Dangers of the “Sunday Driver Syndrome”

As a motorcyclist, it’s easy to time to ride on the weekend. During the week it can be tough to find time to get out for a relaxing tour. When you’re working a full-time job, Sundays are often the only day of the week where you can find time to get out for a ride.

The problem with riding on Sundays is the amount of people that you’ll have to be sharing the road with. Sundays are a very popular travel day for many people and, as a motorcyclist, more people on the road means a more dangerous riding environment.

When so many people are on the road, it’s easy to get frustrated with other drivers. Road rage is easy to succumb to when other drivers seem to be doing everything they can to frustrate you. Angry drivers pose a significant risk to everyone else on the road.

A common name for enraged weekend drivers is the “Sunday Driver Syndrome.” If you’re unsure what the “Sunday Driver Syndrome” looks like, here are a few telltale symptoms that enraged drivers usually exhibit:

Chronic Honking

The easiest warning sign of the “Sunday Driver Syndrome” is the driver that continuously honks, and honks a lot. Even when there are ten cars in front of you, this driver will find you at fault and do everything they can to let you know how they feel.

Dangerous Weaving

For some reason, heavy traffic makes people a little crazy. When you’re faced with sitting in traffic, the tendency can be to make excessive lane changes in an attempt to gain ground on other drivers. Sunday drivers are notorious for weaving through traffic and endangering other drivers, so if you’re going out for a relaxing ride, you might want to avoid Sundays.

Lack of Signal

While these weavers are already endangering other drivers by making unnecessary lane changes, many of them compound this issue by lacking the foresight to signal their intentions. This makes their actions on the road infinitely more threatening and unpredictable for other drivers.

Slow Riding

One thing you might not expect from Sunday drivers is that they can actually cruise incredibly slowly at times. Some of your Sunday drivers are intent on cruising exceptionally slow right in the middle of the road. Whether it’s because they’re trying to get the best gas mileage possible, or they simply wish to drive well below the speed limit, slow drivers pose a risk that all motorcyclists should be aware of.

Acting as ‘Lead Car’ in the Fast Lane

We’ve all seen the drivers that pull into the left lane to make a pass and then proceed to let twenty miles go by before successfully completing their pass. These drivers often tail a long line of other vehicles behind them, essentially reducing the speed in the “fast” lane to the equivalent of the speed in the “slow” lane. As a motorcyclist, you’ve got more agility than other vehicles and you should do your best to avoid those drivers that appear to be suffering from any of the aforementioned symptoms of the “Sunday Driver Syndrome.”