The New List. 11:47:00 AM 10/20/2009
I'm sure you've all checked out my top ten lists in the past. Those lists were from years ago, so I figured it was time for a new one. This one will span several posts, as I discover new additions to it. This list is entitled:

Top Ten Weird Things That I See Other Drivers Do All the Time

Let me preface with a few things. Firstly, unlike everyone else in the world, I don't claim to be a great driver. I realize that I don't always make the best decisions, and that's okay. Everyone makes mistakes. However, the items on this list are not just accidental mistakes; they are things that I see several times a week that I simply can't think of a reason for doing. In addition, these items are more than just annoying - they are things that I find truly strange. For example, old people driving at a needlessly slow speed is something that really irks me, but I wouldn't call it weird. So, without further ado, I present to you the first few items in the list.

1. The Ramp Loop

This is when a person enters a highway and then immediately takes the same exit off of the highway, putting them exactly where they started. I can understand taking a wrong exit off of a highway and needing to get back on. However, I don't really think many people accidentally enter a highway. Hence, I cannot think of any reason to do this.

2. The Red Light Creep

There are basically two versions of this maneuver. I shall discuss each below. The first is when a motorist approaches a red light with at least one car stopped in front of it. The person brings his or her car to a stop several car lengths behind the person. After about 20 seconds of being stopped, the person inches up behind the person in front. When I see this, I have to wonder if the person only just now realized what was going on. The second version is when a motorist is at the front of the line at a red light and grows impatient. If the person is driving an automatic transmission, he will slowly creep up into the intersection, in hopes that moving forward will cause the light to change faster. The manual transmission creep is slightly different - instead, the person will tap the gas and move forward a tiny bit and then allow his car to roll back to where he started. He essentially "rocks" his car back and forth. Either way, it doesn't make any sense to me.

3. The Stare

For the most part, I hate other drivers. I don't want to look at them. Apparently, that is not the case with everyone else. Other drivers stare at me as they go by. And not at my car - at me. I don't even do anything that would make people want to stare at me (i.e. anything on this list). The best example is when I am stopped at a red light. There is absolutely nothing strange that I could be doing at a red light because I'm stopped (and don't do the Red Light Creep). Yet, as people turn into the lane next to me and and drive past, they will stare at me. And it's not just a few people - every horking person that goes past me will literally turn their head as they pass. I didn't even notice this until a few months ago because it doesn't even occur to me to look at other drivers inside their cars. What is the deal with that? Is there something on my face?

So that's it for now. I'll add more things to the list as I see them.

5 responses to "The New List."

    10/20/2009 2:22:17 PM
I do The Stare and occasionally The Red Light Creep (v2). The Stare is because I want to see what kinds of people drive what kinds of cars/what kinds of weird things people do in their cars, and The Red Light Creep is if I think I can time it so that I'm already in motion when the light turns.
    10/20/2009 3:59:10 PM
Also, the menu no longer auto-expands.
    10/20/2009 4:20:05 PM
Fixed the menu. If I ever see you on the road, I'm going to stare at you.
    10/20/2009 11:23:14 PM
Fair's fair.
    10/21/2009 12:29:50 AM
Yunx. What I find super annoying is when there is a lane closed ahead and everyone in that lane has to get over into the lanes that are open. Instead of doing this in an orderly fashion, people fly ahead to where the lane ends and then cut over into traffic causing everyone to slam on their brakes. If they got over way sooner the traffic would move a lot more smoothly and everyone would get through the mess without having to stop and go. I don't pretend to be a highway expert, but it seems if everyone went at a slow speed and didn't cut into traffic it would be a lot less painful.

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