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post #1 of 27 Old 11-11-2012, 10:26 PM Thread Starter
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Drivers nowadays...

I swear..I've got to be the only driver in 3 states that actually follows the laws (aside from straying a little from speed limit, lol). I can't even get on hw65 without having someone force me to slam my brakes on or swerve to avoid hitting them..It's really getting on my nerves. I've been pushed off the road (literally, into the grass dividers on the interstates/highways) by semis, I almost got t-boned on a straight road by a semi because he decided he was going to swerve and make a quick turn without a turn signal or anything, I've been cut in front of on the highway (minding my own business in the same lane) from people merging pretty much right into my front bumper, I've had people throw open their car doors into moving traffic without a thought in their mind (illegal here, btw, I should've just hit their door..multiple times), and I just had to slam my brakes on and swerve into the wrong lane (thank goodness nothing was coming!) to avoid actually being pushed over by some car half the size of mine!
I know I'm a good driver (been told by many adults/respectable figures) because I always stay a safe distance away from everyone else, I'm always ready to hurry and brake to avoid rear ending someone, and I've been able to safely avoid all of these accidents (the semi's, in which I'd probably have been in the hospital with my beloved car totalled) with my quick reflexes and ability to think my recourse through in time to carry it out safely. I just feel like I'm a magnet for drivers who shouldn't have their licenses...

I love driving because it relaxes my mind from stress, and then things like this make me want to stop driving without a vehicle that can't be pushed off the road by something bigger (aka, a semi)..It's distressing, to the max. It stresses me to get on the interstate to drive to work now, and everytime I drive around town I end up wasting gas so that I can stay on normal town/city roads and avoid the highway..

Anywho..just venting, and wondering who (if anyone) has these problems as well..cookies to anyone who read the whole thing, lol.
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post #2 of 27 Old 11-11-2012, 10:33 PM
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Drivers vary a lot from region to region. When I went to the L.A. area I was blown away with how impatient and fast they drove, and yet, they are by and large very skillful at handling the car.
Around here, people are fairly laid back about driving, and sometimes too indecisive and insecure . that can be frustrating.
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post #3 of 27 Old 11-12-2012, 07:27 AM
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Seems to follow a general decline in manners.

I will say that the town where I am now living has some very considerate drivers. At four-way stops? If there is a question about whose turn is next, smiles and friendly gestures.

We get a lot of tourists during the summer, and the locals are so patient with them. It's refreshing. Especially after the last small town I lived near. 4-way stops got you gang signs and obscenities from the illegals. Pretty much existing got you those.
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post #4 of 27 Old 11-12-2012, 07:39 AM
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it seams at one time almost no body high beamed you, now almost every car does, guess they are too busy texting.
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post #5 of 27 Old 11-12-2012, 08:20 AM
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It's worse when you're towing a horse trailer! I am cut off way more when I'm towing than when I'm not.
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post #6 of 27 Old 11-12-2012, 08:45 AM Thread Starter
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Ooh, DA! That reminds me, the first time I ever cut someone off (not too to be any issue with their speed, but if they would've been speeding up the hill/ was to get behind a trailer with a horse I thought I knew xD Actually happened yesterday as well.

I get highbeamed wayy too often. Now I usually wait until they flick their's off first or I flip my right back on before I actually pass them.

Boots, that's how it generally is with 4-way stops around here..aside from the fact that you could get t-boned by a driver coming up the big hill (all the other stops aside from the one across can't see if anything's there unless they pull up past the line), it's just like that. I usually let people go with a wave on and a smile unless I personally know someone and they either stole/owe me/talk some mad crap on me. I will say, I get annoyed when the little old ladies go 10 under the speed limit up a hill, but I don't actually holler out the window. Last night I hollered everything I knew that was obscene at the little blue car..I have yet to inspect the side of my car to make sure they didn't brush my mirror >.>

Maybe I should move to the LA area instead of But then again, all Pittsburgh drivers are fast, impatient, and I swear they have thoughts of sending you and your car off the bridge o.o But out here, they don't know how to skillfuy drive their vehicle (aside from me. I've actually gone on the back roads/parking lots and tried just about everything out so that I'd be prepared for how it happened if I had to out on the road.
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Nothing compares to rural SC. I was entering I-85 when the car ahead of me STOPPED on the entrance ramp to look for traffic. I was accelerating to merge, and thank goodness I was far enough back to avoid him. There is absolutely no way to type on here what I was thinking......

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post #8 of 27 Old 11-12-2012, 09:01 AM Thread Starter
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Ooh..that's happened to me as well. Now I ride about 15-20mph until I get about 2/3 up the ramp and there isn't a car attempting to merge in front of me and pretty much floor it, haha.
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I have no patience in a car and I am not bashful in letting other drivers know how I feel about them and their driving.

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post #10 of 27 Old 11-12-2012, 04:22 PM
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People who flick the high beams back on right as their passing a car are rude and inconsiderate and I rank you in that for doing that. You do realize that you can cause an accident that way? Yes they are inconsiderate for not turning off their high beams, but you are in the wrong/worse for blinding them as you go past. I don't care how pissed off you are that is beyond wrong.

I've been flashed by someone who thought I left my high beams on when they weren't. Do you realize just how hard it is for some people to see after that happens? I happen to be one of them...
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