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I drive a lot due to the nature of my work. One of the things that bugs me is drivers drifting from lane to lane without any signals!
It`s worse in the dark. The more miles I do the more I notice this.
What bugs you?
 

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Know that: I'm quite a considerate driver all things being equal.

However, when someone pulls out in front of you oblivious, then proceeds to mill along at 12mph and baz off down a side road (yes without indicating). Mystifying really.
Into context, this happens whatever I'm driving: the MX, the other Mazda, the ex-company BMW 320i (generic cooking model), or the ex-company van.
It's not that they're legitimately going slow and looking for a side street to enter, like they're not familiar with the area...you can see this in the driver's mannerisms, I mean ok fair enough, we've all been there.
They have this; not aware of what's behind you and could not care a less either kinda thing going on.

Indicator bulbs are precious gemstones, at least £12 a pack, so why waste them needlessly? Like when negotiating a roundabout. :roll:
 

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Tailgaters (amongst many others)
Especially those who can not figure why my work's motor is not travelling quicker.
Hmmm! well, i am perfectly capable of going faster as is the vehicle but the other incumbants don't wish to be tossed about like someone was trying to drain pasta in a sieve.
However, i am still trying to make reasonable progress so's not to prolong the agony of those in need so will not go out of my way to pull over just because you are 1' from my bumper.
If the situation allows and you are not being an ar$3 then i will seriously give consideration to your consideration.
On the other side, the type of vehicle i am in is not jet propelled and is a tad heavier than your 1tonne car so please do not expect me to be able to overtake in a nano second and likewise braking takes a bit longer so slamming on one's brakes in panic is not very conducive to a smooth ride.
Oh and being wider stopping opposite another vehicle that has stopped/is parked makes life friggin' difficult.

Something for whichever motor i am driving ~
those(sans luumiere de bleu) who have a line of vehicles behind wishing to travel faster
I completely understand that a 40tonne wagon can not pull over every 5 minutes but show some sense would ya?
And, for now....... people on phones whilst driving. [for now i shall put aside those on hands-free but think they should be banned as well] It still baffles me that not only car drivers but wagon and coach and van drivers persist in holding a phone to their ears.
For those wise people who do show sense to pullover PLEASE do so sensibly. I've seen some well dodgy parkings(dumpings more like) and sudden haulovers.

Ok... someone else wish to borrow the battered soapbox? :oops:
 

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Yes, thanks Jo. Ah phones, I did spent Thursdays journey to school reminding the idiot in the Mercedes infront to put down his phone, he thought I only meant on the first roundabout, when he was wondering if I was poilce. Grrr
Right, if you are going to drive slowly, that is fair enough. If it is a wide open country lane, with fields around and views stretching across to the majestic Malverns, and you still don't want to go faster than 40mph in an NSL or pull over, that is slightly mean and I will live with it and over take you when I can. However why is it always these muppets who then, when reaching a busy built up area, keep on at 40 mph through a 30mph zone, or worse still, ACTUALLY ACCELERATE? grrrrrrrr.
*and breathe*
 

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One that happened to me yesterday.
Having made progress i gained on a couple of cars. Admittedly, they were caught behind a school van so no surprise. The van turned for the school and the two picked up. Everytime, we reached a bend, without even trying, i ended up closing the gap quite substantially and had to keep backing off.
Lesson: i wished, ultimately, to travel faster.
When i did go (using two overtaking spots) neither driver wished to relinquish their position thus making both overtakes that much more difficult. :::heavy sigh ensues::::
 

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Roll up roll up - what else irks one whilst on an 'amble' about the UK highways :)
 

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Centre lane cruisers:stomp: When I am travelling at reasonable pace on an otherwise fairly empty motorway in lane 1 and have to cross over to lane 3 to overtake someone who is travelling at 50mph in the centre lane without a care in the world and obviously travelling in a vehicle in which all means of rear vision have been removed. Even when I return to lane 1 after the overtake they continue in their own sweet way in the middle.:confused:

Oh and like Ali, drivers using hand held mobile telephones :nah:

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I Hate:

  • Tailgaters.
  • Mobile phone users.
  • Those who pull out in front of you from side turnings when the road behind you is empty, (why cant they wait 'till after you have passed?).
  • "My speed" drivers. Regardless of conditions, they like to drive at "my speed"; usually about 45mph. They then seem to collect others behind them who are too afraid to pass.
  • Lemmings who drive in a line in the outside lane of a dual carriagway, (usually below the speed limit) while the inside lane is clear.
  • Artic drivers on motorways who overtake another artic and then commence to block the centre lane for an age as they too are restricted to 60mph.
  • Speeding in a 30 zone.
  • The beat up car who has to park next to you, despite there being acres of space in the car park. You just know, you'll have a nice dent in your door when you return.
 

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The fools who pull out from a junction onto a main road and seem to forget the power of the accelerator pedal, seriously, I had one clown do this on the way to work this a.m. I was travelling at , well, around 60(ish), lights on dipped beam, it was a bit dull, and this clown pulls out and proceedts to tootle along at 20mph, no exageration, I dropped down to second gear, matching their speed and ready for an overtake and then the tw*t shoves the pedal to the metal, cough cough, filthy diesel. There is only one solution, get these people off the roads! As I said in an earlier post, there are no more than vehicle operators and certainly not drivers.:stomp::stomp::stomp::stomp::stomp:
 
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The term covers all of the above and then some. Not only do they sit 3mm behind you doing a respectable 50 in a 45, they are usually on the phone all the while. And in a truck that in England would qualify for it's own post code. As soon as they get a chance, they'll overtake, missing your front bumper by the width of a *** paper - then about 100 yds down the road they come to an almost dead stop while they tackle the mysteries of turning right - apparently the laws of physics dictate that a truck (and I mean pick up, not a 16 wheeler) turning at more than 1mph will roll over.
 
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I don`t understand why folk are still holding phones when driving. I have hands free in the company car and when I`m in the 5 I Bluetooth the phone to the Sat Nav! Simple and safe.
I have noticed when I go to a car park and park as far away from everyone else, I do seem to attract a rust heap next to me....maybe the car is magnetic :rolleyes:
 

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Centre lane cruisers:stomp: When I am travelling at reasonable pace on an otherwise fairly empty motorway in lane 1 and have to cross over to lane 3 to overtake someone who is travelling at 50mph in the centre lane without a care in the world and obviously travelling in a vehicle in which all means of rear vision have been removed. Even when I return to lane 1 after the overtake they continue in their own sweet way in the middle.:confused:

Oh and like Ali, drivers using hand held mobile telephones :nah:

Ian
Absolutely agree Ian - this is my pet hate too...
...especially as drivers of heavy commercials, like me, are not allowed to use the right-hand lane so are forced to 'undertake' just to be able to make reasonable (and speed-limited) progress. I am doing in excess of 80,000 miles per year and get thoroughly bloody pi**ed off with these cretins on a daily basis, and as a professional driver, I am expected to work my way around the problem safely, smoothly and without fuss or drama AND stay on time!! As our Jot says, we always have somewhere to go and don't have time to ponce about behind these hateful morons!!

Worst place for this? ... I'll tell you - M4 between London and Heathrow, eastbound and westbound. Kev.
 

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Done this one before but, creepers at traffic lights, the stop a cars length away from the car in front and then creep forward a foot or so at a time until the lights go to green or they are to close to the car to move any further. Why don't they move into the final position, stop, handbrake on, (this is important so they don't sit with their foot on the brake dazzling the car behind) and wait for the lights to go to green? By doing so they can actually help traffic flow, yeah really.

Ok that's that one, well two in one actually. Now what about the praying mantis driver? The praying mantis driver I hear you ask, OK, both hands at twelve o' clock o the steering wheel, seat way to close to the steering wheel and elbows brushing the bottom of the wheel, tell me how in the event of any kind of emergency they can possibly be in control of the vehicle? Mentalists that's what they are, mentalist vehicle operators, torch the whole bloody lot of 'em.

Now that's off my chest I actually feel a bit better, time to change my mood, now, let me see................
 

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Totally with you re the Praying Mantis job. Seems it's primarily a female thing as well
However, whilst i am not a creeper i am a roller.
Not in all instances but if there's a chance that the lights will change as i am approaching then already being in motion is forward thinking.
Further however, when i do have to come to a complete halt i do apply the handbrake.
Usually, it's people with automatics that keep the brake-light shining (tho' not always)
 
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I think the posts above have covered most things, in particular, Zimmerframe's post.

I would just add Sunday drivers - why are they always out for a lesiurely drive on the very same roads that you are hoping to enjoy in your MX5? :rolleyes:
 

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Totally with you re the Praying Mantis job. Seems it's primarily a female thing as well
However, whilst i am not a creeper i am a roller.
Not in all instances but if there's a chance that the lights will change as I am approaching then already being in motion is forward thinking.
Further however, when i do have to come to a complete halt I do apply the handbrake.
Usually, it's people with automatics that keep the brake-light shining (tho' not always)
Rolling is fine in anticipation of lights changing, it's the creepers, I often think that they have no concept of what is going on behind and the effecg that their creeping, start stop type creeping mind you has on those behind, again, in busy nose to tail traffic, move up to your spot and stop, simple enough.
 

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Rolling is fine in anticipation of lights changing, it's the creepers, I often think that they have no conception of what is going on behind and the effecg that their creeping, start stop type creeping mind you has on those behind, again, in busy nose to tail traffic, move up to your spot and stop, simple enough.
Totally agree - also they have no concept of how many cars behind them they are making hang over junctions.....
 
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Totally agree - also they have no concept of how many cars behind them they are making hang over junctions.....
Exactly my point hovis no concept of consideration for other road users or the concequenqes of their actions, they are akin to horses wearing blinkers.
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I live in france and there two types of annoying drivers here slow and fast.
Slow drive at 60 to 70 kpm on 90 kpm roads BUT continue at that speed through towns (50 kpm).
Fast drive so close behind that you can't see their number plate and then overtake at stupid places ie just before a corner or before the top of a hill. :mad:
 

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Altho i've not done so for nigh on 10 years i prefer driving in France. If you're in an area (like sud-ouest) for a while you'll start sounding like the locals and berating the Parisiennes who have no idea how to drive in more rural areas ;)
 
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