Just as disrespectful is the attitude of delivery drivers who reverse their ever larger delivery vans and lorries into resident’s private roads or driveways. After all it is the resident who has to pay for the repairs to the surfaces. Consideration is all we ask.
Speeding in 20 or 30mph zones, the Dayinsure survey found, was also unsafe and annoying to other road users and one of my biggest gripes, although not a safety issue, is the increasing lack of politeness by not offering a 'thank you' with a wave of the hand or a flash of the headlights when letting out another driver into traffic or on-coming traffic not giving way when their side of the road is blocked with parked traffic.
And don’t get me started on people who block main roads through villages and towns by parking half on the road and half on the pavement.
Since it became illegal for lane-hogging on motorways has anything changed? Not in my opinion. The middle lane trundlers are still there, still adopting the selfish attitude of, ‘I pay my road tax I can drive where I like’. No you can’t,its illegal.
The same goes for tailgating. Has that stopped since the change in the law? No it hasn’t. Of course with very few police patrols on our roads, nobody is around to enforce these new rules.
There are lots more issues that annoy road users but one of the worst this year has become the lines of slow moving traffic on country A roads.
Drivers just trundling along, either in no rush or saving fuel, with nobody overtaking or leaving a space between their car and the one in front so anybody else can overtake. Pure selfishness and a case of I’m alright Jack!
Without going down the blaming route, why is the standard of UK driving getting worse? We learn from each other but we seem to learn the bad ways rather than good ones.
Do drivers set a good example to their children or will the next generation of drivers just think rudeness and selfishness is the right way? Certainly Driving Instructors should play a bigger part in educating learner drivers in the right way to behave, but we should look at ourselves first and lead by example.