What Are Your Driving Pet Peeves?

so starting off with mine, I hate those who can't drive at a speed limit when on the right lane or who don't follow slower traffic keep left rule.
and people who don't use an indicator on the turning lane or indicate early while turning.

Just hoping people become aware of road rules and whatnot.

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        • +1 vote

          So the dude asked what our driving pet peeves are. I understand that I can take mitigating action, but it just gives me the absolute willies when people do it. That's all I was saying.

          What I meant by lasting minutes to hours is that if you let them, they'll just sit there because they're oblivious. Meaning that they're not even aggressive drivers, just blank minded. It's so infuriating.

  • +7 votes

    People who drive under the speed limit when there's no reason to.

    • -2 votes

      The reason is fuel economy

      And road conditions

      • +1 vote

        'Road conditions' is not 'no reason'. :)

        And fuel economy? Well I guess if someone has done the maths on the price difference between driving 40kph and 60kph and weighed that up against inconveniencing and frustrating everyone else on the road and getting to your destination later then they're probably the type of people you don't want to mess with. :)

        • -2 votes

          Lower speed limits are on the way. One of the reasons other than safety is reduced fuel consumption.

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          if there is a red light ahead dont need to go 60km all the way, just coast.

  • +30 votes

    Idiots in right turning lanes who leave a three car gap in front of them. You are behind them and miss the green arrow and have to wait for a full traffic lights cycle.

    • +16 votes

      The ones who aren't playing attention and almost miss the right arrow and only they make it through are the worst.

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        aren't playing attention

        • +17 votes

          Sorry, was driving while I was writing it.

    • +3 votes

      What's most infuriating is that people who do this (or who are otherwise indecisive & unsure & overcautious at the lights) almost always make it through the lights themselves, as the very last car through. It's like their drivers have a moment of clarity but only when the lights turn amber, for that brief moment of time they suddenly know what they're doing, whereas all the rest of the time they're in a state of befuddled confusion. It's sufficiently annoying that I have to question whether they're doing it deliberately, or whether it just looks that way.

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        I was once behind an old boy in his shiny new Corolla. He was in a right turning lane, about 10m from the lights with no cars in front of him. He didn't move on the green arrow so I gave him a toot. It happened again on the next cycle, so I got out of my car to check on him thinking that he was having a medical episode. As I approached he must have panicked and took off through the red light, narrowly avoiding a collision. I always watch the nightly news expecting to see his car inside someone's house, shop or office. There seems to be an epidemic of old people mistaking the accelerator for the brake.

  • +9 votes

    No using indicators! As a driver, having someone pull out from a parking spot without looking or indicating, or making a turn, is bad. But if I'm cycling, it's life threatening.

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      Cycling with traffic that weighs more than 10 times what you do is always going to be dangerous. If you're not expecting every car out there to potentially kill you then you're doing cycling all wrong.

    • +1 vote

      Even the incorrect use of them. I'm a pretty spirited driver, but changing lanes and showing intention - being predictable - on the road is THE most important thing. I leave it on a full 3 seconds before changing lanes or 30m before a corner. People seem to forget indicating isn't for the people you do see, it's for the ones you haven't, or the ones who are about to enter into a manoeuvre which would have you operating in the same space - someone also changing into that lane for example.

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    I hate those who can't;
    drive at a speed limit when on the right lane (a)
    who don't follow slower traffic keep left rule. (b)
    indicate early while turning. (c)

    None of these are road rules…

    A: There is no rule about "doing the speed limit" in this lane. At under 80km/h you can be in any lane you want. The lane is for overtaking and there is no stipulation that if you are overtaking, that you must be at the limit, only that you must not go "OVER" the limit.
    B: Not a rule unless signposted and usually only for heavy vehicles going up hills on a highway.
    C: There is no distance or time requirement to give a right or left turning signal when turning. The only stipulation is; "long enough to give sufficient warning" which sounds more like a minimum requirement, not a maximum…

    As for your "indicating in turning lanes" example; If they are in a turning lane, they MUST turn in the direction of the markings in that lane, so even if they do not have their indicator on, you still have a good reason to believe they are going to turn based on the road markings, so this point is almost moot.

    Just hoping people become aware of road rules and whatnot.

    My pet peeve is people who get all pissed off in traffic about imaginary road rules (based mainly on their own poor time management skills) and go on to say "I wish that road users would become aware of roads rules" when they seem to not have much of an idea about the NSW Road Rules themselves…

    • +15 votes

      A pet peeve isn't just exclusive to rules, it can be common courtesies.

      On a side note, would it be breaking the rules if you accelerate at a speed that would take you 30secs to gradually get to a speed of 30kmph from a green light in a 60 zone?

      • -1 vote

        No road rules about how slow you accelerate only how fast. You cannot cause excessive noise or create smoke from your tyres. So that counts out taking a manual Mustang over 4000rpm…

        And I get that pet peeves can be about courtesy, but it has to be based in reality and within the boundary of the road rules. You can't reasonably be pissed if the other drivers are driving within the road rules.

        • -3 votes

          So I can increase my speed of maybe 3kmphr every min from 0kmphr/ the green lights and it should be OK. Some people go way to fast these days.

          • +1 vote

            @Ughhh:

            So I can increase my speed of maybe 3kmphr every min

            I know that you are trolling, but here I go;

            That would come under a different road rule. You are not allowed to unreasonably obstruct other vehicles, Road Rule 125, which states;

            125 Unreasonably obstructing drivers or pedestrians
            (1) A driver must not unreasonably obstruct the path of another driver or a pedestrian.

            But it then goes on to say;

            (2) For this rule, a driver does not unreasonably obstruct the path of another driver or a pedestrian only because
            (a) the driver is stopped in traffic, or
            (b) the driver is driving more slowly than other vehicles (unless the driver is driving abnormally slowly in the circumstances).

            So, if at 4:30pm on a week day in a 80km/h zone, you were to take 26+ minutes to get to the speed limit, you could be considered to be "unreasonably obstructing traffic". 2:30am on a Sunday morning, possibly not.

        • +1 vote

          There are no rules about people pushing in line anywhere, but it's certainly a pet peeve!

          I understand that generally you can't be annoyed from someone following the rules, but just because a rule doesn't exist, doesn't mean it shouldn't exist.

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            @smpantsonfire:

            There are no rules about people pushing in line anywhere

            There are rules about pushing in line. If they are crossing a dividing line, they need to indicate and give way to vehicles already in that lane. They are breaking rules, therefore you can be peeved about that.

            Road Rule 148

            If they are in a zipper merge lane and they are in front of you, you must give way to them. That is also in the road rules and you *cannot" be peeved about that.

            Road Rule 149

            just because a rule doesn't exist, doesn't mean it shouldn't exist.

            But it does exist…

            Does literally no one here read the road rules?

            • +1 vote

              @pegaxs: Sorry for wasting your time, but I meant more for in life, lining up at the registers, lining up getting into the footy, lining up at wet n wild etc etc.

              • -1 vote

                @smpantsonfire: Oh… hahaha. Yes, those people are (fropanity)… :D

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                  @pegaxs: My fault, I should have specified change of context. Thanks!

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          Of course you can. If it's an inconvenience to you that doesn't need to be the case, why can't you be annoyed?

          No different to being stuck behind 3 people walking slowly in the shops side by side stopping and starting with no clue where they're going.
          There's no rule to how you can walk, but it's frustrating to be stuck there

      • +1 vote

        Common courtesy can potentially be more dangerous than people just following the road rules.

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          Indeed, common courtesies need to be prioritised eg. Being nice to 1 car vs 20 cars around you when stopping in the middle of the road to uncessarily give way.

          Taking 10mins to reach 30kmph and taking a park when someone is reverse parallel parking is not against the rules I think…?

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            @Ughhh: My peeve is the ‘no, you go’, ‘no,no its ok, you go’ routine you see. Then all of a sudden both go at same time.

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            @Ughhh:

            Taking 10mins to reach 30kmph

            That’s talking extremes, no one does that, not even tractors or bicycles.

    • +1 vote

      As for your "indicating in turning lanes" example; If they are in a turning lane, they MUST turn in the direction of the markings in that lane, so even if they do not have their indicator on, you still have a good reason to believe they are going to turn based on the road markings, so this point is almost moot.

      To be fair, in Melbourne just because they MUST turn because they're in that lane, doesn't mean they will. Although, even if they have their indicator on, that's still the case.

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      Considerate driving isn't legally required nor enforced, but I agree, people need to stop pushing other drivers around and drive efficiently.

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      Actually the act says over 80. It does not say 80 and above. Or 80 and below.

      So on a road with a limit of 80, that law doesn’t apply.

  • +5 votes

    People who get in the right lane intending to turn and do not put indicators on until last minute, its common decency to alert other drivers of your intention. Also learn to turn bleeping corners. you do not need to go to the other side or center of the road almost stop then creep around the corner .auurgh

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    My biggest driving pet peev are these annoying drivers.

    https://tenor.com/view/cute-after-the-last-day-of-work-for-a...

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      Road Rule 297 (1A);

      (1A) A driver must not drive a vehicle if a person or an animal is in the driver’s lap.
      Maximum penalty—20 penalty units.

  • +2 votes

    People who want to go straight ahead at a red light and choose the left lane when its also a left turn lane. Not a road rule against it but there freakin should be.

    • +10 votes

      That's a road planning issue. If the councils wanted to they could make the left lane left only, but they don't, so no matter how annoyed you get it isn't the driver's fault for being there, especially if they're new to the area and didn't know the cycle of the lights.

      I have one of these near me and I always pick the right lane there when going straight, but I often pick the wrong lane in areas I'm unfamiliar with.

      Try making a complaint to the relevant council about the intersection you wish people could only turn left from the left lane.

    • +3 votes

      The other option (when there are only two lanes) is to stay in the right lane where you wait for all the cars trying to turn right before you can go straight.
      I'm definitely going into the left lane!

  • -1 vote

    Where in the road rules does it say you must drive at the speed LIMIT in the right lane? Have you even read the rules!?

    My biggest peeve are tailgaters. What they do is not only illegal (following so close they cannot stop fast enough to avoid a crash), but highly dangerous, and intimidating.

    For some reason many Melbourne drivers really struggle not to serve left out of their lane when turning right. That is also completely illegal, and dangerous.

    • +17 votes

      By your replies, it sounds like you are being tailgated for sitting in the right lane well under the speed limit

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    What are your Driving pet peeves?

    All of them.

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    Did you know in WA if you are 21km or higher below the speed limit it's an offence?

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      Probably unless you have a valid reason is you are a tractor or bicycle.

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        It is law and yes if you have a valid reason.

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          Can you link the regulations?

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            @Euphemistic: https://www.shine.com.au/blog/motor-vehicle-law/the-risks-of...

            Road rule 125 apparently. Since neither of us live in WA it's not applicable unless we were to drive there.

            • +1 vote

              @Clear: It does not say 21km/h below the speed limit is an offence, just driving to obstruct. It is also in the national rules, so applies in NSW. Following the link to rule 125 in the link above:

              (2) For this rule, a driver does not unreasonably obstruct the path of another driver or a pedestrian only because—
              (a) the driver is stopped in traffic; or
              (b) the driver is driving more slowly than other vehicles (unless the driver is driving abnormally slowly in the circumstances).

              It then gives the example of 20km/h in an 80 zone as abnormally slow.

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                @Euphemistic: What I was trying to say was that driving too slow can be offence. Plenty of people here are running around saying it isn't, when in some states it can be.

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                  @Clear: It is Aus wide. But you said it was 21km/h or more which is not true, it depends on the situation.

                  • +1 vote

                    @Euphemistic: I have corrected myself thank you. Unfortunately you can't go back and edit original comments.

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                      @Clear: No harm. I prefer to find out the actual rules when someone suggests something I haven’t heard before. I like to know what rules I’m breaking rather than finding out the hard way.

  • +2 votes

    One of mine is those that can’t park. Especially parallel to kerb at 1.5 car spaces. Sometime it makes me want to grab a set of wheel trolleys and roll them all closer together so I can fit into the wasted space between them.

  • +4 votes

    people who tail gate me on the right lane even though I'm going 10k above the speed limit

    • +2 votes

      Lol, can’t tell if you were negged by a tailgater or by a nanny who doesn’t like you going 10km/h over the limit in the right lane.

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        haters gonna hate

    • +2 votes

      let's face the reality that most people here don't believe there's a speed limit on the right lane and should be allowed to go as fast as they can.

  • +5 votes

    Throwing rubbish out car windows.

    • +1 vote

      Take a note of the rego and report them. Filthy grubs deserve a fine.

      I got annoyed when I saw a bunch of rubbish in our subdivision, only just thrown there. I’m pretty sure the same grub chucked some more out the window further down the road. Took a photo but couldn’t make out the rego, remembered it With one wrong letter. Checked the rego I thought online and it didn’t exist but saw the same car parked outside a house 2 days later and got the true rego. Reported online.

      Reported another once and got a call from the EPA about 12 months later. They were disputing the (distinctive) company car had not been there and the driver didn’t have tatoos that I had seen either. They wanted to check if I would go to court, said Yes and they haven’t been back in contact.

    • +1 vote
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    When i lived in Melbourne most people drove into perpendicular parking nose first. In Sydney i notice most people drive in tail first, causing huge traffic delays in the process.

    • +1 vote

      Luxury SUV drivers love to do this, and they seem to love the attention…. "Everyone stop driving and look at me and my expensive self-parking SUV".

    • +10 votes

      But reducing delays on the way out

    • +5 votes

      It might be relatively faster on the way in, but it takes longer when reversing out..

      Both methods are exactly the same in terms of cumulative time.

      • -2 votes

        Both methods are exactly the same in terms of cumulative time.

        Incorrect. The time taken to reverse park is multiplied by the number of people behind you. Going in nose first and reversing out doesn't take up anyone else's time.