Driving 101

by - March 05, 2010

Let's face it, people do some crazy things on the road. Which isn't to exclude myself, although I happen to be of the belief that I'm a fairly safe driver. I drive the speed limit (or slightly over), wear my seat belt and force all who ride with me to do so, use my blinkers, and most importantly stay on my side of the road. Here lately on my drives to and from work I've had some pretty scary, frustrating and downright annoying experiences with my fellow commuters. Which is what prompted me to make the following list.

Top 10 Most Annoying Driving Habits Ever

1. Ride on my bumper for 20 minutes, ignore passing opportunities including the convenient passing lane provided four miles back, finally pass in an unsafe place like a curve or hill, and then slow down slower than I was driving originally.

2. Ride in the fast lane, a.k.a. the passing lane, going 20 mph under the speed limit. Move your butt into the slow lane, grandma. This lane is meant for people who are in a hurry or at least going the speed limit. Geez.

3. Speed up & then slow back down. Unless you're driving a dinosaur, you should have cruise control. Use it.

4. Don't use your blinkers. This one really grinds my gears. I mean, really? How am I supposed to know that you're turning if you don't use your blinkers? Especially if you're one of those people who waits until the last minute to slow down for a turn. I'd prefer watching your blinker blink for half a mile than not see it at all. Are you asking for someone to hit you?

5. Pass people in the slow lane. Unless that person happens to be the grandma from #2, this is illegal. The slow lane isn't a passing lane.

6. Ride in the slow or fast lane directly in front or back of another car, effectively making it impossible for anyone to get around you. In other words, you're creating a cluster f*ck.

7. Slam on brakes.

8. Throw trash out of your car while you're riding in front of me. First of all, littering is a crime. Secondly, that's just rude. I don't want your trash hitting my car.

9. Just ride next to me on a four-lane. I don't want to just chill next to you. Either go on and pass me or slow down and get behind me. But if you pass me, don't slow down, and if you get behind me don't tailgate me. In other words, don't be an annoying driver.

10. At a red light or stop sign, stop so closely behind me I can't see your headlights. Or if you're a jacked-up truck, I can't see anything because your headlights have effectively blinded me. You should be far enough behind me to see my back tires connecting with the road. What if I'm driving a stick shift? I could roll into you. And I'm pretty sure you wouldn't want that.

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  1. You would hate driving in Savannah. All of these things you mentioned are standard over here, and with Georgia State Troopers.