Around downtown Nashville, I'm amazed at how a driver will do anything to get 1 car length in front of you only to get stuck there behind another driver. I follow at a safe distance, and everyone and their brother tries to get in the space between me and the car I'm following even though I'm travelling at the same speed as the forward vehicle. I have a real problem with people risking my life and other peoples' for trying to gain a car length. I was an ER orderly while in Med School, and did a rotation in a level 1 Trauma center while doing my internship. I saw people who, IF they survived, were looking at a minimum of 6 mos rehab/PT, and many of them would never be the same. Driving the car is the biggest risk we take everyday, and I am shocked at how few people realize how dangerous overly-aggressively or careless driving can be. I wish I could figure out a way to get everyone to see what I see.
FTR, I have driven in every major city in the US, and I have seen worse traffic almost everywhere else, but never have I seen worse drivers (inattantive, inconsiderate, fail to obey the rules of the road, driving while distracted, etc.) than right here in my hometown of Nashville, sadly... I guess I'll get off my soap box, too. But every day I have a near-miss almost always involving a cell-phone driver, an SUV, or both.