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Old 07-16-2018, 02:00 AM
 
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This morning I was at an intersection light with a full car length between me and the car in front of me. I started to gently pull forward to fill in the gap in case someone else came up to the intersection behind me, but the car in front of me went into reverse to stop me and the driver started gesticulating wildly. I don't know if it was some weird coincidence and that guy was in some alternate universe in his vehicle and his weird behavior had nothing to do with me, or if he was really having a conniption fit over someone behaving entirely normally and appropriately at a stoplight intersection. You just never know what you're going to encounter on the roads these days....

Hahahahaha! So much at one red light!
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Old 07-17-2018, 09:22 AM
 
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I've never seen so many people insist on driving in the left lane on the Interstate as they do in the Denver Metropolitan area of Colorado, and I've lived all over the country (Olympia, WA is pretty bad for this too). We used to travel from Montana to Longmont to visit family and on the 2-lane section of interstate in CO the left lane would be full of cars. Then when it opened to 3 lanes all the cars would shift over another lane to stay in the left.

Once I counted. I stayed in the right lane and passed 87 cars in the left two lanes, most of them in the far left, before we got to Longmont.

That same 3 day trip we witnessed 4 rear end collisions. Not the aftermath of them, actually saw them occur in real time. It was surreal.

The number of collisions I've witnessed real time since 1986 (to include 15 years living in Washington DC, and 3 years living in San Diego, CA and often travelling to LA?) 1.
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Old 07-31-2018, 01:24 PM
 
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Obviously you're talking about northern I-25, what I call the ColoradoBahn. It's truly perilous. Folks get the impression that it's perfectly straight (except where it isn't), so they don't show the caution they would up in the mountains. Traffic volume continues to build there. Forty years ago, the Denver-to-Ft. Collins drive passed mostly cornfields, but now there's an interchange every couple of miles. You're never out of sight of a gas well, and the drilling and maintenance infrastructure adds to the load, too. When accident delays become this common, it's tempting to drive when you can, to get it over with.
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Old 07-31-2018, 01:53 PM
 
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As a former driving teacher, I taught people to stop far enough behind the car in front of them to see the car's rear wheels touching the road. That leaves room to maneuver around them for any reason. Common sense practice taught across the country. Certainly not inconsiderate in any way. Defensive driving requires that you leave yourself a way out of any situation. You never put yourself & your car in a situation you can't get out of.

"Thank you for your service." But you and other driving instructors were, no doubt, driving one of those low-slung compact sedans at the bottom rung of the price range. The front hood edge and the driver's eyes are both low in these cars, so your range of vision had you stopping perhaps 10 feet from that tell-tale tire ahead. Now sit in Ford Explorer, or a jacked up pickup, with a shoulder-high hood. Now your forward view of the road begins probably 25 feet away. How can one rule of thumb work for such different sizes of vehicle?

Now your 20-foot vehicle is taking up the space of two. This adds to road congestion, especially at intersections. Fewer vehicles can make the light cycles, which adds to red-light "cheating" and delays. In this way, your safety measure is indirectly dangerous to other drivers.

With the ongoing proliferation of oversized personal vehicles, the ill effects of this selfish practice will only get worse.

Sure, if you only care about keeping yourself (or, properly, your students) safe from harm, keep as far away from other vehicles as possible. Park on the far fringes of parking lots. Only drive after midnight, when roads are empty. States used to require a flagman to precede a car, to warn of the danger. But we've made compromises with safety, like raising speed limits, because we need to get places. You don't own the road, so share it!
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Old 08-01-2018, 07:09 PM
 
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OP. If I can not see your headlights in my rear view mirror, you are too effing close and you will eventually rear end some one.
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