What annoys you most about other drivers?
Tailgating, not signalling, and indecisiveness - some of the most annoying things people do on the road. But what annoys you the most?
“You have to drive accounting for everyone else’s incompetence” - that was the first thing that hit my 17 year old ears during my very first driving lesson. It has stuck with me ever since and has formed the underlying principal of my entire attitude towards driving. The vast majority of people on the road are idiots, and what contributes towards their idiocy is that they think that they’re perfect and that the idiot is you!
Suffice it to say that when your driving mentality is geared towards catering for everyone else’s mistakes, you notice particular behaviours perpetuated throughout society that contribute towards why people are the idiots that they are. Tailgating, not signalling, indecisiveness, speeding, incorrect mirror etiquette, bad road positioning, not looking further ahead than the dashboard, braking far too late, and believing that the best way to deal with hazards is to always out accelerate them, are amongst some of the most dangerous and common practices I witness daily behind the wheel.
Out of all of them however, the one that irks me the most has to be tailgating. You can be going down a road at the speed limit, and people will still hog your back bumper in their farcical delusion that it will intimidate you into speeding up. As you then analyse the surrounding environment for hazards, the lack of distance left between you and the car behind results in you having to slow down more than you would normally in anticipation for an emergency stop. This results in them getting even closer, which results in you having to go even slower. And so, the fun ensues.
These spineless pieces of vermin frequently subject those who have the effrontery to obey the speed limit to their unenlightened rage. Flashing their lights, honking their horns aggressively, and waving the accepted gesture for incompetence aloft - all as a result of their own wilful ignorance. It cannot be overstated how braindead someone must be to tailgate. They are a disease of the highways.
I once had a little confrontation with a tailgater at an island. He’d followed me all the way up the road so close that the entire front end of his car wasn’t visible in my rear view mirror. He honked and exercised his mastery of sign language - all of which made me wonder what he actually expected I’d do in response. A blind bend lay ahead, so I did what any responsible driver would do: slow down in case of unseen hazards. Unsurprisingly, that went down about as well as the Hindenburg.
The previous beeps of frustration now intensified to a prolonged press of the horn - which did nothing other than alert everybody else in the vicinity as to his own imprudence. We both stopped at the island, and our windows came down. He had three others in the car with him, all painted with apologetic expressions. Rather than channelling all of my anger for him and his parasitic species into bawling hackneyed expletives at him, I used it to generate something more sarcastic. Subsequently, I told him that all the way up the road he had positioned himself so far up my arse that he probably knew when I was going to fart before I did - which was met with laughter from his previously embarrassed passengers. At that point, the proverbial microphone hit the floor, and I carried on with my day with a chuckle in my step.
For me, it’s tailgaters that provide the most annoyance while driving. If it were up to me, I’d have them all captured by a specially devised police unit, where they’d be imprisoned and swiftly lobotomised. Might be a little difficult given that you actually have to possess a brain in order for that to happen - but for those who do, I see it as suitable punishment. But what about you guys? What annoys you most about other drivers? Let me know by voting below, and in the comments.
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