We have all experienced frustrating—or in many moments, full-on angering—moments on the road dealing with other drivers. Here we look at five dumb things drivers do that get our blood boiling.
Drivers Who Don’t Signal
We only have two ways to properly communicate with each other on the road: signals and beeps. The former is preventative, the latter is reactive.
Are you changing lanes? Signal. Do you need to turn? Signal. Are you entering traffic from a street parking spot? Signal.
It’s quite easy, but for some reason I face non-signalers everyday on the road. It’s dangerous, can cause collisions, and is just a selfish and boneheaded way to occupy space on the road.
It will also lead to a reactive beep…
…which too often results in misguided anger.
I remember one recent moment driving along the Gardiner Expressway. A small truck cut me off, without signaling of course. I honked. Not a lean-on-the-horn honk. But one that brought attention to the dangerous maneuver.
The driver responded by giving me the one-finger salute out the window.
I get it. No one likes to be honked at. However, if you make a mistake on the road, own it. You might be honked at—remember, it’s one of only two ways to properly communicate with each other. That’s OK. Swallow your pride and move on safely.
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Tailgating in Traffic
Sometimes you’re in a hurry. That’s understandable. Signal and move into the passing lane. Get around the slower traffic and head on your way. Do it safely and keep your speed in control.
However, in rush hour? Calm down, put on a podcast and relax. You’re in it for the long haul.
There’s no need to tailgate anyone when you’re moving at 10 km/h along Highway 401. That’s just stupid and you’re looking to get into a fender bender.
Merging From the Shoulder
Some drivers believe they can do whatever they want if it serves their end of getting ahead of everyone else.
This means they’re fine to enter the highway and zoom past the long line of merging cars, ride the shoulder and dip ahead of an unsuspecting vehicle.
Don’t be this fool. Merge onto the highway within the lane limits. This gives everyone a full view of what you’re doing and when. By pushing onto the shoulder to get ahead, you’re increasing the chances of a collision because most drivers won’t be expecting a vehicle to come up along the shoulder to merge onto the highway.
In a crash with an on-ramp cheater, who’s at fault?
Um, You’re Welcome!
This has happened way too often to me: I’m driving along without a care in the world, moving at a nice pace and enjoying the fact that I’m not stuck in traffic. All of a sudden, another vehicle realizes their exit is coming up much quicker than they anticipated (I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt right now…) and they must change lanes. Well, I see their predicament and slow down to allow them into my lane.
And then, nothing.
No thank-you wave. No acknowledgement of my undying kindness on the road. Nothing.
I’m not looking to make friends, but I’m all for ensuring the roads are safe and friendly. Do your part and say thanks for those who make room for you in your time of need.
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