You know what grinds my gears? It’s people that hit their brakes too often.
I know – it sure beats the alternative of people not hitting their brakes often enough, but there has to be some sort of happy medium. And for 93.25% of the people out there, we’ve found it. It’s that other 6.75% that screw it up for everyone else.
I happened to be following a Beige-Gold GMC Sierra Van the other day. On a road that is approximately 2.46 miles long and has 2 stop signs. Guess what? They hit their brakes 27 times. They also stopped at both stop signs. TWENTY NINE FUCKING TIMES! I wanted to stab them. With my car. Repeatedly.
Another vehicle, on another trip, was driving exactly the speed limit with no ability to pass. I’m not a big fan of people driving the exact speed limit, but it doesn’t really matter too much in the long run. However, this person was tapping their brakes at EVERY road and sign. That would drop their speed from “exactly the speed limit” to “significantly less than the speed limit”. With a such modern marvels known as “the internet”, “GPS”, “Maps”, “phones”, and “common sense”, do we really have to stop at every road to see if it’s what we wanted? Or if we pass our road is it game-over? Do you not realize that if you’ve gone past your destination you can ACTUALLY TURN AROUND AND GO BACK??? Oh that’s right, no one has “common sense” anymore. Jerkasses.
The third vehicle I must mention is the vehicle that was constantly on the brakes. At first I thought the vehicle had an issue – some sort of short in the electrical system that forced the brake lights to stay lit. Nope, after spending some time behind the vehicle on the highway (yes, the highway doing 65 mph +) I could smell the faint hint of burning brakes. And after I ended up passing said car the smell went away. So, if you can picture this, a vehicle driving down the highway at 65+ with the gas AND brake pedals both pressed to varying degrees. Killing the gas mileage and your vehicle in one fell swoop.
Brakes are there to stop your vehicle. Brake lights are there to inform people behind you that you are slowing down/stopping your vehicle. So stop being assholes.
And that’s what grinds my gears.