Seldom does one meet a driver on the open highway who will give an inch to the other fellow and surrender his right-of-way to convenience other cars.
A reasoning being can usually find answers to his own questions, but there is one that stumps all. Why it is that motorists forget all etiquette and the rudiments of courtesy when they get behind a steering wheel? It is not polite to swear at the dining table if the butter isn’t passed the instant it is asked for. And almost everybody employs the polite “Pardon me” in pedestrian jams and crowded elevators.
But get the same persons in the driver’s seat and there is loud honking and a cuss word or two, if the car ahead stops too suddenly or fails to start soon enough. Seldom does one meet a driver on the open highway who will give an inch to the other fellow and surrender his right-of-way to convenience other cars. It is everybody for himself and curses upon the other fellow even though his faults and transgressions are your own. – San Pedro News Pilot, 1932
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