Friday, April 15, 2011

Driving pet peeves

Driving was once a relaxing endeavor. Simply turn the hand crank and point your Model T in the direction of your proposed travel.
Things are quite a bit different now, as drivers of all degrees of manners clog the roads in cars that are often smarter than themselves.

ROUTE 1 readers discuss the challenges of modern motor-vehicle travel by answering the following FRIDAY QUESTION:

"What is your biggest pet peeve about other drivers?"

BEKAH P. -- I DESPISE slower drivers lingering in the left lane. Schooch your slow toookas over!

ROSEANNE H. -- People talking on their cell phones and not paying attention to their driving.

KERI M. -- When they think that they own the road.

ANNIKA H. -- IDK I don't drive.

RICK T. -- Texting or talking on a hand-held cell phone while driving.

STACEY B. -- When they wait to use on their turning signal until they are ACTUALLY turning! Some advance notice might be helpful.

INGER H. -- For some reason, drivers in San Francisco have become allergic to three-point turns. As a result, everyone somehow thinks it's OK to come to a stop sign, stop pointing towards a right turn, then instead make a giant circular U-turn in the middle of the intersection. Let me explain something: it doesn't matter if you use turn signals when you do this, as there is no turn signal for "crazy mid-intersection U-turn."

JOHN S. -- They don't drive as well as me.

STEVE M. -- Tailgating.

SANDYE V. -- People who drive under the speed limit when there is no earthly reason to do so. Then, when you can pass them, they speed up, making it harder to pass them. (Usually, this is the little old lady who exits at the dog track. I know her tan Toyota well.

JIM S. -- Besides not using their dag-blasted turn signals, yakking on their precious cellphones or following so closely behind me that I feel almost violated ... nothing.

ERIK H. -- Not using your turn signals seems like the height of vehicular self-centered behavior. You don't care if I know where you're going, eh?


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