We just got back from vacation, and it involved a bit of driving. With this recent additional experience, I can list a few things on the road that really annoy the heck out of me.
- Not getting to the right (left) side of the lane when making a right (left) turn. Using the shoulder to pass someone who's making a left turn is perfectly fine as long as it can be done safely. But if they don't make a little room, it can be dangerous. Unnecessarily swinging wide on a turn qualifies in this category.
- Hitting the brakes on the highway for no good reason. It doesn't just slow the car, it also flashes this big red light at all of the trailing cars. Then the next guy has to hit his brakes, etc.
- Driving slow in the second lane of a 3- or 4-lane highway. For part of the trip I was driving a U-Haul, so I couldn't always legally use the left lane(s). But some people just sat there doing 5-under in the 2nd lane. It was pass on the right or wait.
- Cutting people off from behind when merging. Picture some shy person trying to merge onto US-22 E from McArthur Rd south in Whitehall. More aggressive people behind them sometimes get impatient and merge at speed (like you're supposed to do) but then drive right past the shy person who was trying to merge in front of them. If you can't get over to the passing lane, this is actually illegal.
- Slowing down early. Deceleration and left-turn lanes are (usually) there for a reason. People who slow down before getting over just make all the other traffic slow down (and then speed up again), wasting gas and spitting out pollution.
- Following trucks, vans, and SUV's. Yeah, I guess they have a right to the road as much as I do, I just hate following them. When driving in traffic, I actually watch through car in front of me. That way if something happens down the road, I get to find out at about it sooner and often slow down before the guy I'm following. Big vehicles block my vision of the road and of street signs, so I drift back to leave a larger gap than normal. Of course, someone then squeezes in there, but as long as I can see around him, the restricted view is now his problem, not mine.