Is This Petty?

In the past two weeks, I’ve gotten the same bus driver on a short bus route. I sometimes walk, sometimes get a bus. Depends how heavy my bag is/how hot or cold it is.


Is This Petty?


Is This Petty?



The problem I’ve noticed with this same driver is that he likes the brakes. And that’s not a bad thing, especially considering how many bus drivers are speed demons. But this guy is one of those who brakes a little, but a lot. He taps on the brakes while trying to move forward, for example while waiting for pedestrians to finish crossing so we can turn into a new street.


The light tapping is kind of jarring and I want to say nauseating – only I’ve never had car sickness so I don’t know if maybe that is what I’m feeling. The point is, in one way or another, it’s an incredibly irritating way to brake, and something about it is like fingernails down a blackboard to me.


Is it petty if I want to report the bus driver to Translink? I don’t know if it could be described as unsafe driving (which I sure as hell do report bus drivers for) but something doesn’t sit right with me about it….


What would you do? Would you report them for the weird brake tapping? Do you get car sick? Is that what I’m feeling?



6 Replies to “Is This Petty?”

  1. I have had such a chuckle over this! How funny that you could dob him in because his driving makes you feel sick! Why not ask a fellow passenger what they think next time?

    1. Vanessa Smith says: Reply

      Well I don’t know if I can – I assume I can put in some kind of complaint but as to if they would listen… but I don’t even know what it is that bugs me! I don’t even know if feeling sick is the right way of putting it. It’s so weird.

  2. Nah, I say suck it up. You are only on for a short time and it could cause an issue with his job. I finalist of taxi drivers do the same thing and when my hubby does it I always say he is driving like a taxi driver. Annoying but life unfortunately.

    1. Vanessa Smith says: Reply

      It really is a short trip – I only catch it at the moment because it hurts my shoulder to walk (weird, but true). And of course, I wouldn’t want the guy to get in trouble with his job at all!

  3. Can you get an earlier or later bus without being to early or late for work? I don’t think complaining about him would do much especially because there are so many drivers (taxi’s, buses, even uber) that drive this way.

  4. Hmm…I’m not sure if it’s worth a complaint. As you said, he’s actually driving safely unlike some drivers who speed or don’t wait. If he was perpetually rude or driving like a maniac I think you’d have more of a reason to complain. A different bus perhaps? Or using some distraction strategies on the bus so you don’t feel too sick for ride?

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