This is one of the physical things i enjoy doing, and i wish i had a job where that was all i did. To drive a truck here and there every day and deliver goods that were loaded onto it and it was my sole responsibility. This is something that is done all the time, and not always by the best people on the road. Here are some of my pet peeves with this task that is performed every day.
Driving, in itself, is not that hard. But, if you see some of the things on the road that i do, then you might agree with me that it doesn’t look like something that you might enjoy doing.
1. Impatient Drivers
I’m not the most patient of people when i get behind the wheel, but i don’t harass other drivers like i see virtually every day. For instance, while i drive to work, which is just 5 miles of interstate 10 5 days a week, people drive so fast you’d think that wherever it is they are going would burn down or be destroyed if they didn’t get there fast enough.AND THERE NEVER SEEMS TO BE A COP AROUND WHEN YOU NEED ONE!!! Also, please, please, slow down people, the world will not end if you don’t get there in the next 2 seconds!
2. Improper Signalling
I have put it upon myself to use my indicator lever correctly at all times, which, to me, also is not hard to do. (Well, at least i TRY to 99% of the time.) But, people do not remember this simple little trick when they get behind the wheel of their vehicle. PLEASE USE THAT LITTLE LEVER TO THE LEFT OF YOUR STEERING WHEEL!!!
2a. Turning left or right
When you need to turn, before you brake, look in your rear view mirror, allow enough room between you and the person behind you to realize you’re about to turn, then put the signal on for the turn you are making, then apply your brakes. Also, on this one, i hate when people are turning before they apply the signal. It’s so funny to me when they do this, cos it doesn’t make any sense.
2b. Passing a vehicle
This is basic etiquette: As you are travelling, especially on a high speed road, be it on an interstate, or motorway (for our British viewers), when you need to pass a vehicle, again, use your mirrors appropriately. 1. put your indicator on, 2. wait for the space between you and the vehicle you intend to pass to be adequate so they know you are about to pass, 3. pull into the passing lane, 4. cancel the signal, 5. speed up adequately to pass the vehicle(s), 6. put the opposite signal on, 7. then pull into the lane in front of the vehicle.
3. Defensive Driving
This is something that i’m trying to practice. Defensive driving means, if someone on the road behind you is coming up to you fast, you remain at the speed you are currently traveling at, even when they are on your bumper, and don’t let them harass you into increasing your speed to satiate their need for speed. This includes if they have caught you up and continues to try make you speed up to pass and can’t.
Here are just a few things that get up my back and irritate me no end. They are nothing new to anyone who reads this, unless you’ve never driven a car before reading this post. But it seems to me that as soon as people get a full driving license, they tend to forget to remember what they were taught as they were learning to drive. But, again, its one thing to know the aforementioned information, and it’s totally a different thing to do it.