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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