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10 Driving Behaviours Most Other Drivers Hate

It’s easy to get “all riled up” about the unsafe and annoying driving behaviours we see. And the result of our frustration—we drive more aggressively, or at least that is the conclusion of a Canadian survey cited in a recent Reader’s Digest article on dangerous driving. This survey indicated that 84 percent of the subjects said they had engaged in aggressive driving in the survey year, 75 percent blaming their reaction on stress and frustration caused by the driving behaviours they witnessed.

Summer activities often involve more driving, which means that the summer provides lots of opportunities to get really annoyed with your fellow drivers. Therefore, we’ve picked a top ten list of hated driving behaviours to raise awareness, and hopefully reduce the incidents of them. And we hope it may help all of us to become more patient, or at least patient enough to refrain from reacting by driving more aggressively.
  1. In conditions where it is safe to drive the speed limit and the surrounding traffic is moving at this speed, driving below the speed limit and not moving over to let others pass is disruptive and guaranteed to annoy and frustrate the drivers around you.
  1. Conversely, driving too fast for the road, when weather or traffic conditions are not safe, is irresponsible and risky.
  1. Unsteady driving often forces other drivers to react suddenly. Drivers who speed to stop signs and then jam on their brakes risk being rear-ended and frighten all the other road users around them.
  1. Following too closely (admittedly a tempting reaction to the too slow driver) is aggressive driving that can cause everything from a mild fender bender to a multi-car pile-up.
  1. A recent Australian study published by the British Medical Journal concluded that drivers using cell phones were four times more likely to get into an accident regardless of whether they were using a hand held or hands-free device.
  1. Not paying attention and not being fully in control with both hands on the wheel because you are putting on makeup or reading or eating or drinking or fiddling with the controls or otherwise distracted is risky and inconsiderate.
  1. Canadian and US research shows that up to 40 percent of serious accidents—substantially higher than the 32 percent ascribed to drinking and driving—are caused by drowsy drivers.
  2. Not letting other drivers know in a timely and clear manner that you are planning to turn, change lanes, pull out, or pull over is confusing. Signaling too soon or too late is especially annoying.
  1. Changing lanes without checking your mirrors and blind spots frightens other drivers and usually indicates extreme inexperience or drowsiness or impairment. Somewhat ironically, (see 5. above) drivers with cell phones are quick to report this kind of driving to the police.
  1. Failing to yield the right of way, failing to allow others to merge safely into the traffic flow—just generally displaying an “it’s my way on the highway” attitude is guaranteed not to endear you to other road users.

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