I know I go on about driving a lot, but…

These days I am managing to filter out much of the trivial bad-driving and concentrate my hate-rays onto four main culprits.

The first are those people I call light-ditherers. For some strange reason, as they approach traffic lights that are green, they dither, slow down even. They do this for just long enough that when they actually get to the junction the lights turn red. Now, if they stopped at this point it would be bad enough but what they actually do is to suddenly stop dithering and shoot through the red lights leaving you (in the car behind them) stuck at the lights! Both annoying and dangerous.

The second group I call lane-flitters. These are the people, approximately 60% of Warsaw traffic, who are simply unable to decide which lane they would either like to be in, or need to be in. As a result, they spend their time constantly flitting from one lane to another with only two guaranteed outcomes

1/ They don’t get any further ahead than people who stay in one lane.
2/ They are always in exactly the wrong lane when the time finally comes for them to take their turning.

I find these people amusing but terribly distracting. It really is hard to concentrate on driving properly when the cars in front of you are constantly moving around for no good reason.

The third group are the turn-takers. So named because of their ability to never miss any turn they wish to take even if they are in completely the wrong place from which to take the turn. Even if they have to stop in the middle of a highway and hold up three lanes of traffic while they move from left to right lane (or vice versa), that’s what they are going to do. They will not miss that turn because only they know that if you miss your turn it is completely impossible to get back to it because the “missed a turn monster” will come and eat you all up!

Finally, and this is one I’ve written about before, but it’s getting worse not better, are the ignorant-shits. These people completely block your lanes from moving because they would rather drive across your lane and then get stuck than wait back, just in case. Total and absolute morons of the highest order. Many of them are bus drivers.

No doubt I’ll be back on driving in Warsaw in about 3 months time! :)

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9 thoughts on “I know I go on about driving a lot, but…

  1. The second group I call lane-flitters. These are the people, approximately 60% of Warsaw traffic…

    Do you think the number of foreigners in Warsaw grew to 40%? ;-)

  2. I know, I know….leave the country, catch the metro, you’re no better………..none of this improves the situation. It’s hell out there! :)

  3. I read an artical some time ago, saying that you could classify drivers into four groups: Mad Max driver, educator, sweet idiot and frustrated driver.

    Mad Max would be the lane-fritter ;) he rules on the road, and need to prove it.

    Educator is the one who always slow in front of you when you use mobile phone. I suppose you must have met somebody like this. When the other driver moves in front of him, he overtakes him, slow down and watch the result in rear mirror. When second line ends (like the way to Konstancin) he would never let you in, beacuse “you should have notice the sign!”.

    Sweet idiot is the one, who constantly changes the line just in front of you, using emergency lights. He does not understand all rules, but needs to get there. From your classification it would be turn-taker.

    Frustrated driver is your light-ditherer. He is not quite sure what exactly he is uo to. This might also turn into agression.

    So you just missed educator. These are the ones I constantly meet ;)))

  4. Mon: Educator is the one who always slow in front of you when you use mobile phone. I suppose you must have met somebody like this. When the other driver moves in front of him, he overtakes him, slow down and watch the result in rear mirror.

    Are you sure he punishes you for using mobile? I’d suspect the reason is rather using mobile while on the left lane, and so driving too slowly and blocking everyone behind you. IMO educators don’t really care how others drive as long as they don’t endanger or block them.

  5. might be, might be. I don’t really know what he punished me for ;), but I’ve noticed the other situation – and Mr.Educator was annoyed that the other driver beard to sneak in front of him!

  6. There’s only one kind of driver I hate. The IMPATIENT driver who believes that it’s every other driver’s duty to get out of his way because HE’s more important than you, his journey more urgent than yours. And he’s making an important mobile phone call right now.

    No courtesy from this type. No thank yous, no sorries, no friendly waves, no flashed lights, just GET THE **** OUT OF MY WAY SCUM, horn beeping. A milisecond of hesitation as the lights change and BEEEEP!! BEEEEPPP BEEEEP BE-BEEEEPP!!!!

    These guys have BIG CARS (like why? Cynthia Payne’s quote ‘Big car – small dick’ from the film Personal Services). Or fast cars. Who are they trying to impress in the endless jams?

    Right now I’m up for road rage. It’s a good thing I don’t live in America because if I did I’d tool up with an arsenal of automatic and semi-automatic assault rifle, large caliber handguns, armor-piercing and incendiary rounds, and when that **** in the Porsche Cayenne Turbo tries haring up my street (30kmph limit) at 70 per, horn blaring, overtaking everything in sight, I’d let the ****** have it.

    I YEARN for the manners, courtesy, mutual respect, patience and commonsense (generally) found on Britain’s roads. Box junctions and yellow lines. Driving in Britain is less stressful and less dangerous. For Warsaw, there must be a better way.

    Patience, tolerance and courtesy for all drivers, from all drivers.

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