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Old 03-21-2013, 10:57 PM   #51
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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 03-21-2013, 11:05 PM   #52
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I live in an area where we see shattered glass/plastic bits on RT.19 almost every day due to stupidity. The main cause is driving too close for conditions.

My commute to work is very early in the AM, but that seems to bring out the a-hole in everyone who thinks the cops don't police the workflow (and they are right, most police traps will be there just after rush).

I try to be safe and recognize the situation before making any action. What happens now: my man in the Saturn in front of me has gone consistently 7mph under the limit, but when we hit the passing zone takes off. I hang back. A few years ago, I would have left him feeling raped after quickly pulling to 80 in a 40 just on principle. Reason: in minutes we will reach the point where this idiot will not be a factor, and the risk completely outweighs the patience.
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Old 03-21-2013, 11:24 PM   #53
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I've come to accept that I'm an *******
ME TOO.

made my life so much easier when i accepted that.
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Old 04-03-2013, 01:43 AM   #54
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I never had road rage until I moved to this damn town, lol. Actually, I don't get pissed...I just shake my head at them or signal what the speed limit is (assuming they can count on fingers).
People can't count. It's 'Kato!
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Old 04-03-2013, 01:54 AM   #55
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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?

State law in PA to slow down and if safe move to other lane for emergeny vehicles on the side of the road. Same for tow trucks.
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Old 04-03-2013, 06:12 AM   #56
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It's proper etiquette to brakecheck soccer moms tailgating me, speeding while doing their makeup on the cell phone and no hands on the wheel.
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Old 04-03-2013, 06:26 AM   #57
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All of the things listed in the OP are common sense. If you can't manage to do a few simple things like that, get the **** off the road.
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Old 04-03-2013, 10:51 AM   #58
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I think the biggest thing is: Stay to the right except to pass.

Around here (Rt.67 S / Kentucky Ave.) people are like "I'm going to be turning left in 7 miles. I'm going to stay in the left lane until I get there. And I will cruise at or below the speed limit."

I've gotten used to passing them on the right, but I don't like it. Every now and again I will get behind them and flash my brights. Some move over. Most do not. Oh well.

Also, on the same stretch of highway: people drive side-by-side, at or below the limit, for miles. DUDE, if you're in the passing lane, and you notice (<---Key word here. Pay attention to your surroundings.) that you are not passing the person to your right, it is your DUTY to either speed up or slow down and get back over. Pu-leease!

Now, I may sound like an irate person. But I am not. I'm just venting a little. I used to suffer from tremendous road rage, but I did not like the way it made me feel. It was shortening my life, and it made my passengers uncomfortable.

It was not easy to overcome road rage. It took time and practice. I learned to recognize that sensation I would get in the pit of my stomach, and then I had to quell it by thinking about something else and just let the d-bags do what they do. That's part of it too: do not get upset about things that you cannot control.

On that note: about the only time you are in control of a situation is when the d-bag is behind you. If someone is riding your bumper, just ignore them. They will eventually go away.

Another tip I learned along the way: The Wedding Cake Theory. This applies especially if you have passengers. Pretend that you are transporting a three-level wedding cake and then drive accordingly. Pretty simple, really.
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:47 AM   #59
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One lesson I learned from all these years of driving: Stay away from BMW drivers.
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:10 PM   #60
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i try to stay on side streets because other drivers just piss me the **** off. Why is it that i wait at some lights 2-3 times because the people waiting at the light were to busy texting to hit the ****ing gas and drive... drives me crazy
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:24 PM   #61
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I grew up and learned to drive in NJ, I miss the circles, they flow much better than four way intersections with traffic lights. It takes a certain amount of skill to use them not to mention it develops your motor skills, speed and merging skills, multi tasking, you are usually watching 3 or more roads merging into the circle with cars moving at or above the speed limit, also helps with your poker face and strengthens your spincter.
I try to stay in the zone between the herds, same as I do on the motorcycle. I get an early start so the 25 mile trip in is pretty nice, the trip home I use back roads though the farms and the roads most of the transplants from NY and NJ don't know about, makes life more relaxed.
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:43 PM   #62
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I grew up and learned to drive in NJ, I miss the circles, they flow much better than four way intersections with traffic lights. It takes a certain amount of skill to use them not to mention it develops your motor skills, speed and merging skills, multi tasking, you are usually watching 3 or more roads merging into the circle with cars moving at or above the speed limit, also helps with your poker face and strengthens your spincter.
I try to stay in the zone between the herds, same as I do on the motorcycle. I get an early start so the 25 mile trip in is pretty nice, the trip home I use back roads though the farms and the roads most of the transplants from NY and NJ don't know about, makes life more relaxed.
South jersey's backroads are far under rated.
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Old 04-03-2013, 01:28 PM   #63
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This topic reminds me of George Carlin's joke "You ever notice everyone driving slower than you is an idiot, and everyone driving faster than you is a maniac?"

I see a lot more idiots than maniacs myself.

Around here in a car it's almost impossible to practice proper lane changing ettiquette, etc. Most people give no quarter, they'll speed up if you signal several seconds before you try to change lanes, they'll cut you off only to hold you up.

A lot of people it seems have very poor situational awarness and don't drive with the proper sense of urgency. My biggest beef though is distracted driving. The people texting, doing their makeup in the visor mirror, etc. I usally commute on a motorcycle and they are my worst enemy.
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Old 04-03-2013, 02:25 PM   #64
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I am curious about the suggestion of two hands on the steering wheel. I understand for beginner drivers or professional circuit drivers the reasoning. But if your just driving around town, and cruising on the highway, isnt it more of a chore, and potential distraction to have to constantly switch from 2 hands on the wheel, to your gear selector and back? Just wondering
What if you need to change lanes in a hurry, or do an emergency evasive maneuver? If you've got one hand on the top of the wheel...you aren't ready to easily make a quick change.
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Old 04-04-2013, 10:26 AM   #65
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Uhh, if you can't move a steering wheel with one hand you have no strength. Been there, avoided an accident at 85mph on multiple occasions.

I find it comfortable to rest my left arm in my lap and hold the steering wheel at the 9 o'clock with it and the right hand just sits off somewhere. It's comfortable, I can react well with it, and if I need two hands quickly, one hand is already in position.

It's proper etiquette for me to engine brake anyone who gets too close. It's pretty common for some of these guys in lifted trucks to drive with this mentality of, "I'm big and bad, fear me." and it pisses me off to no end. They will tailgate people, speed around always 20 over the speed limit, gas on it to jump in gaps too small so you have to brake, and other **** like this. I've almost had plenty rear end me because I downshift into 2nd gear at 55mph. No brake lights and they're that close and they just about freak out. And what are they going to tell a cop if they do hit me? I didn't hit my brakes...
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