I’ve got a question (well three to be more accurate) that I hope any Canarios out there who may read this can answer for me because there are some Canarian quirks when it comes to driving which really do my head in.

I’ve got to stress first of all that there is a world of difference between the way Canarios drive on the old roads and the way some drive on the motorways. The old roads are lovely to drive on; generally speaking most people drive at a slow pace and are considerate of other road users. How many times would you see a slow truck pull over in Britain just to let traffic behind them pass?

But on the motorways there are a couple of annoying little habits that make me wish I had James Bond’s old Aston Martin and I was able to press a button and send a couple of rockets up their arses.

So, here are my questions to anyone out there who is guilty of this or at least can attempt to explain these Canarian motoring mysteries:

1: When the speed limit is 120 and you’re doing 150 in the outside lane and are impatient to pass the person sticking to the limit in front, why, oh why do you flick on your left indicator to tell them to get out of the way when there are clearly a line of cars on the inside lane preventing them from moving anywhere?

Where do you think they can go? Or do you just expect them to crash into the cars to their right just to let you past?

2: Why can’t you stick to the one speed on the motorway? Why do you drive at 130kph one minute, 80 kph the next and then 100kph moments later?

The worst examples of this is the person who is up your rear end doing 130, so you move to the inside lane at the first opportunity; they pass and immediately pull in front of you and then slow to 100 so that you have to overtake them.

Seconds later, there they are in your mirror doing 130 again, you move in… and so on and so on ad ifinitum.

This isn’t a one-off. Nearly every time I’m on the motorway I see examples of people whose speeds are all over the place.

3: This one really makes my head want to explode. This isn’t a motorway question at all. It’s specific to the overtaking lanes on the road coming into Puerto de la Cruz on the Icod de los Vinos-Puerto road.

When you’ve been tootling along at 30kph for hours with a queue of traffic a mile long behind you why do you suddenly get an attack of the Fernando Alonsos and push the accelerator through the floor when you get to the overtaking lanes? And then, when you’ve denied the people behind you the chance to pass, why to you drop back down to 30 when the overtaking lane ends?

Really, if anyone can answer these and put the logical part of my brain out of its misery I’d be eternally grateful.

  1. The answer to #1 is that they don’t intend to pull in or turn left, but are issuing a warning to say that there is “slow moving traffic” (relative to them), in front of them and they’re slowing down.

    The other two are just down to erratic, illogical, crappy driving and, more often than not because someone else took their driving test for them. 🙂

    • dragojac says:

      This is a different use of the left indicator than the one used to let people know that they’re slowing down quickly because of congested traffic. That’s actually quite a good one… as long as you know about it. We had a visiting friend following us once when we had to use it and he thought it meant we were changing lanes so subsequently pulled out and shot by us just as we turned off on to a slip road : (

      This one is basically to tell you to GET THE HELL OUT OF MY WAY when the road is clear in front and they think you’re going too slow. Admittedly when someone’s doing 80 in the outside lane of the motorway and the inside lane is clear they might deserve it. But too often it’s used by someone who’s speeding and wants you to move irrespective of what’s happening on the inside lane.

      Has me screaming obscenities and usually the word ‘PALETO’ slips in there somewhere.

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