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Inconsiderate Drivers (share your stories, etc.)

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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,269

    @MrShift@Edmunds said: Lout in a monster diesel pickup--keeps it running while filling his 2 tanks---the exhaust pipe, the size of a culvert, is spewing fumes into the filling area, while the truck's Hammers of Hell clackering ricochets off the station's extended roof. Nice, real nice.

    Ugh. This is the norm for winter filling in interior Alaska (and not just for the loud diesel pickups). I think people look at me like I'm crazy just because I actually do shut off my car and hang out at the pump while it fills. My take on it? Your car's interior doesn't freeze up in the five minutes it takes to fill, and neither will you freeze up in that time if you're even remotely dressed for the weather!

  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,269

    Pump up the jam; pump it up; yo, pump it!

  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,937

    That (should be) what emergency fuel shut-offs are for. We have lots of idlers around here these days (sometimes even me, when the MIL is on her way). One of the few places we've lived with no inversions though - no mountains and plenty of "fresh" breezes off the lake. B)

  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,907

    I bet that truck driver has a Harley for summer days B)

    The idling reminds me of what I have noticed from some probable "new" drivers here, who will let their car warm up for several minutes before driving. Parked in a garage.

  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,305

    When the diesel driver goes to the restroom is when you turn off the engine or if possible lock the doors while the engine is running.

  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,907
    edited January 31

    Winner tonight - 86-89 Accord going ~32 in a 40, when I went past, driver had a phone to their ear. Nice to see the enforcement propaganda is paying off.

    Get paid to drive inconsiderately, (no doubt paid) time off and training when you err again, protection by one of the most rabid untouchable unions in humanity - money well spent, and I am sure well earned. Not wasted at all, nope.

  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,907

    Got stuck behind a couple of airheads in an Escape - going 10 under on a surface street,then going 30 on a yellow signed 40 ramp leading up to a north-south interstate exchange. The "driver" (who fit the middle aged woman cute ute driver stereotype to a tee) was wildly gesturing and talking with her passenger, often not even looking at the road. Thankfully at the interchange, she went right and I went left, and I got to hit the horn as I went by. She looked at me shocked, then continued to plod along. I looked in my mirror and saw her continuing to hold up a line of cars as she moved off.

  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,907
    edited February 9

    Got a surprise few inches of slushy snow last night, and being in the Seattle area, you know what means!

    I live on a hill:

    None of these cars were moving. Local logic dictates when driving on even a slightly slick hill, just stand on the brakes and see if the car will stop, even if it means using a curb or another car to come to a stop.

    One street over, this was the fun scene. That's not a parking area, if it matters:

    Yes, that's a new Quattroporte (Q4 even) that seems to have suffered an oopsie. BC plates, new 6 figure car in downtown Bellevue, any assumptions you make from there are probably correct:

  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,937
    edited February 9

    Our best man lives in Salem and he called last night to let me know they got hammered pretty good too. They aren't going anywhere right now.

  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,907

    Oregon got it pretty bad - not nearly as bad here, most arterial roads are bare and wet right now. My street is slushy, side streets still snowy. Good day to stay in.

  • ruking1ruking1 Posts: 14,483
    edited February 9

    Got to love all this global warming !!!! Anybody wonder what would happen if we were heading really into an ICE age? :p

  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,937

    The Iditarod wouldn't have to move to FBX to find snow, but could go south to Salem? (adn.com)

    Can't imagine how many more overconfident 4WD drivers would wind up in the ditch with even a little ice age. ;)

  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,349

    Good photos, fintail. I went for a nice hike in Lake Sammamish State Park this morning and it was beautiful.

  • eliaselias Posts: 1,830

    in the northeast we seen worse every other winter, but hopefully those northwestern USA people are safe and only a few cars and guardrails and trees got damaged.

    doesn't anyone have dashcam out there, let's see some vehicles spinning like in that VW commercial. ?

  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,907

    I'd like to see some dashcam footage of the Maserati dolt.

    Things are fairly clear here now, a marginal event as is typical at the end of a cold spell. Seems it was colder when I was a kid, but I lived east of the mountains, and the 80s had unusually harsh weather in this region.

  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,305

    We left Seattle Friday morning when it was still clear, dry, but cold. However, it was colder the night before after leaving McCaw and The Sleeping Beauty ballet. Visit Seattle, but live elsewhere.

  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,349

    High in my list of Inconsiderate Drivers are what I call "Park Waiters". Costco is the worst for this. Even though there are plenty of parking spaces further down the row, when they see a person about to leave, they will sit right in the middle of a lane with their turn signal flashing and wait for the car to finally leave. Often the person leaving has a large load of stuff to out in the car, kids to load into car seats etc and these people still sit there!

    If the lot is full, I can see it but what harm is done by having to walk another 100 feet?

    Complaint number two are the lazy jerks who can't be bothered to return their carts to the numerous cart return areas. Nope, they will hook them on a curb making hit hard to navigate the corner or simply leave them wherever they feel like!

    NOW...I feel better!

  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,907

    Seattle is what I call "pedestrian and vehicle unfriendly". Difficult and expensive for driving, risky and inefficient for walking. The greybeard greenie weenies want everyone on a bus or bicycle (and want everyone to live in a 300sq ft shoebox) while they themselves still drive a private car and live in a big house bought back when wage:housing price ratios were from a different planet. Of course.

    Costco parking lots are a zoo, you should see the one in Kirkland, which is a favorite for "new" drivers from the Bellevue-Redmond area. I laugh at the lazy parking spot trollers as I park out in the sticks (to avoid damage) and usually pass them on foot, as they are still waiting for a space, and we entered the lot at the same time.

    Not returning a cart should be revocation of membership.

  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,349

    There are plenty of those "new" (I know what you mean) drivers that shop at Issaquah too.

    The same people that will run their carts into your ankles as they make a dash for the free samples that are being passed out!

  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,907
    edited February 10

    Costco cart drivers seem even worse in the store than when in their cars. Most times I venture in there, I end up being hit or cut off by errant simps who act like they've never been to a store before. Definitely a good place for inconsiderate shoppers.

    I really hope the new policy that private driving schools can give license tests doesn't make it worse.

    @isellhondas said: There are plenty of those "new" (I know what you mean) drivers that shop at Issaquah too.

    The same people that will run their carts into your ankles as they make a dash for the free samples that are being passed out!

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