Since the very first moment you sat behind the steering wheel of your first car, you were warned about all the dangers of the road ahead of you. Do not speed, do not drive under the influence, avoid driving in difficult weather conditions and definitely no street racing.
If you follow this you would be totally safe, right? Bollocks! Why? Because nobody warned you about driving hazards in ordinary traffic, which can be damn annoying even when everything seems ok.
The biggest danger and the most annoying street decor of all major cities around the world are the cyclists. Cycling around with their backpacks on and earplugs in, not caring if they are changing lanes without signaling or chopping in front of your car .The cyclists are one of the worst things you can encounter while driving. They are slow and totally unpredictable, which makes them extremely dangerous. If you hit one, you will certainly scratch your car not to mention a trip to the judge. So, despite the urge to run them down, contain yourself and let them pass. Always be sure to check your nearside mirror when making turns in that direction!
The logic behind weekend drivers is simple. There are no mid-week traffic jams and it goes without saying that they don’t believe in their own driving ability and let’s be blunt, nor does anyone else, hence they will be safer on the weekend. If it is a Saturday morning and you see a car going well under the speed limit switching from lane to lane, you can bet behind that wheel is some codger, looking for a farmers market or a car boot sale. He doesn’t get why everybody is honking at him because he’s doing a steady 20 mph. Be careful and stay patient!
Slow drivers in fast lane
There is a special place in hell for slow drivers which occupy the fast lane on the highway. Not only is this annoying it is extremely dangerous. These drivers drive exactly at the speed limit or just a bit under, making fast drivers brake and slow down causing build-ups on the motorway. Sometimes, the faster drivers don’t have enough time to break and a crash is imminent. So, if you don’t have confidence in your driving skills or your car is not powerful enough, stay in the middle lane and be patient. Let someone else flash him out the way. Or if you’re like me, undertake and honk on the way past, whilst sticking up the middle finger…
They are big and slow and they don’t care about you. In short, bus drivers seem to think it’s their dad’s road. If you’re playing the good driver and drive behind the bus, you are in for a long, and slow, painful drive. Our advice is to pass the bus and get in front as soon as you see a space or when it pulls into a bus stop. Be careful of oncoming traffic, though.
Over the years, pedestrians learned to respect the traffic and wait for their turn on crossings in the cities, and generally, they are much less annoying than cyclists. But every once a while, somebody thinks that is OK to run across the street or dance between the cars on a red light. If you see somebody like that, resist the urge to run ’em over and carry him on your bonnet, but brake and let them exit your lane and be somebody’s else problem or court case.
Taxi drivers are the original street hustlers and they think that they own the streets possibly since they spend so much time on them. Although you may think that somebody who spends his whole day driving will know how to drive, you’ll be wrong. In most cities, cabbies are the worst drivers, always ready to get into arguments and block you, and even cause small accidents on purpose. Let’s not go and analyze an average cab driver’s psychological profile, but let’s just say this – pass them as soon as you can and make sure they’re not following you.
There is a whole world of various dangers that are lurking on the city streets, which can cause potentially big problems if you aren’t careful. Taxi drivers, cyclists, pedestrians and weekend drivers are all out for you. Learn how to recognize the danger, avoid them and continue your journey without any problems. Good luck…