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  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,509
    She'd probably do the same to a car, too. Some younger drivers of a certain gender seem to think everyone should yield to them.

    A few dummies out today - 7er was going to turn from a fast street, changed its mind mid turn, slams on the brakes to a near stop and gets back in the flow - luckily the car behind it braked early. Saw a Civic make a fast and stupid right turn from the left lane, luckily the lane was free. A few crosswalk blockers while I was on foot.

    Yesterday morning, early around maybe 0540, saw a tractor trailer on a city street - it was in a turn lane, so I made my turn. I watched it, and it breezed through and kept going straight, but I was blocks ahead by then. Then sped up - I got up to 40 in a 30 and he was closing fast. Then suddenly he slowed down, and was out of my line of sight as I returned to a normal speed. Weird.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,509
    edited April 2013
    Out in the rain (AGAIN) this afternoon. Most of the drive was remarkable for the lack of traffic, many local arterials seemed to be relatively empty - maybe the cold and wet was keeping people indoors. But it couldn't last forever. Heading down a hill, 30 zone, I am going 35 tops, I am the only car on the road in both directions for the entire line of sight. From a parking lot, a middle aged woman in a Caravan pulls right out in front of me and goes about 14mph. And it gets better - a couple blocks later, the road merges with a major arterial (not really a merge per se, as the inverted somewhat-Y style intersection gains a lane, so no lane change is needed. The woman comes to a complete stop (no stop sign, no yield sign, no light), then timidly moves forward at well under 20mph. I hit the horn and get over, and notice her giving me the stink eye as I go past. It's clueless lowest common denominator garbage like that who scare me when I think about getting a bike.
  • xrunner2xrunner2 Posts: 3,062
    The woman comes to a complete stop (no stop sign, no yield sign, no light), then timidly moves forward at well under 20mph. I hit the horn and get over, and notice her giving me the stink eye as I go past. It's clueless lowest common denominator garbage like that who scare me when I think about getting a bike.

    Maybe get out of that sleepless "blue" state and try another blue state nowhere near as bad. Northern Illinois. Not Chicago. Yes there are many goofballs, drivers on cell phones, etc, but apparently nowhere near as bad as the Sleepless area.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,509
    Luckily, bad driving has nothing to do with political preference - visit the deep south or Floriduh for several days, all you have to do is sit back and watch the idiocy unfold. They do move along better than the slowpokes here, anyway (because local crime is so high, cops have other things to do than revenue enforce).

    The problem here is lack of speed, being timid, and being oblivious. It's probably no better or worse overall than the intentional jerkiness you get in the northeast or maybe southern CA. It'll be hard to find the ideal driving place, unless one moves to Germany outside of a big city.
  • slorenzenslorenzen Posts: 273
    "unless one moves to Germany outside of a big city. "


    Only 1 of my trips to Germany, I got to drive the autobahn(north of Koln).

    I was in HEAVEN!
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,509
    For me, a week or two in Germany with a decent rental car is the ultimate vacation. It's funny how high speed high concentration driving can actually almost be therapeutic.

    South of Koln is where I have experienced my fastest German train ride - 289 km/h according to the train.

    From Stuttgart headed towards the Swiss border, areas between Munich - Nuremberg, from Nuremberg north and west, and the 'bahn that runs near the "romantic road" all seem to have tons of "freier wildbahn" areas - long stretches of low density low construction smooth unrestricted road where anything is possible.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,993
    Two left turn lanes leading to the interstate, that was packed at 4 pm. Driver in a Hyundai sat through an entire light.

    Nothing inconsiderate but lordy, the freeway traffic in Seattle just keeps getting worse. After 2 miles of bumper to bumper, I was finally able to hit the HOV lane and get back south of town. At least the surface streets were okay.

    Need help navigating? - or send a private message by clicking on my name.

  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,509
    edited April 2013
    Sounds like Seattle, slow and oblivious.

    I was out in Bellevue after 7pm, ridiculous traffic on 148th, horrible light sequencing, dawdling "drivers" making it 100x worse. I was nice anyway, guy in a Sentra beside me needed in to the turn lane where I was sitting waiting for a negligently maintained signal (thanks, "engineers"! multiple times sat at red lights with no cross traffic) to change, I let him in.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,509
    edited April 2013
    Drove up and down 405 today - fun fun fun. So many going 45-50 in a 60 for no reason. LOTS of phone holders, worst being a young woman I won't describe, left lane, slow, would keep a huge distance between her and the car in front of her, as car after car passed on the right, and she slowly filtered back. Needs to be a four figure ticket.

    While on foot, saw a couple little grey heads in a Chevy Captiva turn the wrong way into a bank drive-thru - and pressed on like it was nothing. I am not sure how they got out.
  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,320
    They had a withdrawal slip. ;)
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,509
    Good one!

    I suspect they were somehow able to wedge their way into a u-turn.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,614
    edited April 2013
    This morning passed a couple of staties parked by the side of the interstate. Radar guy and a chase car.
    I was going about 65, same as everyone else, but I don't know what the speed limit was.
    Maybe the candy red Fiesta made me stand out from the crowd.
    The chase guy looking pretty eager, like waiting for the word 'go'.
    After we passed them, I see the chase guy coming up from behind.
    The strange thing is, his car is spewing a ton of white smoke from underneath.
    He went by, then pulled right in front of me, and a couple of seconds later he yanked the car into the break down lane and stopped.
    Maybe he looked in his rear view mirror and finally saw the smoke? Strange.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,509
    I don't know if there is anything douchier than a red F430, annoying chrome wheels, and no turn signal use. Makes me wonder.

    Saw a local cop make a right turn on red, oncoming left turn had a green light, he just barged out and forced his way in front of an oncoming car - no lights or sirens. Must be nice being both very well paid and untouchable.
  • ronsteveronsteve Posts: 435
    I think I hit the trifecta yesterday afternoon... I figured I would take my bike to Seneca Park after I got off work. Two laps of Seneca and the almost-adjoining Cherokee Park was about the distance I needed, and it was on bike-friendly roads (light to moderate traffic, 25mph SL, bike lanes in a lot of places... and it's a PARK... where many people bike and run). But as bike-friendly as the roads were, the drivers sure weren't.

    At the start of the ride, I was on one of the roads with a bike lane, still just getting into it. Traffic from a side street out of the adjacent neighborhood has a stop sign, but the driver of a 2nd-generation Chrysler LH (from that angle, the Concorde, 300M and LHS all look the same) didn't understand the need to yield to cross traffic, and I had to brake to avoid ending up through a side window and into the back seat.

    And then about a half mile from the end of my ride, coming back into Seneca from the other direction, the road that leads back to where I parked does not have a bike lane. An upper-middle-aged woman in a Cadillac also chose not to yield to the cross traffic that does not stop as she entered from the left, to go in the same direction I was. I was riding in aero, and not sure putting myself behind her would have been any bargain. I was maybe 6 inches from the edge of the pavement, and she missed me by a foot, certainly less than two with the front corner of her car.

    I don't get this town... they are too incompetent to get their brain around two drivers making non-conflicting movements at the same time at a 4-way stop, yet they don't know how to yield to cross traffic when they are the only one with a stop sign.

    And then for good measure, there was the idiot trucker at the Watterson/71 merge as I was driving home from the parks. Traffic on 71 was slow, probably from someone running someone else out of road at the end of the half-mile merge lane. As I was getting on, this trucker wasn't letting anyone in front of him. The car in front of me fell back and blended in behind the truck. When the lane cleared, I was too sick of all the BS of the day to let 2000 feet of good pavement go to waste, so I (necessarily) gunned it to get by the truck (he forced me half way onto the shoulder) and then blended in when I approached the real end of the merge lane.

    Hopefully I can get through Derby Day next Saturday without facing too much more idiocy, or without completely going off on someone who deserves it.
  • andres3andres3 CAPosts: 5,325
    I particularly get peeved when hundreds if not a thousand feet of perfectly good merging lane pavement gets wasted by people who insist at merging at a crawl or far below the speed limit. You have vastly more room to merge at speed; why settle for slowing down and backing up traffic?
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    In SoCal this week, driving a Sonic (the almost-car, not the drive-in). Was at a four-way stop this morning. I stopped fully, had left turn signal on, just starting to turn. An E Class with a middle-aged woman driving does a rolling non-stop on my right, and my thought is, "She isn't going to stop." Nope. Without coming to a stop, she starts turning left... on a collision course. Normally I'd stop to avoid a collision. But this is a rental... a lowly Sonic at that. She has a late-model E Class. So I think, "Go ahead... make my day." I keep turning, albeit slowly and watching her. She slows a bit, then keeps going. I keep going. Finally she stops and give me an embarrased "my bad" look. At least she didn't give me the finger. Then I would have had to ram her.

    Oh, like most luxury cars sold in SoCal, this E Class didn't have turn signals. Must be a CA thing... they pay for the extra pollution controls by taking out features like turn signals.
  • andres3andres3 CAPosts: 5,325
    I've decided a driving error plus + another unacceptable action related to that error gets a honk from me every time.

    For example, a truck pulls out right in front of me to turn left onto a residential road with the perfectly imperfect timing of forcing me to slam on my brakes to avoid hitting him (they were coming out of a driveway on the right from a condo complexes parking lot).

    I was just going to stare them down silently as he drove by, but since he had his hand up to his ear with a cell phone I had to honk at him. He honked back amazingly, so I honked again as we went our separate ways.

    For someone to make two horrific driving mistakes in the last 4 seconds to honk back at me shows some real gall.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    edited April 2013
    Oh, those weren't mistakes, guys. Those were you two getting in the other drivers' ways! :P
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    Okay, so this is the last time I put my summer tires back on the cars in mid-April! I even waited until the latter part of "mid", not having swapped them until 4/22 since this month has been so ridiculously cold. But, despite the cold, the 18+ hours of sunlight every day finally melted all the roads of ice, so I figured there was no harm in doing it.

    Well, starting the day after the swap, the weather turns cold and we've had three separate snowfall events in the last week! This morning, the temp was about 30 degrees, so that snow slicked the roads up in no time. I debated plowing the neighborhood again, but after I got my little Fiesta up to the main road with its summer tires, I didn't have any sympathy for my neighbors any longer. :P
  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,320
    Sounds (honk-honk) like you were outgalled as you don't command respect. ;)
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