Coming home on a two lane road 50 MPH speed limit when traffic slows to a crawl for an accident ahead. Four or five cars, looks like one person wasn't paying attention and slammed into the slowing/stopping car in front of him causing a domino effect. I swear the lack of common sense in the general population is astounding...and I'm not even talking about the idiot that caused the accident!
Stupid #1) If you are in an accident, there is only cosmetic damage to your car and you are OK enough to walk around animatedly talking on your cell phone then it might be a good idea not to leave your car sticking half in the road and half in the breakdown lane. See those other people who pulled all the way into the breakdown lane? The fact that it was the guy who rear ended everyone and caused the accident in the first place was just icing on the cake.
Stupid #2) If you are a witness to the accident and want to be a good Samaritan and stick around that's great! That's awesome! It can really help the innocent victims with their insurance companies having an independent witness. Please, if you were coming from the opposite direction at the time, do NOT park in the breakdown lane directly opposite from the accident. Pull up a ways or turn around and join the party, don't help to narrow down the constricted roadway. For the love of GOD don't park in the breakdown lane DIRECTLY opposite from the idiot who left his car in the road.
Stupid #3) In spite of #1 and #2 there was actually plenty of room for two cars (SUV's, 18 wheelers) to pass each other comfortably and I was surprised at how slow it was going. I blamed it on rubberneckers until I got close enough to see Moron. Moron always wanted to be a traffic cop and he saw this as the perfect opportunity. Moron was standing directly in the middle of the narrowest section of the road alternately waving his arms at East bound and then at West bound traffic trying to get by him. Instead of having to navigate between a car half in the road and on-coming traffic or a car parked in the breakdown lane and on-coming traffic we get to navigate between a car half in the road and Moron or a car in the break down lane and Moron.
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I know how fast I'M going...so therefore there is NO WAY how fast YOU are going is the least bit legal. There are two other lanes on the expressway and traffic is light so there's NO reason you should be tailgaiting me, flashing your brights at me, honking and swearing at me when I'm NOT in the fastest-moving lane.
That's right, TRUCK, I'm talking to YOU. BACK THE F*CK OFF!! Maybe you should remember to use your turn signals and follow the rules of the road instead of weaving in and out of traffic as well. Get a big ole CLUE BY FOUR from the dump truck that the State Trooper had pulled over with the cowl open, inspecting for concealed items and ACT LIKE YOU'RE A PROFESSIONAL, NOT A PROFESSIONAL A-HOLE!
(NOTE - for all of the truck drivers out there who DO NOT drive like this, THANK YOU for your professionalism!)
I'm heading south on a two lane road approaching an intersection with red lights. I'm in the middle lane with the left lane being a left turn only leading to two streets on the left, a sharp left turn and a shallow left turn. The guy in front of me puts on his left blinker and enters the left turn lane. He then immediately puts his right blinker on and I slow to let him back into the middle lane.
The light turns green while the left turn arrow remains red. As soon as this guy passes the cars in the left turn lane that he almost pulled in behind he puts his left blinker on again and shoots across two lanes of on-coming northbound traffic to make the shallow left turn.
Honestly I don't know if:
1) He thought he needed to make a left, then changed his mind and decided he needed to go straight and then at the last minute he decided he really did need to go left and felt the best way to take care of this was by playing chicken with oncoming traffic while running a red light (as opposed to, I don't know...going straight and then turning around when it is safe to do so).
2) He ignored all the clear signage and decided the left turn lane was ONLY for the sharp left turn and to take the shallow left you had to bypass the left turn only lane and then it's a free-for-all.
To the rather large angry woman with a bag full of food outside a McDonald's:
I understand that you are upset that my car is a mere few inches from the side of your car so that you can not access your drivers side door. I understand that you did not want to try to access your car from the passenger side and slide over and that consequently you had to wait several minutes for me to get done with what I was doing and come out to leave. What I do not understand is why you are upset at ME? See, you parked your car about a half foot into the only other available spot in the entire small parking lot so that when I parked I really didn't have much choice about how close my car was to yours. See those white lines? If you park between them (see my car for an example) you won't have this problem. The only one you should be upset with is yourself. I understand but I am not really sorry at all and I did like the look on your face when I responded to your tirade with a simple, "Sounds like a personal problem to me."
If you're going to go for a bike ride on a lovely warm day, please bear in mind that you must follow the same rules of the road as the cars traveling alongside of you.
...that includes not running a red light on a BUSY street with your wife(?) and kids in tow. People around here quite often exceed the speed limit (which is 45mph on that road) and seldom stop for someone like you.
...and drivers, when there is a bicycle lane adjacent to where you are parking, check your mirror before you open your car door. My good friend really did NOT appreciate the broken collarbone someone gave her because they didn't look first and opened their door right when she was passing by...and got off scot-free from any charges.
...wake up and get a clue. The schoolbus you were tailgaiting put its turn signal on because it was actually TURNING into a neighborhood to pick up more children. Having to slam on your brakes and swerve to avoid hitting the bus is your own damned fault. Don't honk and scream at the bus driver for your own idiocy. The only way you got off without hitting anyone is that the rest of us around you saw your moronic driving and stayed away from the likes of you.
...I hope you enjoy driving a thoroughly rusted sh*tmobile. The GIANT sign on the plow / salt truck that says "KEEP BACK 50 FEET" doesn't mean "drive behind like you're chained to the rear trailer hitch." The sign is there MOSTLY for your safety so that the driver can see you...but also there to give most of the salt the chance to fall on the road, not your car!
Wow, this guy had a death wish and a half!!!
- railroad crossing
- adjacent street lights burned out
- billboard illuminating crossing turned off
- wearing dark clothing
- hood on head blocking peripheral vision
- on cell phone so not paying attention
Dude was trying to cross the road ON THE TRACKS...there is a traffic signal, working street light and crosswalk 30 yards down the street that this guy could've safely crossed at. I and the other drivers only saw him when we got to the railroad crossing and all reacted with the same "Holy sh*t!" startle.
Grannie, I completely understand the logic behind backing partially out of that handicap spot that's right there by the driving lane and then proceeding into the driving lane, I really do. But you still have to yield to traffic already IN said driving lane, because you are pulling out of a parking spot. I know you didn't bother to look because I drive a big ol' SUV with my brights on during the day, and there's no way you can miss me if you actually look. You darned near hit me and it would have been your fault, not mine.
To the genius in my parking lot? The same applies doubly when you are BACKING OUT of a parking spot. YOU have to make sure that it's clear behind you BEFORE you back out. Like Granny earlier today, you obviously didn't even bother to look because there's no way you could have missed me if you had looked. And damned near hitting my truck and then yelling at me like it's my fault? Try again. You'd have been buying me a new front right quarter panel, dude. Get a clue, will ya?
To the two state troopers lurking on the shoulder of the interstate...
...way to keep your public safe by a) opening your drivers' side door in heavy traffic while b) you've already got your tires on the white shoulder line...
...way to be even SAFER by both troopers cutting into traffic!!!
I'm glad I was well out of your way and the way of everyone else who had to swerve to avoid hitting the two of you.
To the mid-life crisis car driving guy I saw today...
...I hope you don't (insert expletive) like you drive. In and out and all over the place, halfway out of control.
To the blonde bimbette who pulled away from the curb where you had been parked facing the wrong direction, and then proceeded to drive in the wrong lane, thereby nearly hitting me head on, and then flipped me off when I honked at you? *YOU* were the one facing the wrong direction and driving on the wrong side of the road. Therefore any resulting accident would have been *YOUR* fault. And I work for a really good attorney. Just sayin'.
Mods, please feel free to delete this part if it's not allowed, but it's one of my pet peeves, and I've seen way too much of it lately:
To those of you who partake of the bike/walking path that wends its way through our city? Those crosswalks are not carte blanche for you to just continue on your merry way without stopping to look for vehicles first. I dunno about you but my mother taught me to always look before crossing a street. I saw several near-misses today and have had a few myself. You'd better bet your butt that if I see someone get hit as a result of not bothering to look for and/or yield to traffic before running/walking/riding into the crosswalk, I'm gonna stop and give the police a statement as to what happened, and volunteer to testify in any resulting trials/lawsuits. I have seen parents do this with their little ones in tow. So not cool, y'all.
(Cross-posted to bad_driving and my personal journal)