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Old 02-16-2009, 07:54 PM   #41
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I went out for a motorcycle ride yesterday. In two hours of rural riding on mostly empty roads, I was tailgated VERY closely on three occasions by hyper-aggressive drivers: one pickup truck, one econo-box, and one sedan. Yeah, I was just out for a Sunday cruise, but in all cases I was between the speed limit and 5 over the limit. Two of them came within just a few feet as I slowed down to turn right and get out of their way (the econo-box crossed over the double yellow line, passing me and one other car, going about 70 in a 45 MPH zone, with a curve and a hill just ahead).
Personally, when I see a motorcyclist (lunatics, IMO, but it takes all kinds) I get as far away from them and give them the widest berth possible. Occasionally unpredictable drivers (especially the young guys), but mostly because even the slightest love tap from me in my 2 tons of steel, glass and rubber is likely to maim or kill someone. Wouldn't want that on my conscience.
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Old 02-17-2009, 07:37 AM   #42
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I was having lunch with a couple of cop friends a number of months ago. At one point in the conversation they both said (almost in unison) "Not all A-holes are BMW drivers, but all BMW drivers are A-holes".
Very true, but they're not the worst. 'Benz drivers believe that the laws of physics simply do not apply to their vehicles. The shock and awe they experience when encountering a trash truck or tree was a sight to behold.

Perhaps because their drivers have reached a point where time doesn't matter, Rolls' are always driven at a stately 5 mph under the speed limit. In 18 years on the road I never wrote a ticket to a Rolls driver. Never saw one do anything wrong.
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Personally, when I see a motorcyclist (lunatics, IMO, but it takes all kinds) I get as far away from them and give them the widest berth possible. Occasionally unpredictable drivers (especially the young guys), but mostly because even the slightest love tap from me in my 2 tons of steel, glass and rubber is likely to maim or kill someone. Wouldn't want that on my conscience.
We lunatics appreciate that. I wish driving schools could make all their students drive 1) a scooter, motorcycle, or moped, to experience how vulnerable they are, and 2) a large, heavy truck, to experience how hard it is to stop when a car pulls out in front or changes lanes into the "buffer space" in front of the truck at a red light.

This thread reminded me of a folk song by Bill Morrissey called "Car and Driver":

Ive got a Mercedes Benz with M.D. plates,
I have no trouble finding dates.
Ive got a 1980 Subaru,
one more semester, then Im through.
A slant-six Dodge is no big thrill,
but its a car no atom bomb can kill.
I make a lot of dough in a high-tech job,
yah sure, you bet, I drive a turbo Saab.

Chorus:
Ill bet you a ten, even a fiver,
you find a car, Ill find the driver.
It really aint-a no big deal
to know whos inside that automobile.

Well Ive just airbrushed my Econoline,
A friend of the devil is a friend of mine.
Ive got a 1962 Biscayne,
it wont start if it looks like rain.
A four-wheel drive with extra chrome,
I keep it on the paved roads close to home.
A Cadillac the size of an Amtrak Train,
when I drive I take two lanes.

(chorus)

Now my Honda Civic is a real go-getter,
I look great in it in my crewneck sweater.
And my BMW draws applause,
I am not bound by traffic laws.
I got a Ranger truck, Im for import quotas;
I wont park next to no Toyotas.
And my Volvo wagon will seat six,
it can run on diesel or trail mix.

(chorus)
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According to my son who travels constantly it's anyone in a minivan.

What's the most dangerous road hazard you've experienced?


Without a second thought, it's minivans. Over the years I've been convinced that minivan owners/drivers are mentally off from the rest of the population. They can often be found driving 20 - 30 mph under or over the speed limit, and they just don't seem to understand basic traffic rules and courtesy. I'd like to see a special lane built for minivans so that they can annoy each other.
If one of my family members procured a minivan, I would seek professional counseling for that person.

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Another vote for mini van drivers. They seem to think if they have a Baby on Board sign stuck in the back window it means the rest of the world has to accommodate their less than spectacular driving habits.

Second for me are the oldies who aren't in a rush to go anywhere and think it is ok to cruise on the freeway in the fast lane at 50 mph.

Last but not least are the Stepford Wives who drive the massive SUV's in a spectacularly bad manner whilst they text at the same time with their false nails.
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We owned three minivans and it was almost impossible to maintain a constant speed in them (even using cruise control). So I apologize.

I vote for what the young men call milfs, in SUVs on the cell phone as the worst, because they are animated talkers and take their hands off the wheel to gesture for the person on the other end of their calls.
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Sheesh, this one is easy. The worst drivers on the road are:

1. Tourists. They're clueless about where they are, they're gawking at the sights, and they're in rental vehicles that they're not familiar with, so turning/stopping/accelerating/signals/lights are all haphazard at best.

2. New students at the University the first month of classes. They don't know where they're going, they haven't figured out the traffic patterns and most advantageous parking lots yet so they're always rushing, they're constantly texting or on cell phones or drinking coffee or chatting with friends (or three of the four), and they're all young drivers to begin with, with immortality complexes and limited real-world driving to begin with.

As for women being the worst drivers, it's my understanding actuarial tables state otherwise, especially for those under the age of 25, no?
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The scariest drivers for me: high schoolers in sports car or large trucks/SUV. I live near a major high school and you won't find me anywhere near that hell hole when they let the savages kids out. The kids drive way over the speed limit, swerve in and out of traffic, race with each other, do stupid stuff to impress their friends, etc... You can see legs hanging out of windows and heads sticking out of sun roofs. The music is blasting, they are talking or texting on their phones, and generally too busy chatting with their friends to care about their fellow drivers. Driving safely is the least of their preoccupations.
I second this as I also live a few blocks from a high school. The ones with cell phones attached to the sides of their faces are the worst! Almost every day I hear the first responders sirens 5 minutes after the lunch bell rings.
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I vote for what the young men call milfs...
I vote for them too but not because of their driving.

Do you know what is meant by that term?
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The ones with cell phones attached to the sides of their faces are the worst!
I would agree with this regardless of age, gender or what type of vehicle they are driving.

When I'm supreme ruler of the universe, the only buttons that would work on a non-hands-free cell phone for a driver in motion are '1' and '9', as in '911'.
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I vote for them too but not because of their driving.

Do you know what is meant by that term?
I think she knows.......and it is hilarious.......
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I think she knows.......and it is hilarious.......
I just found out last year what it means. I don't get out often enough....
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As for women being the worst drivers, it's my understanding actuarial tables state otherwise, especially for those under the age of 25, no?
I don't think it is the young ladies, but IMHO actuarial tables are completely useless in determining who are the worst drivers. They only take into consideration who gets into the accidents. They pay no attention to who causes them.
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I was having lunch with a couple of cop friends a number of months ago. At one point in the conversation they both said (almost in unison) "Not all A-holes are BMW drivers, but all BMW drivers are A-holes".

I never thought about it before, but my experiences since then have not disproved their saying. My anecdotal evidence since then shows the highest concentration of cell phone talkers/texters while driving are BMW drivers.
reminds me of the old joke:

What is the difference between a Porsche and Porcupine?
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on the porcupine the pr*cks are on the outside...
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I just found out last year what it means. I don't get out often enough....
A couple of years ago I had to ask when my 20-something coworkers referred to "cougars" and "snow leopards."
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Yeah, I know what a milf is . No, no one ever called me one .
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Have you ever heard the term "butter face"? It's my new favorite
A female that has a HOT body but'er face is ugly.
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If that's what it means, I don't know if I would want to be called that or not.....
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