There’s something to be said about impatient drivers and the hilarity of the situation they sometimes create for themselves. Let’s take this all-too-common example: Trucker Joe is trying to reverse out of a supermarket parking lot, when one or two cars cozy up to the truck (in an attempt to pass), not realizing that this very move is preventing the trucker from maneuvering.
If you’re tempted to get out of your truck and clap your hands in a sarcastic, bravo-style thank-you for this self-defeating move, you’re not alone. However, not everyone knows that Trucker Joe needs a time span of about two lights to back up and straighten out, explains Lacasse. And as vehicle operators well know, it’s a maneuver that may — heaven forbid — involve blocking all available lanes for a few minutes. Impatient drivers, whose survival clearly depends on being somewhere else stat, will move closer to the truck without realizing that such a maneuver will only prolong their wait to get home in time to watch American Idol.
“Give us space, be patient,” Lacasse says. And, drivers, make sure to set your DVR before you leave the house.
The Left-Lane Lollygag
Some drivers still don’t understand the use of the left lane. For those who’ve forgotten, it’s for passing and faster vehicles — not for trying to assess the last time the median’s been mowed. Since you should never, ever pass another vehicle on the right (you’d never do that now, would you?), and it’s particularly dangerous for a truck to do so, there’s no way for a trucker to pass a slow-moving vehicle in the far-left lane. Not only do these unthinking slowpokes wear a trucker’s last nerves, they’re also creating an unsafe situation for all vehicles on the road. These drivers are so persistent and so pernicious that they’ve inspired LeftLaneDrivers.org, a website intent on spreading the good word about the proper use of the once beloved “fast lane.” The site even sells reverse-writing decals that can be read by the dilly-dallier in their rearview mirror.
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