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Well, i was driving this morning, and noticed something. Something i noticed many times that bothers me. Yet, i am guilty of some of this myself, but i am trying to fix it. The worst part is though, as i am trying to fix it, it bothers me even more when others do it.

When driving, the speed limits limit the upper speed. Yet, if i am not going _at least_ that speed, someone else is bound to tailgate me. However, when the very same driver comes to a red light, he leaves half a car-length or more between himself and me, yet on continuance, will once again tailgate! What's the deal with that?

My guess is that it has to do with an overly logical society. Well, logical when it helps. The opposite of logic, according to Jung, is feeling. Feeling requires that we understand others, and place their values in high regard similar to out own. Yet, such things end up demanding responsibility and sacrifice, things which hedonistic, immature societies such as the US are against. Thus, in many interpersonal relationships we go logical. Logic meaning, "I am me, you are you", and that the separation must be pronounced, and kept all costs.

So, when coming to a red light, i only stare at another car when the other driver won't notice. Distance is kept to force that separation. But as soon as they are moving again, and the car in front is in my way, he'd better have a logical reason for his speed, or else face the logical consequence of my tailgate.

This then extends to the hypocrisy of the straight-or-turn lane, when a turn can be made on red. If *anyone* gets in front of me when i want to turn, and yet doesn't turn, he's an absolute idiot for holding me up. Yet, if i get into the lane first, um ... "oops", "them are the breaks", "so, you can wait another few seconds", etc...

Lately, another aspect has been pronounced. As my pickup is deteriorating, even though i am willing to speed, the car behind me must wait an arduous ten of fifteen seconds or so as i hit the driving speed. The car behind me is almost always tailgating at this point, or the driver is throwing his arms up in an effort to have me validate his fake overly-theatrical desperatrion.

Though, i've started the response to tailgaters. Slow down slowly, and then speed up when they switch lanes. That usually sends the messages. Though, i doubt the morons ever receive it.

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Bah! Offensive or defensive, driving tests my ability to cope with myself and others.

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Verbiage: Half a rant on on some tailgaters

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  • For me, it's pepole who drive slowly in the left lane whether they are obeying the speed limit or not. In many parts of the world and in many parts of the US, it's simply not legal to use the left lane if you are not actaully passing a car in the right lane.

    Here, we have two speed limits on the interstate: the 65 or 70mph upper limit (depending on what section of road you are on), and the 45mph lower speed limit. Simply because you CAN go 45 or 55 or 60mph does not mean you are entitled to putt putt along
    • Also, it bugs me that people don't understand that you are supposed to yield to traffic coming onto the freeway from the entrance ramp.

      Are you sure? I'm fairly sure this isn't the case in California.

      The CA DMV 'handbook' says nothing that suggests this. Only that one should "watch for traffic merging from the right" and "if possible, make a lane change to help the other driver merge onto the freeway more safely.".

      Further, it puts a bit of the onus on the drivers enterying the freeway. They suggest th

      • I checked into this.

        I am still looking for the freeway one. I found a reference but it was not cited correctly. The reference said the texas law is that you may not stop unless there is no other alternative. Such alternatives include driving in the shoulder until you can merge. The only thing I could find is here [state.tx.us]. It did not say anything about merging; however a similar law (SS.545.061) states, "On a
        roadway divided into three or more lanes and providing for one-way
        movement of traffic, an operator entering
        • Ah... Texas... I'm a bit familiar with the rules of the road there... You are looking for the following:


          545.154. VEHICLE ENTERING OR LEAVING LIMITED-ACCESS OR CONTROLLED-ACCESS HIGHWAY. An operator on an access or feeder road of a limited-access or controlled-access highway shall yield the
          right-of-way to a vehicle entering or about to enter the access or feeder road from the highway or leaving or about to leave the access or feeder road to enter the highway.

          That applies to freeway and highway onram

  • The safe distance between two cars in the same lane is determined by speed and braking ability. The faster you go, the more distance is required to be safe. So I slow to a speed to make the distance safe between me and the car behind me, if it is too short. I've done it for years.

    Sometimes they get the point, sometimes they do not. Sometimes they get the point and continue to tailgate to spite me, and that's how I ended up going 25 mph in the fast lane during rush hour.

    I really need to get a bumper st
    • So I slow to a speed to make the distance safe between me and the car behind me, if it is too short. I've done it for years.

      Interesting. I do it so they do not gain anything though. Though, that's another way of lookiong at it.
  • This then extends to the hypocrisy of the straight-or-turn lane, when a turn can be made on red. If *anyone* gets in front of me when i want to turn, and yet doesn't turn, he's an absolute idiot for holding me up. Yet, if i get into the lane first, um ... "oops", "them are the breaks", "so, you can wait another few seconds", etc...

    If I'm in the right lane approaching a stop and I notice the person behind me has their turning signal on, I get into the other lane.

    My wife has a hard time comprehending t

    • If I'm in the right lane approaching a stop and I notice the person behind me has their turning signal on, I get into the other lane.

      Ah, a gentelman.

      What I did this one time when on a long, straight stretch of city street and being tailgated by a eurospeed goon was downshift into 2nd*, accelerate to get several car lengths between us, then slammed on the brakes, locking them up, then downshifted to first and accelerated hard.


      A three speed car? Sheesh, if i tried speeding up in first or second, i'd bu
      • A three speed car? Sheesh, if i tried speeding up in first or second, i'd burn something for sure. That's what 4th gear is for! :)

        Yeah, it's somewhat lame... No overdrive, but the torque converter helps. It almost feels like a 4th gear when it engages.
        I get about 22 MPG, but that's probably got a lot to do with how I drive.

        The screamin' redlines are follows:
        1st - 50 MPH
        2nd - 90 MPH
        3rd - Governor cuts fuel @ 122 MPH

        • 2nd - 90 MPH

          !!!

          Wow, i don't think i'd ever try that.
          • I rarely push it that hard... I usualy only go to 85 in 2nd. ;)
            • Perhaps this is now appropriate. :)

              cho: Beep beep (beep beep),
              Beep beep (beep beep),
              His horn went beep beep beep (beep beep).

              While riding in my Cadillac, what to my surprise,
              A little Nash Rambler was following me, about one-third my size.
              The guy must have wanted to pass me out
              As he kept on tooting his horn (beep beep).
              I'll show him that a Cadillac is not a car to scorn.

              cho:

              I pushed my foot down to the floor to give the guy the shake,
              But the little Nash Rambler stayed right behind, he still h

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