I live in a small New Hampshire town where the only way to get anywhere is on a two-lane highway. Traffic on this road has increased dramatically over the years as it is one of the main east-west routes through our part of the state. Just today I found myself cursing (under my breath) at the driver ahead of me and could feel my blood pressure rise. I had to take a moment to regroup and thought… time to blog about my driving pet peeves, if only for my sanity.
So! Here they are….
(I’m not even going to mention drinking and texting because that goes without saying).
My Top Ten Driving Pet Peeves…
10. NOT wearing your motorcycle helmet or your seat belt.
This one might get me in trouble… I know this is the live-free-or-die state and it is perfectly legal to do so, but is free-flowing hair that important? It may be none of my business but it’s possible that this may affect more than just you. If you happen to die in an accident that involves other people because you aren’t buckled up or have your helmet on, they have to live with the fact that they played a part in killing you. Even if it wasn’t their fault.
9. Stopping in the rotary, (or “round-a-bout” as they so quaintly call it here).
You do NOT stop and let people in the rotary while you are driving AROUND the rotary. That has “Fender Bender” written all over it.
8. Not passing in the PASSING lane.
Hello??? PASSING Lane? For P-A-S-S-I-N-G?
7. Driving in the highway breakdown lane during a traffic jam in order to cut in line.
How far do you think you’re going to get? How much time do you think you’ll save? Would you cut in line at the supermarket?
6. GO-AHEAD-MAKE-MY-DAY PEDESTRIANS.
You know who you are. With your menacing I double-dare-you-to-hit-me looks. Here in New Hampshire, pedestrians have the right of way. And some use it to the fullest. The town even had to post signs to inform the pedestrians to “LOOK LEFT” or “LOOK RIGHT” because many felt it was the drivers responsibility to look out for them, so they wouldn’t have to look out for themselves.
5. BLINKERS PEOPLE! YOU HAVE THEM FOR A REASON!
4. Speeding up so that I can’t merge into a lane.
SERIOUSLY? Would you run to get in front of me at the movie theater?
Especially when I am stuck behind another car and CAN’T go any faster. Do you really think riding MY bumper is going to make the car IN FRONT OF ME move FASTER? The TWO-SECOND-RULE, folks!
2. Driving UNDER the speed limit.
This causes ACCIDENTS and ULCERS and ROAD RAGE.
1. THROWING YOUR CIGARETTE BUTT OUT THE WINDOW!
PLEASE DON’T DO THIS! I’m guessing that you’re not the kind of person who would throw candy wrappers and soda cans out onto the street, right?
SO WHY CIGARETTE BUTTS? WHAT DO YOU THINK HAPPENS TO THEM? WHY DO SO MANY PEOPLE THINK THIS IS OKAY?
Birds eat those. Other Animals eat them. My dog used to eat them. They are trash… litter… garbage… NOT biodegradable! They contain plastic filters that enter sewers and storm drains, and get swept into rivers and then out to sea, where they can release toxic chemicals including nicotine, benzene and cadmium. In fact, according to a New York Times article (that everyone should read), “cigarette butts constitute 28 percent to 33 percent of all litter nationwide — measured by item number, not volume”… “and one butt has enough poisons to kill half the minnows in a liter of water!” It makes me sad that they even have to do studies like this. So, please think twice before discarding your cigarette out into the street.
Wow, I feel so much better. Thanks for letting me vent. So, here are my questions for you… Do you see yourself in any of my top ten peeves? Can you relate to some of these? Do you think I’ve crossed the line on any? If so, which ones and why? Okay, I will grudgingly admit that perhaps I have been guilty of a few of these infractions from time to time, but I will promise to do my best to be a courteous driver if you promise the same. And if we all tried just a little harder to change a few of our own driving habits, then maybe we wouldn’t be subjected to writing and reading ranting road rage blogs (or worse). Do you have any pet peeves to add?
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