I have a friend in his mid 70s who has the idea that there's no need
to stop a vehicle at a stop sign if no cars are coming. I won't
ride in a car with him. Now he and his wife are on a long motorcycle
ride with other older folks. They're good friends but I fear for their
safety. Any thoughts?
In article , "NotMe"
I agree. He and his wife will be taking some big chances. I hope his
dying words are not "I didn't see him coming". Moron, idiot, knowitall.
Who here never stopped at a stop sign, only to go again and see someone
coming, and you slam on the breaks? Might have happened to me once.
I will make an effort to stop just incase the cop in the bushes is
watching. We all know how mustangs, moving violations, and insurance
rates combine. Ah, not that I have first hand knowledge...
This bring up scores of driver laziness issues:
1) Not using turn signals. Is it really that hard to flip the stalk
up or down before (please don't start at mid-turn... it's a little too
late then.) making a turn?
2) Left laners (or what I like to call rolling road blocks) I don't
mind if you want to go slow, or are out for a cruise, but get the f*ck
out of the passing lane. And DON"T be in the left/passing lane and be
traveling at the *exact* same speed as the traffic in the right lane.
3) Not using lights, or a least park lights, at dusk or during times
of decreased visibility. It's starting to get dark, maybe a few cars
on the road near you have tinted glass, and perhaps there's a little
mist/rain on windshields/glass, and here you are zipping along in
stealth mode with no freaking lights on. Even better when you're
piloting a dark-colored car. Yes, you sure stand out in my rear-view
mirror, just like a cat in a tall grassy field. .
4) Not using seat belts. Oh, that's right, you have herculean
strength and can simply throw your hands up during a crash to keep
your body from going through the windshield or your head from running
into the air bag that's exploding towards you. Speaking of air bags,
your passenger's feet should also be well protected when they're
perched up on the dash. I'm pretty sure if the [passenger-side] air
bag deploys it won't blow their feet off.
Yaking on the cellphone. Is that phone call really THAT important?
Really? It couldn't wait a few minutes for you to stop driving? Oh,
you say your cell phone service is the ONLY ONE that doesn't provide
voice mail. And the President often calls you about urgent issues.
Never mind then, take the calls.
Texting while driving. You're only piloting what could be considered a
2,500-5,500 pound land missile. It really doesn't need your undivided
attention. If you hit something, what bad could happen?
Pulling out in front on oncoming traffic, then dragging their ass down
the road I mean if you're in that big of a hurry, and you can't wait
for me to pass by, why would you then go slow as shit? At least have
the courtesy to step on it and get up quickly to the speed of the
oncoming traffic, so I can somewhat excuse your haste.
Drafting. This isn't NASCAR. And if I have to go hard on the brakes,
I really don't want you to end up in my backseat. That would kind of
ruin my day, not to mention probably yours. So, please, drive a *few
seconds* behind me, you know, the amount of time it takes for a person
to react to brake lights. Makes sense, right?
Weaving in and out of traffic. I know you're the best video game race
car driver on the planet, but out of the streets they're real
vehicles. If you crash in to one there isn't a reset/start-over
button. Remember that!
Poor tire maintenance. Do you ever look at your tires? Slicks on a
drag car is a good thing. "Slicks" on a street car, not so good.
Check that. "Slicks" on a street car is TERRIBLE. Buy some new[er]
ones or park it. About tire pressures. Tires are circular. When
they're semi-circle put some air in it/check for a leak. AND make a
habit of checking your tire pressures monthly, because tires are
important. They're the only thing you have gripping the
I'll add that REAL PUSSY MOVE of climbing up my ass when I'm turning off the
road, even though I've given plenty of advance warning. Twice recently I've
had to brake when making my turn - once, when a brain-dead child was walking
toward the intersection in the middle of the street, and again when there
was police activity that I couldn't see before starting my turn. I'm not all
that interested in testing the reaction time of the driver behind me.
I was in Saudi Arabia when they started putting in stop signs, if you
stopped at one you would get rear ended.
So you had to run it. The expectation at crossings was that their may be
another car running it already, so one would slightly slow down, but keep
going. This was in Downtown Jeddah, in three story buildings (so you could
not see much of the other crossing traffic)
OR the lead car(s) at the red light. The light turns green and
they're either zoned-out or fiddling around with something in their
car and it takes them 3-10 seconds to hit the gas. Meanwhile there's
a line of drivers behind them who would like to get through the green
light and get where they're going today. Worse, when finally realize
there isn't another shade of green [light] they can't seem to push the
gas pedal down and get their car up to speed in a reasonable amount
OR, the good Samaritan(s). The person or persons who let a car coming
out of a side street and wanting to get across a couple lanes of
stopped traffic (for a stop light) and make a left into traffic going
in the other direction. They do this despite the fact that person
JUST rolled up to his side street's stop sign. AND the stopped
traffic is just started to move -- the light has turned green.
They're going let this guy cut across the lanes and block traffic
while he's trying to, go left, and find a hole in the traffic going in
the other direction. They let this one guy do this at the expense of
all the drivers behind them trying to get through the green light.
Well not only do they not care about the people behind them, the delay
is now taught! A couple years ago I got a rather ticky-tacky ticket... I
did a right turn but missed the tail end of the yellow by 1/10 of a
second. The cross traffic had green left arrows. The cop nearly caused a
collision to come after me and I got in nobody's way. So online traffic
school. In that they said to wait TWO SECONDS AFTER THE VEHICLE IN FRONT
OF YOU MOVES. Essentially this kills intersection throughput. My
experience in Germany was everyone moves together when the light turns
green. (they have the blinking yellow to get people ready for the green
"consideration" The assbackwards notions of american courtsey. Doing a
favor for person A at the expense of person B. It's pretty much how much
in this country functions.