Driving Fast or Slow

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  1. American View profile image60
    American Viewposted 7 years ago

    Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?

    George Carlin

    Is this a true statement? What are your driving stories. Remember are we there Yet?

    1. wilderness profile image97
      wildernessposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Anything between 90%-110% of the speed limit is reasonable.  Anyone outside that is a maniacal idiot.

      1. John Holden profile image60
        John Holdenposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Driving at 60mph in a 70mph zone in thick fog?

        1. wilderness profile image97
          wildernessposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Absolutely.  You should be stopped at a motel.  Most states have an additional limit pertaining to conditions, though.

          But if bumper to bumper traffic won't permit the speed limit, get a bigger rig and plow 'em down! lol

          1. John Holden profile image60
            John Holdenposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            lol lol lol

        2. American View profile image60
          American Viewposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Heck John

          I would think you all can drive in the fog, you must be use to it. Just curious, how many days in a years do you have fog?

          1. John Holden profile image60
            John Holdenposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            It depends where you are but we don't actually get much fog at all these days, no more than a few days a year where I live, more in some areas.
            It must be years now since we had a killer fog, probably 30 or 40.
            About the last bad one I remember was in the 70s, I was forced to abandon my van, even my friend sitting in the passenger seat with the door open couldn't see the kerb. Went to pick the van up the next day when the fog had cleared and it was sitting in the middle of a three lane road!

            1. uncorrectedvision profile image61
              uncorrectedvisionposted 7 years agoin reply to this

              I have been in one such fog but luckily I was on foot.  Though the next day, the sober day,  I found I had spent the night on the neighbor's front porch not my own.  Interesting, slightly dangerous but thank goodness it was not a three lane road.

            2. wilderness profile image97
              wildernessposted 7 years agoin reply to this

              I've seen that, too.  I had my own passenger lean out his window and watch the solid white line, even though it came and went, while I did my best to stay in my own lane.  Eventually the fog cleared enough that I could see a solid white line out of my own window.

              I was in the far left lane of a 3 lane (2-way) road!  I found out later that several cars simply drove off the road and down the mountain side that day.  There really are times it is best to simply park it - had I not been 50 miles from town and young and stupid I would have.

    2. Lisa HW profile image65
      Lisa HWposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      It's true with a lot of people, and it isn't just when it comes to driving.  Too many people measure who/what is "too much" versus who/what is "too little", with themselves as the standard of who/what is "just right".  It may be a minority of people who are even willing to consider that they, themselves, may actually fall somewhere on the "scale" that's either "too much" or "too little" (or "too-anything-isn't-absolutely-just-right").   It must be great to so automatically accept who/what we are as "just right" without question. roll

    3. uncorrectedvision profile image61
      uncorrectedvisionposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I would have no trouble with other drivers if they just stayed off the road when I am in a hurry, practice good driving technique and got the heck out of my way.  I drive over 50 miles everyday and for Indianapolis that is a long commute.  I have seen 3 accidents and two near accidents.  I have also avoided one accident through the auspices of my very talented car.

      Every accident and near accident I have witnessed was the product of poor driving technique, failure to adapt to road conditions and just plain impatience.  Drive right pass left is a rule more people should adhere to ( if in the UK and elsewhere, that would be drive left and pass right)  The appropriate use of signals, allowing sufficient distance according to speed - 2 seconds, count it out and obeying the rules - like don't pass through the grass median just because you over shot your exit(jerk).

      Accidents happen.  It would be nice if everyone did what they could to avoid them and get the heck out of my way!

      1. wilderness profile image97
        wildernessposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        "Adapt to road conditions".  How true and how seldom it is considered.

        When we bought our last car we had a 500 mile trip home over black ice and packed snow.  Within the first 50 miles there were at least 6 accidents, including one poor guy that had the front bumper on the ground and the rear end straight up a vertical cliff.  One guy pulled onto the freeway in front of me at perhaps 70 mph, but didn't get 1/4 mile before spinning out into the median.

        It took a long time to go those 500 miles with a new unfamiliar car, but 12 hours we pulled into the driveway still in one piece.

        The good part was that no one was in the way, though.  Outside of the few towns we went through I'll bet we didn't see 200 cars in 500 miles.  It was just too nasty out.

  2. Ralph Deeds profile image65
    Ralph Deedsposted 7 years ago

    Around Detroit the worst drivers, aside from speeding maniacs, in my opinion, are those who tailgate and those who don't use their turn signals.

    1. wilderness profile image97
      wildernessposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Tailgaters.  I swear that one day I will lose it over this and some idiot will buy me a new bed for my old pickup.  mad I do keep the brakes in good condition...lol

  3. Richard Sirota profile image61
    Richard Sirotaposted 7 years ago

    I'll admit I'm guilty of that reasoning. My worst driving story was when I was passed on the turnpike by adriver doing 90 miles an hour ( I persued them till I could pass them for a second look) with a magazine open across the steering column. When I got the second confirming look I checked her eyes and they were looking down onto the page not out across the roadway. She was READING the magazine at 90 miles an hour. Would that I had a gun then!!!

  4. earnestshub profile image89
    earnestshubposted 7 years ago

    Ride a motorcycle.

    Then you can p*ss them all right off as you cruise to the front of the cue! lol


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