How angry are UK drivers when they’re on the road on a scale of 1 to 10? Whether you’re alone in the car or not, if somebody has just cut you up or you’ve had to flash your lights to get somebody to move over, it’s likely that you’re going to get frustrated and lose your cool. While you can apologise for bumping into someone in the supermarket, it’s a different story when you’re on the road and as Brits, we automatically assume that the other persons manoeuvre was deliberate, when in fact it was probably just an accident. So, what is it that irritates us the most and causes us to blow?
Here’s a list of just a few things that supposedly grind our gears when we’re out and about on the road:
1. LORRY DRIVERS
Not all lorry drivers are considered to be lunatics when driving on the road, but some just speed, tailgate people and veer in and out of lanes without a care in the world. If you’ve experienced a crazy lorry driver when you’ve been out and about then you’ll know just how terrifying they can be and how some drivers will do just about anything possible to try and avoid them.
2. CYCLISTS WHO DON’T MOVE
We’re all familiar with the fact that we have to share the road with our fellow cyclist friends, but surely the rules of the road apply to cyclists too. There’s nothing worse than when you’re on a small country road with hidden dips perhaps and you have cyclists taking up the middle of the road. You’d think that they would at least be able to move over slightly to let cars past. While drivers want to allow cyclists an equal right to the road, they also want to ensure that they don’t run them over and cause an accident.
3. PEDESTRAINS WHO RUN OUT IN FRONT OF YOU
Now we’re sure we’ve all been there at some point when driving on the road and bam, we’re suddenly overwhelmed by the pedestrian that has just ran out in front of us. But why is it that so many pedestrians take so many risks these days by running out in front of moving vehicles thinking that they can get across quickly without being hit by a car. There’s those who don’t even look and just run out, but there’s also those people who do look and then panic when they realise that they’re in the middle of the road and the car is gradually coming their way. Safety first.
4. THOSE THAT SPEED UP WHEN IT’S A DOUBLE LANE
Ever experienced a fellow driver on the road who decides to put his foot down just to get passed you? It’s quite common as we’re sure you can imagine, but there’s nothing worse than when you’re driving in a single lane for it then to split into a double and the driver behind you accelerates so harshly just to get past you. It just seems ridiculous as once they’re past you, they then have to instantly slow right down as the road goes back down to one lane again. Was it really necessary just to get past one car?
5. DRIVERS WHO DON’T SIGNAL
We should all be familiar with the rules of the road, which includes signalling when making a turn. However, why is it that some drivers just completely ignore this almost like it just doesn’t apply to them because they’re special. It’s infuriating having somebody in front of you who’s turning but for some reason just doesn’t let other drivers on the road know of their intentions. It’s almost like we have to guess or that we should instantly know what the driver in front is going to do and when they’re going to turn. It’s irritating and there’s simply no excuse for lack of signalling, not to mention it can be incredibly dangerous too.
6. PEOPLE TEXTING AND USING THEIR MOBILE PHONE
This is something that perhaps most of us wouldn’t like to admit to having done, but let’s be honest, I bet we’ve all tried to have a sneaky peak at our phones while we’re driving on the road. Yes, it’s dangerous and we’re all aware of that, but so many of us have probably done this at some point. It’s quite common these days, due to advancements in car technology, that drivers will make and answer phone calls when driving on the road, but texting is just another level and is something that just seriously shouldn’t be done when you’re on the road.
Tailgating is very common on the road and something that us Brits get wound up about. There’s just nothing worse than having somebody right up behind you and you know that if you just slightly tapped on your brakes that they would get even closer. It can be quite terrifying seeing somebody get so close as it could very easily cause an accident, but it’s almost like tailgaters just don’t care. Seriously, what’s the point? It’s dangerous, risky and quite frankly just something that nobody should do as it can cause accidents.
8. PEOPLE WHO WON’T LET YOU MERGE IN
So, you’re stuck in a bit of pickle we’re you’re in the wrong lane or you just simply need to merge in as the road is now going back to one lane, but there’s always that one person who just refuses to let you in. There’s probably lots of drivers out there who pretend they haven’t seen you or act like they’re purposely trying to cut you off, but what’s the point of this? It’s annoying and dangerous.