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Feb 11, 2013 (9:53 am)
Got behind a brand new unplated X5, no signal use. I swear it is an optional feature on that model, one that nobody orders.
#21375 of 21746 Re: . [fintail]
by kirstie_h HOST
Feb 11, 2013 (10:27 am)
Conserving use of turn signals is for resale value, so it can be advertised, "Turn signals: barely used."
#21376 of 21746 Re: . [kirstie_h]
Feb 11, 2013 (11:54 am)
I should peruse BMWCCA classsifieds and see if any owners are claiming that
One of a series of cartoons about BMWs and their drivers:
Feb 12, 2013 (12:26 pm)
Out on foot this morning. Approaching an intersection of one busy street to another, I notice a G37 quickly moving in the left turn lane to turn left onto the street where I am standing. I notice he is turning too wide, he veers across the lane and heads for the curb. I jump back, he grabs the wheel at the last second and just misses hopping the curb - he might have scraped it. Phone in his right hand
Then not 60 seconds later at the same intersection, guy in a W211 E-class makes a left turn from the far right lane, so cutting across the left lane and the turn lane, no signal.
And when jogging over a bridge, on the off-ramp below, saw a late 90s Jetta that had rear-ended an early 00s F-series maybe a few minutes earlier. Truck had no apparent damage, Jetta wasn't going to be leaving under its own power.
#21378 of 21746 Re: . [fintail]
Feb 12, 2013 (1:12 pm)
Hahaha; things are interesting in your area. Not that the curb-hopper was a laughing matter; I was laughing in more of an "I pity you" sort of way. Such cluelessness is baffling.
#21379 of 21746 Re: . [xwesx]
Feb 12, 2013 (1:39 pm)
I was kind of hoping he'd hop it - I could have moved out of the way, and the damage would have been significant.
Nobody moves to western WA for quality drivers.
#21380 of 21746 Couple of head-scratchers
Feb 12, 2013 (1:47 pm)
First one: 3-lane arterial with left turn lanes, 40 mph limit. I'm in left lane as I'm going to turn left in a couple of blocks. One car is in the left turn lane for the cross street ahead, waiting for green arrow. Car ahead of me suddenly stops, puts left turn signal on, and sits there. And there's room for him to move in behind the car already in the turn lane! I was so incredulous, the guy behind me hit the horn before I could. Then I blasted mine and the idiot finally moved over into the turn lane.
Second one, going home, same road but opposite direction, and road is now 2 lanes each direction with left turn lanes. On cross street ahead and to the right about 200 feet, a school bus is stopped with its STOP arm out. Cars queued up behind it... completely blocking the intersection. Fortunately, the bus moved in time so most of the cars cleared the intersection before the light turned green.
Have seen lots of other cases of inconsideration/incompetence over the past few days, mainly failing to clear windows of snow/ice (a biggie on Sunday), failure to put lights on (also on Sunday), failure to signal, and driving at a ridiculous speed on an ice-coated freeway (all those folks were in SUVs, which makes sense as we all know an SUV is immune to sliding on ice ). But I thought the first two were extra "special."
#21381 of 21746 Re: Couple of head-scratchers [backy]
Feb 13, 2013 (10:45 am)
Well, the first one seemed extra special, anyway, but I think the second was more commonplace than unusual.
As for driving on icy roads, I out-did the SUVs in my Fiesta over the weekend. The roads were initially wet/slushy as I left Wasilla, and gradually turned to mushy (ice pack on the road breaking up a bit, but not what I would consider "slush"). While in the wet/slushy stuff, I was going 65 (SL). I was passed by a couple of pickups and SUVs.
Later on, in the mushy stuff, which was a bear to drive in (for over 100 miles), I was going an average of probably 60. I quickly caught those silly 4x4s and passed them up. *shrugs*
#21382 of 21746 Re: Couple of head-scratchers [xwesx]
Feb 13, 2013 (10:49 am)
Hope your life insurance is paid up.
#21383 of 21746 Re: Couple of head-scratchers [xwesx]
by steve_ HOST
Feb 13, 2013 (10:56 am)
I remember drives like that.