Driving Pet Pieves

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jan 13, 2021 1:09 AM GMT
    Most of us who drive have them. Yeah, first world problems, but that's where I live.

    1. Have been driving to and from San Francisco a lot lately on the Golden Gate bridge. Almost every time I am about to get on the bridge, the idiot in the inside lane (facing oncoming traffic) gets nervous, and starts wandering into my (middle) lane, driving with about 1 foot of their vehicle in my lane. This is where we need traffic cams, so they could get issued automatic tickets.

    2. On the interstate/freeway/parkway, most drivers in the fast lane always seem to slow down when the road climbs a hill. Are their poor legs too tired to push down harder on the gas pedal?
  • jocked_and_lo...

    Posts: 5612

    Jan 13, 2021 1:48 AM GMT
    You're #1 pet peeve is really a safety issue. Oncoming traffic driving a foot into the opposite lane sounds really scary. I have hyper reflexes and if I saw someone do this suddenly I'd probably be tempted to swerve quickly in the opposite direction but then I'd be very likely to hit someone on my right.

    I can related to your #2 pet peeve. My partner has a Toyota Tacoma. Oddly when we go uphill the car does slow down and I try to compensate by pressing more on the gas pedal. It doesn't really seem to work. It takes a long time for it to catch up, so to speak. But interestingly, when I drive the car while using the cruise control feature it keeps a steady pace regardless if we're going up or downhill. When I'm on the freeway I always try to use cruise control. But most others on the highway are not and tend to speed up and slow down forcing me to release the cruise control feature.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jan 13, 2021 1:59 AM GMT
    Solution.....less bitching and walk more or take a helicopter!

    I do! Lol
  • bro4bro

    Posts: 4053

    Jan 13, 2021 6:46 PM GMT
    My biggest pet peeve: turn signals. People either don't use them at all, or wait until the last instant.

    Example: I roll up to a stop sign. Directly across from me in the oncoming lane is another car stopped at the stop sign - no indication he's intending to do anything other than roll straight through. So, I start into the intersection just as the other driver hits his turn signal and cuts left in front of me - meanwhile giving me a dirty look for not waiting to see what he's gonna do.

    Another example: Guy just stops in the middle of the street. No identifiable reason. I roll up behind him, wait a bit, say WTF? to myself a couple times, finally tap the horn... finally realize he's waiting for the oncoming lane to clear before pulling left into a driveway, or he's waiting to pick up someone in a house on the right and couldn't be bothered to pull into the curb lane, or... any one of a million other stupid things that would have at least made some sort of sense and allowed me to act accordingly if he'd use a fucking signal.

    I mean, are people worried about the bulbs burning out from overuse, or what?

    And then there's the ones who don't know how to spell peeve. Man, those are the worst...
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jan 13, 2021 6:52 PM GMT
    BigBanana saidSolution.....less bitching and walk more or take a helicopter!

    I do! Lol


    Great idea - but no heli landing [pads at either location.
  • jocked_and_lo...

    Posts: 5612

    Jan 14, 2021 5:03 AM GMT
    A pet peeve of mine that I encountered "too regularly" in the land of Chaz or the slop they called CHOP:

    So many drivers wait to turn their left hand turn signal on at the very last minute causing traffic behind them to get caught up and delayed. For example, if I were driving behind someone and we both get stopped by a red light he would wait until the light turned green until finally putting on his turn signal. Then, I'd have to wait for all oncoming traffic to clear before he finally was able to turn left and then I could continue forward. And nine times out of ten, they don't even inch their way into the intersection so I can't drive around him and pass. I never encountered this with such regularity anywhere else in the country. If the person puts his turn signal on sooner I either pull up to his right or stay far enough behind so I can drive around him in order to continue forward.

    In Seattle almost no one ever drives forward into the intersection to turn left until all oncoming cars on the opposite side of the road have passed. This would normally result in just one car being able to turn Left per green light. I kid you not, it's like people in that town had nowhere to be ever. Molasses moves faster than people in that village.
  • bro4bro

    Posts: 4053

    Jan 14, 2021 5:59 PM GMT
    Here's one I see a lot, and I have no idea if it happens everywhere or if it's only an LA thing...

    When waiting at a traffic signal, people will leave tons of space between their car and the car in front of them. By tons of space I mean a full car length. Two car lengths. Sometimes as much as four car lengths. For no apparent reason.

    Sometimes these people will slowly, slowly creep up while waiting for the light to change... but rarely do they pull up all the way to a "normal" spacing. Often when I want to make a left turn I can't get into the left turn lane because these idiots have traffic backed up so far I can't enter it, and I miss my arrow. Other times when I want to pull into a parking lot on the right I have to wait until the light changes and traffic clears because once again they've backed up traffic needlessly.

    I don't know if they're that clueless, or simply rude.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jan 14, 2021 7:03 PM GMT
    bro4bro saidHere's one I see a lot, and I have no idea if it happens everywhere or if it's only an LA thing...

    When waiting at a traffic signal, people will leave tons of space between their car and the car in front of them. By tons of space I mean a full car length. Two car lengths. Sometimes as much as four car lengths. For no apparent reason.

    Sometimes these people will slowly, slowly creep up while waiting for the light to change... but rarely do they pull up all the way to a "normal" spacing. Often when I want to make a left turn I can't get into the left turn lane because these idiots have traffic backed up so far I can't enter it, and I miss my arrow. Other times when I want to pull into a parking lot on the right I have to wait until the light changes and traffic clears because once again they've backed up traffic needlessly.

    I don't know if they're that clueless, or simply rude.


    Yep, I almost always do that and usually in the inside or outside lane. Gives me a chance to get out of the way if the car coming up behind me isn't going to get stopped. Once the car behind me is stopped, I'll move up to about a half car length. Exception is if car behind me in the outside lane is attempting to make a right turn on red. If so I'll move up as far as I can so they can get by. Same thing if I'm blocking a left turn lane.

    My two pet peeves are the same as it's always been: left lane hogs and tailgating.

  • Zachmn

    Posts: 535

    Jan 14, 2021 10:14 PM GMT
    People not using their blinkers
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jan 15, 2021 2:25 AM GMT
    People who are brainless and run in front of my
    Car, thus hitting breaks hard so I don’t kill them!

    Yeah....
  • Apparition

    Posts: 4805

    Jan 15, 2021 5:36 AM GMT
    There should be a general recall of all cars, where they install a sensor on everyone's turn signals. If after one week they are not used, they are designated covid vaccine candidates. Because rule breakers are rule breakers and those are the ones to contain.
  • roadbikeRob

    Posts: 23410

    Jan 19, 2021 2:29 PM GMT
    BigBanana saidSolution.....less bitching and walk more or take a helicopter!

    I do! Lol
    Or public transportation icon_neutral.gif
  • Offset

    Posts: 1311

    Jan 28, 2021 3:14 PM GMT
    I basically agree with everything she is saying in this video. Especially people who rubberneck when a situation or accident happens. The yellow signal part too. Also the "Me First" people, and they cut you off, and hurriedly and rapidly speed away, and the asshole doesn't realize, that we all end up at the red light signal at the same time lol.
  • jocked_and_lo...

    Posts: 5612

    Jan 28, 2021 3:40 PM GMT
    ^ That bitch is super annoying. I couldn't go more than two minutes into her video.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jan 28, 2021 3:54 PM GMT
    bro4bro said
    My biggest pet peeve: turn signals. People either don't use them at all, or wait until the last instant.

    Yeah, no turn signals tops my own list. And there really needs to be an investigation by the Federal government.

    From my experience most Mercedes-Benz, BMWs, Lexus, and other expensive cars evidently don't come equipped with them at all, which I'm sure is a legal requirement, or are mostly defective. Because I hardly ever see them used on those cars.

    I'd hate to believe it's an operator's choice, out of sheer arrogance and disregard for others by those privileged owners. So the fault must lie with the car manufacturers, that should prompt a Federal investigation leading to a possible recall.
  • jocked_and_lo...

    Posts: 5612

    Jan 28, 2021 4:08 PM GMT
    You can see in this bird's eye image the lanes where you're only allowed to turn left. This is the only time I don't bother to turn on my left signals. It really is pointless and I know I'm not bothering anyone because these left turn lanes are almost always accompanied by a green left turn arrow at the traffic light above:

    36360697485_0faf2958c3_z.jpg
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jan 28, 2021 4:24 PM GMT
    jocked_and_loaded said
    ... I'm not bothering anyone because these left turn lanes are almost always accompanied by a green left turn arrow at the traffic light above:

    36360697485_0faf2958c3_z.jpg

    In Florida those green arrows can change to solid green, when the opposing traffic gets their solid green signal to proceed forward. Which means the turn lane has lost its right of way, but a car can still make a turn, but must (hopefully) stop & wait for a break in oncoming traffic.

    Additionally, some turn lanes on smaller roads have no green arrows - it's all just solid green. Oncoming traffic, especially with our tourists, may not know they're facing an approaching turn lane.

    But in any case, I'm not sure if our state law allows for an exception to turn signal use when turning, even in the dead of night with no other cars evident. Some states use the phrase: "If the turn will affect the flow of traffic," or similar.

    The other time people in Florida seldom use signals is when changing lanes. To signal let's the opposition know in advance what your planning, allowing them to possibly outmaneuver you to prevent the move. Combat driving, South Florida style.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jan 28, 2021 4:32 PM GMT
    My other driving peeve, here in South Florida, is constant lane changing. I call it the "Zig-Zag School of Driving". Cars in traffic will change lanes 3 or 4 times between lights, sometimes across 3 entire lanes in 1 swoop. Yet usually not to much advantage. I'll meet them stopped at the next light. And of course they're doing it without turn signals.

    It happens on the Thruways, too, but off course at much, much higher speeds. Our terrible accident rate here is partly attributed by traffic experts to this driving style by Floridians. Beware if you come down here to vacation.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jan 28, 2021 6:47 PM GMT
    jocked_and_loaded said^ That bitch is super annoying. I couldn't go more than two minutes into her video.


    I feel sorry for her girlfriend, but I will say that I agree with her #1.
  • srqdirt

    Posts: 317

    Jan 28, 2021 7:40 PM GMT
    Dinosaurs who come down for the season and drive their Teslas Porsches and Maseratis like they’re driving a golf cart.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jan 28, 2021 11:20 PM GMT
    People who slow down in the traffic lane before entering the exit ramp.
    People who turn right on red causing oncoming traffic to slam on their brakes. (The law is right on red when traffic is clear.)
    Getting stuck behind a transit bus.
  • jocked_and_lo...

    Posts: 5612

    Jan 29, 2021 2:18 AM GMT
    Every time I see a bus I make sure not get behind one if I'm in the lane furthest to the right (near the sidewalk). More often than not the bus drive makes a lot of stops to pick people up at regular bus stops which causes me and everyone behind me to stop and wait. I always avoid driving behind a bus.
  • FRE0

    Posts: 5011

    Jan 31, 2021 3:53 AM GMT
    bro4bro saidHere's one I see a lot, and I have no idea if it happens everywhere or if it's only an LA thing...

    When waiting at a traffic signal, people will leave tons of space between their car and the car in front of them. By tons of space I mean a full car length. Two car lengths. Sometimes as much as four car lengths. For no apparent reason.

    Sometimes these people will slowly, slowly creep up while waiting for the light to change... but rarely do they pull up all the way to a "normal" spacing. Often when I want to make a left turn I can't get into the left turn lane because these idiots have traffic backed up so far I can't enter it, and I miss my arrow. Other times when I want to pull into a parking lot on the right I have to wait until the light changes and traffic clears because once again they've backed up traffic needlessly.

    I don't know if they're that clueless, or simply rude.


    Some safety experts recommend stopping well behind the car stopped ahead. Their reasoning is that in case someone tries to hijack you you will be a able to get out of the way. They don't consider that that can block traffic.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Jan 31, 2021 4:13 AM GMT
    FRE0 said
    bro4bro saidHere's one I see a lot, and I have no idea if it happens everywhere or if it's only an LA thing...

    When waiting at a traffic signal, people will leave tons of space between their car and the car in front of them. By tons of space I mean a full car length. Two car lengths. Sometimes as much as four car lengths. For no apparent reason.

    Sometimes these people will slowly, slowly creep up while waiting for the light to change... but rarely do they pull up all the way to a "normal" spacing. Often when I want to make a left turn I can't get into the left turn lane because these idiots have traffic backed up so far I can't enter it, and I miss my arrow. Other times when I want to pull into a parking lot on the right I have to wait until the light changes and traffic clears because once again they've backed up traffic needlessly.

    I don't know if they're that clueless, or simply rude.


    Some safety experts recommend stopping well behind the car stopped ahead. Their reasoning is that in case someone tries to hijack you you will be a able to get out of the way.


    I am told that there is wonderful solution in South Africa to deter hijackers. There is an accessory, which, when you push a button, surrounds the car with flaming gas (presumably propane, and not petrol).
  • FRE0

    Posts: 5011

    Jan 31, 2021 5:06 AM GMT
    jocked_and_loaded saidYou can see in this bird's eye image the lanes where you're only allowed to turn left. This is the only time I don't bother to turn on my left signals. It really is pointless and I know I'm not bothering anyone because these left turn lanes are almost always accompanied by a green left turn arrow at the traffic light above:

    36360697485_0faf2958c3_z.jpg


    I signal even if I am in a left turn only lane. It takes minimal effort because I have strong fingers.