ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Top 10 Bad Driving Habits

Updated on April 13, 2015

What people get away with day to day in countries like Japan, would cause serious road rage in countries like the UK. Impatience and aggressive driving ends up causing accidents, just as driving under the influence does. Distractions also can be a problem so make sure children are quiet, securely seated and not playing with noisy distracting toys or objects. Let look at some irritating points.


One of the most dangerous bad habits. Not only are you at risk from crashing to the car in front if it suddenly breaks, you are also pressuring the driver in front causing them to make dangerous decisions they normally wouldn't do.

Entering junctions when the exit is not free

In the UK they often have the zig-zag “no stopping” pattern on the road of a junction and can you be penalized if you stop there. In countries like Japan this is not present, therefore people squeeze through the red lights at the last minute and block up the road for when cars start coming though the left or right side.

Jumping the lights

If it is late at night and there is absolutely no traffic, then it is understandable to go through the lights at the last minute. However the problem is when you get the filtered green arrow to turn right (UK and Japan). While the green “straight” ahead light is showing, people who wish to turn right need to wait for the filtered arrow. Once this light comes on your get a rather short time to turn, approx 5-6 cars before changing to red. People are so desperate and impatient to get through they keep going through long after the light has turned red. This delays traffic on the left and right, since there lights would already be on green.

Stopping without hazard lights

Some people tend stop in the for what ever reason without their hazards lights on. You could easily over take them but without hazard lights on it is not sure whether they are suddenly going to move off potentially causing an accident, especially if you have oncoming traffic.

Moving with hazard lights on

Again, similar to the above. It is dangerous because it is uncertain what the drivers intentions are. Over taking could pose a risk. It may look like the driver is slowing down but they can suddenly accelerate at the last minute forcing to onto the other side of the road.

Cutting corners

This can cause collisions. The worst problem is the fact that the collisions are chips and scrapes which usually does not slow the car down meaning the offender can easily escape.

Forcing people to stop

Mainly when pulling into T-junctions. The gap between cars should be large enough so that the vehicle behind does not have to brake sharply. Many do this knowing that people will stop for them. Also they understand that the person behind is most liable for a crash. However many people have dashboard cameras setup, you be careful.

Blocking somebody from entering a lane

A very irritating one, and what’s the point? There are merging roads everywhere and the normal thing to do is to let at least one car through at a time, so that everybody cooperates in a crisscross like pattern. Certain drivers will speed up and get close to the car in front purposely blocking you off. Very dangerous and irritating.

Frequent brakers

This is very misleading for drivers behind since the flicker of brakes lights can confuse people causing unnecessary hesitations and slow traffic. Learn to cruse at a constant speed, whether driving slowly or fast. I hate to drive behind people who constantly tap their brakes.

Bowing (in Japan)

Here in Japan you often see people of the older generation waiting to pull out do the bow then suddenly pull out forcing you to break. They think that due to their age and polite gesture, you will simply let them through. Not always the case. Better to keep driving and not hesitate. Any slight braking or hesitation and they will pull out in front of you.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)