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What things do other drivers do that annoy you most?

  • Talking on a cell phone

    Votes: 32 55.2%
  • Driving too fast for road conditions

    Votes: 11 19.0%
  • Not cleaning snow off their cars

    Votes: 9 15.5%
  • Not signaling when turning or changing lanes, or leaving a signal on

    Votes: 29 50.0%
  • Leaving high beams on

    Votes: 15 25.9%
  • Faulty equipment

    Votes: 2 3.4%
  • Taking two spaces in a parking lot

    Votes: 19 32.8%
  • Staying in the far left lane

    Votes: 32 55.2%
  • Not acknowledging making a mistake or overreacting to an honest mistake

    Votes: 12 20.7%
  • Dangerous loads improperly secured

    Votes: 9 15.5%

  • Total voters
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Many drivers on the road do a lot of annoying things. I see it everyday while on my daily commute to work. Below is a list of the top 10 most annoying things other drivers do on the road, don't forget to vote on the poll!

The list of annoying things other drivers do can go on forever. If you've seen anything other drivers do on the road that annoy you that aren't listed below make sure to share it with us.

We all have our own issues and hang-ups in life — for instance, I always make sure to have three bottles of mouthwash available on hand at all times and consider a coffee label’s “extremely hot” warning to be a compliment. Having strange mental complexes is fine so long as it doesn’t affect others. It’s even worse when your personal perceptions, emotions or general carelessness affect your habits behind two tons of high-speed steel, as Car Talk radio hosts Click and Clack can attest. The brothers have a complied their top 10 most annoying driver habits.

Are you committing any of these taboos?

Which one drives you nuts?

1. Talking on a cell phone
When you're talking on your cell phone, you're as likely to cause an accident as when you're legally drunk. Now, what's your excuse? What's more annoying than a driver who's willing to risk your life so he can pick up his General Tso's chicken without waiting? Even when distracted drivers don't cause a wreck, they weave from lane to lane, create confusion in intersections and generally drive slower than other drivers around them while they're trying to do two things at once, leaving a gang of irate drivers in their wake.

Don't Be a Jerk: Put the phone down while you drive. You know about voice mail, right?

2. Driving too fast for road conditions
Just because a speed limit is 65 mph doesn't mean that's always the right speed. Snow, ice or rain can dramatically reduce your car's braking and handling abilities, as well as limit visibility. The right top speed for those conditions is that at which you feel safe and in control and able to react in time to anything that happens up ahead. That could be 40 mph. Or zero mph.

Drivers who fly past you at 50 mph when conditions call for 15 mph are not just risking their own lives — they might take you with them. If they lose control, they could easily spin into you, knocking you off the road and down an embankment. Or, at the very least, they could cover your windshield with a thick film of slush or rain, leaving you temporarily blinded. Annoying? We'd say so.

Don't Be a Jerk: There's always someone driving like a jerk in bad weather. And if you notice you're passing everybody, you're the jerk.


3. Not cleaning snow off their cars
How would you feel if someone heaved a 3-foot-diameter, 40-pound dinner plate at your windshield? Not too swell, we're guessing. Well, that's exactly what happens when a rooftop of snow and ice on the car in front of you goes airborne. In addition to soiling your trousers, such unwelcome crash-landings have been known to shatter windshields. In some states, it's even against the law. In all states, it's a sign of thoughtlessness.

Don't Be a Jerk: Take five minutes to clean the snow off your car before you drive away. You'll see better, and you won't inadvertently launch an attack on the cars behind you.

4. Not signaling when turning or changing lanes, or leaving a signal on
Signaling your intentions is one of the most basic acts of courtesy one can engage in. If we can't predict what other drivers are going to do, we can't make informed decisions about what we should do, and the result is mayhem. And insurance claims.

But besides being dangerous, not signaling is also downright obnoxious. It says, "Your safety doesn't matter to me, and I'm more important than you are." It's rather telling that signaling one's intentions is pretty much universal in the animal kingdom. And if hyenas can manage it, can't you?

By the way, leaving a turn signal on, while an act of omission, can be just as dangerous.

Don't Be a Jerk: Use your turn signals, Bub.

5. Leaving high beams on

Driving at night introduces a variety of risks, all related to the fact that our vision becomes limited. The less well you can see, the less well you drive. So when someone oncoming cruises past you and shines the equivalent of a 100,000-candlepower lighthouse directly into your retinas, he's definitely being more than a little annoying — he's compromising your ability to drive safely.

If that's not reason enough for you to remember to switch off your high beams when there's traffic headed your way, here are two more reasons:

1) If you blind an oncoming driver with your high beams, he might not be able to judge where your car is and might crash into you. Wouldn't that suck?
2) The driver coming toward you might have been interrogated by the CIA under bright lights, and you might trigger a flashback. Do you want that responsibility? Didn't think so.

By the way, poorly aimed headlights can also be dangerous. If oncoming drivers are flashing their lights at you and you don't know why, first make sure your headlights are on, and then check that the high beams are off. If those two items check out OK, have your mechanic check the alignment of your headlights. It takes five minutes, and it's a thoughtful gesture to future oncoming drivers.

Don't Be a Jerk: Understand that your high beams are a dangerous weapon when aimed at oncoming traffic. Remember when you've turned them on, and always be prepared to turn them right off.


6. Faulty equipment

Saving money by putting off repairs is a noble act of cheapskate-dom, but when deferring maintenance means that you're starting to compromise your own safety, or others around you, that's when we get annoyed.

It's not uncommon for us to see customers' cars at our garage with bald tires, bad shocks, a turn signal or headlight that's burned out, or poor wiper blades. Blowing off those repairs isn't just dangerous — it might also cost you more money in the end. Look at it this way: Which bill would you rather pay? Four new tires or having to replace 50 of the botanical garden's prized Asian thorn bushes and doubled insurance premiums for the next five years? We rest our case.

While it's less immediately dangerous, driving a car that's burning oil to beat the band is also obnoxious. Ask my brother how many otherwise sweet old ladies give him the finger when he pulls up next to them at a light and surrounds them in a thick cloud of smelly, blue smoke.

Don't Be a Jerk: Maintenance is not just for you. You'll improve your own safety and that of your fellow drivers by keeping up on necessary repairs.

7. Taking two spaces in a parking lot
Is there anything more obnoxious than announcing to the world, "My BMW paint job is more important than your ability to park?" Of course, if the car is a '66 Plymouth Valiant and the driver is currently wearing adult diapers, the issue may be driving ability rather than obnoxiousness. So consider the circumstances.

Don't Be a Jerk: When my brother comes across an expensive car that's taking up two premium spaces, he likes to squeeze his 20-year-old heap right in next to the car. Not only does he get a space, but also he knows the owner of the offending trophy car is going to stroke out when he sees it. Of course, my brother has also had his nose broken a few times. So consider parking elsewhere, and think about leaving a note on the offending vehicle instead, suggesting that the driver kindly not hog two spots in a busy lot the next time they run errands.

Also, if you have a car that's so precious that it can't be parked close to anyone else's, park it at the far end of the parking lot. That way, you inconvenience yourself rather than everybody else.

8. Staying in the far left lane
We all need to work together if we're going to get home in time to watch "Jeopardy!" That includes pulling back over to the right after you've passed a slower-moving vehicle. Staying in the left lane forces everyone to go at exactly your speed, or pass you unsafely on the right. It also raises the blood pressure of those who want to go even a little bit faster. You're going the speed limit? Fine. Let the police enforce the law. And remember, some drivers might have very good reasons for driving faster than you on any given day. They might be trying to make sure their mother-in-law catches her plane home.

Don't Be a Jerk: Use the passing lane for passing. And when you're in it, always keep an eye on your rearview mirror and be aware if someone is coming up faster behind you so you can get out of the way in time.

9. Not acknowledging making a mistake or overreacting to an honest mistake
Driver A makes a stupid mistake, causing Driver B to swerve. Driver B, having just planted his beak directly into his Starbucks Frappuccino, delivers Driver A the one-finger salute. Driver B is offended, and responds in kind.

We all make mistakes. Remember that when someone pulls out without seeing you. Sure, honk if you need to for safety. But do you really have to follow it up with an Al Swearengen-like diatribe? If the person is decent enough to hold up a palm and indicate "Sorry!" can't you say, "That's OK"?

And similarly, when you make a boneheaded move, don't slink off as if you didn't notice that you almost caused a five-car pileup. Acknowledge that you screwed up. Mouth "Sorry." Look a little sheepish. Hold up a palm asking for forgiveness.

If more people apologized for their lunkheadedness and more people accepted their apologies, the roads would be a lot more humane.

Don't Be a Jerk: Remember the golden rule. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you when you pull out of your parking space without looking.

10. Dangerous loads improperly secured
The laws of physics are immutable. So, unfortunately, are the laws of stupidity. If you're driving at 75 mph, twine, a bungee cord and your left hand will not keep a Sealy Posturepedic from setting sail above the interstate. Trust us on this.

Unfortunately, there is no shortage of people who — through impatience, laziness or lack of schooling — don't understand the basics of force, leverage and wind loading. As a result, those of us who follow them have to drive with our hearts in our throats until we can get around them and hope the load doesn't let out at that moment. And what about the guy behind you?

Oblivious as they may be, these drivers can leave a trail of chaos behind them. And if their load comes unhinged, they're going to have a bad case of survivor's guilt.

Don't Be a Jerk: If you're carrying something that doesn't fit inside your car, get professional help or advice in securing it before driving. And have all mattresses and 4x8 sheets of plywood delivered.

11. Picking your nose
Let's be perfectly clear about this: We've got nothing against picking one's nose. According to fossil records, it's a habit that dates back to the Stone Age. But, being forced to watch someone up to the second knuckle in a mining operation is enough to cause anyone to lose his breakfast burrito.

Don't Be a Jerk: Don't assume nobody is watching — especially at stoplights where people tend to survey their surroundings.
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I abhor the dummies who slow down too much to change lanes. They merge like a cataract-ridden old person, slowing traffic behind them, causing other idiots to change lanes. Then when they are finally in the mood to take the plunge, they have no problem with driving 15-20 mph in excess of the posted speed limit! Off to the races they go, and you know they're not checking their mirrors, since if they knew how to do that, they would be able to merge properly.
 

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I was driving my Dads mini van when a lady driving and talking on a cell phone ran close to me. She had pulled out and into the inner lane but tried to go into my lane. Her mini van broke off the driver side rear view mirror. If I had not honked at her, she would have driven off. At first she said I drove into her mini van. When she exited her mini van she was already talking on the phone. She told the person on the phone how she thought it was my fault.

I have seen other instances where there was almost an accident when a driver was talking on the cell phone and not paying attention to where they were driving.
 

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Mine are not listed- but they are listed from least to the greatest but each warrant a royal flogging and have their driving privileges revoked.

1. People who drive below the speed limit added to frustration is if on a multi- lane road and there is is multiple idiots driving a breast below the speed limit and blocking all lanes of traffic.

2. You are driving on (for example) a three lane road. You have a good pace going, all other lanes are empty and no one is behind you for at least a good city block and some idiot from a side street decides he is going to pull out right in front of you and decide to pick your lane to accelerate at their own slow pace.

3. Street racing; I have 0 tolerance for that.
 

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There isn't enough internet space available for me to list all the things that other drivers do that are dangerous and illegal, so I will just use the most recent ones from my last couple of drives that stick out in my mind:

1- Last second exiting on a highway, usually from the far left lane. If you knew you needed to get off the highway, why the heck were you in the far left lane? Merge over, and stop nearly causing a multi-car pileup just because THIS is the exit for Starbucks.

2- What does MERGE mean? You see them, I know you do. They are doing 20 mph, and are merging onto a 65 mph highway, that is flowing at 70 mph, but they REFUSE to speed up to the flow of traffic before actually merging onto the highway. Usually do this maneuver about 15 inches after the solid line ends, if they even wait that long. Usually makes a bee-line for the middle or left lanes at this same entry speed.

3- Cut you off, to which you honked at them. They in turn honk at you, and flip you the bird. And, of course, they never considered using a turn signal. That's a crime against their driving ethos.

4- Driving slowly on a 2 lane highway, for no other reason than to drive slowly. Road is a 55 mph zone. These people ONLY do 35, and if you try to pass them in a passing zone, they floor it. Jackhole is their proper description.

5- Can't decide where they are going. Do they want to be in the right lane, or the left lane? Are they getting into the left turn lane, and at the last second swerve back in front of you, causing you to slam on your breaks to avoid them? Then ultimately, they make a right turn at that intersection, cutting off yet more drivers. You want to shoot them through their open drivers window with a paintball gun you have on your passenger seat, don't you?

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My Top Three

1. Absolutely the cell phone yakkers. After slamming a motorcycle into the side of some kid blabbing away as he turned into McDonald's, I reserve a special place in **** for these people. I hope having my shoulder rebuilt was worth whatever he was talking about.

2. Line jumpers. The right lane ends past the light. You know it does. But you're sooo much more important than the rest of us that you need to jump the line, force your way back in then drive 10mph slower than I was before you got in front of me. I wish I still had my '72 Cutlass for these people. It was ugly but had the Rocket 350 4 barrel. You weren't going to beat and if you moved over to try to force my hand, you weren't going to hurt my car.

3. In my part of town, LOTS of people drive 10mph under the speed limit. I'm convinced that they are well aware that the cops won't pull them over for bad lights, parts hanging off or anything else beyond speeding. Being pulled over means that the cops will discover the warrant(s) out on them. They hold everyone up, including the cops, but at least they won't get caught today.
 

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Guys, please understand that a speed zone limit 50 doesn't mean that drivers has to drive at that speed. So they didn't commit any wrong doing driving 40-50.

But one thing i absolutely hated the max with no excuse is people passing in front of me following immediate hard-brake, WTF is that? Either you pass me and yeah you are fast or just cruise and still chill... why do you want to shave your fat a** in my face so bad for?

Especially rear-ended accident is usually the follower's fault, who's going to say that he is passing me and not driving in front of me all along. :(
 

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My Top Three

1. Absolutely the cell phone yakkers. After slamming a motorcycle into the side of some kid blabbing away as he turned into McDonald's, I reserve a special place in **** for these people. I hope having my shoulder rebuilt was worth whatever he was talking about.

2. Line jumpers. The right lane ends past the light. You know it does. But you're sooo much more important than the rest of us that you need to jump the line, force your way back in then drive 10mph slower than I was before you got in front of me. I wish I still had my '72 Cutlass for these people. It was ugly but had the Rocket 350 4 barrel. You weren't going to beat and if you moved over to try to force my hand, you weren't going to hurt my car.

3. In my part of town, LOTS of people drive 10mph under the speed limit. I'm convinced that they are well aware that the cops won't pull them over for bad lights, parts hanging off or anything else beyond speeding. Being pulled over means that the cops will discover the warrant(s) out on them. They hold everyone up, including the cops, but at least they won't get caught today.
I had something for your Rocket 350 all day long lol
 

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Tailgaters, tailgaters, tailgaters the worst people on the road. They endanger themselves and they put the ones they are tailgating in danger because that one might need to brake at any time and the fool tailgater won't have time to stop before they drive their 3 ton suburban through the rear of your 500. The only up side to tailgating might be that they get to meet new people when they crash into them, you know "exchange names, insurance cos and all that" unless their victim is dead of coarse, and then they can brag to their other idiot freinds that also tailgate about how that fool should not have been on their private road to begin with. I guess this is more of a rant than opinion, sorry I commute 100 miles a day so I see a lot of these types.
 

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I absolutely cannot stand the people who cruise in the fast lane/pass on the right.

My biggest peeve wasn't listed though - changing lanes in an intersection. I guess people don't realize that it's illegal most places, but I see it all the time. Imagine someone is trying to turn right on red at the intersection that you are approaching in the middle or left lane. They decide to pull out into the clear lane, but it isn't anymore because you occupied it within 100ft of the intersection and not only endanger the lives of everyone involved but also probably make everyone late for work because now traffic going four directions has to stop for authorities to clear the car-nage.
 

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Had to vote, talking up to spaces.
Just because slamming on brakes in an open road wasn't an option....
 
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