JAN 21st 2016
Erin Baker – Driving Etiquette (Part 2)
A former Motoring Editor at the Telegraph, Erin combines a bike licence and race licence with a love of high-speed cars and penchant for embarrassingly low-speed crashes. Now she has two sons, she’s largely put her leathers to one side, preferring the cut and thrust of automotive industry debates and wondering which cars have Isofix…
Dear readers, last week I spoke of the passing of driver etiquette…the cutting up, the lane hogging, the lack of indicating. This week, we examine road rage. Or, specifically, the top 10 cars to cause road rage, as experienced by your humble columnist during her 10 years as a road tester.
1) Porsche 911 Turbo (canary yellow)
I’ve never been so relieved to get into a Hyundai i10 as I was at the end of a week in this. Other drivers see not a yellow car but a red flag. Worst incident: driver cut me up on roundabout at J2 of M25. I accelerated past him, forcing him to stay in lane and brake. He no like. He followed me for 25 miles, up my rear.
2) Range Rover Autobiography
No one likes a woman in a Range Rover in a south-west London suburb. No one thinks she’s earned it, financially (she might have earned it by putting up with brats and a moody husband). Everyone hates her pulling out of a private member’s gym carpark. Or, they did me. At least I wasn’t also blonde.
3) Porsche Cayenne
See points one and two.
4) Kawasaki ER6-f
Not strictly a car, I grant you. But male bikers did not like being outstripped at the lights by a bloody woman. (It didn’t last long because I’m not a very good biker).
5) Volvo C30
To be fair, I think this was mostly drivers trying to get a better look at what was, at the time of launch, an odd-looking car.
6) Ferrari California T
A young man in an Audi A1 decided to take me on. So I let him. It was most bizarre.
7) Lamborghini Huracan
To be fair, I didn’t see the double-decker bus. This would not be possible in other cars, but it’s entirely possible in something this wide with so little visibility.
8) Honda Civic Type-R
My car of the year 2015 but with those mental vents and rear wing, the police and other drivers all want a part.
9) Audi RS6 Avant
Basically, other petrolheads want you to know that they know it’s a Lambo engine underneath that nondescript bonnet.
10) Lamborghini Aventador
Road rage was concentrated on personal abuse: apparently a bird as dumpy as me shouldn’t be driving such a sexy car. I yelled :’You mean a bird as dumpy AND RICH as me’ then sped off before he could see the press-car plates.