This scenario can play out time and time again, as the lead changes during a long journey on the motorway.
Ironically, the speed of the car with cruise control, may not change by a single kilometre per hour.
Here’s a biggy.
Drivers who overtake on the left, especially when merging.
Instead of being polite and indicating, then merging into a break in the traffic, these drivers push on past cars that have or are in the process of merging right, trying to make as much ground as possible before forcing their way in at the very head of the queue.
We’ve even seen some motorists delay merging or move into their path to prevent this from happening.
7. Cut the gap
People who think that flicking on their indicator gives them the God-given right to push in.
This occurs during changing lanes and in the process of merging on to freeways.
Many of these drivers rely on their mirrors and don’t take the time to look over their shoulder.
Leaving a safe (translation: large enough) gap between you and the car in front only encourages them.
For some reason it seems to really irritate those behind, even more so with the recent advent of adaptive cruise control which leaves an exaggerated and often inviting gap — it needs a special tune for opportunistic Aussie drivers.
“It’s so f*cking annoying.”
+1. Truck time
We could fill a whole chapter on truck drivers and their antics.
We’ve all seen the scenario. A truck moving out to pass a slower truck. It’s only marginally faster and takes way too long to complete the manoeuvre, holding up up faster traffic in the process.
“Why don’t they just stay put. They shouldn’t be allowed to do this in peak hour, or better still the law should force them to keep left — like they are required to do in some countries.”
Then there’s the pushy semi-trailer drivers who continually breaks the speed limit in 80km/h work zones. They might be in a hurry to get somewhere, but the law applies to them just the same as everyone else.
“I’ve experienced them doing 100km/h plus, tailgating cars and flashing headlights in an effort to move other road users out of the way — and never a cop in sight.”