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#21412 of 22394 Re: blizzard-like here [steve_]
Feb 15, 2013 (9:31 am)
Those trucks certainly make their own blizzards! The worst part about snow driving on two lane roads is when a big rig passes in the other direction. There's always a few seconds where you're simply driving by faith alone (especially during the day), regardless of how slowly you're moving.
#21415 of 22394 Re: blizzard-like here [xwesx]
Feb 15, 2013 (11:29 am)
I like the wake they kick up in the rain, especially if their mudflaps aren't up to spec.
#21416 of 22394 Inconsiderate Pickup Truck Driver
Feb 15, 2013 (3:08 pm)
An inconsiderate pickup driver changed lanes directly in front of me at about 5 MPH when I was traveling at the correct posted speed of 40 MPH in the middle lane to his right. I was forced to swerve a bit right while passing him, and luckily for me the semi truck coming up from behind in the right lane was alert enough not to scrape my right side.
I have to admit I don't know how close the truck was at the start of my swerve (but I did know I had room on the right). Would have made an interesting case for the insurance companies to sort out. My only other option would have been to slam the brakes and ram him, since he pulled out in front of me at just about the worst time possible.
#21417 of 22394 Re: blizzard-like here [fintail]
Feb 15, 2013 (5:29 pm)
several years ago I discovered a windshield treatment called "Aquapel".
No, it's not anything like other products you may have tried.
It's so good, I don't even use wipers at night as it makes no difference in vision. Passing a truck with the huge spray is no problem at all.
You can find it on line, approx. 6.50 per treatment, and it lasts most all fall/winter/spring.
The trick is when you clean the windshield prior to application, when you think it's clean enough, do it again, and maybe a 3rd time.
#21418 of 22394 Re: blizzard-like here [slorenzen]
Feb 15, 2013 (6:51 pm)
I've heard of that - I think my old independent mechanic sold it too. I'll try it this fall - need to use up my rain-x supply first.
I love the sensation of driving at moderate speed and having the raindrops simply disappear.
Feb 16, 2013 (6:31 pm)
Speaking of rain, was out this afternoon and got caught in a convergence zone squall deluge, worst rain I have seen in many weeks. What got to me was the lack of headlight use, even thought it was past 5pm and pretty dark. Keep dumbing it down.
Also saw something funny (but not in a ha ha way) - was in traffic, heard a cop with sirens and lights coming from behind, myself and everyone but one vehicle moved over for him. He has to go around this Dodge 4x4 that simply didn't pull over (plenty of room), and then not 30 seconds later, I see the truck run a light that had been red for a good 5 seconds or more. Nice.
Feb 18, 2013 (5:57 am)
That dashcam could be a problem for you, ala "You saw the car pulling out in plenty of time to stop, but you kept going and made no attempt to stop. Why?" Better not to depend on the "powers that be" to decide your fate... take matters into your own hands and hit the brakes.
Or you could live in NC or VA, which are "contributory negligence" states. Just about everywhere else, they go on comparative negligence, i.e. the person who was primarily/mostly at fault for the accident is held responsible. In contributory negligence, if they can show that you were even partly at fault, the other driver's insurance doesn't have to pay for your damages.
Feb 18, 2013 (6:16 am)
I doubt that "I didn't see any other traffic and I didn't want to wait so dang long for the light to change" will be seen as a valid excuse to avoid a running-red-light ticket based on photo evidence.
The red light camera photos also contain a key piece of information: how long the light has been red. So if it's an issue that the light didn't change, they'll know if there is any credence to your defense.