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Old 03-02-2012, 07:45 PM   #1
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No this is not a road rage thread.

I'm talking about riding shotgun with other drivers (probably the "unwashed masses" to driving enthusiasts). I find the driving of a majority of other drivers awkward.

They:
- don't anticipate

- don't look ahead and thus react to traffic conditions very late

- are constantly "surprised"

- or thus brake late for something they didn't see earlier

- don't corner properly (they usually turn-in and apex early, and turn the wheel more after the apex, and exit slower than entry),

-don't use their turn signals

- or brake, signal then turn instead of signal, brake, then turn

- queue up in a long line of cars when the other turning lane has no cars in it

- camp in the left lane or otherwise hold up other cars

- slow way the f--- down when stepping on the gas would have been safer and more expedient

- or slow way the f--- down when changing lanes would have been safer and more expedient

- don't hurry up approaching a stale green light, and then step on it when it turns yellow, trapping the guy right behind them

- use 3% throttle when the light turns green

... and so on....


It seems to me that anticipation and planning, communicating to other drivers, staying out of their way, common courtesy, sharing the road, and driving competently and with alacrity are rare skills.
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I agree with all of these.

Ill add one:

Waiting till the last second to pull out in to traffic when they had forever before anyone was coming.
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Old 03-02-2012, 07:57 PM   #3
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Omg yes.

I find others have very little foot control. They drive like all theyre allowed to adjust is the wheel, the gas and brake is only for setting your speed and leaving it there.

Beyond 50% throttle DOESN'T EXIST.
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Old 03-02-2012, 08:00 PM   #4
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jtpaintballwdp's post reminds me:

I see a lot of awkwardness due to timidity.

- Right turners who have their own exclusive merge lane, waiting for traffic in ALL LANES to clear before pulling out. GRRRRRR!
- Freeway mergers who merge at 45 mph.

Curly's post reminds me of this one:

- drivers who treat their throttle as a digital input: on - off - on -off ... and nothing in between. BAAAARF!
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How about driving 2 feet from peoples bumpers?

or pulling up close behind cars on hills because they've never driven a ----------ing manual car in their miserable ------- lives
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or pulling up close behind cars on hills because they've never driven a ----------ing manual car in their miserable ------- lives
------- ----, THIS. This deserves a section of it's own in the road rage thread.
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A generous +1 to all points mentioned herein.

How about also:

- Outside lane on a double left turn, the outside cars are forever drifting inside into MY ------- LANE during the turn like it's no big deal.

- Turning onto a multi-lane road and drifting wide across the entire road so that no one turning from the opposite direction onto that same road can safely do so.

I suppose I could go on and on.

This thread is also particularly relevant to my interests since I'm the Master Driver (instructs, tests, and licenses other Soldiers to drive Army vehicles) at work now and I'm finding myself having to break my guys of these habits.
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Old 03-02-2012, 08:32 PM   #8
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No this is not a road rage thread...............It seems to me that anticipation and planning, communicating to other drivers, staying out of their way, common courtesy, sharing the road, and driving competently and with alacrity are rare skills.
This is what brings out what some refer to as "road rage" in alpha males. I'll be damned if I'll just hang my head and stay in the pack of morons on the road.

Letting people go, stopping at stop signs, keeping considerable distance, etc. These are all things that should be common sense on the road. Some of us are aware of this unspoken driving etiquette, most are not. Those are the ones I rage on.

Cute thread though.
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Old 03-02-2012, 09:17 PM   #9
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----The worst: The most confusing thing in the world to the average driver: 4-way stop signs.

What is this?

What's the red...octagon thing?

What are these other 3 drivers doing here, looking at me for?

Am I going to die today?

Additionally:
-----Indecisive drivers.

It's not a life decision - you don't have to fukcing weigh the pros and cons of getting into the other lane. You don't have to call your congressman and get permission. Put your turn signal on, check your mirror, and change lanes. When your turn signal is on, and I've slowed down enough to safely and comfortably let you in front of me, and you're trying to decide if I know you're coming...you're wasting my ------- time. The worst part is, once I notice that you don't want to get in front of me, I'll hit the gas to resume my speed, and as soon as you see that your chance to make the decision is quickly going away, you're going to swerve into my lane as if your life depended on it.

What - the - fukc? Just make a decision. I was very nearly fukced twice last week because of indecisive people that didn't want to get in front of me until it was too late.

This causes me to road rage.

In reality, when I'm riding with another driver, I buckle my seat belt and relax. There's absolutely nothing I can do about the way this driver drives, so I might as well give-up and enjoy the ride.
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When there is a stoplight at a |/ intersection. The straight lane is controlled by the light, the right turn has a "yield" sign. When the driver in front of you stops 20 feet in front of the light also blocking the yielded turn. That pisses me off so much, pull up 10 feet so I can go the other way, just because you have to wait at the light doesn't mean I do.
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My personal favorite: looking at me while talking and the traffic ahead is stopped or slowing.
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I don't spend a lot of time in other peoples cars, but this is exactly how everyone around me drives. How is everyone so timid and indecisive.
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y8s drives too slow. he knows I feel this way.
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How about driving 2 feet from peoples bumpers?

or pulling up close behind cars on hills because they've never driven a ----------ing manual car in their miserable ------- lives
its worse than that. i get honked at 2 seconds after a light turns green if i haven't entered the intersection. last time in ireland people would give me 15 seconds without a thought. (the custom there was some folks would put car in neutral and put the hand brake on).
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y8s drives too slow. he knows I feel this way.
he drive his miata slow?
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Not getting the signal/brake/turn sequence correct makes me insane!!!
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I only single if there is a reason and others around.

The seating posture of many women is literally awkward, seat too close to the peddles and at an almost 90* angle.
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Has anyone else here caught a female left-foot braking? I can't be the only dude here to notice this phenomenon.
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+1 on all those points.

This really drives me crazy;

Following a generic Joe 6 pack driving way under the speed limit as if he has nowhere to go and nothing better to do, still manages to roll/not stop at stop signs as if his time is so priceless he can't afford to stop. Like, WTF!!!?




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I ride with my boss all the time to client meetings. He drives well on pretty much all points above, except for one thing: He can't seem to get his right foot to press the gas pedal down for more then 1.5s at the time. It drives me insane.

Power goes on off on on off on off off on on off on off on off on off repeat repeat I go nuts.
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