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Inconsiderate Drivers (share your stories, etc.)

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,560
    I fear something different in my area, ie; you have a lot of money but are a crap driver - just pay me enough, and I will pass you. With some of the shenanigans I see from high end cars with newbie looking drivers, my theory isn't without merit.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,560
    Was on foot today, saw a cop driving behind a bicyclist. I didn't see what happened, but the cop announced over the intercom "if you are going to ride on the street, you must follow traffic laws!". I laughed out loud.
  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,321
    The truck from Edmonton on its way to Vancouver, Washington was carrying a drilling machine which was too tall unless the truck moved over toward the center of the two lanes., which the driver wanted to do. But because a truck was passing him on his left, he could not move over - and I suspect he therefore struck one of the diagonal braces across the top of the bridge entrance. (The brace above the outside lane is curved to be lower by design.)

    The at fault trucker was hemned in by another Southbound trucker traveling adjacently. IMO, the other trucker pinning the Canadian truck to the outside lane is most inconsiderate.

    Yet, the Canadian trucker should have slowed down on approach to the bridge and given himself enough time to occupy the center lane of the two lanes going his way.

    Always look out for the truckers & yield to them for safety. ;)
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 18,069
    edited May 2013
    >Always look out for the truckers & yield to them for safety.

    I see the wink icon, but I have to respond to the other meaning of that statement.

    For a few years here in this greater area we had signs up showing that the car driver should not cut in front of truck after passing. They had to go out an unknown greater distance before moving back into the lane in front of the semi.

    In Kentucky, they even ran (run now) public service commercials from the highway department to not cut in front of trucks because it causes them to get into accidents. The signs have disappeared from where I used to see them on I-75 in Ohio. I don't know if KY still has the signs. \

    But why is it okay for truckers to cut in front of cars with as little as 8 feet spare before they wag their trailer back over, but cars cutting over with much greater distances to spare in front of trucks causes accidents? Gimmeabreak.

    In KY they actually used a distance radar in a trap truck to measure how closely autos pulled over in front of the truck and then gave them tickets.

    I give truckers courtesy and about 60% respond. I find FedEx semis and dual trailer drivers to be very good drivers in this part of Ohio. We have a terminal near I-70 and I-75 junction, so there are a lot of them.

    As for the I-5 semi driver: that's why God invented brakes--he should have stopped instead of entering the bridge. However, I find a few of the semi drivers traveling resist using their brakes to slow down for anything, even when they are exceeding the speed limit by 5 mph.
  • gogogodzillagogogodzilla MarylandPosts: 700
    edited May 2013
    However, I find a few of the semi drivers traveling resist using their brakes to slow down for anything, even when they are exceeding the speed limit by 5 mph.

    Why would anyone brake to slow down by 5 mph?!? Just take your foot of the gas pedal and gently coast slower.

    Brakes are meant for stopping... killing speed to avoid accidents, collisions, and to keep oneself from flying off the road, *NOT* for the minute by minute regulation of your cruising speed!!!

    :mad: :mad: :mad:

    Everytime I see drivers like this (tapping their brakes every 30 seconds or so), or those that comment in the same vein... all I can think of is a scene from Happy Gilmore.

    Happy Gilmore - Just Tap it in...
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,560
    I see you've driven on I5 between Seattle and Olympia - brake tapper city. They do it when the road turns, too.

    Locally, I think turn signals have gone away for the holiday weekend. Some appalling driving out there yesterday and today - random unsignalled turns and turns from the wrong lane galore. I also notice the city has put up a sign at a major intersection reminding free-turners that the U-turn lane on the cross street has the right of way when the free turn lane has red. I've seen many a close call there, esp by the new to motoring set who we so dearly need.

    Got to use the horn yesterday, couldn't hold it in. Stuck behind a Camry going 25 in a 35, crawling, then at the last second gets into a turn lane with no signal. I hit the horn, driver glares at me. If only I had a car-to-car missile launcher.

    Also lots of stupid light sequencing, as city traffic volumes are light for the long weekend. I saw a late model Jag XK stop and go on a red, bravo, someone else who is fed up with the negligent "engineering" of local traffic controls.
  • hammerheadhammerhead Posts: 885
    Brake tapping: Often caused by left foot braking, with the foot resting on the brake pedal. My dad was infamous (and infuriating) for this!

    The truck I drive at work has engine braking (aka 'Jake Brake') - if it's activated, and you take your foot off the gas to decelerate, it triggers the brake lights. Might be what's happening with the trucks in your example as well.
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 18,069
    >Brakes are meant for stopping... killing speed to avoid accidents, collisions, and to keep oneself from flying off the road, *NOT* for the minute by minute regulation of your cruising speed!!!

    That doesn't even make sense in rereading of my post. The word "tapping" is not mentioned. Too much caffeine?
  • xrunner2xrunner2 Posts: 3,062
    So, is this "inconsiderate", "safe" or "reckless"?

    Got on an interstate under reconstruction yesterday afternoon to go east. Had considered an alternative route but decided to take a chance on getting on the interstate and usual heavy Sunday/holiday traffic. Two lanes each way with trucks, semis required to use left lane.

    On the ramp and just before merge noticed a huge, huge backup of vehicles from the west, which would be behind me. Merged into the right lane just behind a black limo with livery license plate. A semi was next to me in left lane and another semi just in front of him.

    For next 8 miles, 8 MILES, the semi drivers and the limo driver drove exactly the construction zone speed limit. Safe and legal drivers no doubt. With the limo driver exactly placing the rear of his/her car at the front bumper of the trailing semi, for 8 MILES. Noticed no traffic, vehicles in front of this blocking trio. Finally, the construction situation changed a little and allowed getting around both the limo and each semi.
  • hammerheadhammerhead Posts: 885
    Which is exactly what would happen if everyone was a slave to the speed limit, as some have advocated on these pages. Good reason not to be.
  • xrunner2xrunner2 Posts: 3,062
    edited May 2013
    Should have added more details. There were absolutely none, zero, nada construction workers anywhere to be seen on this Sunday, Memorial Day National Holiday weekend. No rain. Pavement was dry. Sky was overcast, but not somewhat bright. No glare. Hardly any wind. Just about ideal driving conditions.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,686
    If they want to stick to the speed limit (here, the work zone limit) and there's more than one lane, they should stay right. Pretty simple.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,144
    Not mine, my brother's newish Odyssey. We split up today after hanging out all week in Croton on Hudson NY. We headed toward Buffalo and they got just into Vermont across from Albany NY when someone "without brakes" plowed into them. No one hurt, but they had bikes on the back that got trashed in addition to the entire hatch - blew the back window out, etc.

    Do brakes really "fail" that often anymore? My money's on a cell phone.

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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,278
    was up in Ithaca NY this weekend for my son's graduation. He lives on one of the (many) steep streets heading downtown (man, your legs get a workout on those hills!)

    anyway, parked in front of his apartment (on the uphill side) a bit behind an old saturn wagon. Come out about an hour later, to find the saturn mushed up against my front bumper. turns out, the girl in front of that car (with a 2007 Milan) tried to get out of her parking spot, and managed to back into the Saturn hard enough to wrench it sideways and push it into my car (wife's 7 MO RDX).

    thankfully, looked like it only bent my license plate and did not other damage (there is a little pod that sticks out to hold the front plate). So, pretty much no big deal. I back the car up as far as I can and we go out to dinner.

    When I get back and am loading the car, the girl that owns the Saturn comes back, and I explain what happened to her (there was a card on her windshield from the cop that wrote up the report). But, it has a stick and as she was trying to pull out, she was so bad at it that she managed to back into me again. Same spot, more damage to plate. So, I back up in front of the driveway to get out of her way, determine that there was no additional damage, and she finally manages to roar out into the road.

    it was a long, long day.

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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,278
    Steve, that is why I like the hitch mounted rack. between that and the heavy duty hitch, it stops a lot of impact to the van.

    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!)

  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,144
    Well, I don't know much about hitches, but their carrier is a hitch mounted one. I assume it's an OEM Honda one but not sure. I'm guessing their Yakima bike carrier is trashed too, and Yak racks aren't cheap.

    His advice to me tonight? Drive fast so no one can hit you from behind.

    Not a good weekend for cars, but major congrats to your kiddo!

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  • gogogodzillagogogodzilla MarylandPosts: 700
    However, I find a few of the semi drivers traveling resist using their brakes to slow down for anything, even when they are exceeding the speed limit by 5 mph.

    By saying that you have a "few semi drivers that resist using their brakes to slow down for anything, even when they are exceeding the speed limit by 5 mph"... then the converse is that most semi drivers DO use their brakes to slow down for anything, even when they are exceeding the speed limit by 5 mph.

    That's what got my goat.
  • ronsteveronsteve Posts: 435
    That costs the family another $100 to retest, most of which goes in the tester's pocket. Quite the scam and it really hurts the family when you live in a place where there's no good jobs.

    How can you say there are no good jobs there? It sounds like being a driver's license examiner around those parts is a good job. ;)
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,144
    edited May 2013
    Good testing price, but all the families had to move elsewhere for the jobs so there's only a half dozen kids around to test every year. :shades:

    Had to drive on my nemesis highway yesterday, the 401 in Ontario. Luckily I only had to go a mile to cut over to another road. The news last night was all about the complete blockage of the 401 east of Toronto due to an accident. My general impression of Ontario drivers hasn't improved any over the years; lots of speeders and tailgaters that belies the "polite" Canadians rubic.

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,560
    No remarkably bad scenes today, but there seemed to be an abundance of yappers and texters - the majority of the latter seeming to be the fairer set.

    Oh, did see a Range Rover Sport pull out of a Whole Foods parking lot (naturally) and block 2 lanes of traffic trying to get into a desired turn lane. It received several well deserved honks. Never a cop around that place...
  • eliaselias Posts: 1,903
    edited May 2013
    bravo from me and the truckers and other lane-disciplined drivers, andre3!

    also i bet you have noticed how the traffic flow opens up after the Left Lane Controllers have been given the prescribed treatment.
    For the ones that will just stay behind you in the left lane, you can just stay ahead of them at minimum highway speed 45 mph, until all the bigrigs and normal drivers have passed on the right. expect cheers from them, but some may be confused and flip you off!

    the prescribed LLC treatments provoke the exact results you mention in the northeast too. indeed a certain percentage of LLCs are the ones who try to pass on the right at 99 mph, to then go 55 in the left lane again if they can cut back to left lane. they really love the left lane more than life itself!

    btw, have you noticed that Priuses seem to be MLCs more than LLCs ? MLCs are not egregiously bad as LLCs, but they can be annoying iimpediments to normal traffic/drivers too!
  • eliaselias Posts: 1,903
    imadoz, the reason its ok for trucks to cut off cars closer than cars can cut off trucks is Newtonian physics and the law of conservation of momentum, and energy required to dissipate larger/faster vehicle's larger kinetic energy and slow down. you can't get a break from that even if you say 'gimmebreak'.
    good luck to LLCs trying to avoid Newtonian physics when LLCing a larger or faster vehicle.
    years ago friend of mine with 99 suburban diesel was LLCed and brake-checked by a car driver ahead of him. significant crash resulted. no damage to suburban or suburban-driver.
  • eliaselias Posts: 1,903
    A New Jersey approach to LLCers is to drive exactly match their speed adjacent to them, without passing (since passing on the right is illegal). Only go as far as front axles being adjacent - never pass.
    This does nothing initially to cure the traffic blockage caused by the LLCers and may make it worse... But sometimes it results in the LLCer realizing that following the rules and moving right is their best move.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,560
    Around here, I'd be worried about a passive-aggressive explosion, where the LLCer swerves into me. I have no problem passing on the right, and I think its illegality is overstated in some places - I don't live in limeyland.
  • bobw3bobw3 Posts: 2,997
    What was the contruction speed? 45mph? So if it was 45mph, the 8 miles took 10.7 minutes. If that limo moved and you could go 75mph it would have taken you 6.4 minutes to go the 8 miles.

    Lot of whining :cry: for 4.3 minutes ;)
  • xrunner2xrunner2 Posts: 3,062
    What was the contruction speed? 45mph? So if it was 45mph, the 8 miles took 10.7 minutes. If that limo moved and you could go 75mph it would have taken you 6.4 minutes to go the 8 miles.

    Yes, what is 4 minutes in the big scheme of things. So, if a commute on an interstate were 24 miles, then it would only be 12 minutes more. Not really that much when compared to 24 hours in a day. Think of all of the lives saved if all interstates had a 45 mph speed limit. ;)
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 18,069
    >What was the contruction speed? 45mph? So if it was 45mph, the 8 miles took 10.7 minutes.... 75mph it would have taken you 6.4 minutes to go the 8 miles.

    I'm laughing because the construction zone speed is set for a reason. Going 75 through the zone is not safe or they would have the limit at 75 mph.

    I laugh because during our Road Trip starting Monday, I saw several police cars watching in construction zones here in Ohio. I saw 3 OSP units with stopped vehicles, all from Michigan, who apparently thought the 55 speed limit did not apply to them in construction on a legal holiday in Ohio.

    Those few minutes for a miles-long construction slower speed are trivial in terms of your whole trip. We had more time wasted by the DOT in Ohio which had been doing temp construction at an overpass and had lanes down to 1 with a huge backup on Wednesday. Signs still out and after 10-14 miles of slow then 30-40 mph, there are no workers. Just two trucks with workers/supervisors chatting on one side of interstate--but the signs were still left out to form one lane. They should have taken down signs both directions and then had their chat to kill time before heading back to clock in.

    Now that's inconsiderate. I think every truck in Michigan and Canada was heading south through that backup--more trucks than passenger cars.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,278
    Well, I live in Jersey. and there is nothing in my experience that will get the cruisers to move over. maybe a weapon, but 1/2 of them still would not notice.

    and your idea reminds me of a story. My boss of some years back commuted on 95/295 from PA to NJ, and tended to drive quickly. one stretch is about 5 lanes wide, and one day he comes up to a LLC convention, essentially a rolling roadblock, in the 4 left lanes.

    so, being in a hurry, he moves to the far right and passes (I think he had a Bullit mustang at the time).

    Yup, next thing you know a cop is pulling him over. that LLCs were a police trap, just trying to sucker someone into passing in the right hand lane. And I guess go over the SL, since I think the cops were right at it.

    talk about a waste of taxpayer $ and time/effort that I am sure could have been better spent elsewhere.

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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,278
    last time I was on 95 between DC/Baltimore, they had cameras set up in the construction zone. assuming they were actually being used, the state was making a lot of money considering how many people never slowed down!

    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!)

  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,560
    If you want to go 45, get onto a minor highway and let drivers drive. Everyone in the country isn't in bland middle America with nowhere to go and all day to get there.

    Funny thing about the unmanned construction zones though - HUGE problem in Europe, worse than in the US.
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