This is one of my pet peeves. I’m more interested in the psychology behind it (or even just knowing the correct term for it) than flaming, so it’s not in the pit.
What it is:
When stopped, either at a light, stop sign, or waiting to pull out of a driveway, many drivers will periodically “edge” forward perhaps six inches at a time. They’ll repeat this perhaps every 10 seconds or so.
They’ll do it when they are first at a red light, and end up blocking the crosswalk by the time the light turns green.
They do it when they are 10th in line at a red light, creeping up on the stopped car in front of them 6 inches at a time.
They’ll even do it when waiting for traffic to clear when backing out of a driveway.
As a motorcyclist, I’m really sensitive to this. Approaching, I see the wheels start to turn, and MUST assume they don’t see me and are about to pull out in front of me. This means I have to slow down and approach with caution. This means the driver who was (I guess) impatient to pull out has to wait even longer for me to pass.
It’s not unheard of for car drivers to intentionally screw with motorcyclists, but they do it just as often when I’m in my F-250.
I also get it when there are cues, such as they intend to go straight, and the left turn arrow comes on, they momentary start forward, then realize thier mistake. It’s pretty obvious when this happens, and they generally move much farther in this case.
What I’m on about is this slight forward movement when the driver has no intention of actually going anywhere for a while.
The one case I can see where this is rational is when the view of oncoming traffic is obstructed, and the driver is trying to gain a better view.
Otherwise, I can’t see how this behavior serves the driver’s interest. If they are not intending to go, why not stay stopped in one place?
One thought I had was that these were slushbox drivers, and thier leg was getting tired on the brake, so they periodically shifted it around. So I’ve started paying attention, and a fair number of drivers will go to a lot effort to do the samed damned thing with a manual. I watched one guy actually shifting in and out of neutral.
So what’s going on with these folks? Oh, and is there a “real” word for this?