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Old 05-12-2011, 09:20 PM
 
Location: north of Windsor, ON
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Igoing on and on about how he had to lock up the brakes and if any thing happened to his load he was going to sue me for every penny etc. etc...
If he wanted to sue you over a load then I hope everyone who has ever gotten a stone chip from his tire kicking up a stone sues his pants right off him.
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Old 05-13-2011, 11:46 AM
 
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Yeah, it's happened to me alot. When you live in the NYC area, foreign drivers seem to think they can make up their own rules of the road. Also Some are just too much of a type A personality. Last week I was driving home late and some guy comes up behind me and tailgates me. we are on a residential side street and I flipped him off as I pulled over and let him pass. Do you know the guy almost stopped and was about to get out, but for some reason thought better of it and sped away.
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Old 05-13-2011, 12:20 PM
 
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I think that's what they tell you to do in Driver's Ed.


I have a different strategy when honked at, which happens fairly often (but not as much as it used to) as I drive like a wuss sometimes: I sit there. I don't move the car for ten seconds. If he's in a luxury car, I put mine in reverse for those ten seconds. Then when we're both in traffic and he's/she's/it's good and mad, I blow him/her/it a kiss.
I hope our kidding because that is pure crazy.
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Old 05-13-2011, 12:34 PM
 
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Personally, I have no problem with people who want to drive slower. Where I live there are quite a few people who do and it is probably safer. I just can't stand it when people don't seem to realize the left lane is for passing, not for driving slower then all the other traffic on the road.

The thing that I really just do not understand is when a slower driver does not let cars who want to pass them, pass them.

I use to see this on the NJ turnpike quite a bit. If You get on the turnpike at 16e going south, there was always one driver 1/4 mile further along who was keeping pace with a semi or a bus in the left lane slowing all the other traffic down. It is quite easy to see as the roadway going south goes uphill as you go over the overpass. In these situations, there is always plenty of room in the middle or right lanes yet these drivers insist on driving in the left lane and making sure no one else can pass.

I also see alot of cars following someone (when they are in the left lane) in some other car's blind spot (when the other car is in the center or right lane)

What is the purpose of driving like that? I've always felt that if you let faster cars pass you it is safer for you in the long run since you would not have anyone around you at all.
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Old 05-13-2011, 12:58 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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I hope our kidding because that is pure crazy.
What they teach in Drivers Ed. (if the teacher is anything worth listening to) is to put your foot on the brake pedal to have the brake lights come on, but not to brake or even tap the brakes. If they say that, they're not only bad instructors, they're flat out dangerous.

As most people with a slight interest for cars know, you have some "dead movement" (sorry I don't know the proper English term for it) where your brake lights come on but you're not actually engaging the brakes. Doing that can be an efficient way of telling whoever is tailgating you to back off a little bit, but any logic will make it abundantly clear that braking when you think someone is too close is the absolute last thing you should do.

If you want them off and activating the brake lights don't work or make it worse, just step off the go fast and cruise to a slow halt, I've yet to experience that not working.
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