Friday 26 May 2017

What 'drives' us mad: from hogging the lanes to double parking

Tell Eddie

Drivers hogging the outside and middle lanes on Irish motorways is one of the top factors that angers other motorists
Drivers hogging the outside and middle lanes on Irish motorways is one of the top factors that angers other motorists
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

A bumper response to last week's exclusive survey on what makes drivers angry on the road means we have had to hold over your responses on, and experiences of, driver fatigue. Sorry. Meantime here is a small sample of your pet hates.

Eddie, I'm sick to my back teeth of people parking across two spaces. It is the rudest, most ignorant, selfish thing you can do in a town or city where finding and getting a space is such hassle. Anyone found doing this should be fined €100 on the spot or have their car impounded. John

Eddie, I think one of the most annoying driving habits is hogging in the middle or outside lane on motorways.

It is also dangerous, as when they come to get off at a junction they can't get back across the lanes as they are going slower than the lanes inside them.

So they often slow down even further in their efforts to get back in, often causing the outside lanes to come to a complete stop, hence causing rear-ending or near misses back along the line that they are not even aware of. John

Eddie, Absolute worst - people who do not indicate when turning right until lights change, and then we are all in the wrong lane.

Followed by people joining the motorway who run up the hard shoulder for as long as the can creating a bottleneck as all try to get on the motorway at the same place, which was the reason people run up the hard shoulder in the first place. Barry

Eddie, What annoys me big time, is the drivers who don't know how to drive on a 3-lane carriageway so they sit in the middle lane all the time, while the inside lane is practically empty. They then cause problems with other cars trying to over take on the outside lane. Can-the-man.

Eddie, One big gripe missing (from the survey results last week) from my experience, is the dogged refusal of slow-moving drivers to pull into the hard shoulder and let those who wish to do so overtake. B

Eddie, When I'm on a bike, passengers in passing cars leaning out and suddenly screaming loudly with the intention of giving the cyclist an amusing-looking "fright". This is surprisingly common.

When I'm on a bike, cars passing too fast and too close. When I'm on a bike, cars that overtake on narrow roads only to get in front and so "bung up" the road ahead - a road that would otherwise be narrow enough for a cyclist to keep going.

Whether on a bike or in a car, I'm upset by "social hooting": the use of the horn to say "hello" or "goodbye". In a car, I'm upset by drivers who speed up when they realise someone is trying to overtake them.

In a car, other cars (not buses or taxis) who use the bus lane to undertake. In a car, parkers who straddle two spaces.

Yes - I'm easily upset. Jeremy

Eddie, You have driven over many motorways throughout Europe. Have you come across any motorway where you are obliged to enter it from the 'fast' lane side? I would be surprised if you have.

That's what you have to do if you want to join the M50 if you are coming from the direction of Bewley's Dublin Airport Hotel (now the Clayton Hotel) on the R139 (the road from the northern cross on the Malahide Road).

As you enter the M50 you have to cope with a large volume of fast moving vehicles coming from the city. It is quite a feat to try to find a suitable gap to allow you to get off the slip road while not holding up the vehicle behind you. Leo

(Can anyone shed some light on this?)

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