Is there a problem?

I had an interesting encounter with a fellow motorist tonight that I'd like to share:

  • Problem 1: I was driving down the road when I saw a driver getting ready to leave their driveway in front of me. Not immediately in front of me, but close enough. State law says that I had the right of way, but they pulled out in front of me anyway. So I stopped.
  • Problem 2: A few seconds after we started moving again they stopped suddenly, forcing me to slam on my brakes. I managed. I even smiled at the extraordinary level of immaturity I was dealing with. I did not feel that I was tailgating--and to be honest it hadn't even entered my mind to do so! The driver felt differently. Statement made, we moved on.
  • Problem 3: A few seconds after that was another sudden stop. I stopped even harder. At that point the driver got out of their car, stepped into the street and yelled "Is there a problem?" at me, followed immediately by "You got a problem?" Then back into the car they went and we all got on with our lives.
  • Problems 4, 5 and 6: There were at least three kids in the other car when all of this happened. The driving violation, the two sudden stops and the provocation with the door open and the car running in the middle of the street. Three kids were willingly put at risk--and for what?

But wait! There's more! I know the driver. We live in the same town. I guess I just assumed that a mother of three would know better than than to behave the way she did tonight. Apparently I was wrong.