Please keep in mind that this is not a road rage post (as much as it may sound like one). We just wanted to show you what you… I mean, other drivers do that pisses everyone off. And that such drivers’ behavior is not only annoying, but in most cases even dangerous. If you recognize yourself in one of these annoying habits, please take measures. Even Twitter users prove this type of driving behavior is not making us a happier nation.
Give me a brake… not!
Being cautious on the road should be every driver’s top priority. But that doesn’t mean you have to hit the brakes every 5-10 seconds after all! It gets confusing for the drivers behind you and, trust me, you don’t want to get your car completely smashed! Give drivers behind you plenty of time to notice you slowing down and braking. /Emergency braking is a whole different story, though!/ Keep in mind that the more often you hit the brakes, the more energy you are wasting and your car is wearing out quicker. If you don’t care about the ones behind you, then do it for yourself and your car.
It ain’t cool to be a right-lane hog!
The purpose of this article is not to lecture you, but if there is one thing that you really need to remember from it, then this is it: Slower traffic keeps to the right! And yes, we know you have heard this plenty of times, but did you know that failure to keep right is one of the most common driver behaviors which cause accidents on the road? On top of that, it is extremely annoying to see someone “crawl” like a snail in the fast lane. It’s so unbelievable that I can’t help but wonder if these people aren’t doing it on purpose… That’s how illogical driving slowly in the fast lane seems to me. It’s just like the escalator etiquette – stand right, walk left. Slow traffic keeps right. Same logic – apply it!
Did you see that? What did just happen?
Just at the other extreme are the drivers that weave through traffic with the speed of sound. This one goes to most motorcyclists out there – unless it is an unexpected birthday party or a marriage proposal, trust me, nobody likes surprises. Especially on the road! When a driver doesn’t have a hint of what’s coming, he can’t react properly either. Sometimes a driver won’t even see who passed them by, but the sound of the engine is enough to distract them and make them angry. Even if you are a risk-taker and enjoy living on the edge, others most likely have their seat belts on all the time. Hopefully, when you are around, too! Keep in mind that all these cars that you pass by in a split second have LIVING BREATHING HUMAN BEINGS inside!
But first… let me take a selfie!
“Really?” My reaction when I see the driver who’s waiting next to me at the traffic lights take a selfie. “Kill me now, before this one does when I am driving in front”. Not surprisingly, 62% of drivers keep their phone at a hand’s reach while driving. And of them, 17% snap a selfie while driving. Well, I hope they realize this could be the last photo they ever take, because this is one of the most irresponsible and dangerous driver’s behavior. Yes, yes, we are all very careful and we just quickly reply to an email, or take 2 seconds to finish a text. But it only takes so long to annoy everyone on the road when you weave from lane to lane, creating confusion and getting everyone’s attention on the phone in your hand. And by the way, selfie sticks don’t make you prettier or safer.
I like double-parking and I cannot lie
If I see a Lamborghini taking up half of my parking spot hoping to impress me with its sleek design, I can tell you right away: it’s never gonna work out. You are in my way, show-off later! I like the color, but either your vision or your parking skills are really off. The most annoying thing for drivers when they are in a hurry is looking for a parking spot. It can take you ages even when you know you just need to grab an order from the bakery. And a selfish driver whose car is stretching diagonally across the parking lot can only lead to more frustration and anxiety. Only excusable case: if you are driving a 1972 Buick Centurion. Not only do I want to see it parked in a single spot, but I also can’t wait to see the driver get back in!
Tell us about the times behind the wheel when you were most annoyed with other drivers. Extended honking? Tossing cigarettes out of the window? Speeding through crosswalks? What makes driving worse for you? What annoys you the most?