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View Poll Results: Do you leave a gap in front of you in bad traffic?
Yes, I like to save my clutch 77 70.00%
No, I has an automatic Subaru 14 12.73%
What the heck does leaving a gap do? 5 4.55%
I don't have a car. I ride a pedal bike! 3 2.73%
I don't like WAPCE women drivers think they drive better than me so I drive like everyone else 11 10.00%
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Old 09-26-2007, 02:43 AM   #1
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Default How do you drive in stop and go traffic?

In traffic, do you guys follow the typical driving style of: gas, brake, stop, gas, brake, stop? Or do you like to open up a bit of a gap in front of you, drive a bit slower, and then by the time you catch up to people in front you don't have to use your brakes to slow or stop (ie: you like to save your clutch)? How many other drivers on the road do you notice that do this?

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Old 09-26-2007, 02:56 AM   #2
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Yeah, I usually put a couple of car lengths distance in front of me when traffic gets jammed. I can just let the clutch out and idle along for a long ways before having to clutch again. I think that is what you are getting at anyhow. Unfortunately, some douchehair usually weasels his way in front of me when I do this and I have to back away from him. Ad nauseam."
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Old 09-26-2007, 02:59 AM   #3
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Same as aod
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Old 09-26-2007, 03:04 AM   #4
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I leave a gap too.

I hate when I have this nice gap and people rush in to grab the spot. It literally annoys me to death.
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Old 09-26-2007, 03:15 AM   #5
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I keep the car at crawling speed as long as I can before using the brakes.
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Old 09-26-2007, 03:24 AM   #6
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I leave a gap too.

I hate when I have this nice gap and people rush in to grab the spot. It literally annoys me to death.
Then you will like my name for those people, douchehair.

It's English in nature, a compound word of douche and hair. But, it can translate so well in so many European languages.

French: la doucheeiree
Italian: douchairiano
German: duckairmacht!
Spain: su pelo es douche.
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Old 09-26-2007, 03:32 AM   #7
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I spent so much time in SoCal, where a gap of more than 1.1 carlengths is viewed as an opportunity, that I am incapable of leaving a gap.
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Old 09-26-2007, 03:34 AM   #8
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^^^so true. No Gap!
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Old 09-26-2007, 04:22 AM   #9
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I spent so much time in SoCal, where a gap of more than 1.1 carlengths is viewed as an opportunity, that I am incapable of leaving a gap.
same goes for chicago...but make that 1/2 car length = oppurtunity
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Old 09-26-2007, 04:23 AM   #10
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same goes for chicago...but make that 1/2 car length = oppurtunity
haha so true!!!
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Old 09-26-2007, 04:35 AM   #11
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Ya haha, it's great when some "douchehair" clogs up both lanes trying to get into a 7.5" space
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Old 09-26-2007, 04:40 AM   #12
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I leave a gap too.

I hate when I have this nice gap and people rush in to grab the spot. It literally annoys me to death.
Apparently you have a hard time understanding what "literally" means.
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Old 09-26-2007, 04:51 AM   #13
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Apparently you have a hard time understanding what "literally" means.
I'm dead right now
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Old 09-26-2007, 05:08 AM   #14
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I leave a gap whenever I can, but like others said, it's impossible most of the time ... people just rush in. That annoys me so much, I prefer the minute clutch wear to wanting to kill somebody.
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Old 09-26-2007, 05:11 AM   #15
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i wait for someone to leave a gap, then i squeeze into it.
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Old 09-26-2007, 05:44 AM   #16
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gap. And anybody that jumps in gets the horn untill they move
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Old 09-26-2007, 07:31 AM   #17
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I'll leave a gap, unless it's construction and some bastard thinks he's going to wait until the last second to merge.
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Old 09-26-2007, 07:31 AM   #18
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No gap. Washington DC beltway.
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Old 09-26-2007, 08:12 AM   #19
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I spent so much time in SoCal, where a gap of more than 1.1 carlengths is viewed as an opportunity, that I am incapable of leaving a gap.
I know this first hand. I was in NorCal just leaving the airport, and 5 miles later they had the 101 shut down for night work and were funneling traffic down to one lane and then off an exit. I had to go so far as to threaten a douchenozzle with "Let me in, or your little Prelude will meet my rear bumper first hand" using my driving language. Once he saw that I was going to take the space like it or not, he yielded. Of course, this entailed slowly poking my bumper in the space between him and the car in front of him.
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Old 09-26-2007, 08:23 AM   #20
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I get over in the shoulder and floor it.
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Old 09-26-2007, 08:24 AM   #21
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Whenever the lane starts moving, rev to 5K and sidestep clutch followed by pushing the brake pedal out to the front bumper.
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Old 09-26-2007, 08:28 AM   #22
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I do mostly highway driving, and the clutch is a wear item I'll replace someday anyways. I just drive. mostly because I hate people that leave gaps
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Old 09-26-2007, 09:06 AM   #23
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I try to leave enough room so that I never have to tap the brakes..but sometimes that dosent work..

..I havent been in traffic since I left Philly though..
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Old 09-26-2007, 09:13 AM   #24
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When the traffic goes, I go.
When the traffic stops, I stop.

Whenever possible I let a reasonable gap open between me and the vehicle in front and then just let my car move forward with engine idling.
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Old 09-26-2007, 09:18 AM   #25
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I ALWAYS create a buffer, and attempt to get a steady flow of traffic moving.

I get so sick of the random domino effect 60mph->20mph slowdown when there is only like 5 people in front of you and no reason for evyerone to have slowed down
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