Any person who drives a car will inevitably encounter some things that will cause annoyance when trying to get from point A to B, especially if you are trying to get somewhere in a hurry. Let’s talk about some of these pet peeves.
While driving and even while walking we all feel more comfortable moving at our own pace. We also like to have our own personal space and when someone invades it we tend to feel discomfort. Some drivers, however, disregard both these things and in their attempt to get to their destination faster decide to get as close as they can to your car without physically pushing you forward. Most people do not accelerate when tailgated which usually makes the practice pointless.
A bicycle is a cheap, environmentally friendly, and efficient way to travel short distances. Unfortunately, it can also be utterly rage inducing for drivers. Most considerate cyclers allow drivers to bypass them by freeing up some space on the road when a car approaches. On the other hand, sometimes you can encounter cyclists that seem to pay no attention whatsoever to the cars behind them simply leaving the drivers to wish for the cyclists to take the next turn.
It is perfectly legal to drive under the speed limit but some drivers take it to the extreme. Leaving a 30 mph zone and finally being able to accelerate to 50 mph is a great feeling, especially when you are in a hurry. Leaving a 30 mph zone when the driver in front of you doesn’t seem to be aware of the new speed limit is a bit less pleasant.
The lines in parking lots signify the boundaries of where each car should be parked. Some drivers, however, view these lines as more of a gentle suggestion and may take up two parking spaces. In a full parking lot this makes it difficult for others to find a parking spot. When such a person leaves two spots are freed up but fixing a problem you created in the first place isn’t exactly an act of kindness.
This is not only annoying; it is also dangerous. Much of the safety of driving depends on drivers following rules and communicating with each other when they intend to do anything that may affect those around them. Those who change lanes with no warning or don’t signal their intentions in roundabouts affect both drivers and pedestrians who want to cross the road.
The horn exists in the car in order to get attention in case of emergency and to notify others of your presence. Having said that, some drivers overuse the horn or use it for their own amusement. For example, usually honking once is enough to gain other driver’s attention and trying to play some sort of a tune with it might prove a bit difficult given the fact that it only plays a single note regardless of how many times it’s used.
Perhaps some drivers out of the kindness of their heart wish to share their music with others on the road but as the saying goes, it’s the thought that counts. Most drivers wish for others to keep their music in their own car.
The most important part of driving is to pay attention to the road and your surroundings. Looking at a phone while driving is the exact opposite of that. Seeing the driver behind you texting or talking on the phone can create a feeling of uncertainty due to that driver’s attention being divided. Most texts and calls can be delayed. Additionally, according to BBC news “Under new rules expected to come in next year, drivers will get six points on their licence and face a £200 fine.”
Although the UK might not be sunny for a lot of the year that does not justify drivers trying to mimic the sun. This often happens due to negligence but being blinded by fog lights is still not a pleasant experience.
Although some people do not mind this very much, it is always nice when others gesture a thank you when you show consideration them consideration on the road. If you go out of your way for someone and get ignored it might leave a bitter taste.