Studies have shown that GTA residents have the longest commute times in all of Ontario; drivers average up to one hour of driving to and from Toronto each day. If you have ever done this commute, you know that carless drivers make it more stressful. Whether it’s due to a small distraction or casual negligence, we have all had an experience with a bad driver… and I can guarantee that we all have been a bad driver at some point in our lives. Here are three of my biggest daily grind pet peeves:
Lane Cutters: Driving on the highway in heavy traffic is stressful enough. There are cars in every direction around you and barely any safety space between each vehicle. Leave it to Lane Cutters to make this extra stressful. Nothing is more nerve-racking than having someone swerve into your lane without their signal on in a careless manner. Not only did you not expect the lane change, but they switched in a way that left you no room for error and completely caught off-guard. Signal lights are a staple in the design of vehicles for a reason.
Slow Drivers: I don’t consider myself a person who pushes the speed limit by any means. I am very happy straddling the proper speed limit. I know this annoys drivers that are in a hurry or just prefer driving faster, but I take pride in knowing that I am abiding by the law. However, I have been in a few instances where I was stuck driving behind someone who chose to drive significantly slower than the speed limit. They slow down the flow of traffic which actually can be unsafe. Based on my experience with slow drivers, it is usually because they are a nervous new driver or a person who is being extra cautious because they can’t see well. Regardless, for your own safety and for the safety of those around you, find a route that has roads with a lower speed limit so that you can blend in with the flow of traffic and drive comfortably.
Right Lane Hog: If there is a bright white arrow painted on the ground of the right lane pointing only to the right, this means that this lane is designated to be used specifically for turning right. Obvious? You would be surprised how many times you find people sitting in that lane waiting for the light to turn green so that they can go straight – just because they would prefer to have no one in front of them when they drive. You’re being selfish, and you’re creating more traffic, and I can’t stand you.
If you have identified yourself as one of the three drivers on this list, I suggest you accept, reflect, and change your ways!
Often our commutes cause us a ton of frustration and anger when we encounter poor driving etiquette. Wading through a sea of crappy drivers with a general disregard for the rules of the road is inevitable. Everyone has their own list of pet peeves. What irks you behind the wheel?