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Road rage
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hay    Posted 01-04-2005 at 06:04:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
what is all the hurry about? why do we have to get where we are going before we leave? and why do we have to have so much rage toward others on the road? i'm just going down the road and driving the speed limit(55 mph) and it seems like that is not fast enough for anyone anymore. i was passed in a no passing zone by another driver that almost caused a serious accident and then passed and "flipped off" by two more drivers within two miles of the first incident. what added insult to injury was the fact that i got to the stop light in town within seconds of all three of them. now that did not save a lot of time for any of the other drivers. maybe we drivers in america need to slow down a little. be a bit more courteous toward others and just be safe on the road. road rage is getting to be a serious problem in the big cities and now in the rural areas also. i actually remember a time when drivers would respect slow moving farm machinery, obey the sign and stripes on the road and in general be more respectful to others. america is in sad shape when we have to resort to violence on the road because someone else is in front of us and we can't stand to be second place.


Jimbob    Posted 01-04-2005 at 15:42:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
220 miles north of Detroit, the pace is slow here. Us locals can usually spot city people driving up here as they drive at 10 over the speed limit. It is a 'city thing'.


steve19438    Posted 01-04-2005 at 13:54:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]
it all stems from the 1980's. you know; the "me" generation thing and way far too much money being made and abused. also to blame is the modern day glorification of sports personalities (pros) and the added glorification of "attytude's".


KellyGa    Posted 01-04-2005 at 13:44:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
I figger ain't nobody else gonna pay my speeding ticket if I get caught, so I don't speed. Ain't nobody gonna pay for my wrecked truck either, and I just a soon it stay unwrecked. If they don't like it, let them get their blood pressure up, not me, I just do my thang.


Rickstir    Posted 01-04-2005 at 11:53:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Even driving back country "letter" roads, like C and T; I run into these yahoos. I drive the speed limit, and stop and stop signs. Really makes some angry.
Now I carry a weapon with me at all times and I am particularly careful not to encourage road rage. I will turn on my blinker and pull off the road when possible just to let them by. I used to get the biggest kick out of pulling up behind them at the next stop sign and honking and waving. But that was before I traveled armed. Now I just mind my own business.
An armed society is a polite society.


Doc    Posted 01-04-2005 at 10:02:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Heard on Jay Leno from a young lady in L.A. "There's nothing more annoying than someone who insists on doing the speed limit".

That sums it up I guess.


Gunner    Posted 01-04-2005 at 09:29:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Recently took a trip down the I5 through CA and into Arizona. Passing big rigs at 70-75 mph had tailgaters get so close I couldn't see the front of their cars (big rigs have a 55mph speed limit)- better described as drafting then tailgating. Hate passing big rigs in the first place but this was unbelievable
Actually got worse once in Ariz. Big rigs have the same speed limit as cars - Got passed by one doing 75mph - Saw about 4 close calls w/ these rigs swerving into the fast lane and fish tailing their load since another rig/car was already there - Pretty wild driving down there


screaminghollow    Posted 01-04-2005 at 08:47:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have slowed down alot since moving away from DC. I have had idiots who just had to pass as we approached the crest of a hill or on a curve simply because they couldn't plan ahead and leave on time. I have also had morons who slammed on the brakes, because they missed their turn 200 yds back. Or the yard sale grannies who stop on the road to peruse the merchandise at the yard sale, park on the road and get out, and or even worse, start moving again, as I tried to pass.
The ones who really get me are the folks who need to drive to the store for milk and toilet paper in an ice storm. Heaven forbid they have any tread on their tires! Going down hill, they slam on the brakes every 20 feet and slid all over the place, including the oncoming lanes. Then when it is time to go up the hill, they stop on the incline and study it for a minute. When they have no traction at slow speeds, they think gunning the engine helps. (I suppose it may contribute to global warming and eventually relieve us of snow and ice altogether.) Also there are the people who get stuck driving down the center of the road, so they just leave it there and walk to their friends house. (About thirty years ago, during bad storms in Alexandria VA, many middle of the road abandoned cars had broken windows and bricks on the floor, that stopped the abandonment practice there for a month or two.)

I have had the occassion to "lose it" at some of these folks who nearly kill me sliding down the hill on my side of the road.

Back around 1983, I was trying to get home during one of those DC storms, and was on Rt 50 as it passes the IWO Jima Memorial and heads up a long hill into Arlington, VA. There was 8 inches of snow and some J/A in a vette with racing tires was ahead of the line sliding all over the place, but not going up the hill. He went to the bus behind me and asked for help pushing his car. I got out and prepared to help push this idiot's car. The guys from the bus, obviously tired of sitting still behind this vette for almost 15 minutes, stood on the driver's side of the car and leaned like they were pushing forward. They told him to gun it and he did. With that they pushed his car sideways into a ditch and laughed their butts silly as they walked back to the bus. I quick jumped in my car and drove up the hill, leaving Mr. Vette screaming obsenities at the top of his lungs. Having grown in up PA, I couldn't help thinking the guy deserved what he got for even venturing out in that weather with his car. (I had a giant Plymouth Fury with studded snows and chains on and ten cinder blocks in the trunk, no problem getting around.)


Ron/PA    Posted 01-04-2005 at 08:08:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mornin Hay, I drive 12-15 hours per night, and see alot of this stuff.
The saddest part to me is, that when one of these D/A's pass me then go on up the road a mile and sink it in a snow bank, I no longer consider stopping. Not unless it looks like a serious injury case.
I don't care how others act, but I sometimes feel bad that I have become so caloused about my fellow man that I can just ride on by.
Don't matter, I probably won't change, cause the more I'm around people, the more I like my dogs.
Ron


deadcarp    Posted 01-04-2005 at 06:29:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
i used to drive the freewys slow, so generally stayed to the right. one day i'd just merged left when some dumb bunny pulled along the right side of me and started gesturing. guess he didn't realize that his lane was becoming the off lane or that there were parked cars ahead. i tried to wave him off but he just acted like now he had my attention & got madder. i fnally shrugged and he stood on his brakes in time to almost stop in time to miss the flatbed in front of him. dumb bunny anyway. :)


bob    Posted 01-04-2005 at 06:24:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
how true but what is the solution drive in middle of road grin


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