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#18936 of 21740 Re: Idiots in parking lots [fintail]
by steve_ HOST
Jul 04, 2012 (3:24 pm)
I'll take 'em any day over a lifted 4x4 pickemup truck with an aggressive leadfoot trying to crawl up my tailpipe.
At least SUVs nowadays have mostly compatible bumper heights.
#18937 of 21740 Re: Idiots in parking lots [steve_]
Jul 04, 2012 (3:33 pm)
I kind of lump those with larger SUVs...as a Suburban or Expy is just a Silverado or F-series with a built in canopy anyway.
What is it with lifted trucks and jerky driving? It's really time for licenses to be based on vehicle size and weight. But that probably wouldn't be "business friendly", or support "freedom".
#18938 of 21740 Re: Idiots in parking lots [fintail]
by steve_ HOST
Jul 04, 2012 (3:57 pm)
My Suburban friends have always been boaters or hook and bullet guys. The Expy I identify with families (like my niece who wanted a tank when her kids were in car seats). Neither crowd seems into reckless driving.
My mom drove a GMC pickup for years in the 70s and my brother has had Tacomas or F-150s forever. Neither lifted their rigs or drove/drive like idiots either (although my mom was notorious for speeding).
Someone should fund a study for us; we may be totally in left field. But I bet we could come up with something in a couple of three years.
#18939 of 21740 Re: Idiots in parking lots [steve_]
Jul 04, 2012 (5:35 pm)
Different customer groups maybe...but both present challenges to the drivers of actual cars. Maybe not reckless driving, but they seem prone to distraction and poor parking - and you never want to park by one. Driving such things as everyday commuters when they are used for their intended purpose maybe a dozen times a year is kind of sketchy, but I guess that's for the old SUV hater thread
I doubt there is anything left field about a correlation between lifted trucks and jerky driving. Same thing is true for customized small import cars and similar driving.
#18940 of 21740 Re: BMW M5 SPANKED BY MUSTANG BOSS 302 [andre1969]
Jul 04, 2012 (10:17 pm)
There were two new Fords at the last HPDE that I instructed at- a Boss 302 and a Taurus SHO(equipped with the so-called "Performance Package"). Both belonged to instructors. The Boss never stayed out for a full 30 minute session because it would invariably begin to overheat. The SHO only completed a grand total of five laps- at which point the "high performance brake pads" were smoking so bad that some corner workers thought the big sled was on fire.
Jul 05, 2012 (3:34 pm)
Saw some idiot in a Toyota MR-2 convertible pull out in front of a F-350 about a second later than he should have. The F-350 locked its brakes but that little MR-2 didn't have the pep the driver thought he had and the F-350 hit him. SL was 50 MPH and the F-350 was in traffic doing a bit under the limit.
The F-350 didn't look to bad after contact but the MR-2 was heavily damaged.
Another witness and myself stayed until the police arrived and gave our report of what happened which likely helped out the driver of the truck.
#18945 of 21740 Re: F-350 1, MR-2 0 [snakeweasel]
Jul 05, 2012 (9:49 pm)
I've long noticed that there are far too many drivers who seems to think that, when merging into the passing lane, that they are only supposed to accelerate to meet that lane's increased speed *AFTER* they enter it.
(Well, if they even bother to do that!)
I've always increased my speed to match that of the passing lane *BEFORE* I'd enter it. Sometimes that involved slowing down enough to create a large enough gap between me and the car in front of me so that I could then punch the gas pedal and catapult myself up to speed before entering.