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Old 10-19-2007, 09:27 AM
 
Location: Up above the world so high!
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Why do people when stopped at a red light leave 4 car lengths between their car and the car in front of it?
Groove, I have heard this is common is bigger cities with carjacking problems. People now do this to leave themselves an "escape route" in case someone approaches their car while they are stopped.
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Old 10-19-2007, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Apex, NC
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Groove, I have heard this is common is bigger cities with carjacking problems. People now do this to leave themselves an "escape route" in case someone approaches their car while they are stopped.
Totally agree with you here. I used to be a cop so I would always leave enough room between me and the car in front of me in case I had to get out of there fast (for a call or if someone was shooting at me, etc). I also agree with the "not laying on your horn". I don't lay on my horn, but giving a quick tap is acceptable IMO to gain attention.
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Old 10-19-2007, 11:28 AM
 
Location: Fort Mill, SC (Charlotte 'burb)
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Groove, I have heard this is common is bigger cities with carjacking problems. People now do this to leave themselves an "escape route" in case someone approaches their car while they are stopped.
That makes sense, but the people doing this look the ones that would be doing the carjacking. Their seats are reclined so far back they are almost sitting in the trunk.
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Old 10-19-2007, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Indian Trail, NC
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Groove, I have heard this is common is bigger cities with carjacking problems. People now do this to leave themselves an "escape route" in case someone approaches their car while they are stopped.
Oh, wow--- I never considered that. I'll have to start leaving a little more room now. Thanks for that tip!!
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Old 10-19-2007, 03:35 PM
 
Location: NC
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I don't think it's all just a northern thing. Ever driven in Gastonia? All the mentioned rules of the road are violated each and every day (especially the turn signal thing). And then some! This morning, some loonatics were flying down the road--no, racing down the road--and it was raining....they had to have been going about 70. The roads have all types of oil and greases on them since it's been so dry. Couldn't have told them though!
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Old 10-19-2007, 03:38 PM
 
Location: Fort Mill, SC (Charlotte 'burb)
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There was the wreck in Gastonia a couple of years ago when some girls were drag racing and a couple people were killed if I remember.
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Old 10-19-2007, 05:36 PM
 
Location: NC
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There was the wreck in Gastonia a couple of years ago when some girls were drag racing and a couple people were killed if I remember.
That incident doesn't ring a bell to me. I do remember an incident a year or two ago in which some people were drag racing down Franklin, went off the road, and drove into a crowd at the Dairy Queen. I don't think anyone died in that incident though, but I could be wrong.
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Old 10-19-2007, 06:09 PM
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Location: NC/SC Border Patrol
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It is much more courteous to put your car in neutral and race the motor lightly than to blow a horn. I hate the sound of horns.

So I am sitting at the light and it changes and I see that some of the traffic is not stopping and I wait until it is safe to go, but the idiot, behind me honks at me too. So I have to take another second to make sure that person is not blowing to alert me to a danger I may not have noticed and that slows down the process even more, because surely no one would be so rude as to try and tell me when I should proceed, unless they want to start paying my car insurance.

Give that person in front of you a little credit. He wants to get to where he is going as fast and as safely as possible too. Unless you are extremely rude, leave the horn alone unless someone is about to be killed. In Charlotte I have heard on the news of people who have been shot because they blew the horn once too often.

I don't want to be around people who blow their horns at the drop of a hat. That is so low class.
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Old 10-19-2007, 10:33 PM
 
Location: Apex, NC
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It is much more courteous to put your car in neutral and race the motor lightly than to blow a horn. I hate the sound of horns.

So I am sitting at the light and it changes and I see that some of the traffic is not stopping and I wait until it is safe to go, but the idiot, behind me honks at me too. So I have to take another second to make sure that person is not blowing to alert me to a danger I may not have noticed and that slows down the process even more, because surely no one would be so rude as to try and tell me when I should proceed, unless they want to start paying my car insurance.

Give that person in front of you a little credit. He wants to get to where he is going as fast and as safely as possible too. Unless you are extremely rude, leave the horn alone unless someone is about to be killed. In Charlotte I have heard on the news of people who have been shot because they blew the horn once too often.

I don't want to be around people who blow their horns at the drop of a hat. That is so low class.


In a round about sort of way I get what you're saying, but in NO WAY is it safer to try and put your car in neutral and then rev it, first of all, that is just dangerous and you could accidently do things wrong here and wind up causing an accident and second of all the person in front of you will still probably not get the hint. If a car as been stopped for 1.5 minutes at a light, why would they think getting a little tap of the horn would be something that is alerting them to danger?...they were not moving in the first place. If someone is going to try and kill you because of a little tap on your horn, then they are a ticking time bomb and obviously they don't care for human life in the first place and are just waiting for the next person to pi$$ them off in anyway. Could be the clerk at the grocery store who was not fast enough, or a co-worker who was late on a report making them look bad, etc, etc.

I guess we'll just have to agree to disagree on this subject.
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Old 10-20-2007, 04:47 AM
 
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Groove, I have heard this is common is bigger cities with carjacking problems. People now do this to leave themselves an "escape route" in case someone approaches their car while they are stopped.
A UPS driver once told me they he left more space in front of him in case he got rear-ended. Since then, I have always thought about leaving more space at the lights and stop signs.

I moved out to the country to get away from the crime and fast pace. And now I have a job that allows me to schedule my trips to the airport around traffic hours.

But don't kid yourself; there are plenty of idiots driving around out here talking on the cell and running stop signs!!!

I was waiting at a stop sign just the other day. 15 cars came by; 8 or them turned left and 2 of them used their turn indicators.
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