Driving 101

acosmichippo

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I have come to the conclusion that the average person is just not meant to drive an automobile. Why is it so hard to follow a few simple courtesies?

1) If you're on a multi-lane highway, and you're not passing anyone to your immediate right, move over.

2) In fair weather, if you're on a one-lane road, at least drive the speed limit.

3) Use your turn indicator BEFORE you brake to turn, and BEFORE you begin to change lanes.

4) Check your blind spots.
 

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5) Move over, speed up, or slow down for traffic merging onto the highway. Get out of the way!
 

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Seems simple enough. I learned these rules early and was taught to respect them at all cost. I think it's in the upbringin', but I share your frustration in these winter months. People act like it's no-holds-barred out there. Respect!
 

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What really gets on my nerves, is this scenario:

Your driving on a three lane road (turn lane in the middle). The douche in front of you starts slowing down considerably, THEN hits the turn signal, THEN, FINALLY merges into the TURN LANE! UGH!
 

acosmichippo

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that is exactly what rule #3 is meant to address.
 

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6) Clean off ALL your windows (for us that see some snow)
And not just your windows, but the huge chunks of ice on the roof that are just gonna fly off your ride as soon as you hit the highway and smash into ME, scaring the living bejesus out of me. Thank you!
 

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7) Do not use the center turn lans as an "on ramp". You should never be accelerating in this lane!
 

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And not just your windows, but the huge chunks of ice on the roof that are just gonna fly off your ride as soon as you hit the highway and smash into ME, scaring the living bejesus out of me. Thank you!
My girlfriend calls those, "Snow Hats"

"That car is wearing a snow hat!"
 

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And not just your windows, but the huge chunks of ice on the roof that are just gonna fly off your ride as soon as you hit the highway and smash into ME, scaring the living bejesus out of me. Thank you!
I clean off my entire vehicle before driving, even my whole truck (bed cover and all).
 

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Then there is the person that enters the freeway does not signal, look to see if the path is clear or notice you are in their way, moves across all 3 to 4 lanes to the fast lane and proceeds to drive 5 mph under the speed limit even if cars are stacked up behind them.
 

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If you can't parallel park, don't make people wait while you try to figure it out.
 

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Then there is the person that enters the freeway does not signal, look to see if the path is clear or notice you are in their way, moves across all 3 to 4 lanes to the fast lane and proceeds to drive 5 mph under the speed limit even if cars are stacked up behind them.
Definitely. There are varying degrees of this, but they are all equally frustrating.

I am ashamed to say my father does things like this. It makes it difficult to be a passenger while he's driving.
 

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My dad pulses the gas pedal, whether on local roads or the highway. It makes me absolutely nauseous.
 

acosmichippo

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Mine too. He usually tries to initiate a conversation while forgetting about the accelerator, waits for my response, and taps it to get back up to speed, lets go and talks again, etc...

drives me crazy... no pun intended.
 

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Yeah, my dad's habit was bourne from conversation, but now he just does it whether we're talking or not. Old habits die hard. Maybe he's got a little conversation going on in his head, who knows...
 

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My granddad would have to look at me while driving and talking, yep not looking where he is pointing the vehicle. I never said much at all since most of the time I scared shi* less. and busy watching the road so we didn't wreak.
 

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8) HANG UP AND DRIVE!

Don't use your cell phone while you're driving, even if it's hands-free. I don't want to hear anybody saying "Oh, it's not that distracting, I can do it". No, you can't, it IS distracting so just keep the phone off unless it's an emergency or you're parked somewhere.