Road rage in the modern era is now becoming a serious problem and it can be a simple mistake from another driver that can have an adverse emotional effect on the driver behind and cause them to hit the roof in a fit of anger.
The driver could have just passed their test or have been driving on the roads for years, but their reaction can be the same when it comes to the car in front and how that the person drives, Their blood can boil if they no patience and perceive the person in front is driving that bad. Everybody reacts differently but some just lose the plot when it comes to poor or really bad driving and below is some of the reasons why certain drivers get really wound up because of the actions of another — here is what we have found out:
Tailgating – Seems after some research be the most common bad driving habit that really annoys other drivers and confused.com did a study and found that 8/10 drivers had a near miss or actually had a accident due to tailgating, so a serious safety concern comes in to play here.
When it comes to tailgating, not all drivers know they are doing it, while others less courteous drivers actually use it as a tactic to pressurise the car in front to move out of the way and this is when it can become really dangerous and should be avoided at all costs. The best reaction to someone trying to force you to let them overtake is to actually let them pass, but only when it is safe to do so and it is the job of the police to deal with this sort of bad driving behaviour in the form of a fine or ban, depending on their driving history.
With the driver who doesn’t know they are tailgating, the sensible advice is to slow down gradually and avoid any sharp braking.
For more on Tailgating, please go to our news page on this subject.
Middle Lane Hogging – Hogging the middle lane is where the driver remains in the middle lane when they don’t have to i.e. the traffic is not that busy, they are not overtaking and the inside lane is clear.
With regards to a 3-lane road the Highway Code states:
“You should always drive in the left-hand lane when the road ahead is clear. If you are overtaking a number of slow-moving vehicles, you should return to the left-hand lane as soon as you are safely past.”
This form of hogging can cause congestion when the traffic is busy and forces other cars into the outside lane to pass these sort of drivers. Therefore, some motorists are forced to go all the way from the inside to the outside to overtake such lane hoggers, if persistent the person hogging the middle lane could be fined up to £100 and receive three penalty points.
Failing to indicate – This is a common problem not only for other drivers, but pedestrians trying to cross the road, as you can be left waiting at the kerb thinking the car is going straight on and then it turns left or right and doesn’t signal to show either and so can be a safety aspect as well as an annoying one. When it comes to being on the road to be safe, other drivers need some notice as to what the car in front is going to do.
Indicating is covered by Rules 103-106 of the Highway Code. While signalling is not classed as a motoring offence, "failing to indicate" is mentioned and any breach of the Highway Code can be seen as committing the offence of careless driving.
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