Do other people think you’re a good driver?

Before you jump to the comment field hot with the fuel of righteous indignation, you may like to know what I mean by “good”.

It’s a tricky one. Because some – certainly many on this site – would take it to mean that you can execute the perfect “Scandi-flick”, all while performing the most graceful, ballet-like heel-and-toe and looking like Dwayne Johnson. But then you have the other good drivers who would condemn this as dangerous and yobbish. These are the ones who are always careful to obey road rules and slow down to 30 km/h whenever it spits a bit because they're driving in a straight line and may aquaplane into a tree at any given moment. They also like to remind the other type of good driver often that they’ve never been involved in an accident.

Neither of these really does justice in the real world, so for a while now, I’ve been working on a simpler definition. And it’s this: A truly good driver is someone who’s easy to follow.

This is the person in the car in front of you who is maintaining a consistent speed, who indicates before slamming on the brakes for a turn, who moves as close to the edge of the lane as possible before turning into another street so other cars can still get past, and there’s probably many other scenarios.

But basically, it can be summarised as: How un-annoying a driver are you?

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