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#158624 - 12/16/08 09:40 PM Re: Just slow down [Re: Eugene]
UncleGoo Offline
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Registered: 12/06/06
Posts: 341
Loc: CT
Tirechains, maybe?
I found that when I was working my way through college, on any snowy day, a rusted out, primer spotted, pickup truck with tirechains and 4x6" oak bumpers always got the right-of-way.
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#158632 - 12/16/08 10:05 PM Re: Just slow down [Re: UncleGoo]
JohnE Offline
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Registered: 06/10/08
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Loc: Southern Cal
If you're getting "tailgated and flashed often" you might want to pull to the right.

I'm all for defensive driving but anyone sitting in the number 1 lane going under the speed limit is simply asking for trouble. Some states have laws mandating that slower moving traffic MUST move to the right.

John E
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#158636 - 12/16/08 10:25 PM Re: Just slow down [Re: JohnE]
KG2V Offline

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Registered: 08/19/03
Posts: 1371
Loc: Queens, New York City
the problem is when you are in the right, and folks come up and tailgate
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#158658 - 12/17/08 12:16 AM Re: Just slow down [Re: KG2V]
KenK Offline
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Registered: 06/26/04
Posts: 1971
Loc: NE Illinois
Many many moons ago, when I worked for GM, I had the fortune of taking their "advanced driver training" done at their proving ground near Detroit. One of the most memorable portions centered around the instructor the three "trainees" that their task is to go backward throough a slolum (sp?) course as fast as we could. The first person who tried it when way too fast and quickly lost control. The instructor laughed and said "I said to do it as fast as you can ... you were obviously going faster than you COULD do it."

Speed is a relative thing - its skill, experience, fore-thought, and some common sense that come together when we judge which speeds are appropriate. Drive to arrive!!

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#158661 - 12/17/08 12:47 AM Re: Just slow down [Re: JohnE]
Eugene Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 12/26/02
Posts: 2820
Originally Posted By: JohnE
If you're getting "tailgated and flashed often" you might want to pull to the right.

I'm all for defensive driving but anyone sitting in the number 1 lane going under the speed limit is simply asking for trouble. Some states have laws mandating that slower moving traffic MUST move to the right.

John E


thats when going 67 in the right lane of a 65mph zone, people around here don't know what speed limits are.

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#158668 - 12/17/08 01:47 AM Re: Just slow down [Re: snoman]
MDinana Offline
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Registered: 03/08/07
Posts: 2184
Loc: Deep south... Carolina
Originally Posted By: snoman
Originally Posted By: Chris Kavanaugh
"struck by a BMW that was hit by a Mercedes"

Ever notice that although some can afford to buy a nice car, they can't afford the skill to use it safely?


The corralary is that those that buy SUVs or pickups often can't park them (in the lines).

I hate idiot drivers. (and on occasion, have even called myself that)

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#158670 - 12/17/08 02:19 AM Re: Just slow down [Re: MDinana]
Eugene Offline
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Registered: 12/26/02
Posts: 2820
Around here all the big vehicles are parked nicely and you have to squeeze between the small cars that are crooked.

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#158701 - 12/17/08 11:32 AM Re: Just slow down [Re: Eugene]
Stu Offline
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Registered: 05/16/05
Posts: 1058
Loc: Finger Lakes of NY State
One of the reasons I drive a 4x4 Yukon is it beats a small car when hit by another. All Passengers are seatbealted in BEFORE the Yukon is started
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#158715 - 12/17/08 01:50 PM Re: Just slow down [Re: Chris Kavanaugh]
Andy Offline
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Registered: 09/13/07
Posts: 378
Loc: SE PA
My defensive driving skill is distance = time. By that I mean that I always try to leave enough space between my car and the car in front so that I have the time to react. As I get older I find myself leaving more space 'cause my reactions are frankly slower at 58 years than they were at 18.

So it stands to reason that I hate tailgating. I've been thinking of getting a bumper sticker (or maybe one of those flashing led signs for the back windshield) to pass on the message that "the closer you are the slower I go". I figure when the guy behind me can't stop in time when the deer runs out into the road in front of me at least he won't be going so fast when he smacks me.

The worst offenders are the tailgaters on a multi-lane road who prefer to tailgate rather than pass. If I move to the left they go by, but they won't change lanes to get around me.

PS, I'm not a slow driver by any means but so many people seem to have a complete disregard to the traffic laws that even driving at the limit plus 5mph seems to aggravate guys in pickups, women in giant SUVs and city municipal waste haulers. Don't even get me started about yellow lights...
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#158716 - 12/17/08 02:01 PM Re: Just slow down [Re: Andy]
Eugene Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 12/26/02
Posts: 2820
Heh, I was rear ended because I actually stopped to turn on red as the law states your supposed to do.

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