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Inconsiderate Drivers (share your stories, etc.)

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  • andres3andres3 CAPosts: 5,329
    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: 18,179
    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: 33,707
    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: 3,327
    I always thought the number of stickers on the car showed their mentality.
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 18,179
    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: 33,707
    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: 33,707
    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 Ex Yooper, en route to New MexicoPosts: 40,506
    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: 33,707
    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: 33,707
    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: 33,707
    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 Ex Yooper, en route to New MexicoPosts: 40,506
    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: 3,327
    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: 3,327
    "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: 33,707
    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: 33,707
    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: 33,707
    Or a Rolls Phantom Cabrio :shades:

    And yes, a good one for speed bumps - we must stay safe!
  • gogogodzillagogogodzilla MarylandPosts: 700
    Could always just tie your horn in with your brakes, so that everytime you brake... the horn goes off.

    (Saw this on the most recent season of Top Gear... and it was hysterically funny to see)
  • andres3andres3 CAPosts: 5,329
    When you see that the rich pay far less in taxes than they have in all of recent history for the US then you start to wonder about those "successful" people.

    Somehow all the tax exemptions, loop holes, and benefits seem to only be designed for the 1%.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,707
    edited May 2013
    Got behind an X5 (with commercial plates, another scam for a few) merging onto a freeway tonight. Started off very slow, driver fumbling with something - maybe dropped a phone or cig or kid. Then floors it, veers left and crosses a few lanes at once - no signal of course. Could this happen in any other vehicle?

    On foot, saw a Hummer H1 (really) crowd into a crosswalk when the crosswalk had green. Does any other vehicle announce as loudly that the driver is a dbag with size issues? Deserves a few hits with a baseball bat.

    Lots of phone yappers tonight, and really bad light sequencing for both drivers and pedestrians alike.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,707
    Coming in to work this morning around 0540 - so a little light in the sky, but all streetlights on, along with lights in parking lots and around commercial buildings etc - it is still pretty dark, especially in the shade. I think about a third of the cars I saw (admittedly not a huge number) had no lights on, or even better, just parking lights. Do people like to be as invisible as possible? What's the mindset there?

    And on the way in, a woman in an S60 shot past me on a 40mph road. I paced her - she was going ~65-70 from what I could tell, dropped it to maybe 55 when the limit changed to 35. She later made an abrupt unsignalled turn into an office complex parking lot - maybe spooked that I was pacing her.
  • whahappanwhahappan Posts: 69
    Not true. The percentage of taxes the rich pay has gone up in recent years. Media coverage would lead you to believe that the Bush tax cuts went mainly to the rich, but the majority went to the less well off. This is not to defend loopholes, as the tax code is insanely complicated and arbitrary.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,707
    A lot of it is just semantics. In the end, we've still embarked on a weird trickle down/"job creator" experiment that has failed. But that's something for another forum.

    Out today, sunny hot day here, not as bad as I would imagined. Main issues were lack of signals on so many cars, and SLOW turners. Is it necessary to go around a wide open corner at 4mph?
  • steverstever Ex Yooper, en route to New MexicoPosts: 40,506
    Talked to an old friend out in Salem today and was surprised to hear it was in the 80s there. We managed 46.

    The chill did keep traffic light; took the van out for a spin and "blew it out" on a back road just a mile from the city limits. Didn't see a single car coming or going on an 8 mile round trip along the lake shore. If someone is inconsiderate in the boonies, does it count? You could have some fun around here but every cop in the county would know learn name and plate in about two hours of zooming around since everyone would be talking about you.

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,707
    It was 85 here in the eastern Seattle suburbs. Should be about as warm tomorrow. which will have some fried brains and oblivious traffic - I am not planning to drive anywhere. Will be going on a little road trip to the coast in a few days, less traffic will be nice.

    Craziest thing about our early hot spell is that Wednesday morning was frosty and cold here.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,707
    edited May 2013
    Out on foot this morning, saw two crosswalk crowders - one a dopey greybeard in an Infiniti FX - realized he was going against red and floored it, so had to dodge him and then hear the douchedrone of that "tuned" exhaust. Thanks. Then a similar move by a frazzled hausfrau in a RX hybrid - sounded just as terrible in a different way when she actually found the accelerator. And saw a small woman with a dumb cap and a ponytail apparently texting while driving a late model Suburban. We've really hit a point where vehicles of a certain mass or even height need to have a special license endorsement.

    Then I was on the road. Got behind an Oregon plated high particulate early 00s diesel Ford truck, dorky idiotic religious sticker on the canopy, weaving all over in its own lane when not making unsignalled lane changes, finally got around it when the road widened. Not a minute later, an Oregon plated Tundra turns left from a side street right in front of me as I am going ~35 - I went around him and he had to stare at me like I had just spit on the pope. Then was sitting at a light where a 1 lane road gains a lane at the intersection. One of our likely new residents in a gold Odyssey tries to crowd in to get into that lane maybe 8 car lengths before it begins, by driving on the shoulder. Missed me by a couple inches - had he hit me, I probably would have dragged him out and slammed the door on his head. I noticed when he turned, he was going well under the limit and straddling both lanes :confuse: Topped it off by getting stuck behind a similar Sienna going well under the limit with a line behind it, "driver" preoccupied with the passengers. First world country, you say? Racing to the bottom...
  • andres3andres3 CAPosts: 5,329
    Changing lanes without signaling is a serious offense in my book.

    Changing lanes without signaling and causing another vehicle to alter its speed to avoid hitting you is doubly serious.

    Changing lanes from two lanes over without signaling and causing another vehicle to slow down rapidly to avoid hitting you is triply serious.]

    Yesterday, I had a car change lanes from two lanes over without signaling, forcing me to hit the brakes hard to avoid hitting them (as they were pretty much going sideways across the road) and I was going at about the SL of 40, and then they turn into a parking lot entrance on the right which has a big ramp that somewhat forces them to enter extra slow (causing me to brake even longer and harder).

    It's one thing to cut across lanes to make a late right turn onto a roadway, quite another to do so just so you can get into a parking lot in my opinion (which forces you to slow way down much slower than a 90 degree right turn would).

    I would give them a quadruple fine for this.
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