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Inconsiderate Drivers (share your stories, etc.)

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  • andres3andres3 CAPosts: 5,325
    One of these days when I'm very old and very well insured I'll ram one of these fools right in the driver's side door, then claim the "stand my ground" defense.
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 18,046
    edited May 2013
    Downtown Columbus: A little old lady in her CRV in 2nd lane from right of 4 lanes on I670. The far right lane is peeling off and ending so she moves over in front of me at 10 mph below my speed at 65 in the 3rd lane from right.

    . Gave about 2 blinks of turn signal and over she came. Her lane still had about 3/4 mile to go before it would end: only the rightmost lane went off to a surface exit.

    She didn't try to speed up. It was just "Hello," here I am. Sheeesh. As I passed I see a librarian or retired teacher (stereotype alert) with 3 other ladies stuffed into the vehicle all peering out their windows as if they are afraid for their lives. PS, traffic was very light at 8:30 am going away from downtown. I looked for a "I love Seattle" sticker on rear to see if she was one of those timid drivers that Fintail sees in Seattle..

    I was very nice and only tooted twice. However she slowed down to about 45 after I passed. If someone can't drive on the freeway, stay on surface streets. That's what one of my wife's friends does here around Dayton. Scared of freeway.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,505
    Ha, that really does sound like Seattle. It is the worst IMO on 405 east of the city. At virtually any time of day, you will find "drivers" going 45 or so in a 60, traffic whizzing by, death grip on the wheel, as they venture on to the scary and dangerous freeway. A lot of these drivers are of similar demographics, too. Nicest thing I can say is that they usually have good lane discipline and keep right - but this still causes bottlenecks.

    Gotta chime in about the horn honking from earlier, too. When an idiot honks back after a poor maneuver, it really shows their mentality.
  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,321
    I always thought the number of stickers on the car showed their mentality.
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 18,046
    edited May 2013
    >Ha, that really does sound like Seattle.

    Your excellent descriptions paint pictures in my mind of various people types when you describe them. This driver had straight hair down to collar with a mixture of gray and black. Glasses with plastic frame.

    She had to be in a panic when the 2 lanes on left of 4 end up merging onto I70 on the left side. So she found herself in the middle of fairly busy I70 traffic, in the third lane of 4 lanes after the I70 pair merged on the right.

    Of course I'm probably wrong and they were heading to Hollywood Casino, new in town and Ohio, to game for a while and have lunch.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,505
    There's probably a negative correlation between the number of bumper stickers, and driving skill. Political stickers of either party especially, and even more especially long after the election is over.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,505
    edited May 2013
    There's a big casino some distance north of me, almost always a back up on I5 around it - but lots of surrounding stores probably add to that as well. The thought of gambling and maybe a face stuffing buffet seems to addle some peoples minds :shades: Always a fun mix of little grey heads and new resident types to make driving fun.

    On the way home today, saw a Corolla make a free right turn. Unfortunately, the young woman driver turned wide into the left lane (4 lane arterial, center turn lane), and a BMW 5er GT was already there, moving along at maybe 35. BMW guy quickly hit the brakes, swerved, and honked. City revenue/law enforcement officer was sitting on the other side of the intersection, didn't blink an eye. At that time was behind a Lexus RX doing "the creep" - pulled up at the light a ways behind the car in front of it, and every several seconds would move up maybe half a foot. Why do people do this? Then while on foot saw typical downtown idiocy - lots of phone yappers.
  • whahappanwhahappan Posts: 69
    I've told this story before, but a while ago and it fits the sentiment of your last sentence.

    Anyway, one time I was coasting up to a red light in the right lane on a 4 lane (2 each direction) street. This bozo pulls out right in front of me from a gas station, so I change lanes to the left lane. So does he, cutting me off for a 2nd time within 2 seconds, forcing me to hit the brakes again. Then he proceeds into the left turn only lane. Then swerves back again into the leftmost straight lane, where I was, forcing me back into the right lane. All within ~ 150 ft. I finally hit the horn, just a quick 2 second honk, nothing excessive. The female passenger rolls down the window and gives me the finger with and yells at me with an enraged look on her face.
    BTW, this was in Canada, home of the most polite people on earth :P
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,974
    Not on the 401. :D

    We need more of these:

    Where ‘Share the Road’ Is Taken Literally (NY Times)

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,505
    Amazing the kind of infrastructure you can fund when you aren't off being the policeman of the world, or subsidizing the ill gotten gains of the top few. Would never work in any suburban here.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,505
    Certainly no greater driving ability north of the border. It's America Jr in that regard.

    I've rarely received a finger from a honk, but have received a honk back. That will usually prompt me to lay on the horn, especially if I am in my old car which has a horn louder than modern cars. In that war, I win :shades:
  • xrunner2xrunner2 Posts: 3,062
    That will usually prompt me to lay on the horn, especially if I am in my old car which has a horn louder than modern cars. In that war, I win

    Here's a horn that will draw some attention. Especially if put on a Mercedes Benz. How would the sleepless drivers react.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfwH37gv0Wc
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,505
    Ha, my friend who lived in GA told me I should put something exactly like that on the new car - to see the reaction it would get, esp at the dealer. He also wants to put a locomotive horn or maybe a fog horn in his own car - something that will break windows, not understanding that it would also break his own windows :shades:

    I wonder if a musical horn would wake up the stupid, or if they'd just tune it out even more. Not uncommon to see dolts do nothing when an ambulance or cop with a screaming siren (very loud here) comes up behind them.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,974
    Never been there but the shared idea is apparently liked on Commercial Street in Provincetown, Mass.

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  • xrunner2xrunner2 Posts: 3,062
    Ha, my friend who lived in GA told me I should put something exactly like that on the new car - to see the reaction it would get, esp at the dealer.

    Maybe you would need a 3rd vehicle that would be more appropriate to that horn. A jacked-up, beater pickup. Or a Charger.
  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,321
    That horn playing "Dixie" would be sounded late at night while having to roll over several Speed Bumps in the upscale neighborhood. :P
  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,321
    "subsidizing the ill gotten gains of the top few"

    This statement appears every once in a while & reflects the author having a large degree of envy &/or jealousy. Why not be happy for the success of others? ;)
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,505
    When the success is actually earned, I couldn't be happier. But you know as well as I do that it often, if not usually, is not.

    "Jealousy" is a lame red herring style accusation made to distract or deceive, IMNSHO :P
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,505
    Not exactly the average American street, then. It's a fun idea, but more suited for places that have actual working public transit and better relationships between workplace centers and residential areas - which isn't most of the US.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,505
    Or a Rolls Phantom Cabrio :shades:

    And yes, a good one for speed bumps - we must stay safe!
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