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Bad driving habits and lane discipline, tailgating

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There are number of things that other drivers do that I find extremely irritating.  Bad Tailgating, poor lane discipline, not indicating and undertaking are just a few of the bad habits that I see frequently and find very annoying.  Aside from the inconvenience to myself and other road users, this kind of inconsiderate driving is also very dangerous.

Poor lane discipline – Some drivers are all over the place and they don’t seem to realise that they are supposed to stay in between those white dashed lines.  One example of this that I find particularly scary is the old two-lane roundabout scenario.   When you move on to the roundabout to turn right, you have a car to your left that is going straight over.  Instead of following their lane round the outside of the roundabout, they take the shortest path straight across through your lane causing you to hold back in case they hit you.  Absolute madness, you really have to be on your guard against this kind of thing.  It’s fair enough if you are a long wheelbase vehicle such as a lorry, but there is no excuse for a car doing this kind of thing.

Tailgating – This is probably the greatest offence as far as I am concerned.  Some drivers are extremely impatient and whilst I am clearly overtaking traffic in the inside lane, I guess I am just not going quick enough for that car following six inches from my bumper am I?  I understand that some people do it without thinking, just following traffic they get a bit close, but then they back off as you accelerate way.

Some drivers tailgate deliberately though and these are the ones that are the most dangerous.  They sit behind you flashing their headlights in an effort to move you, but of course there is nowhere to go as you are in the process of overtaking and there is no room to pull in on the left.  To this kind of driver, the two second rule means that they can just about cope with another vehicle in front of them before they decide to intimidate them by driving inches away.

Undertaking – Tailgaters that don’t get their way will often resort to undertaking if they can.  Yes, I know that there are also those selfish individuals out there that hog the middle and the outside lane.  They have no idea that there is a queue of traffic waiting to get past them, probably because they are in their own little world thinking about what to have for dinner.  This causes some individuals to loose patience and undertake.  Some drivers don’t even bother with overtaking and just carry on up the inside as if it was the most natural thing in the world to do, but it is a very dangerous manoeuvre for all concerned.

Indicators – Some people have no idea what these pretty orange flashing lights are actually for! They move here and there and go wherever they please without any thought of letting the rest of us know what their intentions are.  You’ve got to be psychic to have any hope of sharing the road with these individuals.  I wouldn’t like to second-guess the number of accidents that occur each year because people fail to indicate properly.

These are just a few of the things that I find particularly irritating about other drivers and their habits.  Below are some other annoyances that I can think of.

  • Cutting corners, particularly at junctions
  • No headlights in conditions that require them
  • Throwing cigarettes out the window
  • Leaving main beam on, or dipping only at the last minute
  • Inappropriate use of the horn, impatient people
  • Pushing in ahead of a queue of traffic


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Stalag14

Stalag14

"a good ploy is to leave an old 8mm movie camera on your parcel shelf" boblet

Nice one, never thought of that.
Stalag14
5th Oct 14 07:10

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boblet

boblet

S14 a good ploy is to leave an old 8mm movie camera on your parcel shelf, pointing towards the tailgater. It really is great fun when you see the "Dawn of Realisation". on their face.

J. The introduction of personal plates was a godsend to big car owners with limited funds. They could hang on to their status symbol.

I am rationed to three posts now, for god knows what reason? so I am combining them.
boblet
5th Oct 14 04:10

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Jethro

Jethro

There was a time when some people used big luxury cars as a status symbols, and still do. But now its a very expensive habit trying to impress others when sitting in a traffic jam or crawling along at five miles an hour knowing that that you ain't going anywhere fast. Give it another couple of years when this country is grid-locked all day and night, and the only posing will be on the drive when its standing still.
Jethro
5th Oct 14 03:10

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Stalag14

Stalag14

"Traffic jams are mostly caused by too many people and too many cars." ..anon

I totally agree with that!

Too many cars on the road.

Go for a drive in Scotland, it's a pleasure not a nightmare.

All down to population density but nobody will face up to the facts; too many people equals too many cars and so we go on and on and on until everything will seize up.

I see a time when car use will be resticted either by registration or adding punitive taxes.

Building more roads is not the answer.

Very few people NEED a car, we managed before the car was invented.

We do need lorries, trains, buses.

To return to the topic; on a recent 20 mile journey I was tailgated three times by irate stupid drivers that wanted me to speed up, this was on a "A" road with a 50mph limit and "average speed" cameras and fixed speed cameras.

What the hell is wrong with some drivers? I think a lot of them need retraining.

I have now fitted cameras both front and rear in my car to record the stupid SpeedFreaks. (accidents waiting to happen)
Stalag14
5th Oct 14 01:10

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collar

collar

right people... here's Collar to tell you what you NEED to do to get better lane discipline and driving habits

Everyone, not just the ones who know how to drive properly, I mean everyone who is a user of what we call 'propelled vehicles' - that's what Collar is talking about here.
Look around your lane & tell others to be safe (not suggest - be strident)... paying attention to driving properly, not badly paid attention to other road users (remember... you are in a large piece of hurting metal). Non road users have there own special listings. Here we're paying attention to drivers of 'machines'.
You got to understand something,... 3 wheelers and motorbikes have to live on the highway too, well? So can we be mindful of them commercial vehicles have their own issues. Did you know Push bicycles pay no road tax and thus nothing toward road works, they manage quite well on zero road tax revenue?

Get with it people, start driving with better habits! . . . . . . . . . Thank you very much.
collar
4th Oct 14 07:10

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Couldn'tMakeItUp

Couldn'tMakeItUp

Anon,

Of course the very fact of driving a car contributes to a traffic jam but the given number of cars that will cause a traffic jam and the length of it is down to how closely they can bunch together. As few as two drivers failing to drive up to the car in front can severely exacerbate a traffic jam or even cause one where otherwise there wouldn't have been one. Consider this senario. A driver pulls out of a junction and stops behind the car in front with two car lengths in front with the car in front of that also not moving up preventing the single car behind moving out. By the time that car can move out, three cars have queued behind it. Result a traffic jam formed where if the two drivers in front had been more considerate, no traffic jam would have formed. This is very different to tailgaiting in moving traffic where you need to be at least two seconds behind to allow for sufficient braking and preferably more.
Couldn'tMakeItUp
4th Oct 14 03:10

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anon

anon

Traffic jams are mostly caused by too many people and too many cars. Simple as that. If you have a car you are not suffering from a problem - you are the problem.
anon
4th Oct 14 02:10

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Couldn'tMakeItUp

Couldn'tMakeItUp

Undertaking while the driver you are undertaking is already indicating left. Happens to me all the time. Or simply hanging in your blindspot while you are indicating. Hanging in your blindspot period.

Less dangerous but downright irritating are drivers who leave a car and a half to two cars length of space in front of them in a traffic jam or queue at a junction. Keeping your distance is for when you're moving and is a vital safety issue but doing so in stationary traffic is not providing of course you don't attempt to close the gap so much that you risk going into the car in front. Don't they realise that they're the one's who are actually causing the traffic jam in the first place?
Couldn'tMakeItUp
4th Oct 14 01:10

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Anon

Anon

Maybe some of the drugs firms that manufacture antipsychotic products should consider advertising here, they most certainly would had a wide audience.
Anon
4th Oct 14 12:10

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Anon

Anon

Is there any doubt why that chap in the right hand column looks so unhappy? he's one of this sites sponsers.
Anon
4th Oct 14 11:10

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collar

collar

Where's the next traffic patrol car when you need it? at the station - excellent that is - not, couldn't have put it better myself. The traffic was bad this morning, I'll give the driver behind me the benefit of the doubt and we'll just say he's over-friendly. The carriageway is often divided into such groups; the sensible, and the bad drivers who don't obey the highway code and break rules, maybe even drink and drive a little. I think I've been in both camps in my time. These days I'm a lot calmer on the road and prefer my own company and I still find myself humming along to the radio, and yes I sometimes am late to work. I often go into the workplace and tell myself off, or send myself a stern letter until I can come in and be better behaved.
collar
10th Apr 14 10:04

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boblet

boblet

Do twerps look for sites that do not appear to have a resident twerp, then fill that gap? or are they just random visitors that move in to a vacuum & cause a pain in ones @rse? I hope it is the latter so the G,O,t,Ws most recent twerp will move on sometime soon.
boblet
7th Aug 12 09:08

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Bobcat

Bobcat

Absolute rubbish TRAINED DRIVER ????,the left lane on a roundabout is for turning left or going straight ahead unless arrowed otherwise, where is the logic in making two unnecessary lane changes to go straight ahead on a single carriagway road.
Bobcat
28th Jul 12 10:07

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TRAINED DRIVER

TRAINED DRIVER

red lights when turning left should be, GIVE WAY.......the left lane on a roundabout is for turning FIRST LEFT.NOT second OR third.undertaking people who hog the middle lane should be acceptable,(as you prats should know better than to DREAM of what she/he will do to you in bed or whats for dinner....).remember the old hIghway code said "KEEP TO YOUR LEFT...."
It is ALWAYS A people carrier(taxi),or a four wheel drive that keeps telling you that YOUR INFERIOR and you should be BEHIND THEM......(DOING 60MPH IN THE OVERTAKING LANE).WITH THE NEARSIDE LANE EMPTY........NOW LORRIES,AND WHITE VANS??????
Will need VALIUM to go down that road....
TRAINED DRIVER
26th Jul 12 09:07

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Man with 7 Years no claims who you all monsterized.

Man with 7 Years no claims who you all monsterized.

I went to Arizona earlier this year, middle lane hogging isn't illegal as such but you will get pulled over for driving below the speed limit in the middle or outside lane when there is no apparent reason to be outside of the slow lane. Undertaking is not illegal. Our road laws suck.
Man with 7 Years no claims who you all monsterized.
21st Dec 11 09:12

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