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Old 04-06-2012, 02:46 PM
 
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Anyone parked in the fast lane is in the wrong, it's really that simple.

If traffic is heavy and the person in front of you is penned in and you still tailgate them....then that is your fault.

I will never tailgate someone in a slow or middle lane because they might be old or driving on an emergency spare etc etc.

If I'm driving my sportscar and have nowhere to go with obviously a huge line of cars in front of me....and I get tailgated....I will definitely display some degree of displeasure as the tailgater is a moron and risking accident because if I have to stop quickly there is no way they can avoid tailgating me due to basic physics.
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Old 04-06-2012, 02:48 PM
 
Location: LBC
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Tailgating and speeding disrupt the flow of traffic, especially when they cause accidents (of course you would never get in an accident, you're a great driver right? ).

It sounds like the type of driver that I love to harass by purposely slowing down when you start to tailgate me. How do you like driving 45 on the freeway?
That's the best. If I can bring just little more misery into that person's lizzard-brained nightmare, my day is pretty much complete.

If I just consider the possibility the person driving ahead of me is somebody's grandmother, some of the mindlesss agitation falls away. Problem is, some folks become addicted to it.
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Old 04-06-2012, 02:49 PM
 
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Anyone parked in the fast lane is in the wrong, it's really that simple.

If traffic is heavy and the person in front of you is penned in and you still tailgate them....then that is your fault.

I will never tailgate someone in a slow or middle lane because they might be old or driving on an emergency spare etc etc.

If I'm driving my sportscar and have nowhere to go with obviously a huge line of cars in front of me....and I get tailgated....I will definitely display some degree of displeasure as the tailgater is a moron and risking accident because if I have to stop quickly there is no way they can avoid tailgating me due to basic physics.
If traffic is heavy then no one's going fast, no need to tailgate. If traffic is light you can always go around. It's only a problem when traffic is MEDIUM then that's when they get annoying (slow fast lane drivers). I make sure to tailgate them to send a message. They should never be comfortable going slow in the fast lane.
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Old 04-06-2012, 02:50 PM
 
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Overall, Miami has the worst drivers by my definition (flow of traffic). A freeway in Miami you'll see everyone going their favorite speed, from 20mph to 100mph.

San Diego has the fastest drivers on the freeways, but limits there are hardly enforced.

Detroit drivers are the least likely to use a blinker, to stop at a sign or light but they generally don't go (very) fast.

Boston drivers will be very aggressive in the city but on the freeways they mellow out and drive the speed limit.

Overall the most aggressive drivers I found were either LA, Chicago, or DC. Haven't driven enough in DC or Chicago to be able to say for sure if LA gets my nomination. LA drivers are the friendliest for pedestrians. Maybe that get's them some bonus points?
I've not driven in LA but have other places around the country and FL is clearly the worst.

Lost of old drivers, foreign drivers and tourists unfamiliar with where they are going as well as the vehicle they are operating (rental cars).

Then mix in the younger locals that drive super fast and aggressively trying to negotiate around these guys asap.

LA's problem is likely exacerbated by a lot of people that learned how to drive in Mexico City which from what I've heard resembles a Mad Max movie.
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Old 04-06-2012, 02:54 PM
 
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If traffic is heavy then no one's going fast, no need to tailgate. If traffic is light you can always go around. It's only a problem when traffic is MEDIUM then that's when they get annoying (slow fast lane drivers). I make sure to tailgate them to send a message. They should never be comfortable going slow in the fast lane.
I still tend not to tailgate. Most of them are doing it to be passive-aggressive and get off on feeling like they are controlling the flow of traffic....while the rest are likely just absorbed in conversation about their new wallpaper or dogs bowel inflamation.

If someone is intentionally being passive aggressive like this there isn't much you can do....other than pull up along side them, not look at them and then match their speed.

What? What? You mean it's wrong to fight PA with PA?
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Old 04-06-2012, 03:00 PM
 
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When I first drove in LA I got beeped at alot, people really like to use their horns in LA (beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeppppppppppppppppp ppppp)

But what it all comes down to is densly populated cities always have traffic, I honestly would never play games with anyone on the road, I'll admit I make a few mistakes, such as getting off at the wrong exits, or being in the wrong lane.

The highway system is foreign to me in big cities i'm not familiar with. The people that over use their horns scare other drivers. We are all guilty of aggressive driving from time to time, but we should really be looking out for one another and trying not to make traffic worse.

BTW Boston streets are not grid patterned so its very frustrating navigating around there, because its such an old city and the streets are very narrow.
Have never drove in the other areas you mentioned. I heard Dallas has angry drivers as well, yet they are very polite when not driving.
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Old 04-06-2012, 03:00 PM
 
Location: anywhere but Seattle
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You'll be rude too if you were stuck in traffic for hours. Whenever I drive in LA my goal is to get from point A to point B as quick as possible. Everything else be damned. You wanna merge infront me and slow me down? Not gonna happen. I need to pull into another lane and you're not giving me enough space? I'm cutting you off. You're driving slow in the PASSING lane? I'm going to tailgate you and honk my horn until you either pullover or I see a gap to get around you.
Simple as that, LA has too many terrible drivers.
And you are the prime example of a terrible driver.
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Old 04-06-2012, 03:01 PM
 
Location: LBC
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I still tend not to tailgate. Most of them are doing it to be passive-aggressive and get off on feeling like they are controlling the flow of traffic....while the rest are likely just absorbed in conversation about their new wallpaper or dogs bowel inflamation.

If someone is intentionally being passive aggressive like this there isn't much you can do....other than pull up along side them, not look at them and then match their speed.

What? What? You mean it's wrong to fight PA with PA?
You kidding? LA's got PA on lock.
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Old 04-06-2012, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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If you're going slow in the passing lane I'm doing a civil service by getting you to move to another lane

I've had some try to play games with me like you're talking about but they generally lose because I'm more aggressive and take more risks than the average person. I do 'lightly' bump people who play games with me like that on the freeway and they immediately pull over to check the damage on their car (which is none). I drive away.
Yeah I'm mostly talking about the times when I am penned in with people in front of me and some jerk still tailgates, that's when I start to slow up.
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Old 04-06-2012, 03:05 PM
 
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And you are the prime example of a terrible driver.
lol that reminds me. Seattle drivers go the speed limit no matter what. I think even 1mph over is unheard of there
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