Just before Xmas, a British motorcycle website ran a survey to determine what were the pet hates among its readers with respect to car drivers and their annoying and dangerous habits, plus being on the roads in general. Some of the habits listed and their ranking surprised me a bit and I got to thinking that maybe, there are bad traits which vary according to where you are in the world and even regional differences within a given country.
I'm curious with respect to what other people think - if you're a blogger, would you like to list your 5 least-liked specific traits in descending order of importance with an explanation and put a link to your post in your Comment?
Here are mine.
1. Corner-cutting on narrow, twisty roads.
Something else I've noticed round this way which is both amusing and tragic at the same time. Some of the worst corner-cutters are 4x4 drivers towing boats. But wait - there's more!!! If the driver is a solidly-built gentleman (oh all right, a fat bastard) wearing a baseball cap, a moustache and just a singlet or cutoff T shirt, you can bet your last cent he's going to be one of the worst offenders. N.Z riders - just keep your eyes peeled and see if I'm right!!!
To me, corner-cutting is the No 1 pet hate by an awfully large margin.
2. Poor situational awareness. (Graphic: Using Data.wordpress.com)
Ok, whilst this is a perfectly true annoyance, it's not a single specific fault so I'll plump for failure to observe the rear. By the number of dumb things people do when I'm closing on them from the rear, it's clear that on many occasions, they have no idea I'm there. I suppose that mirrors are for checking out how they look wearing the latest Oakleys rather than the intended purpose. However, with judicious positioning and having upgraded my headlight bulbs, I must admit that they see me a little earlier than they used to. Probably don't like the dazzle in their mirrors, even in daytime. Car drivers doing shoulder checks/lifesavers? Don't make me laugh, the incidence of drivers actually swivelling their heads to take a good look is as rare as rocking horse poo!
Truck drivers as a group are excluded. The ones round our way are extremely courteous and professional.
The other thing I've noticed is that I'm definitely spotted earlier when wearing a hi-viz jacket. I've got a theory that there's a moment's uncertainty by a driver as to whether I'm a motorcycle cop so they go into best behaviour mode for a nanosecond. Whatever the reason, I'm downright grateful! At present, the biggest percentage of riders don't wear hi-viz and I worry that if it's mandated at any stage whether other road users will become blind to them through over-use.
4. People who pull out of side turnings in front of you.
Don't let it influence your personal views, but here are the top 5 from Visordown, the British website:
- Motorists not using their indicators correctly (53%)
- Drivers flicking cigarette butts out of their window (21%)
- Potholes or uneven road surfaces (11%)
- Drivers overtaking unnecessarily in unsafe weather conditions (9%)
- Ineffective use of mirrors, poor observations and general awareness by others on the road (6%)
Let's hear what gets up your nose!!