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Old 03-19-2013, 04:22 PM   #1
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OMGHi2U Daily Driving Etiquette

Been reading a lot about how other drivers are bad drivers. How about we list our daily driving etiquette and maybe we can get an idea and learn on how to be a better driver from a more experience drivers.

Random Facts: 98% of the driver thinks they drive better than other drivers.

This is not a thread and bash other drivers because they drive 40 MPH on the passing lane. We have too many of those already.


For now, here's my short list.

- If i'm on the far right lane of the freeway/hwy and someone is coming in from the ramp to merge in my lane. I'll usually try to change lane, if it's safe, to let them merge smoothly.

- I also change lane (if it's available/safe) or slow down when a police/towing/cars have their blinking/hazard lights on, whle on the shoulder.

- Change lane, if it's safe, so people can pass.

- I give people a wave (other than waving at suby owners) when they let me cut in front of them.

What are yours?
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Old 03-19-2013, 04:26 PM   #2
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90+ in school zones.

Live my life a quarter-mile at a time.

Drift on 4 lane curves

Nudge slower cars

Brake check people with improperly installed HIDs

Rev at Shelby Mustangs, they should know I can take them at stock.
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Old 03-19-2013, 04:58 PM   #3
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90+ in school zones.

Live my life a quarter-mile at a time.

Drift on 4 lane curves

Nudge slower cars

Brake check people with improperly installed HIDs

Rev at Shelby Mustangs, they should know I can take them at stock.
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Old 03-19-2013, 05:23 PM   #4
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90+ in school zones.

Live my life a quarter-mile at a time.

Drift on 4 lane curves

Nudge slower cars

Brake check people with improperly installed HIDs

Rev at Shelby Mustangs, they should know I can take them at stock.
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Old 03-19-2013, 06:22 PM   #5
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90+ in school zones.

Live my life a quarter-mile at a time.

Drift on 4 lane curves

Nudge slower cars

Brake check people with improperly installed HIDs

Rev at Shelby Mustangs, they should know I can take them at stock.
Lol awesome!
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:24 PM   #6
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90+ in school zones.

Live my life a quarter-mile at a time.

Drift on 4 lane curves

Nudge slower cars

Brake check people with improperly installed HIDs

Rev at Shelby Mustangs, they should know I can take them at stock.

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Old 03-20-2013, 11:58 PM   #7
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90+ in school zones.

Live my life a quarter-mile at a time.

Drift on 4 lane curves

Nudge slower cars

Brake check people with improperly installed HIDs

Rev at Shelby Mustangs, they should know I can take them at stock.
Great, now I look like a retard giggling to myself.
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Old 03-21-2013, 11:52 AM   #8
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90+ in school zones.

Live my life a quarter-mile at a time.

Drift on 4 lane curves

Nudge slower cars

Brake check people with improperly installed HIDs

Rev at Shelby Mustangs, they should know I can take them at stock.
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Old 03-19-2013, 04:34 PM   #9
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I can answer this because I taught my son how to drive recently and still continue to offer help.

2 hands on the wheel unless you're actively doing something with one. (You're shifting RIGHT NOW).

Directional for every turn.

Stay in the right lane if you're not passing.

When turning or crossing a road, commit and get across quickly.

Look ahead to where you want to be.

Brake before you need to.

Be very aware of other drivers and always leave yourself a way out in case **** happens.

I was a HPDE driver instructor for 12 years. Of the newbies I brought onto the track for the first time, with exception of very good autocrossers or very good ice racers, most drove like crap. I'm not talking about lack of heel & toe. You don't need that on the street. I mean looking 40 feet in front of the car (what most drivers do), hand on the shift knob, bad seating position, bad hand position.

I don't consider myself to be the best driver. I've ridden with Bill Prout (look him up) when I interviewed to be an instructor for SCDA. HE is a good driver. I'm several tiers down. The average driver on the road sucks compared to my 16 year old son. I'm not even kidding. I'll include my wife at sucking at driving.
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Old 03-19-2013, 04:53 PM   #10
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The biggest PITA thing I deal with here in NH are the state highways that are one lane each way, but then have occasional stretches with an extra lane for passing. There are signs that say "slower traffic keep to right", but what most idiots do is stay in the left lane and speed up so anyone trying to get by them has to go WAY over the speed limit in the right lane. Then when it's one lane again, they slow back down to below the speed limit with a line of cars behind them. So freaking annoying!
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:38 PM   #11
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signs that say "slower traffic keep to right", but what most idiots do is stay in the left lane and speed up so anyone trying to get by them has to go WAY over the speed limit in the right lane.
Hmm, sounds like I-90 to me. Except its USUALLY people in the right lane going 79 mph, and people in the left lane (with his front bumper eating your rear bumper), 80 mph. Then usually people pass on the right.

I am in no way saying I am a good driver, but respect for others people's space is important, especially when on the expressway. By law in NYS we are suppose to accomodate for people coming on to the expressway, by either speeding up or slowing down. And as for cops, if they're pulled over of hte side of the expressway, I always look for a safe spot to merge into the next lane over.
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Old 03-19-2013, 09:23 PM   #12
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Hmm, sounds like I-90 to me
Except that the state highways in NH (like Route 16) have looooong sections that are just one lane each way. It's not uncommon for 20 or 30 cars to be lined up behind someone who is driving slowly. Then when you finally reach the two lane section, the snail up front guns it and tries to keep people from passing for some reason. There's a mad rush and only 1 or 2 manage to get by on the right before the passing lane ends and the road goes back to one lane. Then the jerk slows back down to 5 mph below the speed limit. This happens all the time.
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Old 03-20-2013, 09:01 AM   #13
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Except that the state highways in NH (like Route 16) have looooong sections that are just one lane each way. It's not uncommon for 20 or 30 cars to be lined up behind someone who is driving slowly. Then when you finally reach the two lane section, the snail up front guns it and tries to keep people from passing for some reason. There's a mad rush and only 1 or 2 manage to get by on the right before the passing lane ends and the road goes back to one lane. Then the jerk slows back down to 5 mph below the speed limit. This happens all the time.
In Delaware, the law states that you must pull over to allow traffic (when five or more cars get behind you). As you may guess, this law is not enforced.

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Old 03-21-2013, 12:00 PM   #14
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Except that the state highways in NH (like Route 16) have looooong sections that are just one lane each way. It's not uncommon for 20 or 30 cars to be lined up behind someone who is driving slowly. Then when you finally reach the two lane section, the snail up front guns it and tries to keep people from passing for some reason. There's a mad rush and only 1 or 2 manage to get by on the right before the passing lane ends and the road goes back to one lane. Then the jerk slows back down to 5 mph below the speed limit. This happens all the time.
As a driver who frequents RT-16, I can confirm this.
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:28 PM   #15
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2 hands on the wheel unless you're actively doing something with one. (You're shifting RIGHT NOW).
This. All the time. I can't stand when people put one hand on the top of the wheel.
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Old 03-19-2013, 04:53 PM   #16
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I kinda zone out until I get to where ever I was headed. (-_-!)
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Old 03-19-2013, 06:39 PM   #17
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Moving out of the right lane on the freeway for cars that are merging is a big one for me. I drive slow, and like a person who's not a douchebag, I keep my slow driving in the right lane, as others should.
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Old 03-20-2013, 01:54 PM   #18
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Moving out of the right lane on the freeway for cars that are merging is a big one for me. I drive slow, and like a person who's not a douchebag, I keep my slow driving in the right lane, as others should.
Or the converse, people that purposely try to keep you from merging. I had some ass puppet do that to me a few weeks ago. Completely empty highway at 8PM, the on ramp I was on actually merges into the left lane, I see him coming and he actually speeds up to try and block me from merging when there wasn't a person within a 1/4 mile of us.

Really?

So I bury it and merge in front of him where I'm treated to him turning his brights on at me which doesn't bother me much with a dimming mirror. Moral to the story, don't try and block a car from merging that makes three times as much power as you do. He shouldn't have been in the far left lane to even begin with.

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I DO NOT, however, change lanes on the highway to allow others to merge from on-ramps. They have 2 options, speed up with traffic and get with the program, or slow down and allow me to pass before merging.
And that's fine, but if I have to cut you off to get into a hole, I will. Traffic is thick enough around here at rush hour that sometimes I have to hit the hole when I see it. And if you're not going to get out of the lane that you know traffic is going to be merging into, well, too bad. Sometimes it can't be helped.

Here's my advice. Always get up to a reasonable speed when merging onto the highway. Don't try to merge into 70 mph traffic at 30 mph, you're only ****ing over the people behind you that are trying to merge in as well with the ensuing chaos you cause. Also, merge with your gas pedal, not the brake pedal. Don't slam on your brakes in the middle of a crowded highway to merge behind someone - you're going to catch someone into the back of you by doing that.

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Old 03-20-2013, 02:32 PM   #19
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So I bury it and merge in front of him where I'm treated to him turning his brights on at me which doesn't bother me much with a dimming mirror. Moral to the story, don't try and block a car from merging that makes three times as much power as you do. He shouldn't have been in the far left lane to even begin with.
Since there were no cars within a 1/4 mile, you could have easily just slowed down 5mph and merged behind him instead of causing a potentially more dangerous situation by flying past the speed limit to get in front of him.

But based on all your asinine posts that I've had the misfortune to read, it's definitely a superiority complex of yours.
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Since there were no cars within a 1/4 mile, you could have easily just slowed down 5mph and merged behind him instead of causing a potentially more dangerous situation by flying past the speed limit to get in front of him.
I could see him the entire time I was on the onramp, I was ahead of him while still on the onramp as I watched him begin to accelerate excessively to try head me off. It wasn't happening. It also happens to be a law in this state that you can not actively prevent someone from merging.

So, in summary, he was sitting in the left lane for no particular reason. Strike one. He was speeding. Strike two. He then tried to prevent me from merging. Strike three. Three different laws he broke and I was just trying to merge onto the highway.

Sorry, I'm not going to slam on my brakes because someone wants to take it upon themselves to be a delta bravo. kthnxbye.

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But based on all your asinine posts that I've had the misfortune to read, it's definitely a superiority complex of yours.
You say that like I actually give a damn what you think about me. Cute.

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Old 03-21-2013, 10:57 PM   #21
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Here's my advice. Always get up to a reasonable speed when merging onto the highway. Don't try to merge into 70 mph traffic at 30 mph, you're only ****ing over the people behind you that are trying to merge in as well with the ensuing chaos you cause. Also, merge with your gas pedal, not the brake pedal. Don't slam on your brakes in the middle of a crowded highway to merge behind someone - you're going to catch someone into the back of you by doing that.
^^This
But sometimes you are forced to use said brakes in different circumstances.
Down one of the highways near me, there is a section that connects 2 different major highways together.
You have 2 lanes for one highway, and 2 for the other. The far right and far left lanes, there usually isnt too much movement. The 2 middle lanes...ahh thats where the fun is, because you have approx. 50 yards to merge if you have too. So you have people merging right to left, and left to right.
Typically it isnt bad at all, when you have people on the road that know what theyre doing.
But the horrible instances come when he get that opening between two cars to merge right, and then when you start moving to the right lane, the person in front of you hits their brakes for no f***ing reason whatsoever. Then you have to hit your brakes, praying the car behind you doesnt rear end you, and you end up looking like the asshat. All the while, this is done at roughly 40-50mph, and that person in the front that hits their brakes, usually does this when there is NOONE in front of them. This makes up atleast 50% of the road rage i get in NJ.

Another big thing, when on one lane roads (in each direction). When you want to make a left onto another street/neighborhood/etc... Dont friggin stop in the middle of the lane, or on the right side of it, so the people behind you cant pass, when they normally can if your atleast in the left center of the lane. I've seen this backup traffic for mins for no good reason whatsoever.
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Old 03-19-2013, 06:41 PM   #22
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Since I sold my wrx I find myself driving the speedlimit (or at least closer to it) more often and allowing many more cars to pass me.
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:33 PM   #24
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- If i'm on the far right lane of the freeway/hwy and someone is coming in from the ramp to merge in my lane. I'll usually try to change lane, if it's safe, to let them merge smoothly.

- I also change lane (if it's available/safe) or slow down when a police/towing/cars have their blinking/hazard lights on, whle on the shoulder.
Those are my biggest two. Esp in NJ when theres an onramp every mile, you kinda get used to it.
The second one you have there, i always try and do, esp with police. I found out that PA has a law that you HAVE to move over if there is police on the shoulder, and im sure some other states do too. So probably good to always get in that habit.


-Navigating a Circle (becoming less prominent here for some reason) Always yield to the traffic on the left before entering.

-Four way stop- It always seems like no one ever knows what to do at one. And everyone just looks like a deer in headlights if there are four cars present, and normally will end up with everyone beeping or waving someone along.
Typically the first vehicle at the intersection should move forward first. If two or more vehicles reach the intersection at the same time, the driver on the right would have the right of way.

-Motorcycle in area etiquette- This is more of a just be more aware of your surroundings idea. When spring approaches, the crotch rockets come on out of the garages. Now i'd say atleast more than half of the riders are typically douches who don't know how to ride, and then proceed to think they own the highways/roads.
If you hear one approaching on the highway, just be aware of where they are before switching lanes. Alot of times, they are very easy to be in a drivers blind spot, and that person will end up cutting them off, or running into them. Sometimes a quick glance over your shoulder (if safe too), can end up saving you from smashing into a bike, even if that rider deserves it, you know we'd be the ones at fault.



Lastly if someones tailgating you on the highway, go slower and blast your wiper fluid so it completely soaks them, works best if they're in convertible.
i do not condone the last one lol
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