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?