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Old 01-12-2012, 01:18 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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People who drive with their fog lights on when it is not foggy. People at red lights that leave huge gaps between them and another car.
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Old 01-12-2012, 02:05 PM
 
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Just had another thing happen a couple of hours ago.

The weather went from rain to sleet to a heavy snow with high wind all within about a half hour. It's unreal how many drivers were on the road without their headlights on. I reckon they could see OK and just assumed they could be seen.

Even worse, a lot of the vehicles that did have their lights on had their brights on.

Makes you wonder where people's minds are.
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Old 01-12-2012, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Northern MN
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People at red lights that leave huge gaps between them and another car.
You should stop at a distance that you can still see where the rear wheels of the vehicle in front of you.

Why?
I thought you would never ask.

1.This will give you room to just turn your wheels and drive around them if they should fail to move.

2. Why stop so close you draw in the exhaust from the car in front of you?

Or do you mean the ones that stop way short, then creep up 2-3 times before the light changes?
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Old 01-12-2012, 02:27 PM
 
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I do a LOT of long distance, superhighway driving. My objective is to 'make time', which is generally accomplished by driving very smoothly over long distances. (yes, i will be the first to admit that when i can, i am well over the speed limit--but i am respectful of others on the road).

My pet peeve is the tools that dart in and out of lanes.....racing ahead of me in my lane, only to slam on their brakes, and then darting in to the right lane, racing ahead, and the darting back into my lane again....once again slamming on their brakes, which causes the whole line of cars to lurch on their brakes, then resumining the pace while the darter weaves in and out of traffic, oblivious to the chaos which they are causing.

Invariably, as soon as the congestion clears out, the darter can't keep up with the higher paced traffic, but has already wreaked havoc on the overall flow of vehicles.

What are they thinking? That they are the only ones who ever dreamed up passing on the right, or on the shoulder?

For those of you who drive like this, and think you are really the Mario Andretti's of the highway, you're not. You are just a jerk who interupts the overall flow of traffic and annoys the hell out of those of us who have long distance destinations and need to make time while you are pretending to be some sort of highway kamakaze.
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Old 01-12-2012, 02:28 PM
 
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...Or do you mean the ones that stop way short, then creep up 2-3 times before the light changes?
LOL ^^That one started out this whole thread.
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Old 01-12-2012, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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That's exactly what I do. If I can get over, I do and let them pass me. But if we're on a crowded road and I can't go any faster than the car in front of me, and they still tailgate, I just slow down until they back off. It usually works and keeps me from being so stressed.
I (and probably many others) call that a "brake check" - and yes, it usually gets the point across rather well.
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Old 01-12-2012, 03:08 PM
 
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I (and probably many others) call that a "brake check" - and yes, it usually gets the point across rather well.
Brake checking is either a quick tap or an all out slam on the brakes.

Just slowing down involves neither.
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Old 01-12-2012, 03:24 PM
 
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Just wondering what a rear fog light is for? Do they use it to drive backwards? LOL Honestly I have never seen one before.
"Rear fog lights are useful in low visibility weather conditions such as dense fog, heavy rain, heavy snow, or smoke. Rear fog lights are a bright glowing orange color to allow cars behind you to see you with sufficient time to avoid a rear end collision. They should not be used in good weather conditions. Rear fog lights are standard on BMWs sold in Germany. Rear fog lights are legal in the US and some other European manufacturers equip US vehicles with them."

BMW Rear Fog Lights

My Mercedes has it but you need to turn the dial all the way to the right and pull out the dial twice. I don't think many Japanese (I think the 370Z might have it) or American cars have it.
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Old 01-12-2012, 04:30 PM
 
Location: SW France
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Rear fog lights are obligatory on any car here and have been for many years.

They are intended for use, as the previous poster said, in poor visibility and there have been occasions where I have been very grateful for them on my car and also on the cars of other road users.

Sadly they are widely misused and people keep them on where there is no need and can make things worse for following vehicles.
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Old 01-13-2012, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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The things that you learn on this forum. I had no idea. LOL Good to know though about the rear fog lights.
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