Five Things that Infuriate Other Drivers – And How to Avoid Them

When you’re learning to drive, you have a lot to take in. There’s the physical control of the vehicle, for one. And that can take a huge amount of getting used to. There’s driving in traffic. And then, there’s the theory. It feels incredibly daunting to start with. But in a surprisingly short space of time, you’ll find your rhythm and driving can become second nature. But when that happens, it’s easy to start slipping into bad habits and annoying other drivers. So, what should you be wary of when you’re ready to hit the road?

The Five Most Annoying Driving Habits

The wrong right of way

If you’re driving down a narrow street and cars are parked on your side of the road, you have to drive on the right. But that doesn’t give you right of way. Before you pull out, you must ensure that there is no oncoming traffic. You can’t assume that oncoming drivers will give way to accommodate your needs. Or your mistakes. Even if it’s a quiet road and you’re pretty sure that you’re not going to encounter anyone else, you still need to check. And if you’re at all uncertain about who has right of way, revisit the Highway Code and check the rules of the road.

Too close for comfort

Tailgating is both dangerous and illegal. It can land you with a £100 fine and penalty points. And it can make other drivers very, very angry. And with the advent of rear-facing cash cams, the likelihood of someone reporting you for tailgating is increasing significantly. The Highway Code states that you must “allow at least a two second gap between you and the vehicle in front on roads carrying faster moving traffic”. And that that gap should be at least doubled when it’s raining. If you stick to that rule, you’ll be safer and other drivers will be happier.

Shine bright like a diamond

When you first start driving at night, you may experience a need to see as much as possible. You want to drive with your lights on full at all times after dusk to keep yourself visible and enhance your own visibility. But if you don’t dim – or you have exceptionally bright lights – you’re in danger of dazzling oncoming traffic. Whether that’s other vehicles, cyclists, or pedestrians. And that’s simply not safe. So, be ready to switch your lights off high beam as soon as you spot approaching traffic.

In out, in out, shake it all about

We all have days when we’re in a hurry. Those times where we just need to be somewhere else. And saving even a couple of seconds can feel worthwhile. But lane dodging is never a good idea. It doesn’t matter what kind of road you’re on. If you’re weaving in and out of traffic, sooner or later, you’re going to cause an accident. And you’re definitely going to annoy every other driver you encounter. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t change lanes when appropriate. But unless you’re stuck behind slow-moving traffic, once you’ve found your lane, you should stay in it.

Too slow, no go

What a lot of people don’t realise is that driving too far below the speed limit is almost as bad as exceeding it. While it’s not illegal to drive too slowly, there are a number of associated charges. Including driving without due care and attention, or without reasonable consideration for other road users. Driving noticeably below the speed limit can also be really dangerous because it can cause other drivers to become frustrated and behave rashly. And if someone comes across you unexpectedly, they could easily tail-end you. Even though it’s illegal, driving too slowly can also lead to tailgating, which can make you panic. And it can cause congestion. So, although those first few weeks driving alone can be unnerving try to keep your speed to a reasonable level. Just don’t go too far the other way either!

When you drive carefully and considerately, you make the roads a happier and safer place for everyone. So, whether you’re still taking lessons, you’ve just passed your test, or you’re an experienced driver, keep these things in mind the next time you take the wheel.

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