This month we’ve been speaking to Nev about our everyday, driving annoyances. The things that really get up your nose and can have steam coming from your ears. Understanding how to react to others’ behaviour can take off the pressure, giving you a calmer, safer drive.
“Over my many years of conducting Driver Safety Workshops, I have heard just about everything that annoys drivers on the road. Let’s take a look at the top ten driving gripes and ways to deal with them.” ~ Nev
Nev’s Top Tips
We’d love to hear of your most infuriating moments on the road. Let us know if yours hasn’t featured.
This is certainly a common one and best dealt with by maintaining a steady speed. You need to increase the distance between you and other road users ahead as you may need this extra space for earlier, softer braking. This will give more time for the tailgater to respond and hopefully mitigate a rear-end collision. Pay close attention to your forward observations in case you need to brake.
Cyclists that don’t stop at red lights or cut up on the inside when you’re turning left can be maddening and dangerous. Door mirrors and looking over your shoulder are the only real remedies for this one. Simply look out for cyclist. The most common excuse from a driver that hits a cyclist is “Sorry, I didn’t see you.” That’s because they weren’t looking for them!
DRIVERS THAT PUT FOG LIGHTS ON IN THE RAIN
You should need to give these drivers a lot of extra clearance when driving behind them. This is down to the fact that it can be difficult to see their brake lights.
PEOPLE THAT DON'T SIGNAL AT ROUNDABOUTS
Whilst annoying, this is an easy one to deal with. Simply expect all drivers to get it wrong! Don’t proceed until you are completely certain what other road users’ intentions are.
DRIVERS THAT MERGE AS LATE AS POSSIBLE
This one can be really annoying but getting cross with inconsiderate drivers does not achieve anything. Remember that they don’t achieve much by doing so anyway. As Nev says, “I would rather have an ignorant driver ahead of me than behind.”
DRIVERS THAT USE MOBILES
If they are behind you then increase the safe distance in front as you will need to give them far more time to react and stop. If they are ahead, keep the distance, stay alert and expect them to brake late and hard.
CENTRE LANE DRIVERS
Be sure to give these drivers plenty of clearance. Can you overtake on the left? It’s not against the law to do so in slow-moving traffic as long as you don’t then weave from lane to lane. It would be very dangerous to do so at speed and certainly one that could get you into trouble.
DRIVERS THAT DRIVE TOO SLOW
These drivers are often looking for a destination or listening to their sat nav. They could also be unconfident or unsure of their journey. Some drivers just like to drive well below the speed limit. You can’t force another driver to move faster but you must refrain from tailgating and only overtake if it is safe to do so.
DRIVERS THAT PULL UP TOO CLOSE BEHIND
You can often force the distance behind you by reducing your speed earlier. If you slow early, you can judge if the vehicle behind gets too close. Then, come to a stop with a large distance in front and wait for them to do the same. Once the vehicle behind is stationary, you can roll forward to increase the gap behind. Nev admits, “Okay, sometimes they do the same but at least you’ve tried!”
Though easier said than done, you should try not to be affected by aggressive drivers. You will remember them for several days but they will have no recollection of you within minutes. Try and get them ahead of you. As Nev’s father said to him a few days ago, “There is only a handful of aggressive drivers on our roads. It’s just that they make such an impression on us that there seems to be many.”
We hope these tips help you to deal with the common driving gripes that make you mad.
A final message from Nev: “Chill out and safe driving!”
Check back soon for more handy hints from Nev.