Bad Driving Habit #2: Failing to Give Way to Pedestrians
It amazes me that so few drivers in the UK respect the right of way for pedestrians crossing roads at intersections. The Highway Code states that cars must give way to pedestrians who have already started to cross a road. This applies to cars turning both left and right into a junction. Yet it is rare to see cars stopping for pedestrians, especially cars turning right at an intersection. As a car driver, it delays your journey by about 3 seconds to slow or stop for a pedestrian. There is no excuse for not giving way to pedestrians at all times, even when not strictly required to by law – especially if it’s cold and raining outside while you’re snug and warm in your car. The same applies to cars blocking pedestrian crossings when stopped in traffic – there’s just no need, and it forces pedestrians out of the crossing zone into potential danger.
Bad Driving Habit #1: Failing to Keep Left Unless Overtaking
This is probably the most annoying of all bad driving habits on the road. Widespread failure to keep left effectively turns many three-lane motorways into two-lane roads, slowing vast volumes of traffic and increasing accident risk for large numbers of cars.
The UK Highway Code states that drivers should “always drive in the left-hand lane when the road ahead is clear. If you are overtaking a number of slower-moving vehicles, you should return to the left-hand lane as soon as you are safely past.”
It’s not complicated. Drive in the left-hand lane, move out to overtake, move back to the left-hand lane. Simples.
Driving in the middle or right-hand lane (either deliberately or through inattention) backs up traffic and contributes to tailgating. Whilst tailgating is reckless and dangerous behaviour, slow drivers in the outside lane contribute to the problem by forcing cars behind to slow down. It also contributes to undertaking, which is equally dangerous.
So, what are your thoughts? Would you admit to having any of these driving habits? What is the most annoying thing you see happening every day on UK roads? Please leave your thoughts below.