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Inconsiderate Drivers (share your stories, etc.)

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,689

    This morning saw a new A6 with a middle aged gent behind the wheel, phone to his ear. I KNOW this car has bluetooth - driver is either lazy or stupid, deserves a heavy fine - but will not get one, as his demographic doesn't answer for much. I also saw a Range Rover Sport use turn signals, I thought I was hallucinating.

    And maybe inconsiderate, saw an LS460 on a flatbed tow truck - either broken or another bootstrapper who parked wherever he wanted.

  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,679

    I still see people with cell phones pressed to their ears on a daily basis.

    I know in Issaquah, if a cop sees this you WILL get pulled over and the ticket is something like 140.00. Maybe if it were 500.00 people would get the message...probably not.

  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,689

    They need to come to downtown Bellevue - could make a fortune with such tickets. I don't know of anyone who has ever been stopped for that reason, nor have I ever seen it happen. The LEO community claims they do it, and all I can say is, that's nice.

    I was out on foot and saw a discarded tire chain - that reminds me, during the little snow event, I saw 3 cars with chains (!). Two Altimas and a Camcord of some kind. One of the Altimas had a loose chain, which was loudly clattering in the wheel well. I bet that looks nice today.

  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 21,960
    edited February 11

    Looks like I was in inconsiderate driver, in the eyes of the DC government at least, and they're gonna make me pay $150 for it. Here's the video of the heinous deed I did... http://smg.photobucket.com/user/jgandrew/media/Other Junk/20140131_192527_034472348765_1_zps49ed8fac.mp4.html

    I think they're bitching because, even though I made a complete stop, I went into the crosswalk. Wonder if it's worth trying to contest this thing or not? There are no points attached, at least. Still, it makes me mad enough that I never want to go into DC again.

  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,326

    Costco customers are the same in Vancouver, Portland, & Warrenton as well. Nordstom shoppers have the best manners & patience with seniors.

  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,689

    Reminds me of driver's ed where I was told to stop at the crosswalk, then pull out to look. I am sure they could get you on that technicality. Those salaries don't come out of thin air.

    @andre1969 said: Looks like I was in inconsiderate driver, in the eyes of the DC government at least

  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,689
    edited February 11

    On foot this morning, saw 2 white late model M3s - coupe and sedan - both with minimal to zero turn signal use, both making it a point to produce as much noise as possible. Overgrown fratboys - the 14 year olds are all in school at that hour, nobody else cares.

    Real winner was an Evoque that made a left turn from a right turn only lane, and did it with hilarious aggression.

    Also while on foot, saw a sidewalk closed for construction, but no signage for this until you came up on it. Good job, well connected contractor. And a cop hanging out there, no doubt to nab anyone speeding through the zone in an under-50K car.

  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,679

    Driving schools can issue licenses?? Scary!

    I used to keep those "new drivers" on a tight leash at the Honda store. How some of them passed their Driver's Test I could never understand. I had several close calls and several times, I made the people pull over and I drove back.

    We did have several wrecks while I was there.

    When we owned the Acura store in Southcenter, we had a customer get killed in an Integra when he hit a pole. The salesperson got badly hurt but survived.

  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,454
    edited February 12

    Around here the "contract" license examiners are reported to flunk people so they can get another fee.

    That happened to a friend's kid here last year; had to take the exam three times and finally went out of town to find a different examiner, who passed him.

    Last month he smashed up his car. B)

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  • ruking1ruking1 Posts: 14,858
    edited February 12

    @Stever@Edmunds said: Around here the "contract" license examiners are reported to flunk people so they can get another fee.

    That happened to a friend's kid here last year; had to take the exam three times and finally went out of town to find a different examiner, who passed him.

    Last month he smashed up his car. B)

    It would appear the three examiners that "flunked" him were correct ! ? Hopefully he didn't hurt anybody else for his accident, waiting for a place to happen.

  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,454

    It was a bit ironic, but I was good. When I heard about the wreck, I kept my mouth shut. :D

    Must not have been much of a wreck, the estimate was only around $1,000. Going too fast for conditions and slid into the rear of someone's car.

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  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,679

    My stepdad was a Driver's License Examiner in Southern California for over 30 years and I don't think he ever was in an accident. He did have to grab the steering wheel a few times and he ended a few tests after the first block.

    How he did this and how his nerves held up I will never know!

  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,689
    edited February 12

    Yep, new law. Well, they can administer the driving test which grants a license. Motorcycle schools have been able to test for endorsements for some time, but I think the instructors there might take it more seriously. Really kind of makes me worry, in this area with so many "new" drivers who have massive bank accounts, if you know what I mean.

    When I was a student, a friend of mine was a recent arrival from Taiwan, he wanted a car, so we test drove a few. I remember the Toyota guy looked pretty worried at times - the driver bad spatial awareness. I think it took three tries for him to pass his test.

    @isellhondas said: Driving schools can issue licenses?? Scary!

  • ruking1ruking1 Posts: 14,858
    edited February 12

    @fintail said: Yep, new law. Well, they can administer the driving test which grants a license. Motorcycle schools have been able to test for endorsements for some time, but I think the instructors there might take it more seriously. Really kind of makes me worry, in this area with so many "new" drivers who have massive bank accounts, if you know what I mean.

    When I was a student, a friend of mine was a recent arrival from Taiwan, he wanted a car, so we test drove a few. I remember the Toyota guy looked pretty worried at times - the driver bad spatial awareness. I think it took three tries for him to pass his test.

    I think then you have to put the Taiwan (albeit ISLAND) accident/fatality experience in CONTEXT and then compare it with the area that you are speaking of.

    Government statistics indicate that motorcycle accidents/fatalities are almost @ epidemic proportions !! Indeed that is their narrative ! This is DESPITE way more stringent licensing procedures !! ?? Conversely, the CAR accident/fatalities rates are the LOWEST since they have been recording these statistics. Of course this is DESPITE the (anecdotal) narrative on LOOSE drivers licensing procedures.

    So in that sense, if we pine for the "good ole days," the good ole days are truly, ... NOW !!!! ????

    www-fars.nhtsa.dot.gov/Main/index.aspx

  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,689

    Cars have insanely good safety tech these days. Other than ABS and traction control on a few bikes, motorcycles are much the same as they were decades ago - before grizzled greybeards started loving 900lb cruisers. The bike rates will probably become even worse in the next decade. Tech saves lives. When you don't have tech, well...

    @ruking1 said: www-fars.nhtsa.dot.gov/Main/index.aspx

  • ruking1ruking1 Posts: 14,858
    edited February 12

    It does make me wonder how much more or less inconsiderate DRIVER LESS cars will be ! :p

    The Asiana crash using the AUTOMATIC landing procedure @ SFO comes to mind.

    I am not sure if commute articles like this have any wider audience.

    mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_25107054/exit-lane-cheaters-tempt-road-rage-crashes-and

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,807

    That trick was perfected in L.A. and then exported upstate.

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,689

    Similar, I know someone who got rear ended by a shoulder cheater. He exited when the striping said he could, and got nailed by an idiot going 40 on the shoulder. The shoulder driver was found completely at fault, and the guy I knew got his old Corolla replaced out of it.

  • ruking1ruking1 Posts: 14,858

    @fintail said: Similar, I know someone who got rear ended by a shoulder cheater. He exited when the striping said he could, and got nailed by an idiot going 40 on the shoulder. The shoulder driver was found completely at fault, and the guy I knew got his old Corolla replaced out of it.

    As rare as it might appear to be, there is justice in the world.

  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,326
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 18,163

    @euphonium said: This is a very inconsiderate driver. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=552174954814769&set=vb.100000668098798&type=2&theater

    Some people have way too much time on their hands.

  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,689
    edited February 13

    Those driver pranks are big on youtube.

    Drive home today - stuck behind a 4-Runner weaving around in the lane with big speed variances, due to the driver being distracted by his passenger. I eventually passed, and he dropped way back, probably going 10 under. Nice. Saw a Lexus LS with no signals, and an M6 with signals, bizarre. Also a middle aged guy in an S-class with a phone to his ear, maybe suffering from affluenza. Final sight was maybe not inconsiderate, but funny - Range Rover Sport on a flatbed tow truck. Kind of its natural habitat, but I like to think a Bellevue wife parked where she wanted when going in for botox, and came out to find no car in the spot.

  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,454

    Inconsiderate snow in Chattanooga.

    The Sheriff didn't read the Warning Sign.

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,689

    That's probably worth 3 days of paid leave/vacation.

  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,689

    This evening, saw a guy in a NSX with a phone to his ear, I kid you not. Also got blindly pulled in front of by a Corolla, but that's almost expected.

  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,871

    @fintail said: This evening, saw a guy in a NSX with a phone to his ear, I kid you not. Also got blindly pulled in front of by a Corolla, but that's almost expected.

    What was the "kid you not" part? A guy in an NSX? ;)

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  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 17,679
    edited February 14

    Last week I was sitting in a left turn lane, waiting for the arrow when I noticed a car in the next lane with it's left turn signal going.

    Yep, when the arrow came on, he made a left turn nearly ramming the car alongside him.

    I had to hit the brakes otherwise I would have hit him or he would have been forced into the curb.

    I held my horn button down for five seconds.

    My town crawls with cops everywhere but not then!

  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,689

    Well, I wouldn't expect the fairer set to drive one :)

    @PFFlyer@Edmunds said: What was the "kid you not" part? A guy in an NSX? ;)

  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,689

    Never there when you want them. They never seem to be around the errant Range Rovers and BMWs in my neighborhood, either. Such a coincidence.

    @isellhondas said: Last week I was sitting in a left turn lane, waiting for the arrow when I noticed a car in the next lane with it's left turn signal going.

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