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Inconsiderate Drivers (share your stories, etc.)

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  • of people with big things they cant handle. The idea is the bigger the vehicle, 'I' wouldn't get hurt. Same thinking went into the Hummers. People could not drive it, but it protected them.
    Or if you want a good chuckle, watch the people that are too short for the car they are driving.
    They cannot see what is around them, because the inside mirrors are out of their vision.

    Car Salesman will do anything for a sale, even if you dont fit the car/vehicle.
    A woman I overheard at a dealership, told the sales guy, This is the vehicle I want, you dont need to do a sales pitch with me. What did he do? He went right into his pre-recorded sales pitch. Ignored her.
  • gogogodzillagogogodzilla MarylandPosts: 698
    I learn my lesson with that back in 2001, when I bought a Nissan Altima.

    While I could handle it just fine, it always felt too big for me (felt like a pig wallowing in mud). Because of that, the 'buy a car that fits you' ideal has been ingrained in my car-buying psyche.

    So I've stuck with small cars/SUVs. IE: VW Golf/GTI size for cars... and the old Ford Escape size for SUVs.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,910
    edited January 2013
    4 cars with no lights tonight, I forget what 2 were, one was an Accord, one was a Rio. I was able to motion to the older woman in the Accord, and guess what - she noticed, and turned on the lights. Yay me.

    Three idiot cars on the road - Sonata weaving through traffic, but never getting more than a car length or two ahead, big white Sequoia making a right turn from the far left lane on a 4 lane road, and an X5 going straight from a right turn only lane, and having a close call. Oh, and 3, count em 3, Lexus SUVs (2 RX, 1 GX) that never used a turn signal. The well kept princess or born lucky middle aged property developer behind the wheel must have better things to do.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,910
    edited January 2013
    Clear day here, so a little light in the sky for my evening commute, which means maybe a quarter of the cars had no lights, and numerous others only using parking lights. I don't get that.

    Had a bad crosswalk incident - I and another random pedestrian were in a crosswalk on green, [non-permissible content removed] suit in a late model A6 makes a right turn from the left lane and just zooms through. Too bad he didn't bump me, I could use a new house. Far past time for wealth based fines. Also saw a young guy in an Impreza blatantly blow a light for a "free" turn (I thought you had to stop first) - phone in hand, of course. No enforcers within a few light years, I guess they pick and choose what to enforce - do what is easiest.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,910
    Could make for an interesting vacation, but 4 grand is a lot for a long weekend.

    That reminds me, local Ducati dealer gives you a free track day pass if you buy there.
  • slorenzenslorenzen Posts: 242
    Ducati?

    Nice bike...

    Have you considered the BMW R-bikes?

    State police use them...for several reasons...
    ;)
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,910
    There are a few Ducatis and BMWs that I love - but are out of my below-my-means budget and probably more machine than I should have right now. Maybe in the future.

    My city police used to have BMWs, now they have big Hondas.
  • snakeweaselsnakeweasel a Certified Edmunds Poster.Posts: 11,563
    Watch out for pedestrians. Especially when they have a crosswalk or the right of way given to them at a lighted intersection. Lots of people on foot (at least here) at this time of year, and lots of distracted drivers having close calls.

    OK I know I am a bit late to the rodeo here but let me add. If you are pulling out from a parkinglot and waiting for traffic to clear once traffic is clear take a quick look to your right to make sure no pedestrians have snuck up on you.

    There are three types of people in this world. Those who are good at math and those who are not.

  • snakeweaselsnakeweasel a Certified Edmunds Poster.Posts: 11,563
    The benefits would be enormous, with less congested roads

    Yes but who would be the one remaining driver?

    There are three types of people in this world. Those who are good at math and those who are not.

  • snakeweaselsnakeweasel a Certified Edmunds Poster.Posts: 11,563
    It's not an excuse for bad behavior, but, I don't see many people weaving in and out of traffic for the "FUN" of it. Most people are lazy, so if people properly yielded to faster traffic in the left lane, weaving would be entirely 100% unnecessary.

    Weaving is always 100% unnecessary.

    About the only times I see weaving is either in very heavy moving traffic where all lanes are filled or where the weaver is driving way to fast. In both cases it boils down to "I'm more important than you, how dare you be in my way". Those people are going to kill themselves.

    There are three types of people in this world. Those who are good at math and those who are not.

  • snakeweaselsnakeweasel a Certified Edmunds Poster.Posts: 11,563
    I am not the one who is scared to drive at a reasonable speed, I am not the one causing congestion.

    No drop of water thinks it is responsible for the flood.

    What is a reasonable speed? "Reasonable" is very subjective. What you consider reasonable others would consider unreasonable and vise versa. While you say that drivers driving at an unreasonable speed (to slow) are causing the congestion those drivers are likely saying that drivers driving at an unreasonable speed (to fast) are responsible.

    True if the slower drivers drove faster there would not be the congestion, but then again that congestion would be avoided if the faster drivers drove slowly.

    There are three types of people in this world. Those who are good at math and those who are not.

  • snakeweaselsnakeweasel a Certified Edmunds Poster.Posts: 11,563
    Really? What's the benefit of going slower than is necessary?

    Try it sometime. Next time you are driving some distance in more open area let your foot off the gas, go a little slower, arrive a few minutes later. It's magical.

    There are three types of people in this world. Those who are good at math and those who are not.

  • snakeweaselsnakeweasel a Certified Edmunds Poster.Posts: 11,563
    Just wait until Geico learns of your credit score & the reports they get from their independent field investigators that converse with your neighbors and co workers.

    Are you kidding? Just wait until Geico reads his posts here.

    There are three types of people in this world. Those who are good at math and those who are not.

  • snakeweaselsnakeweasel a Certified Edmunds Poster.Posts: 11,563
    Or you could be financially responsible with your own money, and not spend it on insurance companies (which I find financially irresponsible and financially negligent), save and invest your money, and when you have one claim 25 years down the road, you'll come out way ahead

    Yes unless that one claim is because you hit someone so bad it put them in the hospital for 3 months and they incurred $200K in hospital bills. Then you're [word I don't think Edmunds would let me use].

    There are three types of people in this world. Those who are good at math and those who are not.

  • snakeweaselsnakeweasel a Certified Edmunds Poster.Posts: 11,563
    Who said anything about speeding? 90%+ of the LLCs I see are going under the limit.

    I would say that the vast majority of those LLCer's that I see are goint at least the SL. That is unless traffic is already to heavy to do SL.

    There are three types of people in this world. Those who are good at math and those who are not.

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 13,585
    snake, that is something that bugs me about a lot of insurance, or the way people use it.

    In a lot of cases, it really should just be more "catastrophic" coverage. So in 25 years you can handle a fender bender, but if it is a major claim, then insurance steps in.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • snakeweaselsnakeweasel a Certified Edmunds Poster.Posts: 11,563
    I have witnessed the speeding up while being passed ideal numerous times around here, on highways and surface streets both. It fits in with the local passive aggressive attitude. They will almost always give up and slow back down once you've moved past.

    My guess is that there is a physcological reason for this in may cases. I would bet that alot of drivers don't realize they do it. It's just a natural reaction to match speeds with the "group". I know I have done it without even thinking, but when I have realized it I try to get back to my old speed.

    Passing on the right is fine in WA anyway, here's the law:

    I am pretty sure it is legal in every state as long as you don't leave the road i.e. you are in a designated lane.

    There are three types of people in this world. Those who are good at math and those who are not.

  • snakeweaselsnakeweasel a Certified Edmunds Poster.Posts: 11,563
    But in my experience the smokies have gotten so lazy that they will pull over the vehicle in back because it takes too much energy and time to chase down the fastest car in front.

    More than one state trooper has told me that the rational for getting the last one in the group is that they had at one time had to be going faster than the rest and would be going faster than the first if the first one wasn't blocking them.

    There are three types of people in this world. Those who are good at math and those who are not.

  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,910
    edited January 2013
    Regarding the looking, what is it that's taught in driver's ed - "right, left, right" or something? Sadly, it seems many around here can't even be bothered to look both ways, or sometimes, even one way.

    Regarding reasonable speeds, the often woefully underposted limits are usually all I ask for. Come to my area, you'll find highways where too many timid inept drivers get white knuckled when they hit 50 in a 60 (405 was the context of the post you replied to). These people simply need to stick to secondary roads.

    Hmmm...I see that one way street share the road ideal again. Shocking. Everyone slowing down to a rate that is even more dumbed down than what exists already is not a solution. The thought that going slower is "magical" proves there is some real devolution going on. This has to be the only semi-developed nearly-first world place on the planet with such a mindset.
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