5 annoying behaviours you see during peak hour everyday

5 annoying behaviours you see during peak hour everyday

OneShift Editorial Team
OneShift Editorial Team
28 Sep 2015

Need I say more? Well I shall. Even in everyday life people will raise objections when someone cuts any queue for anything. Except maybe during charitable causes, which always brings out the best in us. Anyhow, etiquette for one of our national pastimes is to be taken very seriously. When there’s someone ahead, don’t go and cut in. I mean seriously, if you’ve been queueing at the KJE/BKE exit for the last half hour, how would you feel to see those other people drive past you and just happily slip into the front of the queue near the road dividers at the start of the flyover?

4. Cutting Queue

Occasionally (only very occasionally I stress), it’s excusable to cut in last minute despite the long queue. Let’s be honest. No one is a perfect driver and not everyone is an experienced cabbie. Sometimes we’re not sure of which exit to go out from or where the exit is located even. Other times we miss judge the queue because there are multiple exits or some disruptions like road works or accidents. So it’s fine when the odd one or two cars inevitably try to jump the queue at some point. Give way, be nice, and karma will come back to you.

5. Refusing to give way after cutting queue

But here’s the kicker. When you’ve been forced to cut the queue and nobody wants to give way to you, you try to see if you can enter the lane in front of the lucky bugger ahead of you that’s just managed to squeeze his way through. After all, you’re both in the same boat, having made the mistake of not queuing. You would think he’d understand the stress you’re going through of having the end of the road coming up and no space to enter the lane and let you in, since he was wearing the same shoes as you a second ago. But no; he decides to enter the lane, speed up and close the gap between himself and the car in front of him. He refuses to let you in on purpose and you have to find another gap to get into the lane. While I don’t mean leave big gaps after cutting into a lane (see above), you might want to consider returning the graciousness someone’s showed to you by doing the same for a fellow road user. Especially when you’re both the in same situation barely seconds ago.

I’m just expressing the cynicism some drivers have in the situations above. Have a laugh, don’t get angry and start swearing at me. I think we should every now and again reflect on the way we drive, even if we are actually better than a certain bloke named Lewis. Road graciousness begins with thinking about how we would want to see gracious acts extended to us, and then according the same grace back to the people around us. Don’t forget to reciprocate those acts and perhaps more importantly, say thanks. Oh and the point number 6 that I didn’t make, is how heavy left hands have become; people can’t seem to raise it to say thanks any more these days.

Credits: Alvan Sio

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