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Feb 01, 2002 (8:45 pm)
Now that we have Inconsiderate Buyers, Salespeople and Service Deparement threads on the Smart Shoppers board, here's where you share your stories and voice your aggravations, about idiot drivers.
My favorites: what I call the 'Lemming Drivers'. These are drivers who blindly follow other drivers everywhere, including into danger. Tonight I was behind a driver who was sitting behind a line of traffic that was turning left; he had more than enough room to go around (he was going straight), but instead sat there, blocking a huge line of traffic behind him; nobody wanted to go around *him* because we all knew he'd dart into our lane the instant we did go around (lots of Chicago two-way streets are *almost* wide enough for four lanes, but aren't marked as such, thus allowing swerving, driving around other traffic, double parking, etc.). Very annoying.
My other city favorites: people who cannot negotiate a stop sign (either they go before their turn, or sit cluelessly through three or four of their own turns, irritating everyone and blocking traffic behind them).
#2 of 22407 one or 2 things
Feb 01, 2002 (9:32 pm)
people who ride you when they could easily pass you and people that pull out in front of you(from side street) when they really don't have the time to do it.
(then they go 15 mph under speed limit for a mile or two).
#3 of 22407 bad drivers
Feb 02, 2002 (12:36 pm)
Ghulet, I had someone yesterday do what you mentioned... they pulled out from a side street in front of me and drove really slow. They could have waited until I passed them. I just don't understand why people do that. Very irritating.
Here in the Desert where there are a lot of Older retirees.... it can be an adventure driving. I saw on the news last night an 89 yr. old lady drove through the living room of her neighbors house. They showed the policeman escorting the lady away from the accident and I swear she was barely 4.5 ft tall carrying a cane. She was driving on a suspended license. She was driving an '89 Olds Delta 88.
This thread should get 1,000's of posts!
#4 of 22407 Easy!
Feb 02, 2002 (3:20 pm)
The truck drivers following on my bumper are inconsiderate. I'm doing the speed limit and they think that's not enough. It makes me want to slow down in hopes of getting that big mother off my tail!
#5 of 22407 just plain dangerous drivers
Feb 02, 2002 (3:36 pm)
have seen three people run red lights about 5 seconds after they are red and people are in intersection (who have green light). ALso, about some semi drivers, was run off of the run in 1987 by a trucker. It was on 2 lane rd, he ran a stop sign and we hit side of road...
Never had that happen since, but, still.
#6 of 22407 Drivers blasting through occupied crosswalks next to others who've stopped.
Feb 02, 2002 (5:02 pm)
#7 of 22407 Here's one that drives me crazy...
Feb 02, 2002 (5:23 pm)
...people that won't even go the speed limit on a major road, but then on a small, residential side street, they want to do about 20 over! I just can't figure it out! It would be one thing if they were consistent...slow on the main road and slow on the side roads, or fast on both. But this way, it seems like they just go out of their way to needlessly piss off and endanger people with every opportunity. They're a road hazzard out on the highway, but then a menace to kids and residents on those side streets.
#8 of 22407 inconsiderate drivers
Feb 02, 2002 (5:33 pm)
I've known some incompetent drivers who drive about the same speed no matter what the circumstances. They will drive 40 mph down residential streets and go about the same speed, or maybe a little bit faster, on the highway (and see no reason not to drive in the left lane). These must be the type of people Andre was talking about.
There are so many bad driving habits out there that it's hard to know where to begin. In general, I find people who are too timid very annoying. Excessive timidity can be just as dangerous as overly aggressive driving.
Feb 02, 2002 (5:40 pm)
Andre, they are consistent, they drive 45 MPH whether the speed limit's 70 or 30!
The thing that ticks me off more than anything are people that zip in front of you on the interstate when you're in the right lane doing the speed limit, then cut you off to make their exit. Makes me want to nudge them in the rear fender with my front fender. Old dirt track racer's trick (Occasionally used on the NASCAR circuit). Do that to the idiot, and spin his car completely out, never loose control of yours Then tell the cop who works the accident the guy just cut you off too close and you never had time to stop.
(Guys, put the flamethrowers down. I'm kidding!)
#10 of 22407 hurry up and wait
Feb 02, 2002 (8:44 pm)
Since I'm in da big city, a couple of the most common 'inconsiderate' things here are the following: I often have to parallel park, usually on one lane streets. I can't stand when, rather than just wait fifteen seconds for me to park (yes, I've become an expert of sorts), someone goes around me and blocks me from parking, in order to 'rush' to the stop sign or red light ahead. Also, for some reason here in Chitown, we have random stop signs--there are lots of intersections that really need stop signs that don't have them, and others that have no reason for stop signs other than to produce ticket fund$. Anywho, I hate when I'm at an intersection where I have a stop sign, the sideways oncoming traffic does not, yet nobody will let the stopped traffic through, even though they have nowhere they can go (traffic on the other side is stopped for a light, or otherwise stuck in traffic). They're cousin of the hurry-up-and-wait types above.