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Old 02-21-2014, 02:26 PM   #2926
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- drivers who stop and leave 30ft gaps between their car and the car in front, especially when there is traffic behind them stuck on the intersection.
Until you've been rear-ended by a mindless inattentive driver, those 30ft mean nothing to you.

When you see that car or truck in your rear-view hurdling toward you, that 30ft can make a world of difference as to whether or not you get hit. That is an escape route.
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Old 02-21-2014, 02:35 PM   #2927
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^^Amen.

I thought the same thing when I read the original complaint. Definitely the reason I am still able to enjoy sport bikes after nearly 5 decades of riding.
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Old 02-21-2014, 03:07 PM   #2928
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Until you've been rear-ended by a mindless inattentive driver, those 30ft mean nothing to you.

When you see that car or truck in your rear-view hurdling toward you, that 30ft can make a world of difference as to whether or not you get hit. That is an escape route.
Yeah, I'm less aggravated about spacing these days for these reasons. I think technically should all traffic be spaced in a zipper pattern so as to be able to interweave?

I do appreciate being given proper space. I try my best to give considerable distance to the car in front of me. I might creep up if the traffic is bumper to bumper and we won't be going fast enough for me to worry that much about stopping distance.

Plus my car is small, so having distance allows me to be seen more easily by others.
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Old 02-21-2014, 04:33 PM   #2929
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When you see that car or truck in your rear-view hurdling toward you, that 30ft can make a world of difference as to whether or not you get hit. That is an escape route.
That's not the situation I tried to describe. I was talking about stop-and-go traffic during rush hour, when there is no chance anyone can be hurdling toward you, because average speed is below 5mph.
I don't have anything against a safe distance, but if you can fit two more vehicles in the gap, why not move a little forward.
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Old 02-21-2014, 06:08 PM   #2930
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Umm...Let's see.

10 yards at 5mph equates to about 4.1 seconds. So, closing the gap to half of that would buy you 2 seconds.

What's the hurry if traffic is crawling. Relax, crank up the radio and...
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Old 02-21-2014, 06:18 PM   #2931
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Umm...Let's see.

What's the hurry if traffic is crawling. Relax, crank up the radio and...
Exactly, you're not going to get anywhere faster. And if you're talking about stop and go traffic with intersections, the car about to enter the intersection should stop at the crosswalk even if it's a green light and wait until they can see the vehicle in front is far enough through that they wont get caught in the middle.

As far as turning into the outside lane though, that **** infuriates me on a daily basis. And it's illegal. And EVERYONE in this city does it, along with not using their turn signals.
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Old 02-23-2014, 06:18 PM   #2932
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People who cannot figure out which way to drive on a one way street. Just about had a head on with some idiot coming down the wrong way on C Street. Flashing my high beams like a strobe and came to a complete stop, but they still kept on approaching. Then the rest of the traffic behind me appeared, then they realized what a bad decision they made.
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Old 02-24-2014, 12:23 AM   #2933
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Saw a silver 04-08 FXT getting towed down O'Malley today with the rear wheels still on the ground.

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Old 02-24-2014, 01:19 AM   #2934
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Watched a silver 04-08 FXT getting towed today with the rear wheels still on the ground.
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Old 02-25-2014, 09:49 PM   #2935
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WGMG: People who cannot do simple, routine maintenance on their car, such as keeping their tires properly inflated, or having working headlights.
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Old 02-25-2014, 11:24 PM   #2936
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WGMG: People who cannot do simple, routine maintenance on their car, such as keeping their tires properly inflated, or having working headlights.
That's heavy maintenance for some people.
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Old 02-25-2014, 11:31 PM   #2937
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WGMG: People who cannot do simple, routine maintenance on their car, such as keeping their tires properly inflated, or having working headlights.
And some of them call themselves enthusiast
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Old 02-26-2014, 01:28 PM   #2938
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WGMG, or rather WRPMTFO, is how our society is structured in defaulting, nearly every time, toward people deemed "authoritative", rather than what is actually "right".

Take for example, and the article that POd me, the young man whom went into the hospital for insomnia, and then again for side effects of the medications he was given after the first visit, somehow deemed "a danger" and sent to the psych ward, with yet more meds, and his family deemed "unfit" and now unable to see him. He has become a ward of the state, by recommendation by some egotistical doctor that believes they KNOW what is right for him. Unfortunately, the courts have so far decided to side with the Dr's, ignoring the patients own wishes.

http://www.ktuu.com/news/news/family...state/24675406

http://www.policestateusa.com/2014/bret-bohn/

Makes me sick, that someone you are conditioned to trust, can have so much authority and power to strip someone of their own life. People claim everyone that shouts "police state", "death panels", or those promoting 2A as a means to keep our Government in check are whacko's (there are I am sure many other names). However it truly is frightening the power organizations of authority have over individuals.

Home of the "FREE" right? Unless you don't take your meds or disagree with current policy I guess.
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Old 02-26-2014, 01:48 PM   #2939
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yeah, that is an unusual case. Don't have all the details, of course, but it seems to be an exception rather than the rule.

I've seen some screwy things with both medical and psychiatric patients over my career. Easy to judge a book by its cover in this case.
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Old 02-26-2014, 05:56 PM   #2940
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I'm not so sure it is all that "rare". I would say not as publicized, but this is the 4th known incident like this I have heard about.


There is also Justina Pelletier, in Mayland, also being held against her and her parents wishes, with a similar M.O. of becoming a ward of the state (judge just ruled to place her in foster care) and moving her to another facility. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nati...icle-1.1701640
http://healthimpactnews.com/2014/jus...ed-to-parents/
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While Justina’s case has gained national attention, mainly due to a local investigative reporter from her home town (Beau Berman), sadly this kind of “medical kidnapping” is happening all across the United States, where medical doctors employed in the pharmaceutical-driven medical care system are deemed by government agencies to have more authority over the medical care of children than the child’s own parents.

Then there is the baby in California that child protective services took custody of because the parents wanted to go to a different hospital. (at least at this time it ended in a "positive")
http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/0...om-protective/

Again... for medical professionals to have THAT much power of authority to just yank families apart because they *THINK* they know what is best, is completely wrong and grinds my gears, no matter what... Doctors and other "professionals" should never have that much power to abuse.

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Old 02-26-2014, 06:49 PM   #2941
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WGMG, or rather WRPMTFO, is how our society is structured in defaulting, nearly every time, toward people deemed "authoritative", rather than what is actually "right".

Take for example, and the article that POd me, the young man whom went into the hospital for insomnia, and then again for side effects of the medications he was given after the first visit, somehow deemed "a danger" and sent to the psych ward, with yet more meds, and his family deemed "unfit" and now unable to see him. He has become a ward of the state, by recommendation by some egotistical doctor that believes they KNOW what is right for him. Unfortunately, the courts have so far decided to side with the Dr's, ignoring the patients own wishes.

http://www.ktuu.com/news/news/family...state/24675406

http://www.policestateusa.com/2014/bret-bohn/

Makes me sick, that someone you are conditioned to trust, can have so much authority and power to strip someone of their own life. People claim everyone that shouts "police state", "death panels", or those promoting 2A as a means to keep our Government in check are whacko's (there are I am sure many other names). However it truly is frightening the power organizations of authority have over individuals.

Home of the "FREE" right? Unless you don't take your meds or disagree with current policy I guess.

After reading your post, the "affluenza defense" came to my mind.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/05/us/texas-affluenza-teen/

I still can't believe this actually happened.
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Old 03-28-2014, 09:31 PM   #2942
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My roommate failed her driver's test this morning because she couldn't parallel park right. That's not what bothers me though, it's that they tested on that first and then just said that she fails the whole test because of it and to come back next week. Without even observing her actual driving, so she can't get any feedback before her next test in case some other aspect needs improvement. Just seems super shady to me like it's just to make more money. When I took my test it was the very last thing, and even then if you aced everything else you could fail the parallel parking and still get your license.
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Old 03-28-2014, 09:46 PM   #2943
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My roommate failed her driver's test this morning because she couldn't parallel park right. That's not what bothers me though, it's that they tested on that first and then just said that she fails the whole test because of it and to come back next week. Without even observing her actual driving, so she can't get any feedback before her next test in case some other aspect needs improvement. Just seems super shady to me like it's just to make more money. When I took my test it was the very last thing, and even then if you aced everything else you could fail the parallel parking and still get your license.
Not when I took the test. You could drive awesome, but fail the test if you hit a cone or the curb during the parallel park.
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Old 03-29-2014, 02:47 AM   #2944
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In California i didnt even have to parallel on the official test. Just back up while along side a curb and not hit it.
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Old 03-30-2014, 04:24 PM   #2945
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I think it depends highly on where you take it and the attitude of the tester.

Back in STL when I took mine, I parked to far away from "the curb" they set up, meaning I'd have failed. The instructor asked where I lived, I told her a suburb and she said "oh, I doubt you'll ever parallel park then" and I passed.

I do agree with the WGMG post though, typically parallel parking was the LAST part of the test (at least for everyone I knew in STL) that way you would know where you failed, or where you needed to improve.
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Old 03-30-2014, 06:27 PM   #2946
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Davin thats the one thing that if you can't do its an automatic fail, doesn't matter if your Jeff Gordon or Colin McRae if you can't do that they fail you and move on to the next person in the assembly line.
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Old 03-31-2014, 05:00 PM   #2947
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Wgmg. I once had 555 posts and now old threads have been deleted so I'm a newb.
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Old 03-31-2014, 07:16 PM   #2948
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Well look at the brightside...we all have always thought of you as a newb...lol
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Old 03-31-2014, 09:39 PM   #2949
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I would think yours would read transmission specialist.
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Old 03-31-2014, 10:13 PM   #2950
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Lmfao nice
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