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Old 07-04-2009, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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The other day during rush hour traffic on Mopac I saw something that really took the cake. There was a woman in a car next to me (driver, not passenger, mind you) with one hand holding her cell phone, the other hand holding a cigarette out the window, and had her right foot hanging out the window. I almost died. This is the kind of situation where I would've loved for a cop to have seen her.
If it was a typical rush hour with traffic only moving 15 mph that may not have been so bad.
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Old 07-04-2009, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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A black BMW? That's my Ex-Brother-in-Law! Small World!
That was probably him.
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Old 07-04-2009, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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When the road conditions permit - I admit I drive slightly above the speed limit in the left lane. But there is not one single reason for someone to drive SLOW in the left lane unless they are slowing down for left turn. But many people driving the cars I listed do so - as do others yakking on their mobile phone. It seems talking on the phone causes their right foot to retract.
I try to drive 4 to 5 mph over the speed limit when in the left lane, unless there are cars in front of me going slower. And I always keep a safe distance between my car and the one in front. I find it especially annoying when I'm in that situation and someone gets right on my bumper. The safe space ahead of me seems to annoy these bumper riders, like how dare I leave so much space between me and the car ahead, I should be up there riding their bumper to make them go faster or move over.
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Old 07-04-2009, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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I try to drive 4 to 5 mph over the speed limit when in the left lane, unless there are cars in front of me going slower. And I always keep a safe distance between my car and the one in front. I find it especially annoying when I'm in that situation and someone gets right on my bumper. The safe space ahead of me seems to annoy these bumper riders, like how dare I leave so much space between me and the car ahead, I should be up there riding their bumper to make them go faster or move over.
Yep. These are likely the same folks who gripe when someone is only going 5 or 10 or 15 over the limit in the left lane. Also the ones who will fill in that space (even if there's really not enough room for them) if they're in a position to do so.

The standard that I was taught is that you should be able to pick a stable object that traffic is going by, start counting as the vehicle in front of you passes it "one one hundred two one hundred" and when you finish you should be passing it or not be quite there yet.
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Old 07-04-2009, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Well, I have to vote the worst drivers as the "self-appointed police" variety. They are similar to road-ragers in my book, but instead of tailgating or cutting you off, they'll camp out in the left lane going EXACTLY the speed limit (or less). If you are going faster or want to pass, sorry, they are going to knowingly prevent you from doing it. Or, if you are in a 2-lane merging situation, and you're going faster than someone in the right lane... well, they'll go ahead and camp out in both lanes so you have to end up merging at THEIR defined speed and behind THEM. Or, perhaps they are getting ready to turn into a shopping center, and see that you are quickly approaching from behind (probably at the speed limit, BTW)... so they slow down EXTRA slow, almost to a complete stop, to make sure you understand that they can take as long as they want to make a right turn...

Anyway I see them here a lot, these "self-appointed speedbumps" or vigilante drivers, who feel that if they see someone driving too fast or otherwise breaking a traffic rule, it's up to THEM to make those people pay. It's not -- that's what traffic cops are for. These people have no clue and no regard to how their traffic impediment affects tons of people behind them and the general traffic flow, not just the lone speeder their trying to teach a lesson to.
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Old 07-04-2009, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Yep, I'll say it. The worst Austin drivers are:



Austin drivers.
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Old 07-04-2009, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Well, I have to vote the worst drivers as the "self-appointed police" variety. They are similar to road-ragers in my book, but instead of tailgating or cutting you off, they'll camp out in the left lane going EXACTLY the speed limit (or less). If you are going faster or want to pass, sorry, they are going to knowingly prevent you from doing it. Or, if you are in a 2-lane merging situation, and you're going faster than someone in the right lane... well, they'll go ahead and camp out in both lanes so you have to end up merging at THEIR defined speed and behind THEM. Or, perhaps they are getting ready to turn into a shopping center, and see that you are quickly approaching from behind (probably at the speed limit, BTW)... so they slow down EXTRA slow, almost to a complete stop, to make sure you understand that they can take as long as they want to make a right turn...

Anyway I see them here a lot, these "self-appointed speedbumps" or vigilante drivers, who feel that if they see someone driving too fast or otherwise breaking a traffic rule, it's up to THEM to make those people pay. It's not -- that's what traffic cops are for. These people have no clue and no regard to how their traffic impediment affects tons of people behind them and the general traffic flow, not just the lone speeder their trying to teach a lesson to.
I agree with you that it's not generally the responsibility of other drivers to enforce the traffic laws, though I can certainly understand the impulse to do so in the face of some of the nutcases out there that think they're Nascar drivers (most professional race drivers that I've known - no, wait, ALL professional race drivers that I've known - have driven exceedingly cautiously on the road, because, guess what, they don't have anything to prove and aren't compensating for any lacks they might have in other areas).

However, I have a question. Why does it bother you so much for someone to drive the speed limit (not below the speed limit, mind, but the actual speed limit) in the left lane if they are pacing or passing the traffic in the right lane? Or even if there isn't any traffic in the right lane? Barring, of course, those few stretches of highway in Texas that are posted "left lane for passing only" (in which case if there's no one in the right lane that they are passing they, and you, should be in the right lane even if you're going the speed limit).
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Old 07-04-2009, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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I have another one! The people who, when it is posted that the right lane is ending (or it's clear that it is due to an issue in that lane ahead), instead of merging as soon as it is clear that it is necessary, rush to the head of the line and want everyone else to let them "cut".

People who merge as soon as it is possible after noting the necessity get let in quite easily. People who (again with that sense of entitlement) see this happening and rush ahead, or even go AROUND people who are merging properly, because they are Extra Special and shouldn't have to wait along with everyone else, need to be in this poll for worst drivers in Austin (or anywhere).
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Old 07-04-2009, 11:15 AM
 
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Pick-up truck drivers. Seems like the bigger the truck, the bigger the idiot.

And driving slowly in the left lane is one of my biggest pet-peeves. It is really bad on 620. The speed limit is 65, and there is ALWAYS someone going 55 in the left lane, creating their own little roadblock.

I saw a good bumpersticker once. It said, "If I'm passing you on the right, you're wrong."
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Old 07-04-2009, 11:17 AM
 
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Anyone using a cell phone or texting while driving.
My husband would say and he often does anyone driving a Ford truck.
I get frustrated by the sense of entitlement and lack of civility towards others that many Austin drivers have. If people think like they drive...
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