A recent study of Britain’s largest cities found that Newcastle had the angriest drivers. 41 out of 100 drivers in Newcastle drive angrily. Above the border in Glasgow, that number decreases down to 35/100 drivers. The calmest city in the survey was Liverpool with only 16% of drivers getting angry behind the wheel. That being said, a poll discovered that UK drivers are some of the angriest in Europe.
Road rage affects us all. It can set off at the slightest response to something we deem dangerous or stupid on the road. There are plenty of videos showing the worst drivers on the road and the rageful responses to them. However, what manoeuvres do drivers do that cause you to see red?
Cutting across the lanes
You can simply be driving along, minding your own business, when suddenly another driver cuts across your lane, way too close in front and carries on as if nothing has happened. In the meantime, you have slammed your brakes on to avoid driving into the back of them and stared at them in both shock and anger at their apparent stupidity.
This move is very common on motorways with people weaving in and out trying to hit the right junction exit and not always timing it correctly. This goes for those who realise they are exiting the motorway when they don’t mean to and pull a dangerous lane change and cut in front of you this way.
No indication is a problem
This relates in some way to the last one. Those drivers who do not indicate are dangerous. The entire reason for indicators is to give other drivers an inkling of what you are planning to do next. If you move without indicating, how are others meant to know what you are doing?
This is particularly dangerous on roundabouts, where an indication is crucial for other drivers to know where you are going. If you are going right around the roundabout and you do not indicate, other drivers, are likely to assume that you are going straight ahead. This can and does result in accidents occurring. Indicating isn’t difficult. You move your hand off the steering wheel and flick the toggle up or down.
Harsh braking offers many surprises
There is a good reason why we have a two second (if dry) and four second(if wet) distance rule between the car in front. There are moments, when the driver in front, for no real apparent reason brakes hard and harshly. The rear of their car approaches you far quicker than expected, forcing you to brake harshly.
Not only is it an uncomfortable experience, it is also a life threatening experience. If you do not stop in time, you will likely plough into the back of their car. If you are a driver who regularly brakes harshly, don’t! If you are going to miss a turning, don’t brake harshly, but carry on driving and turn around where it is safe.
Proper use of lights
Lights are important when it comes to driving. Having no lights on doesn’t annoy drivers, but it does cause concern. We are a caring species and therefore when we see other drivers without their lights on, we feel obligated to tell them for their own safety and the safety of others.
On the flip side of that, full beam headlights that dazzle us are of great annoyance. This is particularly dangerous on country roads at night. Full beam headlights are a necessary requirement when driving at night on country roads. However, when another car appears, you are meant to dim those lights otherwise they dazzle the other driver. If you don’t dim them, this increases the risk of an accident occurring. Flicking full beam on is easy. That means it is just as easy to turn off. If you see another car approaching, knock it off.
Pulling out is never acceptable
This is the most common occurrence that enrages so many drivers and causes them to see red. You are driving along and suddenly a car pulls out of a side street without looking. This can cause you to either brake hard or swerve to avoid.
Back on a roundabout, this is fatal. Many of you will have been heading around a roundabout, indicating correctly and suddenly another driver will just pull out onto the roundabout. In front of you!
There are two choices in that situation. Brake hard and fast or smash into the side of them. Preferably the first action will be successful, but braking isn’t always successful and therefore an accident occurs. Patience is a virtue and it is safer for all if you just wait until you can pull out safely.
Are you guilty of any of these manoeuvres? Have you been angrily beeped at before you made an error like these? Let us know because we are sure some of us have done a few.