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#18968 of 21734 Re: This was a shock... [andre1969]
Jul 09, 2012 (7:29 pm)
Great to see that kind of behavior! The sad thing is, it shocks us when we see it.
#18969 of 21734 Re: F-350 1, MR-2 0 [roadburner]
Jul 10, 2012 (4:12 pm)
Same here. Only replace the mullet-heads and ricers with 50~ year olds in their BMWs/Mercedes/Toyota Avalons/Lexus ISwhotheeffcares.
I never understood the appeal of buying a BMW, only to drive it like it was a 1970's era Buick.
Jul 10, 2012 (4:57 pm)
Today's winners: old man in a 90s Civic pulls out of a driveway onto a busy 35mph arterial - apparently without looking. After the actual drivers avoid him, he proceeds to go 29. 30 seconds after I passed, he was pretty much out of the line of sight. That was followed by a driver I won't describe in a C320 who merged onto an uncrowded highway with traffic moving at 60-65 - she was going about 47, and never sped up. Third and final gripe goes to a Volvo XC who merged going the other direction on the same highway, she got to about 49, and immediately made a beeline for the middle lane, causing others to go around. This is barely a first world location.
Jul 12, 2012 (6:51 pm)
Rare sight today - got behind a car that merged onto a nice flowing 60mph highway at a speed matching the flow of traffic. Not an everyday sight here. It was a woman in a Legacy sedan...so maybe she was a little more with it than the typical Corolla/RX etc driver.
Weird one today - was on a 4 lane road, 40mph, going the speed limit in the right lane, as I saw a Focus in the left lane going slow. Lexus RX ahead of me, going the same speed. As the Lexus gets alongside the Focus, the Ford driver signals a lane change and begins to turn move over, then catches himself, panics and jerks back, and drives less than steadily. By this time I backed way off. Then he slows down and is eventually behind me. I didn't see a phone.
And while jogging I saw a typical local scene - white Corolla, undescribed driver, busy downtown street with 2 left turn lanes, 2 straight lanes, and a right turn lane. Corolla is in the right straight lane, veers left without a signal - luckily nobody behind it but then cuts very close to a 4Runner in the rightmost left turn lane (who lays on the horn), makes it over to the leftmost left turn lane, and keeps going like nothing happened.
Jul 13, 2012 (8:16 am)
This morning, 0540, 4 lane 40mph road, Camry stopped at a green light in the left lane, signal on, couldn't see why. Light had been green at least 20 or so seconds, which was the length of line of sight. I'll wager a phone was involved. A few minutes later I got to run a stuck light, too. Go engineers!
The Worst Drivers in America. A Dissertation. - the comments are even better than the story.
#18973 of 21734 Inconsiderate kitty?
Jul 14, 2012 (7:54 am)
Went out to get the paper this morning, reached into the tube to pull it out, look left, I’m staring at an adult male cougar, maybe 35-40 feet away…
We stared at each other for several seconds, then he calmly wandered away, looking over his shoulder at me, while I did the same and headed back into the house.
Then I had to change my shorts…
#18974 of 21734 Re: Inconsiderate kitty? [slorenzen]
Jul 14, 2012 (10:02 am)
Well, first, he was "driving" while looking over his shoulder. Not very safe! Did you notice if he made any turns without signaling? Was he moving at a safe speed? Did he yield to other animal traffic in the area? Was he talking on a cell phone?
I'll bet he was one of those "new citizen" cougars, too--maybe migrated from another state, or even another country, so did not understand the laws of your state... or just didn't feel in the mood to follow them!
#18975 of 21734 Re: Inconsiderate kitty? [slorenzen]
Jul 14, 2012 (10:57 am)
Hopefully he won't wander out onto a local roadway, where an oblivious pseudo-driver might run him down. Oversensitive middle America can probably avoid him anyway.
The only cougars in my neighborhood drive high end SUVs
Jul 15, 2012 (4:07 pm)
Today I got behind an older guy in a late 90s Grand Cherokee. He was going slow, and then navigated a turn very oddly - kind of lurchy and unevenly. I passed him and saw why - he was messing around with a plastic container, the kind life savers or breath mints would be stored in. The best place to do this is while going around a corner, of course. Age isn't always an indicator of wisdom.
Other than that, saw nothing bad on local roads other than the usual slowpokes.
Jul 16, 2012 (1:59 pm)
A couple fun ones today. First was guy in a Tundra, pulling out of Costco, holding one of the foil wrapped sandwich things. He was trying to eat and drive and mind the kids in the truck (of course), and doing a poor job at all three. Surely he's not such a busy pillar of the community that he can't pull over for 5 minutes and eat. Just as bad as phone yappers...
Second was a woman in an Acura, wouldn't pull up less than 2 car lengths behind the car in front of her at lights, and was going slow. At a light, I eventually needed room to get into the upcoming right turn lane, so I beeped the fintail's horn, which is loud - she jumped out of her seat. I scared her and good. She must have been in her own dumb little world.
Third, old woman in a CRV. Right lane closed for construction, so she was going slow - not a problem as the upcoming light will be red anyway thanks to the efforts of our "engineers" who are so accountable and skilled. But when the lane opens and the construction ends,she continues to go 20-25 - in a 35. I went around, don't know how far back she was when I exited the road.
And topped off with a very short woman I won't describe, in an S550, driving with the gas door open. I guess when someone else bought the car, it doesn't matter.