Post your GRIPES then man up and confess your FAULTS.
They're out there...the oblivious, the indifferent and malicious road hounds that test mental discipline daily. 30 years I've been negotiating tarmac yet I can't represent myself as a model "defensive driver " preferring instead the term "Strategic Driver". Far from the aggressive moron of my youth I'm more defensive overall yet still competitive and I still get aggravated.
My GRIPES: I make long interstate hauls twice a month so for me:
Covert lane changers: They have fancy new cars apparently ill-equipped of turn signals. Sooner or later I'll be in their blind spot.
Pass-me-pass-you buddies: Curious road dwellers that like to get in front and slow down especially if your's is the only other car on the horizon. They appear annoyed as you regain the lead for the 10th time despite your maintained speed via cruise control for the last 75 miles.
Left only lane'rs: They refuse to move over...EVER and tend to travel slower than traffic in the right lanes. They actually enjoy clogging traffic and enraging less disciplined commuter.
I confess to occasionally but "strategically" closing the gap so as to prevent other less worthy opponents the chance to cut in front.
I'm guilty of routinely exceeding the posted speed by 6mph on the interstate convinced I'll never be cited since nobody drives the speed limit any more because doing so would only expose myself a road hazard for others to negotiate around.
Women putting on makeup and driving at the same time. Honey, your face is going to look awesome with a cracked skull.
I hate when there is a lane closure and you are trying to change lanes, and people pretend that they see no car next to them or lane closure, but can speed up and screw traffic up more.
My bad habit: Sometimes I answer the call of the flashing read light on the crackberry and read messages while driving. Well, it could be one of you guys!
1. The folks who mistake I-5 for the Nurburgring (sp?). Usually in a high end German or Japanese ride, just got to go 80-90 mph...in traffic.
2. The fleet trucker who has to pass a slightly slower truck, almost always on an upgrade, and inevitably driving a rig that can't go faster than 63 mph...on the flats.
3. The folks (this group overlaps a lot with # 1) who think that "No Left Turn" signs, "One Way" arrows in parking structures, and "No turn on Red" signs don't apply to their privileged selves.
+1 for the "left lane only, super slow" guys. Left lane is for passing... and in more populated areas, it's the "fast lane." Why this concept is so difficult, I have no idea.
People who drive too slow generally piss me off. The less means available to pass them, the more they piss me off.
Driving behind people who stop at a light that not only could they have made, but you could have made as well.
Tailgaters. It's just disrespectful.
Tailgaters. It's just disrespectful.
...and super dangerous!
My biggest gripe is with cyclists. Far too many of them like to pick and choose which parts of the highway code they will follow, and complain the instant a non-cyclist does something similar.
As for my biggest fault, I give way to other drivers way too much, even if I have right of way.
Cyclist tend to ride toward the left of the lane (middle if you will) to avoid the inevitable oil spills that are in the center of the lane. Some do hug the line a bit closely though.
What is about two wheels that makes people such big cry babies? It is a well known fact that there are terrible drivers out on the road and it doesn't matter how good you are or what you drive those terrible drivers will always be out there. That is just the nature of the beast. Knowing this some people chose to ride a motorcycle which is fine if that is what you want to do. They know full well the stupidity that exists on the road and they themselves chose to be on the losing end of physics yet they complain about other drivers decisions and the outcome of physics.
Could you imagine bull riders constantly complaining about bulls? They know they are on the losing end of physics and they know the nature of bulls but it is what they chose to do so they man up and don't bitch about it when they get hurt or killed.
It is also annoying how "share the road" = YOU have to follow all the rules and watch out for me and stay out of my way but hell will freeze over before I follow any of those rules; oh look a red octagon I wonder why someone put that on the side of the road.
I cycle, the kind of bike you have to pedal (road bike) ...and have witnessed egregious behavior by my fellow cyclist. Along A1A, several cyclist will group together to form a peloton sometimes 50 or more strong, as a group they can travel much faster by rotating their position in the wind. It's within these pelotons that cyclist become competitive and jockey for position sometimes 6 or more abreast especially when there's a cross wind. Hogging up the entire lane, they force cars to wait for a break in on coming traffic before passing. I've seen entire groups run a red light and block right of way traffic all in effort to preserve their individual position. Sometimes for fun, I'll take the ol 67'rs/ss out for a Sunday cruise and exhaust blast these offenders while my trusty side kick, Rocky, barks his head off. They hate it, as a cyclist I can attest to that.
Ive also had the entire bike lane blocked by stopped cyclists. Er... What? "I'm sorry I didn't realize that you guys owned this public bike trail".
In the days of my moronic youth, I'd re-position the passenger side windshield washer to squirt off the right side. Then load up my pals w/ a cooler full of beer and have some fun at the poor cyclist's expense. Mud puddles were a lot of fun that way too. If any of you fell victim to my cruel acts of stupidity, I sincerely apologize. Rest assured, I don't do that any more but just to play it safe, you should stay out of my way.
I have been in 13 car collisions... only 1 was my fault, when I drove off a cliff... 7 of them were major crashes though... I lost a toe-nail once, but it grew back... I thank my guardian angels...! Needless to say, I bicycle & bus now...
I get my daily cardio workout... save a small fortune on car related expenses... and often arrive at my destination sooner than if I drove, if one factors in the time it takes to find a parking spot & walk to the front door...
I also arrive mentally refreshed, not stressed by the other drivers...
That being said, I will ride in the designated bike lanes if they are clean, which is only a few months out of the year... the rest of the time, they are full of debris... like sand or gravel from deicing the roads, fallen branches, dead possum, litter, and broken beer bottles...
I think it is rude for bicyclists to ride on the sidewalk, because it inconveniences mamas with strollers and other pedestrians, so I will ride in the road...
I have been brushed by several cars or trucks when riding in the bike lane or edge of the car lane, so I find it safer to actually ride in the center of the car lane, and force the car drivers to pass me in the other car lane... If I notice more that a few cars pile up behind me, I will pull off & let them pass...
some drivers get irate and yell obscenities at me for slowing them down... I usually catch up to them at the next stop light, and knock on their car window and introduce myself to them... that usually calms them down...