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Old 06-18-2008, 08:58 AM
 
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This article is well worth a read....
It's funny and targets the origins of the demise of responsible driving in Charlotte. (The last three paragraphs say it all.)
I've seen so many close calls, that now, unfortunately, I will not allow my children to ride their bikes, even within our own community. It's sad, really, because with the rising gas prices I'd love to have my middle schooler ride his bike to school.

Charlotte Observer | 06/18/2008 | Read any good rage on the road lately? (http://www.charlotte.com/671/story/674909.html - broken link)
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Old 06-18-2008, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Ballantyne - Endhaven Communities
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haha I love it, definitely a good read.
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Old 06-18-2008, 09:30 AM
 
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What a good read! And soooooo true!!! I am the most cautious around Mommy Vans/SUVs, cause you just never know what is transpiring inside . . . rowdy kids, mom running late - I have had more "near misses" w/ Mommy Vans/SUVs than any other vehicle "type." But I don't get too upset - anyone who has been a Mommy knows how it gets at times . . .

Last edited by brokensky; 06-18-2008 at 09:31 AM.. Reason: added SUVs, cause they often cause the most fear!!!
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Old 06-18-2008, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Noth Caccalacca
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What a good read! And soooooo true!!! I am the most cautious around Mommy Vans/SUVs, cause you just never know what is transpiring inside . . . rowdy kids, mom running late - I have had more "near misses" w/ Mommy Vans/SUVs than any other vehicle "type." But I don't get too upset - anyone who has been a Mommy knows how it gets at times . . .
Hell hath no fury like the scorn of a Soccer Mom!
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Old 06-18-2008, 12:25 PM
 
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My impressions on driving in the Charlotte area, been down here about 1 year, coming from NYC...
  • Turn signals must be optional equipment on vehicles sold in this area
  • Way too much tailgating, the seriously dangerous kind, aka, 70+ mph on 85, 485 or 77, and you can almost lip read what the person glued to your back bumper is saying on their cell phone. On a recent trip back home, I had this happen on several occasions while traveling 85 thru NC and into Virginia...regardless of what I did, slow up or speed up, the lamprey stayed attached. Got them off my tail by putting the spurs to the hemi, and leaving them way back in the distance. Reset the cruise to +9 over them limit, settled in, and incredibly, the leach caught up and reattached, still on the cell phone. What I find most remarkable is that this happens on a regular basis. Why, I don't know. Maybe they watch too much Nascar, and are looking to practice their bump drafting technique. Is it just my perception, or are there a lot of rear end colloisons (or wrecks) in the Charlotte area?
  • For the most part, folks are courteous when it comes to stoplight etiquette...very rare to hear somebody lean on their horn when the person in front of them doesn't move in the first millesecond after the light turns green.
  • Also find courteous responses to making left turns off of 2 way roads, as opposed to back north where you will find drivers in the opposing direction speed up to prevent you from making a safe turn
  • Don't even begin to discuss bicycles. I'm an avid rider, but still look forward to going back north to ride...it's safer in Staten Island than riding on the roads here, especially the so called roads in Union County
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Old 06-18-2008, 12:32 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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My impressions on driving in the Charlotte area, been down here about 1 year, coming from NYC...
  • Turn signals must be optional equipment on vehicles sold in this area
  • Way too much tailgating, the seriously dangerous kind, aka, 70+ mph on 85, 485 or 77, and you can almost lip read what the person glued to your back bumper is saying on their cell phone. On a recent trip back home, I had this happen on several occasions while traveling 85 thru NC and into Virginia...regardless of what I did, slow up or speed up, the lamprey stayed attached. Got them off my tail by putting the spurs to the hemi, and leaving them way back in the distance. Reset the cruise to +9 over them limit, settled in, and incredibly, the leach caught up and reattached, still on the cell phone. What I find most remarkable is that this happens on a regular basis. Why, I don't know. Maybe they watch too much Nascar, and are looking to practice their bump drafting technique. Is it just my perception, or are there a lot of rear end colloisons (or wrecks) in the Charlotte area?
  • For the most part, folks are courteous when it comes to stoplight etiquette...very rare to hear somebody lean on their horn when the person in front of them doesn't move in the first millesecond after the light turns green.
  • Also find courteous responses to making left turns off of 2 way roads, as opposed to back north where you will find drivers in the opposing direction speed up to prevent you from making a safe turn
  • Don't even begin to discuss bicycles. I'm an avid rider, but still look forward to going back north to ride...it's safer in Staten Island than riding on the roads here, especially the so called roads in Union County
Wow! You nailed it. The tailgating thing really gets me, but it's probably due to the mix of people we have here. Half are laid back and the other half are in a hurry all the time.

I just wish all those 'soccer moms' would get off their cell phones.
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Old 06-18-2008, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Up above the world so high!
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This article is well worth a read....
It's funny and targets the origins of the demise of responsible driving in Charlotte. (The last three paragraphs say it all.)
I've seen so many close calls, that now, unfortunately, I will not allow my children to ride their bikes, even within our own community. It's sad, really, because with the rising gas prices I'd love to have my middle schooler ride his bike to school.

Charlotte Observer | 06/18/2008 | Read any good rage on the road lately? (http://www.charlotte.com/671/story/674909.html - broken link)
God bless him, he is dead on accurate! I miss the days when traffic was not so unfriendly here in Charlotte.
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Old 06-18-2008, 04:03 PM
 
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This article is well worth a read....
It's funny and targets the origins of the demise of responsible driving in Charlotte. (The last three paragraphs say it all.)
I've seen so many close calls, that now, unfortunately, I will not allow my children to ride their bikes, even within our own community. It's sad, really, because with the rising gas prices I'd love to have my middle schooler ride his bike to school.

Charlotte Observer | 06/18/2008 | Read any good rage on the road lately? (http://www.charlotte.com/671/story/674909.html - broken link)
A smidge off topic, for which I apologize, but curious as to why your middle schooler can't ride the bus? Ive noticed that is really big in this area- go by Mallard Creek Elementary on a school day, around 8:10. Are people afraid to put their kids on these perfectly good school buses? Is it the hour that the kids are picked up? Enlighten me, please.
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Old 06-18-2008, 05:42 PM
 
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This is a great topic. As a truck driver, I see the best and worst of drivers everywhere. People in the Charlotte area seem to be in a hurry to stop. on a crowded street, with traffic lights every block, some will speed up and zip around lane to lane to get to the next light, which has turned red. Good stuff. It's actually a little amusing to us big rig drivers sometimes to see the idiocy of some drivers. (I realize, though, how many truckers are just as bad, if not worse, considering they are driving a 65-foot long, 80k pound vehicle).
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Old 06-18-2008, 10:03 PM
 
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Just this Sunday I was tailgated by a woman in a minivan. Once she zipped around me I noticed she had a Cavalry sticker on her large, round minivan rear. Word on the street, they were threatening to paint her church a NEUTRAL color!!

As for the school bus issue, have you seen how fast those vehicles fly through the neighborhoods?? We're talking 30 kids, unbuckled, unsupervised. Also, there are lots of stories in the news of bullying, etc. on buses.
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