Bad Drivers

 

Bad drivers.  What is it with bad drivers?  I’m not saying I’m a fabulous driver but I can execute a brilliant reverse park in one smooth move in peak hour traffic.  Yes I can.  I’ve also managed to hit a column in a carpark that I swear wasn’t there when I parked.  Just keeping it real, people.

What is it with:

  • Drivers who pull out without indicating.  Hello!  I am not psychic.
  • Drivers who indicate AFTER they move.  Still not psychic.
  • Drivers who turn left from the far right of the lane, even when there is a perfectly good turning lane available.
  • Drivers who chop and change lanes constantly.  You don’t get there any faster.
  • Drivers who speed through very orange lights so all the people wanting to turn right get stuck in the middle of the intersection.
  • Drivers who don’t strap their children in.  Yes, it still happens.  I know!
  • Drivers who put their young children in the front seat.  There are rules and they are for your child’s safety.
  • Drivers who talk on their phone.  We can tell who you are by your wibbly wobbly steering.
  • Drivers who are clearly far more important than you and therefore believe it is perfectly OK to zoom up in the inside Left Turn Only lane, only to cut in front of you at the last minute, usually without indicating, obviously.

 

  • Drivers who do not understand the “zip” theory of merging traffic.  One from the left, one from the right.  Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
  • Drivers who litter out of their window.  Foul beasts.
  • Drivers who drive around you as you’re trying to reverse park.  Idiots.  And it’s illegal.
  • Drivers who don’t park carefully – like over the dividing lines in carparks, or over two marked spaces in parallel street parking.  There is a special place in hell reserved for drivers who park first or last in a row of   unmarked on-street parking too far forward or back, meaning they’re effectively using two parking spaces.
  • Drivers who completely ignore speed limits – driving very fast or veeerrry slloooowwwww.  Especially heinous on a road trip when you get stuck behind someone who drives slowly in the fast lane.
  • Drivers who overtake from the inside.  Dear gods.  I wish you boils on your bum.
  • Drivers on motorways who drive below the speed limit and speed up just as you’re overtaking them.  Then they slow down again.  Repeat ad nauseam.
  • Drivers with P plates who think they are bullet proof.  I’d rather get stuck behind an L plater.  At least they’re generally keen to do their best.  P platers vastly overestimate their abilities.

 

“Cruising” in a Mercedes at Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival last year

Are you a good driver?  A driver who has the right intentions, at least?  What annoys you most about other drivers?

 

 

  • EssentiallyJess - 12 March 2013 - 9.24 pm

    It just comes down to a basic lack of respect and manners. People just don’t think about others unfortunately, so they don’t care. 🙁ReplyCancel

  • Aroha - 12 March 2013 - 8.22 pm

    omg ALL those things you listed DO MY HEAD IN! Love that first pic! Hilarious! x ArohaReplyCancel

  • Sophie Allen - 12 March 2013 - 7.03 pm

    I am a good driver, well I don’t do any of those things you’ve listed..

    Sometimes I wish I had an electric cattle prob to give a bad driver in front a little zap!ReplyCancel

  • Sacha Fraser - 12 March 2013 - 7.01 pm

    I agree with all of the above. I can’t stand it when, as happened today, Fire Engine approaching and all traffic is pulling to the side and a P Plater thinks that we all must be pulling over for him, he takes off down the road with the flashing lights not registering at all.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Thompson - 12 March 2013 - 1.04 pm

    Absolutely all of the above!!! An indicator requires the most minor of movement of the fingers and yet people are still not bothered!
    I have wished to have one of those things on top of the car (like the police have) to send messages to the dirt bags – I would probably be a victim of road rage though.
    Becc @ Take Charge NowReplyCancel

  • Emily - 12 March 2013 - 12.40 pm

    My pet hate is people who have no idea how to indicate through roundabouts, I did a ranty post about it months ago – SHITS ME TO TEARS – Em @ Have a laugh on me xReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 12 March 2013 - 2.41 pm

      In NZ, you indicate going in and out of roundabouts so I do that here. Thank god they’ve changed the giving way rule in NZ – that killed me!ReplyCancel

  • Kylie Purtell - 12 March 2013 - 12.22 pm

    Oh man, I hate other drivers! They piss me off so much. And I am so with on the parking thing! Where I work there is not a lot of parking, street or otherwise and there have been so many times when I’ve been tempted to leave letters on the windscreens of those people who take up two spaces when they are too stupid to park properly. I am sick of having to park so far away from my actual workplace, it’s just frigging rude and inconsiderate!

    #teamIBOT was here!ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 12 March 2013 - 2.43 pm

      Oh, I think those ones I loathe the most. Are bad parkers worse than bad drivers? Maybe because their effect lasts longer?ReplyCancel

  • Rhianna - 12 March 2013 - 12.06 pm

    I like to think that I am a good driver, or at least try to be one. I agree with every thing on your list. I don’t get how parents can not strap their kids in, just plain stupid

    Fairy wishes and butterfly kisses #teamIBOTReplyCancel

  • Seana Smith - 12 March 2013 - 10.09 am

    Hi Kimba, hate to say it, but I think I’m not a great driver… and worse depending on how many kids are in the car and how shockingly they are behaving. Was probably quite good before I had the kids… maybe not…. I do TRY though… but my brain is often wandering off in other directions… will take your post to heart!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 12 March 2013 - 2.44 pm

      I think I’m a better driver now that I have kids – but I only have one so that might help! 😉ReplyCancel

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