I was in Lane 2, awaiting a light change on the beginning of the busy Labor Day weekend. A silver 5 series BMW, in Lane 3, cut around the heavy backup in Lanes 1 and 2. As Lane 3 quickly ends just east of Bedford, the BMW driver made an aggressive cut in front of me. What a major transgression on my part not to see his vehicle approaching in Lane 3. In retrospect, I should have backed off and made sure he had plenty of room to merge and move up in traffic. As he climbed Rupley Grade, he encountered other drivers that would not yield to him. This left him with no choice but to aggressively cut through the pack.
You see, BMW drivers are a superior lot. They are better drivers than those that drive any other lowly vehicle. Because of their exemplary driving skills, all of us remaining unskilled drivers must acquiesce to these gods. It is unfortunate that us common folk drive so slowly and poorly that the BMW drivers are forced to tailgate us, make unsafe lane changes, and speed in excess.
I hope the driver that others and I so unfairly impeded got to his condo at Tahoe a full five minutes quicker than if he had stayed with the traffic flow. That bottle of Glenlivet awaiting him must have been anxiously awaiting his arrival.
The aforementioned experience was certainly not the first I had with BMW drivers, nor, I’m sure, will it be the last.
If one were to Goggle “Aggressive BMW Drivers,” a plethora of Websites may be found dedicated to this phenomenon.