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OK, maybe I'm just irritated from just getting in late to work.

Here's the basics of it: 53 miles to work, 17 of which is byways. The rest is freeway.

Now to my rant. Why in the crap do people drive huge trucks and SUVs on the freeway? Why is it they are always going way too fast, tailgating everything they come upon (especially little cars it seems), driving with their brights on constantly, and as soon as the road curves 1 degree, they slam on the brakes, and generally acting like a complete and total jerk.

Why is it that if you're the last person in a string of traffic, someone looking to jump in will purposely cut you off just to save 1/10 of a second? What about the guy who wants to merge, but instead of doing it smoothly, just jumps into traffic and then stops!

Today I left a half hour earlier than I should have for work. I got here 3 minutes late. This was because all this crap happened, on top of following a slow truck hauling none other than junk (WV favorite past time it seems).

I feel like getting a train horn for these jerks, to make them realize there IS a car barreling at them, and I don't exactly want to hit their stupid vehicle, despite how ugly, or pimped out it may be. There is a serious problem with American drivers, though; they don't know how to drive. I wonder if training would help, or if these people just shouldn't be allowed to drive at all. But that would leave 99% of the US public without a vehicle.

I also get tired of these wads passing and then jumping in front of me, at the bumper on the freeway, or creeping up at a light, like they're trying to force me to move. Sorry, fatty, I drive a manual that will drift back a little when at an uphill stoplight.

Anyone here feel similar, or is this seriously isolate only to the retarded state of WV?
 

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NO its in every state.. I can even say possible far more promising in CA. I have a train horn on my truck and it still doesn’t help.. I think I need a Gun and just start shooting the idiots.
 

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Yeah, it's every state. Stupid stuff like this happens to me every day. An example:

Last night, I was stopped at a light at a busy 2 lane main thoroughfare - with left turn lanes for both directions. Light turns green for my direction (after the green arrow), opposing left turn lane stops for oncoming traffic. I am turning right at that intersection. Just as I am about to turn right, some moron in a late model Benz turns left RIGHT in front of me from BEHIND the car in front of it, which was still waiting for traffic to clear for the left turn. Then the guy gets mad at ME when I tailgate him for acting like a douche. 2 wrongs don't make a right, sure - but idiot moves like that really grind my gears.

Yeah, and the people that pull out RIGHT in front of you when there's either no one behind, or even NO OTHER traffic on the road (as was the case for me this morning - some dolt in an Eldorado did this so close to me that I had to slam on the brakes hard enough for the ABS to engage) - I hear you there.
 

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In Vermont there is far less traffic on the interstates so its not as bad. I know how you feel though since i have driven to other parts of the country. The fact is that half the people on the road should never been given a drivers license(assuming they have one). One thing I notice a lot of in Vermont though is people not knowing who has the right of way at stop lights ect. Just a few weeks ago some B**** in a toyota prius thought she was going to crowd me off the road when I HAD the right of way. Well i was in my Escort which was about to become a parts car anways so i didnt give a **** if she ran into the side of my car so i stayed in my lane and she nearly hit an oncomming SUV ( i imagine she probably had to change her pants after that). I then recieved the middle finger from her as she caught back up to me and we met at the next stop light as if i was the one who didnt know how to drive... So my buddy in the car rolled down the window and said a few words to her that i probably shouldn't repeat on this forum :D
 

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In Arizona, people will drive 70+ on the highways at all times...until they come up to a speed camera, where they will slam on the brakes and slow down to 55-60.

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Until you said it was WV, I would have thought it was describing the route I took to work each morning into Washington DC before I retired.
Cars have been 'improved' much over the years. Now there are interlocks so you cant take an automatic out of park unless your foot is on the brake, or take the key out of the ignition until the tranny is in Park (which was made necessary by having the steering wheel interlock to keep it from turning with the key out), and rev limiters, ABS brakes, airbags, etc. All this was done for 'safety' (an attempt to idiot proof cars). But the caliber of the idiots has more than kept up with the car safety features.
Then there is the factor of people wanting a better view, and you sit higher in a Tundra or Escalade than you do in an Escort. Also they can feel they are safer because 'There is more metal between me and the accident'. (and to h*ll with the rest of the population?) With this kind of thinking (term used loosely here) what can you expect? And thats before they take a couple of drinks before heading home after work!
There are obviously a large percentage of the drivers who may only get their days dose of 'satisfaction' by scoring off of others in the traffic. How many times have you heard someone brag about how fast they can drive to Florida? They dont brag about having driven to work for a decade and having tried to be polite and considerate all the time.
The IQ of a person taking an intelligence test is NOT an indicator of how much thinking they do behind the wheel of their car/truck/suv. (I still dont consider them 'sporty' or 'utilitarian').
 

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How about the people that miss when the light changes because they are too busy sending a text? And then they can't hear you honk because the idiot in the next lane has to show off his system to everyone in a 2 block area.
 

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cklaubur said:
In Arizona, people will drive 70+ on the highways at all times...until they come up to a speed camera, where they will slam on the brakes and slow down to 55-60.

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There is a WV version of that. No speed cameras here, but people will kick 70-75 on a regular road (state route 62 for the record..one lane either direction), and as soon as they're within sight of the state police barracks beside the road (that rarely has a cop car parked anywhere near or at it) they slow down to about 50. I've lived here for 17 years, and NOBODY has EVER been caught speeding there. You'd think people would take notice of this after that length of time.

Yes, there are right of way problems. I've taken a left turn in town, when I have the left arrow, only to be cut off by (a truck or SUV) who thinks they have the right of way to take a right turn on a red light. I've been flipped off countless times due to that, because I don't stop or slow down. The last time I was flipped off, I yelled out the window that I have the green light, followed by some comments regarding their lack of driving skill and intelligence.
 

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cklaubur said:
In Arizona, people will drive 70+ on the highways at all times...until they come up to a speed camera, where they will slam on the brakes and slow down to 55-60.
Haha! Being from a state without speed cameras, I found this quite funny when I visited family out there. I always assumed they were set up to be covert/hidden (wouldn't that have a much higher ticket rate?). I thought it was quite amusing how obvious they are.
 

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Until you said it was WV, I would have thought it was describing the route I took to work each morning into Washington DC before I retired.
Cars have been 'improved' much over the years. Now there are interlocks so you cant take an automatic out of park unless your foot is on the brake, or take the key out of the ignition until the tranny is in Park (which was made necessary by having the steering wheel interlock to keep it from turning with the key out), and rev limiters, ABS brakes, airbags, etc. All this was done for 'safety' (an attempt to idiot proof cars). But the caliber of the idiots has more than kept up with the car safety features.
Then there is the factor of people wanting a better view, and you sit higher in a Tundra or Escalade than you do in an Escort. Also they can feel they are safer because 'There is more metal between me and the accident'. (and to h*ll with the rest of the population?) With this kind of thinking (term used loosely here) what can you expect? And thats before they take a couple of drinks before heading home after work!
There are obviously a large percentage of the drivers who may only get their days dose of 'satisfaction' by scoring off of others in the traffic. How many times have you heard someone brag about how fast they can drive to Florida? They dont brag about having driven to work for a decade and having tried to be polite and considerate all the time.
The IQ of a person taking an intelligence test is NOT an indicator of how much thinking they do behind the wheel of their car/truck/suv. (I still dont consider them 'sporty' or 'utilitarian').
Excellent view of the topic, man. I quite agree with that. I know, there is a better view when sitting up higher, but what makes it worse is those people using their brights all the time. You'd think their improved vision would negate the need for such tactics.

Yes, I know. Nobody wants to brag about following road rules, but they'll quickly brag about driving 9000 miles an hour on the road shoulder to pass some oversize load that's plugging the roadway. As angry as I get about those moments, there is nothing I can do, and I'm not going to be the ***bag who drives on the shoulder, and causes an accident when they merge into someone's door.
 

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meh, I drive 35-45k miles per year for work. I deal with Philly, DC, and NYC traffic on a regular basis. People drive like idiots because they believe that they are more important than everyone else.

I have found that listening to audiobooks keeps my driving like a normal human being, and also keeps me from getting pissed at the dumbasses that drive like retards.
 

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You can't teach dumb people common sense.
The worst people drive the bigger the vehicle they buy to make up for there lack of driving skills.
We really need to make it harder for people to get a drivers license, not easier.
 

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They need harder written and behind the wheel tests. I couldn't believe it when parallel parking was no long mandatory. If they want to drive that big a$$ vehical they should have to pass a strict behind the wheel test first in that big a$$ vehical.

And for fuks sake, but that friggin cell phone away.
 

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I had to parallel park a '93 Grand Voyager for my driving test, and passed the first try. Of course, I had a year of legal behind the wheel experience.

We need a driving system similar to that of Finland. Seriously...those people can drive well, and know the dynamics of driving. If we took even a couple hints, our roads would be so much better.

After that: get rid of the huge, pointless vehicles that are neither sporting or utilitarian...they are just wastes of resources, transporting...well...call them what you will.
 

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When I took my drivetest I maybe had 10 hours of actual driving under my belt.

I had never parallel parked or backed around a corner. Flying colors on backing around a corner, and the only reason I missed a point on the parallel parking was because I failed to signal out of the coned area.

Old people, and slowed reaction time/reflexes. I watched an accident the other day because some old lady hesitated when making a left turn onto a busy street.
 

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they don't make you parallel park anymore??!!!???

Hell, I did my test in an '89 Tracer 5-door. When I got to the 3-point turn stall, I asked the guy "do I really need to do a 3-point turn, or should I just pull a u-turn?" He told me to humor him and pull a 3-point.

I passed both written and driving test on the first shot. Hell, I think I could have passed both when I was 10.
 

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Mine was literally just parallel parking, and turning onto the road to do so. Stupidly simple, but I've been driving vehicles, in one form or another, since I was about 8, so I've had tons of practice. Plus, I try to keep myself very aware of the car's handling abilities, so I know exactly how to avoid someone who's lost control. The other night I had a (guess what) SUV (Explorer) coming dead at me in my lane. Had to go into the other to avoid.
 
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