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Old 08-27-2010, 03:46 PM   #21
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I don't honk. But I got ways... ha haha hhaahhaaha
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In a Miata you have to make yourself heard, because to most idiots you are invisible. Better to have a quick trigger on the horn and be thought an ******* than to have my car hit again.

On most of the multi-lane roads around here I have no problem just going around slow people. If I can't, it's usually because there's enough traffic that I wouldn't get very far ahead anyway. But I occasionally have to honk when the dumbass in front of me thinks it's a good idea to merge onto the beltway at 30 mph. Sometimes it still doesn't work, and I can see their confused eyeballs in their rear view mirrors as they wonder why the **** I'm honking at them.

The only 4-way stops I encounter on a daily basis are on the grounds of my workplace. We have a lot of foreigners here, many of whom never drove a car in their native country. Many of these folks are incapable of pulling into a single parking space among an entire row of empty parking spaces without doing a 5-pt turn and opening their door several times to look down and check where the painted line is this time. So, at the 4-way stops here I racially profile harder than El Al airline security. If one of them pulls up at the same time as I do and has the right-of-way, I give them 01 seconds to take it before I take it from them. I don't bother giving them the wave to "go ahead" because they'll just try to be nice and give me the "go ahead" wave right back, and we'd be there all goddam night.

Slow people also **** me off if they're preventing me from tearing *** around off/onramps, but in that case I don't honk because it's just not reasonable to expect everybody to drive that fast. But some people are just so goddam slow it's like they think their cars will fly right off the road if they try to hold 0.2g through a corner.
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Oh another thing...

This is on residential streets... Two lane road. I'm in the right lane, driving next to someone. No one is behind me. The person next to me speeds up to pass. So far so good. Then as soon as they get in front of me they turn on their right turn signal and slow down to turn right.

Why oh why can't you just slow down, pull behind me and take your turn. That way I don't have to slow down to 5mph. Gah.
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I try hard to control my road rage, but there's one specific situation that really just kills me for the 1.5 seconds that it costs me.

Approaching a 4 way stop. Another car is approaching from the right hand side (perpendicular to my path). Other car reaches the 4 way stop before me. Instead of stopping, and then continuing, they stop, and the WAIT till I get to the 4 way stop, then finally once I've come to a complete stop, they crawl through the intersection, forcing me to sit there and watch them.
I watch for this situation coming up all the time, then just gun it and BEAT them across the intersection. Gotta be quick on the brakes in case they decide to go.

OR, as I'm approaching the intersection, I stick my hand out the window, encourage them to hurry up and go with an insistent wave.
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We have a lot of foreigners here, many of whom never drove a car in their native country.

I racially profile <slowpokes> harder than El Al airline security.
LOL, my wife is exactly the same way!
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Two lane road. I'm in the right lane, driving next to someone. No one is behind me. The person next to me speeds up to pass. So far so good. Then as soon as they get in front of me they turn on their right turn signal and slow down to turn right.
I am religious about avoiding this because it drives me crazy... but if there's a turn lane so I can get out of their way and enough room...

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I occasionally have to honk when the dumbass in front of me thinks it's a good idea to merge onto the beltway at 30 mph.

Slow people also **** me off if they're preventing me from tearing *** around off/onramps, but in that case I don't honk because it's just not reasonable to expect everybody to drive that fast. But some people are just so goddam slow it's like they think their cars will fly right off the road if they try to hold 0.2g through a corner.
I was stuck behind a guy this morning who was doing 10-15 under with his right turn signal on and was waving out his window like he was washing an invisible one next to his car. I have no idea what he meant... he wasn't pointing... So he turns right onto a 4 lane road and gets in the left lane, I take the same right and go around him and he lays on the horn and waves like crazy again. He's probably one of those people that just keeps calling the name of a dog instead of telling them a command. Just tell me what's going on or what you want!!!

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I will slid up next to a semi that is already in the correct lane and pace him. Inevitably there will be a line behind me. When it is forced down to one lane, the truck driver who is also normally pissed because people slide in front of him every surge because he can't start and stop quickly, always let's me in, I look, point and always get a wave in. The cheaters behind me are stuck there, literally stopped. They have a tough time getting in because right at the merge it is usually picking back up to normal speed and they are parked there in the absolute head of the line and everyone knows exactly why.
I do this, it's awesome. I also give a thumbs up to the semi guys who straddle the line to fight these bastards.

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I wish I had links to studies that suggest filling up all available road space (rather than merging early) reduces congestion. but it was only something i heard a long time ago on tv.
It makes sense, but the problem is with how we do the merging. If people read that X lane ends, they think it's the person in that lane's fault and job to merge and don't cooperate. If we were to 'combine' (for lack of better term) lanes then people would take turns and do a nice zipper-action and merge together. That's why roundabouts with restricted views make people slow down- they can't see so they slow down and have to figure it out like adults. Here in VA I've seen signs that say take turns or alternate and those lane ending areas are the most trouble-free.

All this signage is making people dumb drivers, but sometimes a lack of signage can create a 'panic' state- like the lack of an exit only sign, people will freak out to get out of that lane and do some crazy ****.
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Oh, just remembered one that drives me crazy.

There are several places here where 1 road merges into another, EXCEPT it's not really a merge...the road continues into a new lane, so you don't have to yield, you can just continue on in the same lane, and then when there's a break you can move over if you need to.

AND YET! Despite the clearly posted sign that demonstrates existence of said lane, I'm ALWAYS behind the guy that thinks he has to yield, and sits there with his head craned back trying to watch traffic. Of course, the other lane isn't slowing down at all -- there's no need to, since the entering traffic has its own lane. And once that guy has his head turned watching for his "break" in traffic, there's ZERO chance he'll turn back around and realize there's a sign 5 feet from his door that shows the new lane.
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I used my air horn today, it was epic.
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i propose an awesome road system where every 2 miles, the right lane ends or exits and a new left lane is added from nowhere.

end result, ultimately all brainless left lane campers are shoved over to the far right of the road.
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i propose an awesome road system where every 2 miles, the right lane ends or exits and a new left lane is added from nowhere.

end result, ultimately all brainless left lane campers are shoved over to the far right of the road.
That would be horribly annoying.
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i propose an awesome road system where every 2 miles, the right lane ends or exits and a new left lane is added from nowhere.

end result, ultimately all brainless left lane campers are shoved over to the far right of the road.
LOL, I've been thinking about exactly the same thing!!!
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Oh, just remembered one that drives me crazy.

There are several places here where 1 road merges into another, EXCEPT it's not really a merge...the road continues into a new lane, so you don't have to yield, you can just continue on in the same lane, and then when there's a break you can move over if you need to.

AND YET! Despite the clearly posted sign that demonstrates existence of said lane, I'm ALWAYS behind the guy that thinks he has to yield, and sits there with his head craned back trying to watch traffic. Of course, the other lane isn't slowing down at all -- there's no need to, since the entering traffic has its own lane. And once that guy has his head turned watching for his "break" in traffic, there's ZERO chance he'll turn back around and realize there's a sign 5 feet from his door that shows the new lane.
Ooooooh, I have a variant of that that drives me nuts. Right turners where after turning right, they have their own, new lane, and yet... they stop and wait for traffic to clear! HOOOOOONNNKKKK!!!!!
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Oh, just remembered one that drives me crazy.

There are several places here where 1 road merges into another, EXCEPT it's not really a merge...the road continues into a new lane, so you don't have to yield, you can just continue on in the same lane, and then when there's a break you can move over if you need to.

AND YET! Despite the clearly posted sign that demonstrates existence of said lane, I'm ALWAYS behind the guy that thinks he has to yield, and sits there with his head craned back trying to watch traffic. Of course, the other lane isn't slowing down at all -- there's no need to, since the entering traffic has its own lane. And once that guy has his head turned watching for his "break" in traffic, there's ZERO chance he'll turn back around and realize there's a sign 5 feet from his door that shows the new lane.
We have that here in TX... if I'm thinking of what you are talking about.

Usually it's one of those roads that run parallel with the highway, and you 'merge' into off ramps. Well where the off ramp meets up with the road running parallel it just becomes a two lane road. The parallel road has the yield sign.

That is definitely a legit sign cause if you have to take a right, you only have a small amount of time to get over in the right lane when you are coming off the highway. So it pisses me off when people don't yield to me and I have to slam on my brakes and let them get passed me so I can get into the right lane without cutting them off.

But I could see how if there was no turn right after the yield it could get annoying.
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i propose an awesome road system where every 2 miles, the right lane ends or exits and a new left lane is added from nowhere.

end result, ultimately all brainless left lane campers are shoved over to the far right of the road.
The city of Atlanta is like that and it is horrible, because everyone is in a constant state of lane changing ! Avoid it at peak traffic hours at all costs...especially when towing !
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i propose public floggings for leftlane morons
idk why this unleashes my inner Fuhrer, but **** i want to kill these people
seriously, i can set my cruise @ 85mph in the SLOWEST lane b/c every ---- thinks they need to be in the furthest left lane
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i can set my cruise @ 85mph in the SLOWEST lane b/c every ---- thinks they need to be in the furthest left lane
Sounds like the Bay Area too...
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**** slow drivers. I think they should all be made into curry paste and fed to goats.
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  • People that "match my speed" on the freeway **** me off like no other. If someone is coming up behind me in a lane, and I decide that they are going fast enough to pass me before I get to the next car in an adjacent lane, I will pull out of their way to let them pass. 7 times out of 10, they'll pass me with plenty of time to get back into the original lane....3 times out of 10, the ************* will pull up beside me and SLOW DOWN. "You motherfucking piece of ****, GTFO of my way!"
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  • Similarly, there are people that speed up when you pull up next to them, which in itself isn't that big of an issue to me. It's the idiots that speed up to prevent me from getting in front of them that need a brick through the driver's side of the windshield. "Dude, if you would have kept going the same speed, and if i would have kept going the same speed, you would have never noticed when I gradually changed lanes to get in front of you. Now I'm going to floor it, and damn near tear your front bumper off to get in front of you anyways...the result is: I'm still going to get in front of you, but you're going to be mad at me because of the retarded choices YOU made."
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  • When I'm on the freeway in the right lane, and dumbfucks try to merge at 20mph BELOW the speed limit "Hey *******...it's called merging for a reason!"
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  • When I'm on the entrance ramp to a freeway, and the dumbfuck in front of me tries to merge at 20mph BELOW the speed limit.....because now I have to be a dumbfuck and merge at 20mph below the speed limit TOO.
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  • When I merge onto an freeway in a short merge lane with cars in front of me (going 20mph below the speed limit, of course), and the ID10T behind me decides to jump into the next lane over and floor it, forcing drivers such as myself to either slow down to get behind the dipshit, or jump back in front of him. "Hey *******, if you want to go faster, you need to change lanes TWICE"
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  • When it's dark and pouring down rain and the entire freeway is creeping at 35mph. I don't have an issue with everyone going 35mph, It's probably safer for most drivers to do so. What I DO have an issue with, is the dumbfucks using their flashers. "Hey slowpoke, not only do I ALSO have to contend with seeing through the rain on my windshield, but NOW I'M ******* BLINDED by your goddamn blinkers. If you have to admit to other drivers that you are afraid to drive in these conditions, then GET OFF THE DAMN ROAD so the rest of us can safely make it to our destinations."
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  • When at a stoplight, someone pulls in front of me a second after I get the green light to go. I'm already accelerating briskly out of every red-->green light, this dude isn't going to slow me down....Actually, I'm accelerating harder to spite him.
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  • Dumbasses at yield signs. Merges, Roundabouts, and Alternative stop signs. "What the **** is a 'yield' sign?" - "GO YOU ************." Need I say more?
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  • People that try to pass everyone else stopped in a turn lane, and then try to merge with the line towards the front ON THEIR DAILY COMMUTE make me mad. "People like you are the reason I'm still waiting to turn."
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  • People that let the above mentioned ************* in need a baseball bat to the back of the face. "Don't let them in, you're only reinforcing the habit."
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  • People that follow me on a freeway late at night, with every intention of following me at the speed I choose.
    1. First, I will speed up about 5mph to see if they are still following me.
    2. Second, If they are still tailing me, I will SLOW DOWN 10mph (5mph below my initial speed) and see if they don't try to pass me.
    3. Third, If they are still retarded enough to tail me, I will floor it, Hit triple digits, and put about 1/2 to 3/4 of a mile between me and them. Then resume my regular speed.
    4. Fourth. Generally, If the idiot has followed me long enough for me to put distance between me and him, he will speed up, slowly catch me, and then settle back in behind me. If this happens, I will liesurely change lanes to the left, check to make sure the idiot didn't change lanes to stay behind me, and then drop the brake pedal to the floor --> I mean instantly to the point where I'm nearly breaking traction, and hold it until the guy has paniced, hit his own brakes, checked the road ahead, realized it's safe, and drifted past me. Usually by the time they pass me, I'll be doing about 10-15mph and still slowing, and he'll be doing about 30-35mph, scared out of his (or her, because i find out when these people pass me that 75% of the time, there's a woman in the driver's seat) mind that I'm slowing down for a reason. This generally wakes the other driver up, and I have never had anyone pace me after the "EPIC BRAKE CHECK (RAWR!)".
    5. I then continue my speed, usually I pass this person again and they stop trailing me, sometimes this person decides they've had enough, and speeds up to get away from me. If they ever have the tenacity to trail me again, my next step is to slow down and get a safe distance behind them, flip on my brights and travel at their pace for awhile.
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I wish I had links to studies that suggest filling up all available road space (rather than merging early) reduces congestion. but it was only something i heard a long time ago on tv.
Yep, I remember seeing an article about "some seemingly ******* driving actually reduces congestion". I can't think of specific situations right now, but I remember thinking "people here are being too polite on the average, and are not optimizing flow by using available road road space.
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The entrance into my apartment complex is a roundabout. Not a large one, maybe 15 meters in diameter. Takes less than 10 seconds to drive around if you're going slow. To the south is the entrance from the main road. To the north is the office building and a few office parking spaces. To the east and west are the gated accessways into the complex proper. Like all roundabouts in the LHD world, the designated flow of traffic is counterclockwise.

This afternoon was the second time in two days that, upon entering from the main road, I've nearly run head-on into someone just coming out of the east entrance and turning left to take the shortcut through the roundabout. It usually happens only once a week or so. Been getting worse lately. Always a female driver, always in a Lexus / Infiniti / BMW.

It occurred to me today, while I was in the process of slamming on the brakes in fact, that I'm driving a total piece of **** car that's already three different colors and has paint peeling off of every panel. And these asshat drivers are going the wrong way in vehicles upon which it would cost more than my whole car just to replace one fender.

I'm seriously tempted to just start crashing straight into them. Nothing major, maybe a little tap at 3 MPH. Just enough to crumple a fender or a driver's door, maybe take out a headlight cluster in the process. That'd be an easy $1,000 repair bill, and all I'd have to do it straighten out my front license plate a bit afterwards. (It's already bent.)

Some research into CA motor vehicle law is needed to determine whether I'd have any liability in such a situation.
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