Face it. We all like to believe we are good drivers. We think we are attentive, pay attention to what is going on when we are behind the wheel and we are certainly NOT the problem that OTHER drivers are. It is THEM that are the inconsiderate ones. It is THEY who are not paying attention. It is THOSE people who need to learn to drive. It is not us.
Or could it be?
Here are five things you are probably doing on the roadways that are making other drivers crazy. They are things you think only others do, but you may be guilty of…at least once in a while. Recognizing that we do these things may help us be just a bit more tolerant when others do them to us.
NOT USING TURN SIGNALS
Ever had that time when you’ve been wanting to pull out into a roadway making a right turn. You wait for that last car to pass, when he inexplicably slows and turns down the road you are leaving? Of course you have. If that $%#@&%$ would have just turned on his blinker you would have known ahead of time. Now you have to wait as another line of cars has collected behind his turning car making you wait. Guess what? As diligent as you think you are, you may have been distracted or not realized the road you wanted to turn on was approaching so quickly. “Wow, there’s the road I need” you may say to yourself as you turn without using your blinker. Meanwhile, that unnoticed guy waiting for you to pass is saying “$%#@&%$”.
PULLING IN FRONT OF FASTER MOVING TRAFFIC
You may not THINK you’ve ever pulled out inappropriately in front of faster moving traffic, but that guy who catches up quickly behind you and fills your mirror with his grill may have a different opinion. He will be real pleased if you soon make a right or left turn that makes him wait even more. Sure you are tempted to short-brake him, but just say no. MAYBE you should have waited before pulling out in front of him. Just sayin’.
LEAVING YOUR HIGH BEAMS ON SO YOU CAN SEE BETTER AT NIGHT
Yeah, this can be a problem even if you don’t think it is. For those who drive rural two lane roads it is a real pain. If you are off by yourself, fine, use the high beams. If there is oncoming traffic don’t be “that guy”.
NOT PAYING ATTENTION AT RED LIGHTS
We get it. You probably think you are being a good driver by not texting while driving and doing it at stoplights. Ahh, no. It is not the responsibility of the guy behind you to remind you of when the light is green. Certainly don’t get mad at him when he gives you a toot from his horn. It is the only communication device he has with you besides finger signals. Yes, we bet you’ve done it once or twice.
BEING THE MOST IMPORTANT DRIVER IN THE WORLD
If you miss an exit don’t slam on your brakes and back up. If you didn’t get in a turn lane in time, keep driving and make a U-turn later. Don’t know exactly where you are going? Pull off and figure it out. Don’t make everyone behind you suffer the consequences of your mistakes. We all hate those drivers who are far too willing to inconvenience us. We may not realize that perhaps, just maybe, every once in a great while, we do it ourselves.
The problem is if you believe you are a good driver, your friends believe they are good drivers, and all your relatives think they too are good drivers, who are all these idiots? Is it possible, that just once in a while, as rare as it may be, we participate in one of these activities?
Look, we can all benefit from a refresher course, especially when it comes to defensive driving. A traffic school course can not only improve good driving habits, it can make you and your family safer. It also may just save you a few bucks your auto insurance. Contact your insurance agent and see if you can save money and improve patience and skills though an online course. After all, you don’t want to be like “THEM”.