Why is it that anyone who drives faster than you is a maniac and anyone slower than you is an idiot?
- Lane Discipline: NEVER overtake on the right. You may think it's safe but the maneuver can catch the driver ahead off guard as he was about to merge right to let you pass. Instead, flash your high beams once, and wait at a safe distance for the car ahead to merge right and let you pass.
- Hostile Braking: Please do not step on the brakes to psyche out the car behind you. It happens all the time. One car is driving bumper to bumper in an attempt to get by or squeeze out the car ahead. The leading driver becomes agitated and decides to momentarily step on the brakes to scare the tailgater. It's not only seriously dangerous for everyone around you, it also shows you'd rather have the driver behind you crash and burn than allowing him the freedom to let him pass.
- Unfamiliar Trundling: The unofficial rules of the road state that when driving in uncharted and unfamiliar territory, you have to pull over and let the drivers behind you pass. If you are holding up traffic because you're not sure what's around the next bend, it will please the drivers behind you when you pull over and allow the more experienced, local, drivers to guide the way.
- Cutting Corners: I cannot begin to explain how many times I have come eye to eye with a rice rocket racer who decided to cut a blind turn on the inside, only to merely miss tearing off my left rear view mirror. Seriously, you do not cut the inside of a blind turn. It's dangerous for yourself and its dangerous for other. Slow down, and take a half second more to take the turn.
- Flashing high beams to let someone know you want to pass them. As long as the high beams are flicked only once, and it's done when approaching at a safe distance, it's completely acceptable. Whether the driver ahead decides to let you pass is a different story, but at least you've made him aware of your motives instead of tailgating the bejesus out of him.
- Overtaking trucks on the right shoulder. If you can see the right shoulder is clear of any obstructions, cars, or debris, and you believe there is adequate room to squeeze by, I believe it is acceptable to overtake a truck on the hard shoulder on the right. However this dangerous maneuver should only be used when in a rush.
- Jumping the green light. Many drivers anticipate a green light by looking right and waiting for the perpendicular set of lights to turn red. Usually you get about 3 seconds of complete red all around before the other set of lights turns green. If the intersection is clear, and you've scanned for last second drivers, you're free to run the red!