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  posted on 11/7/2017 at 04:15 PM
Seems like ostensibly reasonable folks often turn into aggressive beasts while driving. Which indicates that their social act is just that, an act. Interesting too, that borderline murderous behavior is accepted as normal. We are a nation of criminals - it is dangerous to adhere to speed limits, the average speed around here is 20 mph over.

Do you tailgate?

Break the speed limit then slow down and act like a model citizen when you see a cop?

Do you slow down to let cars merge, or do you close the gap?

Park in handicapped, if you know the coast is clear?

Speed thru school zones?

Cheat and jump in early at four ways when you can get away with it?

Pull right up to someone's bumper at a stop, especially when it is a small car and you want to intimidate them with your big chrome truck grill?

Park a huge truck downtown, that extends so far into the street that it is a hazard?

Get pissed off at slower cars?


[Edited on 11/7/2017 by BrerRabbit]

 
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  posted on 11/7/2017 at 04:22 PM
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Seems like ostensibly reasonable folks often turn into aggressive beasts while driving. Which indicates that their social act is just that, an act. Interesting too, that borderline murderous behavior is accepted as normal. We are a nation of criminals - it is dangerous to adhere to speed limits, the average speed around here is 20 mph over.

Do you tailgate? Only when I am in a hurry

Break the speed limit then slow down and act like a model citizen when you see a cop? Of course

Do you slow down to let cars merge, or do you close the gap? Guess!

Park in handicapped, if you know the coast is clear? Even I don't do that

Pull right up to someone's bumper at a stop, especially when it is a small car and you want to intimidate them with your big chrome truck grill? If only I had a truck

Park a huge truck downtown, that extends so far into the street that it is a hazard? See above

Get pissed off at slower cars? Of course

What do you drive lil buddy, a Prius?

 

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  posted on 11/7/2017 at 04:25 PM
Pickup. Courteous driver, definitely in the minority where I live.

 

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  posted on 11/7/2017 at 06:53 PM
I drive responsibly now. I gave up the penchant for revenge. No, no never displayed road range, but for those who would tailgate I would stop short so they would think they would crash and have an accident and then move up just a bit so they wouldn't. Infuriated and terrified them simultaneously. I have changed my ways.

I do not need to prove anything anymore. I am calmer, they are not, but that is THEIR problem.

 

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  posted on 11/7/2017 at 07:04 PM
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I do not need to prove anything anymore. I am calmer, they are not, but that is THEIR problem.


Really good, thx. Had a bad road rage today is why I posted. Stopped to give a homeless vet in a wheelchair a donation on the mall exit and the guy behind me went apesh!t, screeched around me almost hit me and caused oncomin to swerve. It was literally no more than ten seconds. I was having a bad day and figured I would be nice to someone to cheer myself up, then suddenly it is horn blaring and someone trying to kill me. Got me so frekin pissed

 

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  posted on 11/7/2017 at 07:48 PM

As far as courteous driving, there are rules of the road that should be followed rather than play clueless Mr Friendly behind the wheel. Keeping traffic flowing and follow the rules of the road we will all be better off. For example, its not up to YOU to decide to come to a complete stop on a heavily traveled road to let someone in who should only enter when the traffic passes by. Or its not up to YOU to wave thru drivers that should wait for the next green arrow holding up people behind you. Or its not up to YOU to pull out halfway and block the road in both directions so someone can take a left instead of you passing across. Or its not up to YOU to jam the brakes on a 65 mph freeway to 45 because a cop is in the median observing the opposite side of the highway. Or its not up to YOU to start applying the brakes in the left lane to let an 18 wheeler lumber in front of you just because they signaled at a time when there is no room for changing lanes. Clueless Mr Friendly should realize that they are more of a hazard than anything else.

 

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  posted on 11/7/2017 at 07:49 PM
Not directing this at your incident with the Vet, BTW. In that case it seems like the driver behind you was out of line.

 

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  posted on 11/7/2017 at 08:41 PM
Good point, and could easily have applied to the handout. Agree on the Mr. Friendly thing. I drive like a cop almost - speed when thats the flow. This vet thing, there was solid traffic on the thoroughfare, he gained zero by going nuts, other than proving what a d*ck he was. I was going to be stopped for longer than it took to give the vet the change

The Mr Friendly thing is a huge problem here, I love when folks stop in the oncoming four lane when you need to cross , and try to wave you into oncoming traffic in the lane next to them, that you can't see. As a rule I don't engage in any comms other than blinkers, none of that ridiculous hand waving and crap.

We have that middle two way turning death lane here, just like in the South. With people pouring in from CA and NY who have never seen tihis, it is a thrill a minute.

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  posted on 11/7/2017 at 09:17 PM
Now that I've gone electric my driving patterns have changed. I've always had fast cars but now I have torque that I've never experienced so I don't ever feel rushed. I move with the flow. Try to get off the Interstate and on to the toll road as quickly as possible. Far fewer idiots in the toll lanes.

 

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  posted on 11/8/2017 at 10:18 AM
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Pickup. Courteous driver, definitely in the minority where I live.
You would be in the minority where I live too. Last night I make a right turn out of a drug store into the right lane of a 4 lane street then I stop at a red light. The lane I am in will end soon and I know it. The light turns green and I accelerate fairly quickly hoping to pass the guy on my left and merge. He sees me accelerating and decides he doesn't want me to be in front of him so he speeds up. No problem, he has the right of way so I slow down and merge behind him. Then he decides to go super slow like 30 in a 45 mph zone. Nothing in front of him, just not in a hurry. That is fine too but Why did he want to "race" me at the stop light? I just waited for an opportunity to pass him. I was a little worried he was going to do it again when I attempted to pass on the left in the oncoming traffic lane. Why DO people do that?

 

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  posted on 11/8/2017 at 11:10 AM
I drive a twin turbo BMW for no other reason than the ability to accelerate and change lanes without fear on the freeway. Life behind the wheel is so much easier when you are watching out for the other guy.

Btw, if I can't see you license plate in my rear view mirror, you are following me way to closely, drives me nuts and I will literally pull over, let you pass only to watch you do that to the next car in line....

 

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  posted on 11/8/2017 at 01:05 PM
I don't know why they do that. Some kind of territorial aggression display. Last two posts, exactly, I see the same thing.Closing the merge gap. Cars speed up and pass me just to slow down. I think a lot of folks are so padded in their sealed cars, with entertainment and nav systems going they are oblivious, and some are just being d*cks.

Another thing is herd mentality. I like to have a lot of space, and notice folks travel in bumper to bumper clumps. Can tell when tbey are trying to clump me too, drives me crazy.

 

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  posted on 11/8/2017 at 09:51 PM
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Seems like ostensibly reasonable folks often turn into aggressive beasts while driving. Which indicates that their social act is just that, an act. Interesting too, that borderline murderous behavior is accepted as normal. We are a nation of criminals - it is dangerous to adhere to speed limits, the average speed around here is 20 mph over.

Do you tailgate? (Only when the idiot in front of me is going 35 mph in the on ramp and wants to merge into 80 mph traffic. Try to give him an aero-push to speed him up.)

Break the speed limit then slow down and act like a model citizen when you see a cop? (The local leos know my truck, they wave as I pass.)

Do you slow down to let cars merge, or do you close the gap? (If there is an exit ramp close by, I slow down. At entrance ramps I try to move over a lane.)

Park in handicapped, if you know the coast is clear? (Not only no, but HELL NO!!)

Speed thru school zones? (No, I generally go slower than the speed limits.)

Cheat and jump in early at four ways when you can get away with it? (There's a reason you take your turn, and watch out to see if the other guy is going to jump out.)

Pull right up to someone's bumper at a stop, especially when it is a small car and you want to intimidate them with your big chrome truck grill? (No need to. Just put the truck in neutral, rev the engine as the light turns green. They move pretty quick.)

Park a huge truck downtown, that extends so far into the street that it is a hazard? ( Only if I have to.)

Get pissed off at slower cars? (See question one.)


[Edited on 11/7/2017 by BrerRabbit]

 

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  posted on 11/8/2017 at 10:05 PM
I was a rather aggressive driver until I was driving my daighter to daycare and someone blew a stop sign, t-boned us on her side and flipped us over and we came to a stop upside down. She was hanging upside down in her car seat. Very lucky, the both of us.

Since then, almost always the speed limit, drive extremely defensively. That was almost ten years ago and I still flinch a lot when it looks like someone is going to blow a stop sign again.

 

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  posted on 11/8/2017 at 10:20 PM
Hairy. The tbone is common and the seat belt f*cks you, keeps you stuck next to the crunch. Friend of mine lost an arm that way.

 

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  posted on 11/9/2017 at 08:54 AM
Here's what George Carlin had to say.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWPCE2tTLZQ

 

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