We’ve narrowed it down to the top five driver pet peeves that get on people’s nerves when they’re behind the wheel:
1. Distracted Drivers
Not only is it extremely unsafe, but spotting distracted drivers sharing the road with you can be frustrating and nerve-wracking. Driving distracted is also illegal and has serious consequences such as hefty fines and license suspension.
Help curb the distracted driving crusade by turning off the smartphones and keeping them out of sight when behind the wheel. Keep your eyes on the road and pay attention to your surroundings.
2. Not Signaling
Signaling to other drivers of what your intentions are is an essential road rule. Failing to do so can be hazardous and illegal. In Ontario, not signaling can cost a fine and loss of two demerit points. Keep the roads safe by remembering to signal and encouraging other motorists to do so.
Tailgating is a dangerous nuisance. Driving too closely to the vehicle in front of you can cause a potential collision and won’t get you to your destination faster. Ideally, there should be a two second space between your vehicle and the one ahead. If there is inclement weather or you are driving at night, the following distance can be increased.
4. Cutting Other Drivers Off
Being cut off by another driver can be frustrating and can lead to a possible collision. If someone cuts you off, it’s best not to respond with road rage antics like yelling or making rude hand gestures. Practice defensive driving techniques, follow the rules of the road, frequently check your blind spots and manage the space around your vehicle for a safe ride.
Speeding is a common cause of minor and fatal car accidents. Drivers are required to obey maximum speed limit signs posted on the roads. During inclement weather or heavy traffic, drivers are encouraged to adjust their speed accordingly.
These tips are provided for information and prevention purposes only. They are general in nature, and Desjardins Insurance cannot be held liable for them. We recommend using caution and consulting an expert for comprehensive, tailored advice.
In Quebec, Desjardins Insurance refers to Desjardins General Insurance Inc. In Ontario and Alberta, Desjardins Insurance refers to Certas Direct Insurance Company, underwriter of automobile and property insurance.