So, there you are on the road…cruising along…window down….good music on the radio…not a care in the world…and then it happens. Someone comes through and interrupts your feel good mood with the driving skills of a toddler. Oblivious to their careless and sometimes dangerous actions, you have now been summoned into a slight fit of road rage. Everyone’s tolerance is different, but we all have little quirks while driving that really get under our skin.
Here are my top 5 pet peeves on the road:
5. Mr./Ms. Show Off
This is the wonderful individual who decides that they are the superstar of the road and wants everyone to know about it. Typically this person has some fancy car with a loud motor, limo tents and can be seen weaving in and out of traffic at ridiculous speeds. Their mission is to let you know that they have somewhere to be and you are obviously in their way! On the street, this is the person that decides they are now in the Indy 500 and peels off when the light turns green. Ironically, after hustling to be first, you usually see them sitting at the next red light. Better luck next time.
4. Brake-r, Brake-r
Not only is this irritating, it is a TOTAL distraction. This person may not really be driving at turtle speeds, but for some reason, they find it necessary to brake-check every 10 seconds and the constant flashing of their brake light is so annoying. But it gets worse. This is also the person slowing down or coming to a COMPLETE stop at a green light for no reason. No one in front of them. No car trouble. Just a blatant disregard for traffic awareness.
3. The Speed Demon
This one is pretty self-explanatory. Have you ever been on the highway and someone is driving past you so fast, YOU slow down? Yeah, THAT’S the Speed Demon. Times like this, I wish I were a cop.
2. Car in the Back Seat
Initially, this driver claimed the number one spot, but got bumped down to 2. However, my fury with them is still unparalleled. So, what exactly is the car in the back seat? It is the car that is driving so close behind you, when you look in your rearview mirror, you would swear that you brought them along for the ride. Here’s the issue, driving that close behind someone is dangerous and in the event of a quick brake, an accident will occur. Also, this violates the law and could result in a citation. As a rule of thumb, you should always allow about 3 seconds of space between you and the car in front of you, NOT a millisecond. It’s just plain RUDE!
1. The Phantom Blinker
It was really a coin toss to see who would get the number one spot, but this tops my list because it grinds my gears to no end. In the past few weeks, it is uncanny how many incidents I’ve had with the phantom blinker. This is the driver that refuses to use a blinker and expects you to know their next move. You usually find this person when traffic is horrendous and they decide to switch lanes at the same time that you do. While you made sure to signal to move around the congestion, they just pull out very swiftly and sometimes totally unaware of the oncoming traffic, putting others at risk of a collision. This may also be the person that is preparing to make a left or right turn, but decides that no one else needs to know that. As they approach their turn slow to a near stop and turn, all without so much as a tap on the signal indicator. SO ANNOYING! Let the road rage begin!
At some point, we have all been victims (and culprits) of these behaviors and I know that there are a lot more that didn’t make the list. Which ones top your list?