Bad Driving Habit #4: Pushing in
Driving in London can be frustrating, as millions of cars try to all make their way around and across the city. But some drivers seem to think that they have the right to simply pull out into traffic and make everyone else brake for them. This applies to junctions, exits and motorway lane changing.
I like to think that I’m generally a courteous driver. If I see someone waiting to pull out at a T-junction or indicating that they want to move into my lane, I will slow and allow them in (obviously checking my mirrors first, to make sure I’m not about to cause an accident). But if someone is trying to push their way out into the road or into my lane and simply expecting me to slow for them, then they get no such courtesy. Same goes for people pushing into queues at the last minute, which brings me to…
Bad Driving Habit #3: The last-minute lane change
Last-minute lane changers usually fall into two groups: the “Arrgh, this is my turn-off RIGHT HERE!”; and the arrogant idiots who simply try and push into a queue at the last possible minute to gain themselves a 13-second advantage by not waiting in line. The first group are usually new to the area, and it doesn’t bother me. A portable satnav stuck to the windscreen is usually a giveaway, and given how slow some nav units are at giving directions, it’s not surprising that drivers don’t get enough warning of their turn-offs. The second group (again, often minicab drivers) are simply very rude people who think they’re being clever when actually they’re showing a complete lack of respect for their fellow road users.
Last-minute lane changers are especially dangerous for cyclists, as the driver may have a quick check of the mirror in the millisecond before they swing across traffic, but the chances of them seeing a bike or scooter are non-existent.