Here are three things other drivers do which I hate. Feel free to add your own.
- When I’m making a left turn at a light, and there’s no left turn lane, and the traffic ahead of me is moving, but the light’s turned yellow, and I’m plainly NOT going to make it even INTO the intersection by the time it turns red, I often don’t feel safe going. Rather than blatantly disregard the light and act like I have the right to go through merely because I’m in a moving line of traffic (which I have gotten a ticket for in the past), I’ll just wait for the next green, thank you very much. Invariably, however, there will be some moron behind me who doesn’t care if I get a ticket, and expects me to openly defy traffic laws so that he can reach his destination 45 seconds sooner, and lets me know this by leaning on his horn. Sorry, pal, you might own the road, but I don’t, so take a chill pill.
(Note that I’m not talking about situations where I could pull forward into the intersection while the light is green, so that people can go around me on the right, and then go when the oncoming traffic stops, even if that means waiting until the end of the yellow. I do that. I’m talking about situations where I’m not even going to make it TO the intersection until the light is practically red because there are cars in front of me.)
There’s no law that says that if you’re turning right, you HAVE to turn on red instead of waiting for green. Turning right on red is merely an option. I usually do it, but there are intersections where, even though there is no No Turn On Red sign, I don’t feel I have enough visibility (sometimes because of the nature of the intersection, sometimes because there’s a monster SUV waiting to turn left blocking my view) and would prefer to wait for green. I try not to do this at intersections where I would hold up traffic behind me going straight, but even where I’m in a right turn lane or on a shoulder, and people can go around me, the inevitable moron will pull up behind me and lean on his horn because I’m holding up HIS chance to make a right turn for 15 seconds.
If you have a green light, but traffic is stopped ahead of you, you shouldn’t pull forward into the intersection. It’s called gridlock, and it means that when the light changes, traffic going in the perpendicular direction to you won’t be able to go, because you will be sitting in the middle of the intersection like the doofus you are. The people behind you will be no better off either. It’s not like your pulling forward 15 feet is going to help them make any significant progress on their journey. Yet, whenever I am in this situation, again there will be a moron behind me (is it always the same moron?) leaning on his horn, apparently desiring me to cause gridlock, believing that green light = “pull forward as far as you can, other traffic be damned”. What he believes this is going to accomplish other than blocking traffic I have no idea. He’s probably not thinking that far ahead, but merely thinking “Hey! Light green, but guy in front of me not go. What wrong with him? Him hold me up! Him bad! Bad guy, bad! Go, bad guy! Him probably asleep at wheel. Maybe if lean on horn, him go!”
I fear I’m going to get myself beaten or killed one of these days. In all of these scenarios (especially #3, which seems to happen a lot in areas with somewhat higher crime than I am used to) I can easily envision the moron turning out to be a deranged lunatic who jumps out of his car with a tire iron or gun in his hand and rushes toward me. So much for obeying the law and trying to drive safely.