What burns you about other drivers?

 

Bob's Soapbox: 14 Things that I hate about drivers

1) Drivers that hog the left lane

New Yorkers, Texans and Michigdaners are by far the worst (totally my opinion, but NJ is very close behind....). A New Yorker will stay in that left lane until the end of time, then make the mad dash straight onto the exit ramp at the last minute, determined to win the prize for the most accrued time in the left lane. The turn signal is optional (see number 2).

2) Drivers that don't signal lane changes (or turns)

A buddy of mine had a good name for that phenomenon. He called it the "ESP signal". You should have known that that person was going to turn, the ESP waves from that car told you so. If they don't signal, does that mean that they aren't turning?

3) Drivers that have NO CLUE where they are going...

...and drive 20 MPH below the limit looking for that street, or address, or hamburger stand, or shoe store (you get the idea). It's kind of like the Winnebago in the National Park. There's a line of cars 30 deep, and this fool is in the front on his own planet, having no clue about what's going on around him.

4) Drivers on the interstate that cannot maintain their speed

I set the cruise, usually 10 miles above the limit. Safe, but not the fastest on the road. You come upon this fool, and you move into the left lane to pass, and they speed up. They then move into the left lane to overtake someone else, and slow down to pace this person. Now they belong in category number 1. What also happens too often is you approach someone, and pass them without incident. They then leap frog back in front of you, and slow down again. They just don't want to give up the lead, but they are slowing everyone else (and me) down. Errrrr.....

5) Drivers that want to follow you, and hang on your wing

I don't mind that someone wants to leech off of my speed, but buddy get out of my blind spot. You sit on my fender and expect me to merge back over? You put the signal on, and they speed up but not fast enough to pass you, just enough to *&^$ you off. This routine could continue for a couple of states.

6) Drivers that speed up when you try to overtake them

Here it is, three cars on the road. You in the left lane, another car in front of you, and the dude in the right lane a ways behind the guy in front of you, I'm talking four or five car lengths. There's plenty of room for you to move up and over, but wait. Mario Andretti in the right lane has found the accelerator, and moves up, next to the dude in front of you and now they sit, neck-to-neck for the next fifteen miles, or until the next mobile road block comes along. (The dude going exceptionally slow in any lane that breaks up the two side by side guys).

7) Drivers that swerve to the left just before making a right turn

This one perplexes me. The right signal is on, the car is safely in the right lane, but then they swerve a couple feet to the left (sometime breaching the next lane) just before making the turn. DUDE, you're not a driving a Peterbuit, stay the hell to the right!

8) Drivers that will sit on the side street/driveway until you're just about up to where they are...

...then they decide to merge. You have to lose a couple of millimeters of brake lining just to avoid hitting them. Then they drive so slow, you could read the logos on the wheel covers. Dude, what's the friggin' hurry to merge, huh? There isn't anything behind me but "Space, the Final Frontier" but you had to be in front of me!! Come on pal, Christmas is coming!!!! Get outta the way!!

9) Drivers distracted with the cell phone...

...or the newspaper, or the map, or the makeup, or shaving, or reading the paperback (yes, I've seen that more than once). Most people couldn't drive well with no distractions, don't give 'em an excuse to drive any worse. Why is it, most of the time, when I see a driver on the cell phone, there's usually more people in the car? Other people that could be talking on the phone instead of the driver? What's up with that?

10) SUVs

Face it, most of these people deserve their own category. With all the rain that we just got, the SUV drivers seemed to tool along the slowest. They come to a complete crawl at the sight of a pothole, or a puddle. Aren't these things supposed to be bulletproof, and able to leap tall boulders in a single bound? Lets face it, cars today are pretty water tight. If your vehicle has been properly maintained, it won't stall at the mere sight of standing water. Just yesterday on the Northern State, I had to crawl along for three miles because there was an inch or so of water on the roadway just west of South Oyster Bay road. If you're going to slow down for standing water, get out of my way because I plan on hitting it at speed! Here's a question. Why do Floridians own SUVs? It doesn't snow down there, the highest point above sea level is about 180 feet, they outlawed most beach driving a while ago. 4 wheel drive for??

11) Drivers that will stay in the entrance ramp until it ends

Then they will wait for the end of time for a gap large enough to merge into. 'It's called an ACCELERATION LANE there skid plate!' The opposite effect is my morning ride into work. The Northern State merges onto the LIE. There's four lanes doing nothing on the LIE, but the right lane is for exiting onto the 135. The LIE traffic coming off of the Northern will stay in the exit lane until the solid white line starts turning off the LIE. The legitimate turners have no choice but to sit and wait for these fools, because there is nothing but a guard rail to the right.

12) Drivers that have to wait for both or all three lanes of traffic to be free before they can merge

This one really gets my goat. Half of the time, there is no merge and the lane we're in is protected and doesn't end, but the guy in the front will sit and wait for armageddon before he will turn his wheel and move out into the intersection.

13) Drivers that put their turn signal on 14 miles before they have to exit...

...then they the proceed to sit in the right lane, slow down, then exit. That strip of pavement to the right there buddy...it's called the EXIT RAMP. You use that to slow down before you have to get off. Get outta the way! errrrr.........

14) Drivers that don't know that all roads are connected...

...so they backup on the expressway or parkway. They are strictly working on the belief that "you can't get there from here". Or they're like the idiot I saw yesterday. Banged a u-turn in one of those "official use only" cutouts in the middle of I-95 in Maryland. Hey stupid, next exit, there's a return ramp for you in the other direction! Doesn't that beat risking life, limb, and maybe a stiff fine?

I wrote this in 2004, and it still holds true....

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#2, for sure. I generally

#2, for sure. I generally don't mind if another driver does something stupid (defined as "not what I would have done in the same circumstances"), so long as he/she lets me know in time to adjust. It's those unexpected moves, and the resulting blood pressure spikes and adrenalin overloads, that get to me. And #11 - what is so hard about spotting a gap in oncoming traffic, and adjusting your speed so that you can move over into that gap when it reaches you?

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I don't know,

but here on LI, they seem to not know much about judging that space and filling it economically...

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Drivers who abuse disabled parking permits. Actual holders are one of the family members who are not present, but they act like nothing is wrong even if there's a vehicle right behind them with someone that actually needs it.

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Michael (Nuvi 2639LMT)

Camerabob, I think your 14

Camerabob, I think your 14 covers them all smile

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Tight lines

15) People that go anyway when Travel not advised Due to Weather

Then get stuck and expect the cops & tow companies to drop everything and come save their sorry butts.

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That

Pretty much covered my gripes as well, to many "I'" on the road and not enough "We'"

Good list!

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(formerly known as condump) RV 770 LMT-S, Nuvi2797LMT, Nuvi765T

People that rush to pull in

People that rush to pull in front of you just to slam on the brakes and make a right turn.

People that won't make a right on red after stopping if there is a red light camera.

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John B - Garmin 765T

More gripes

Some of these may be a little similar to others posted but they differ somewhat:

A) Drivers that you are already ahead of and when they see you signal to merge, they speed up to close the distance.

B) People that throw cigarette butts and other trash out of the window.

C) Drivers that race to get in front of you and then slow down to a speed slower than you were going once in front.

Hands on the wheel...

Phone in one hand, pointing with a cigarette in the other hand, driving I guess with the third hand?

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DrewDT wrote:

A) Drivers that you are already ahead of and when they see you signal to merge, they speed up to close the distance.

This becomes a norm in some Asian countries. You'll never be able to change lane if you signal your intention because most drivers behind you (in the lane you're merging into) will never let you get in front of them. They'll close the gap to be sure you can't get in. What's strange is that it isn't considered rude driving behavior.

To change lane, do it quick and safely when you have the opportunity to do so. Sounds scary but surprisingly those drivers are quick to respond to such behavior (by slowing down, if necessary).

How about the ones on a 3

How about the ones on a 3 lane freeway that will be turning into 2 lanes. There is a 3 to 4 km warning that the right lane ends or exits, you are in the middle lane (soon to be right lane) and just about get your front bumper torn off because clueless didn't read the warning signs until the last second.

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All the worlds indeed a stage and we are merely players. Rush

So I take it that some

So I take it that some drivers that you really don't like?

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The REAL Problem with Other Drivers

The real problem with OTHER drivers is that they think they don't do any of the things they criticize other drivers for.

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DanielT wrote:

The real problem with OTHER drivers is that they think they don't do any of the things they criticize other drivers for.

Amen

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It's about the Line- If a line can be drawn between the powers granted and the rights retained, it would seem to be the same thing, whether the latter be secured by declaring that they shall not be abridged, or that the former shall not be extended.

What Burns Me About Other Drivers?

Other Drivers. mrgreen

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CameraBob hit it

camerabob wrote:

Bob's Soapbox: 14 Things that I hate about drivers

Very good list, close to what I would have said. Here in Washington state, I would add those who put on studded tires (we have six to eight inches of total snowfall a year) and wear out new asphalt roads in a year or two.

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Denis - Bellingham, WA - nuvi 260W

#1

Definitely my top choice would be #1. Drivers on the left should be faster than drivers on the right. Period.

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Nuvi 2597 / Nuvi 2595 / Nuvi 680 / Nuvi 650 "Good judgment comes from experience and experience comes from bad judgment."

+1

Gary A wrote:

Other Drivers. mrgreen

They drive in my personal lane.

(Windmill post)

what burns

Boy you sure got it right the quality of driving anywhere is absolutely pathetic,as stated to much ME.

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The Home of BLUMARU HOUNDS

Wow, you sound pretty angry.

I feel ya though.

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Nuvi 360, OS X Lion 10.7

Thanks for your slipstream wind

I'm riding my Harley on the Interstate, cruise set for 7 over and I'm in the right lane. Fool, typically in an SUV but others also guilty, pass, then slide in front of me with barely 1 car length between us. This causes a great deal of wind from their cage and is uncomfortable to ride behind.

This year I installed a modulating headlight control, legal in all 50 states and Canada. Now I fight the dumb cager's slipstream wind and position my headlight so it's right in their rearview mirror. Most get uncomfortable and give me the legal interval. If not, I'll just pass them and put my cruise back to 7 over, leaving them at least a half mile interval.

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Nice!

Nice!

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Garmin Nuvi 255W

Maybe not all are bad

To put a different spin on this.While in New Brunswick and Novia Scotia Canada about 6 years ago.Maybe the moon and the stars were aligned just right for this rare event but I suspect that may be a regular occurrence there.While being in these areas for a few weeks my wife and I couldn't help but notice how courteous the driver are.We could give a signal to move over to the left lane and the car in that lane would slow down to let us in.Not speed up.No one followed bumper to bumper.No honking the horn.Got lost and needed gas (no gps then)a motorist went about 10 miles out of the way to lead us to a gas station.Most every rest stop had a computer or computers you could check your email free.Now when we got to NY well that is a different story.

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Missed this one

You completely missed the guy in the left lane who pulls up to the red light, in the huge SUV, past the white line, maybe even blocking the crosswalk (no place to go until the light turns) so the guy in the right lane in a normal size vehicle making a right turn can't see past the rolling billboard to make the right turn on red.

drivers that

drivers that drive so slow that when you try to pass them they speed up on purpose!!ny york driving sucks.i will take the long cut to miss the lights! i go ocean prkwy!!!yeah thats me who goes 95 on o.p. lol "only kidding" but no red light cameras

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• Drivers that ignore the fact pedestrians have the right of way. Always! Steel and flesh are a bad mix. I'm not prepared to kill someone because they're jaywalking.

• Drivers who refuse to turn off the high beams.

• Fart Cans. 'Nuff said.

• People who race to the next light, only to stop and watch me roll past. Lather, rinse, repeat.

• People who change lanes in front of me at the last second when coming up to a red light.

• People that give a one second notice with the turn signals.

• People that lean on the horn instead of slowing down.

• Drivers who have ear buds in both ears with the tunes cranked. Boom cars are in this category.

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nüvi 3790T | nüvi 775T | Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, will make violent revolution inevitable ~ JFK

All boils down

All boils down to no courtesy on the roads or in the world in general.

Great thread, I agree it

Great thread, I agree it boils down to people not being curteous or respectful, or people not paying attention.

15. Snowbird Drivers

In the Palm Springs area we have another class of drivers, "The Snowbird Birds". You can easily recognize that when they; (1) go 30 in a 50 zone, (2) when the red light turns green they just sit there, (3) they make left turns from the right lane, and (4) when you honk at them they haven't a clue what is going on.
JeffSh

Intersecti0n Jerks.

People who are in the left turn lane across an intersection with no turn arrow...when the light turns green they shoot into the intersection and make their turn in front of oncoming traffic. (Wish I had an old "all steel" truck... I think I would take a shot at not braking for them).

People across an intersection who have plenty of time to make their left hand turn, wait until you are just entering the intersection to make the turn...and take their sweet time...causing other drivers to slam on their brakes or swerve hard to miss them.

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OK.....so where the heck am I?

That pretty much covers it

I also saw a scary cell phone use. A teenage girl stopped next to me at a red light had her phone in her right hand and a cigarette in her left, and she alternated between flicking the ash out the window and shaking her left fist to scream into her phone.

I wonder if she got burned from the ashes?

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nüvi 750 & 760

funny read but true

I agree a 100%

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Val - Nuvi 785t and Streetpilot C340

Pansies in Pickups

Around here it seems like about 1/3 of the vehicles are pickups. Some are decent drivers. Some think they are in a race - all the time. But my "favorites" go over railroad tracks and other minor disturbances in the roadway like they have lowered sports cars with 3 inches of ground clearance. I call them "pansies in pickups".

2) Drivers that don't signal lane changes (or turns)

Interesting that this is a problem in your neck of the woods. I always thought it to be a problem here in the Southwest caused by the low humidity; e.i., It's so dry that turn signal fluid evaporates quickly, and most drivers never think to replenish it, hence their turn signals don't work anymore.

7) Drivers that swerve to the left just before making a right

You're correct: I don't drive a Peterbilt. I drive a Kenworth. But I always try to keep that left swerve to a minimum. Sorry.

signal right and turn left

As I age there isn’t much that upset me anymore when driving, perhaps I’m the one irking the driver behind me, so if you see me on the road don’t blow a gasket just remember some day you will be driving like me, and driving to places you can’t remember where or why you were going.

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@flaco

That's why you have a gps with POI's... wink

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George Carlin

Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?

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Only if...

spokybob wrote:

Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?

...the idiot is in the left lane, or the maniac is in the right...

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chewbacca wrote: DrewDT

chewbacca wrote:
DrewDT wrote:

A) Drivers that you are already ahead of and when they see you signal to merge, they speed up to close the distance.

This becomes a norm in some Asian countries. You'll never be able to change lane if you signal your intention because most drivers behind you (in the lane you're merging into) will never let you get in front of them. They'll close the gap to be sure you can't get in. What's strange is that it isn't considered rude driving behavior.

To change lane, do it quick and safely when you have the opportunity to do so. Sounds scary but surprisingly those drivers are quick to respond to such behavior (by slowing down, if necessary).

Maryland drivers are some of the worst that I've seen for this, with them being too prideful to make space when you need to change lanes in front of them. You are forced to comply with the rest of them and force yourself in or just take the space without signaling... Can't we all just get along? razz

Drivers that slow down to

Drivers that slow down to drop someone off or take a parking space and don't use turn signal/hazards.

True

camerabob wrote:

...only if the idiot is in the left lane, or the maniac is in the right...

mrgreen

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nüvi 3790T | nüvi 775T | Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, will make violent revolution inevitable ~ JFK

lane close

how about you see a lane close ahead sign, the driver that waits till the last minute and expects to be let in to the lane not closed.

Agree With #1..!

Number 1 gets me. If you're going slow and aren't going to pass.. then get into the right lane.

The other one is the old people who approach a green light and (a 100 yards before the intersection) put their foot on the brake and ride it all the way through and past the (still) green light.. doing it again at every green light intersection they come to because their reaction time isn't what it use to be and they're afraid they'll blow a red light if they don't.

Nuvi1300WTGPS

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Excellent post!

This generally sums up my frustrations....especially #3,4,5,6. Happens all the damn time!

I am very guilty of #2, however, I live in South Florida, Miami-Dade. If you put on your turn signal here, everyone speeds up so you can't get in. So you just jump in in front of the idiot in grid locked traffic who stays 15 car lengths behind the car in front of them.

Being behind one of these brain surgeons is a nerve racking event. You are crawling along at 5 or 10 mph, the guy in front of you has enough room between him and the car in front of him to fit a 747. In the meantime, dozens of cars are cutting in front of him, but he still maintains 25 car lengths, just to be safe. Half of the county goes by you while driving behind this idiot!

OK, I'm done.....

How about

the guy who is such a hurry that he passes you on the shoulder? This has happened to me on at least 3 occasions. Mostly when I'm in the right lane and there is another car in the inside lane.

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Not doing anything worth a darn.

How about

the guy who is such a hurry that he passes you on the shoulder? This has happened to me on at least 3 occasions. Mostly when I'm in the right lane and there is another car in the inside lane.

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Not doing anything worth a darn.

My Favorite Is...

when only two cars are in the right lane of an interstate and no other traffic is in sight. The leading car is cruising 8 mph over the speed limit and the trailing car cruising at 10 over. Oops, it's time to overtake. Car 2 speeds up, passes, and then immediately clears the otherwise empty left lane once the slightest margin between bumpers is obtained.

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I hate with a passion

Drivers that text while driving.

The dumb son of a bitch that gets behind the wheel and drives while impaired by alcohol or medication.

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"Ceterum autem censeo, Carthaginem esse delendam" “When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.”

Are you from Massachusetts?

pkdmslf wrote:

People who are in the left turn lane across an intersection with no turn arrow...when the light turns green they shoot into the intersection and make their turn in front of oncoming traffic. (Wish I had an old "all steel" truck... I think I would take a shot at not braking for them).

People across an intersection who have plenty of time to make their left hand turn, wait until you are just entering the intersection to make the turn...and take their sweet time...causing other drivers to slam on their brakes or swerve hard to miss them.

I lived there many years, and this was/is a common left turn technique (not used by me; I wasn't a native).

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