Driving Pet Peeves

Monday Q of the Wk. Here’s how it works: Each Monday I ask a thought provoking question about life and language.  Pose the same question to your blog readers on your own blog along with your answer to the question.  Then come back here and post a comment with a link to your blog post so we can all read everyone’s answers!  It’s been a lot of fun getting to know my readers and their readers and so on and so on.  This is a great time to connect with others but it’s also a fun way to build your writing and communication skills.   Grab your teens! This week’s question: What does it mean to be a true friend? This Thursday’s Talk Talk Show on the Communication Comedy Network is about communication on the road. So I thought I'd ask everyone about their driving pet peeves.  Did you realize that you have a sort of sixth sense about what drivers might do next?  If' you've been driving a while, you can tell what a driver might do just by the way he is driving.  You might be able to tell when a driver might cut you off or swerve into your lane. Does it bug you when another driver leaves his turn signal on for six exits?  Are you frustrated when the guy next to you seems to be driving too far over toward your lane?  Do you have a conniption if the guy behind you follows too close?  Have you ever had another driver scare you in some way?  What did you do?  What should we do to avoid these driving conflicts?  These are the questions we will be addressing on the next Talk Talk Show on the Communication Comedy Network on Thursday.  Come join us and share your stories, pet peeves and ideas! For now... What are your driving pet peeves? You can post your answers here or post this question on YOUR blog and come back here to link your blog post so all of us can read about you and YOUR readers’ answers! If you would like to share your thoughts or experiences about communication while driving with my listeners, I would LOVE to have you on the show live on Thursday 8am PST/11am EST!  If you cannot make it live, you can post here and I will share your thoughts on the air with my listeners as I have time.  The show is archived as an audio directly following the live broadcast so you can listen in at your convenience.


  • Judy

    I had a road rage experience once that was scary. I was on my way to work and behind a car of teens. It was obvious that they were not paying attention and I needed to get to work so I passed them. That got them mad and they raced to catch me and started doing things like getting close to my bumper and slamming on brakes as they got close, etc. They kept this up and followed me closely all the way to work. I was kind of nervous about what they would do when I got out of my car, but I pulled into the parking lot, acted really brave (wasn’t going to let them know they were rattling me) and walked quickly into the office. They just sped off. I can’t believe that people can get so bad on the road. Road rage is deadly. I have learned since that incident to be more cautiuos in passing someone…not to do it with an “attitude” which I didn’t mean to have but might have had that day.

  • Laurie Neumann

    Ok, here goes. I have a couple:-)

    First, I hate it when people are so rude, that they just shoot up their finger at you when you really didn’t do anything intentionally. We can all be better drivers, and I have had young kids give me the finger “just because.”

    Another incident I have to share was when my daughter and I were driving on a highway, and a carload of teens cut us off, almost made us get into an accident, and then turned around and laughed. It really bothers me when kids (or anyone) looks at driving as a game.

  • Tammie

    Okay, this one is for the ladies, sorry but I have yet to see a man doing this one. My biggest pet beeve is women who insist on putting their make-up on in the car while driving. How ridiculous is this. The mirrors all tilted in different directions certainly not being used for their intended purpose. Is this person actually paying attention to the road? I should say not! Rule of thumb: Keep your eyes on the road and hands on the steering wheel.

  • Anne

    My pet peeve is chronic wreckless driving practices: running red lights and stop signs; failure to yield; no signaling when changing lanes and turning; tail gaters; speeding; not using the brake. Paying attention to the rules of the road may save someone’s life – that someone may be you and a loved one.

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