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Why do drivers make things so difficult?

I can't say this is one of my pet peeves, because it doesn't really bother me much. But I do wonder.

What I'm talking about are drivers who make complicated maneuvers when the same thing can be accomplished much more easily just a little futher down the road?

Like the other day someone was attempting to make a U-turn on a local neighborhood street right at a point where there were two cars parked opposite each other, one on each side of the street. The driver -- for some reason he choose this spot to make a U-turn -- was carefully backing up, and pulling forward, and backing up again, craning his neck to make sure he didn't hit the parked cars. But all he had to do is drive 50 feet forward to the next intersection, and make the U-turn there, where there was plenty of room to do it with one easy turn and no parked cars to worry about.

Or just today, I noticed a driver was attempting to BACK his huge SUV into a parking spot between two closely-spaced shiny BMWs; meanwhile, just 6 parking places futher down the parking lot aisle, there was a unused row of parking spots measuring at least 20 continguous empty spaces! Now why would this driver attempt to back up and park between two BMWs, when all he had to do is pull down another 6 places?

Maybe it is just me. But what are these folks thinking?


  • I hear you, I was stuck just yesterday behind a dimwad that finally figured out at the last minute needed to be in the left turn lane, could not get fully into the turn lane so blocked in essence 2 lanes, ie my through lane!
  • Hey, how about this. When someone is pulling out from a gas station say, and you are stopped for a stoplight in the right hand lane, and they wave, they want you to let them in, and you do. Then instead of turning into the right lane in head of you, like you expect, they instead try to cross all three lanes and cross the whole street to get into the left hand turn lane, meanwhile blocking you and all three lanes as the light turns green!

    ARRRRGGGGGH. Now, THAT is one my pet peeves.
  • I couldn't even begin to tell you what the mindset is of some drivers.
    A few years back while stopping at Wal Mart one evening a middle aged lady who appeared to be looking for a parking spot passed me and several open parking spots. My thought was jeez, how close does she want to get. There are a couple of open ones about 5 or 6 spots down from the end nearest the doors.

    When I came out 10 minutes later she was still circling the lot and as I left I noted she finally had an opening with someone backing out. This put her about 2 spaces from the end. This meant that this parking lot orbit had been going on for who knows how long; all just to gain 3 or 4 spots on the lot.

    What really grates on me around here is when some farmer parks in the middle of the highway and carries on business. I've seen pickups parked on the highway while some farmer stands against a fence and counts heads on the cattle herd, parked in the middle of the highway with both doors open while mending a fence, and several times parked in the middle of the road and leaning against the fenders while chatting it up. More than once I've had to actually drive on the shoulder to get around and proving Darwin right is the only thing I can come up with to explain it. :-)
  • @GeorgeSanJose I see something very similar to your SUV parking scenario several times a week. The gym I go to has a member that drives a full size Ford F250 with huge tires and a lift kit. Everytime I see him he's trying to squeeze into a tight spot with that monster, rather than having to walk from a slightly further away lot with much more room in it. (at a GYM no less!) You just have to shake your head...
  • I'm always surprised at people who sit forever trying to turn left onto a busy road, instead of just turning right and then making a U-turn a bit down the road.
  • Or those who need ALL the lanes open before turning right at a stop sign or signal. I guess one or two of the nearest open lanes aren't enough??
  • edited April 2012
    There's just no figuring out why some people do what they do. But there's nothing in the thread so far that isn't commonplace.

    I'll add a pet peeve of my own. People who park just inches from the car next to them, preventing the driver of the other vehicle from getting back in when he comes out of the store. I had some clown do this to me a while ago. He was sitting in his vehicle with his radio running and was so close to my door I could even slide in between the cars. I tried to get his attention verbally and he ignored me. So I banged on his rear fender. He then paid me notice with an unfriendly comment. I told him he had 30 seconds to move his car so I could get in mine or I'd call the cops. He moved.
  • Speaking of backing into spots in ridiculous places....

    I occasionally get to drive our new Mazda6 to the office. When I do, I park at the far end of the lot to try to avoid getting door dings (a constant problem with people here).

    The other day, I come out to see someone backing their F-250 into the spot right next to me, struggling to avoid hitting my car. This is at the very far end of the lot - there were AT LEAST 15 spots wide open between me and the next car.

  • In some parking lots there are lined-off areas between the handicap spaces to allow the disbled to unfold themselves from their vehicles and/or get their equipment in and out. I saw someone recently who had squeezed their small car in between two cars with handicapped permits, parking right on the yellow lines and blocking the doors of bothe handicapped vehicles. The lines were freshly painted, so there was no excuse. Had I seen the driver I would have spoken to him/her.
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