The next time that I am in back of someone who is already driving under the speed limit on a clear day, and who then proceeds to slam on his/her brakes before every gentle curve–and on an upgrade–this is something that I will contemplate.
However, I have come to the conclusion that there are some people who are so insecure about driving–and/or who have so little sense of what safe driving actually entails–that they will slam their brakes on for almost anything.
Quite a few years back, one of my co-workers got a fancy new Volvo wagon, and I had occasion to drive in back of her a few times on the way to work. I concluded that her brandy-new Volvo had a defective brake light switch because her brake lights kept flashing on every time that she came to anything other than a straight stretch of roadway, and I politely suggested that she take her new car back to the dealership to have the brake light switch checked.
A couple of days later, she thanked me for my input, and told me that she had had her husband drive with her the day before, and after just a few minutes he asked her, “Why do you keep slamming-on your brakes?” Until he and I mentioned what we had observed, she didn’t realize that her reaction to…almost anything other than a straight road…was to brake heavily.
And, then we have the case of my wacky ex-boss. This is the guy who would only buy gas for his big-ass Buick a few dollars at a time because “if you tell them to fill the tank, they will cheat you”.
Anyway…when he drove with passengers, he liked to talk to them, and when he talked, he turned his head to look at his passengers. Every time that he turned his head, he slammed the brakes on. Then, he would look forward again, and he would floor the gas pedal to compensate for his braking.
I used to hate riding in his car because of the constant whiplash effect as Chatty Cathy alternately slammed-on the brakes and floored the gas. Yes, in his mind, he had a reason for what he did, but to anyone with adult-level reasoning, his driving behavior made zero sense.