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What kind of driver are you?
This morning on my way to the dock I was passed by an impatient driver who subsequently followed the next car all too close while simultaneously hitting the breaks all too much. That car finally pulled off and then the driver pulled right up and repeated the same thing with the next vehicle.
He not only made it to the next town at the same time the rest of the pack did but he also used his breaks a whole lot more.
I tend to get angry at people like this. I will slow down and intentionally not let them pass if at all possible. Being in my work vehicle I am not getting into road rage with anyone.
Also I believe that giving wide birth is a smart way to drive. Allow for reaction time at the very least.

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Akfishlady 8 Aug 25

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My number one pet peeve is someone riding my fucking ass!!

Don't post this in the "Sexual Deviants" group.

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Was parked waiting for a client buying cigarettes at a gas station and was rear ended by an old fart in a metal V-8 who hit reverse instead of forward and gave it more gas when he went backwards. He straightened my spine.

I've never fully recovered from that one.

You tailgate - I will be having words with you.

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Would rather get there alive then not at all.

Always looking for and trying to anticipate changes up ahead. And no, not the slow poke holding up traffic - going with the flow nicely as that actually minimizes the risk.

As a cyclist / walker - I have developed a bit of situational awareness (self-preservation) about other cars as I do so. Find that extends even when I am behind the wheel of my own car.

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I'm a polite driver. I've seen firsthand what happens to asshole drivers and I want no part of it.

People need to prioritize better, when behind the wheel.

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I always get the impression with people that tailgate that they somehow are trying to teach the driver in the front car a lesson. What they really are doing in most cases is just scaring an already nervous driver. I have some truck driver acquaintances that have told me something very important when driving always look a mile ahead so that you never get surprised by an accident construction etc..

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I honestly think slow drivers in the wrong lane (the passing lane) are one of the worst hazards on the road. And a "5 second rule" is ludicrous in a major metro area where it already takes me 70 minutes to drive 25 miles on the interstate. With the sheer congestion, if there were 5 seconds of travel time between each vehicle, the commute would balloon far beyond that.

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Let me guess, German car? BMWs, Audis or VW golfs are the prime culprits on UK roads. Also their indicators don't work. They are non existent or late in changing lanes and in left turns (we drive on the proper side of the road).
I try just tapping my brake a few times. Not enough to slow down but just so as my brake light comes on. If that doesnt work then I slow down and give more distance in front of me. If they overtake then I always leave a greater distance because they will be start/stopping all the time.
I really irks me too and I want a bumper sticker that says "KEEP YOUR DISTANCE - EPILEPTIC DRIVING"

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I always love it when I am turning left signal on on my 35 mph country road and someone passes me on the left

Fun

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A rude awakening when I moved to Arizona. I got t-boned by a minister who ran a red light. Saw all kinds of terrible drivers and then found out that you don't have to take driver training to get a license in Arizona. Then it all made sense. In Michigan we had to take driver's ed. of course Arizona is another planet

lerlo Level 8 Aug 25, 2018
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I am a decent driver on my car but I turn into that maniac everyone so freaking hates when I ride on my croach rocket (Yamaha R1... If you know then you know)

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It depends on how fast traffic is moving and how dense the traffic is. If the traffic is dense and moving slowly,1 car length is okay. If less dense traffic moving more rapidly, 5 car lengthsapart is a safe distance.

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The kind that wants you to find the gas pedal and the turn signal.

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I took a $200 a week pay cut to get a 7 mile (one way) commute instead of a 22 mile commute (in Denver). I save on travel time, gas money, fewer chance of accidents, less wear on tires and car, and the best part is less stress in my life!

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Safety is a priority and I too give a wide berth. Mostly though, I walk, Lyft, bus or train. I live in Philadelphia and do not own a car.

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While working, the company had sent any employee that might need to drive a vehicle to a defensive driving course every five years. I slow down to let others pass me. I give 4-sec space from the vehicle ahead of me. In a parking lot with multiple rows for parking, I will park so I can drive forward out of my parking place rather than back up.

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I agree with you fully as most of my driving is in a work vehicle. I don't understand road rage. What I have is road frustration or maybe "road wonderment." In my personal vehicle recently I'm slowly driving into a Walmart parking area as I eat popcorn. A frustrated young lady leaving the parking area stops her car in front of me and motions with her hand at me through her windshield as if to say "come on, come on." Apparently she thought I'm too slow and should be driving up that lane faster. I think it's funny because there is nothing I am doing that would even be slowing her down. I'm not in her lane and all she had to do was get into her car and go.

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I drive a school bus more than my car, safety first. Before driving bus, I have not had a ticket or accident in 40 years except for the time I hit a deer.

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My ex boyfriend used to complain that I drive like a grandmother. I would reply by asking him how many accidents he's had (I haven't had an accident in over 20yrs and he's had three within a years time). He would immediately get on the defensive and say they all weren't his fault.

Driving is more than just driving. You HAVE to be aware of your surroundings. Defensive driving is just as important as offensive driving.

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@Akfishlady I have moved face in the phone to my #1 WTF are you doing while driving. Not using turn signals has fallen to #2.

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I’m more of a two to three car length person. I’m into saftey. Too many people are shitty drivers.

I recently had to retake the tests, and the Oregon state handbook says it’s the law to slow down when people want to pass you. So I take that to mean that I should slow down whenever anyone gets too close to me from behind. Lol

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Even at a stop sign, or a red light, you should be able to see the rear tires ahead of you make contact with the pavement.

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I just want to get to my destination on time and safely! You have to watch out for others and drive around the ones that drive slower than the rest of the group

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I ride a mountain bike now, but when I drove, I dealt with those fools frequently on my morning commute. I would start slowing down, then resume speed. If they continued after several tries, I would lock my brakes up. No one ever hit me, ( I lived in the country and was ready with a deer crossing the road story) but it seemed to get the message across.

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I don't follow a specific rule but don't break rules either. Not a slow driver but don't go over the limit. What you are describing is an everyday thing in LA, some of those are just annoying, some look like they belong in a psychiatric institution.

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I taught my kids and my wife to be defensive drivers a and to always look out that the other person will do something stupid.

I am 77 and let my driver's license expire as it is no longer safe for me to drive.

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