As I’m sure you know if you’ve been reading my blog a while or follow me on any of my social networking pages, I’m a massive petrol head. Always have been. Cars are a huge passion for me and simply the sound of a good engine, or a beautiful vehicle passing me by is enough to make me catch my breath – I just love them! It’s not uncommon for me to go to car shows or car museums and spend hours wandering around looking at them and adding to the list in my mind of ‘Cars I’ll Buy One Day’.
As a lover of cars, it’s natural for me to also be a lover of driving. I’ve always loved driving and it really does make me happy. Since the car accident we had last year I’m a nervous passenger, but when I’m behind the wheel I feel empowered and free. When I’m in my car it’s like I’m in a little bubble of my own and the whole world outside disappears – it’s where I do most of my thinking and some of my biggest life decisions have been made behind the wheel.
However, as much as I love driving, there are little ‘quirks’ of other drivers on the road that are enough to send me into a descending spiral of near road rage. I’ve tweeted about this several times and people always respond saying they feel the same, so I know I’m not alone! Here are some of my top driving pet peeves:
This drives me barmy! (excuse the pun!) Cars are built with indicators so WHY don’t people use them? The purpose of them is to signal to others which direction you’re going in order to prevent accidents – USE THEM!
This really bothers me. I mean, REALLY bothers me. If somebody lets you out of a turning or pauses their progress along the road in order to let you through, the least you can do is show them the courtesy of saying thank you. A simple wave, lift of your fingers, or nod of the head is all it takes. It’s just polite!
I know driving at 30mph can be a bore and it seems really slow, but speed limits are in place for a reason. I would hate for a child or a dog to run out in front of my car and for me to be going above the speed limit and to hit them; I would never be able to forgive myself. As for people who belt along dual carriageways or motorways at 90mph or more – I just think it’s so dangerous!
I know this is a difficult one because if your favourite song comes on the radio you turn it up and sing as loud as you can (I certainly do) but I always turn it back down again afterwards, I never turn the bass up to the point the car vibrates, and I also never play music loud at unsociable hours. Cars may be a little bubble of a world, but you have to remember people on the outside can still see/hear you!
We’ve all seen them – people in car parks who have abandoned their cars in such a way that they’re taking up two spaces. I don’t understand this. I know parking isn’t everybody’s forte but even if you have to do a 50-point turn, you will eventually be able to get your car lined up in the space and not cause aggro for other people trying to park.
My brother was in a wheelchair for a few years when he was 11 and it still infuriates me to see people who don’t need it parking in disabled/parent and child spaces. These spaces have been created for a reason – to make accessing shops etc easier for those that need them – and for somebody able-bodied to park in them out of, let’s be honest, laziness, really bothers me.
I’ll keep this brief. Keep out of the backside of my car. If you want to get that close, I suggest you take me out for dinner first.
I actually read this survey about the UK’s on the road driving habits and it’s really interesting – a few of my gripes were on the list! It also says that I’m in the age bracket most likely to suffer from road rage. Judging by my rant above, this could possibly be right…