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Old 05-02-2014, 06:11 PM   #51
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Yeah but most of the time there are douchebags driving the speed limit or slower in the left lane when there's no traffic in the middle or right lanes.

Left lanes are for passing not for some douch nozzle to tool along in. How many asshats do you see that merge onto the freeway and immediately just get in the left lane when there's nobody in the middle or right lanes? Can't stand people that have to drive in the left lane all the time no matter what.
This, This, This........... Move over.....
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Old 05-02-2014, 06:24 PM   #52
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i'd be happy if people turned there damn phones off when they drive, nothing more frustrating than being behind someone slow poke that is distracted and weaving all over the road!
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Old 05-02-2014, 06:44 PM   #53
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Airbags giveth, and cell phones taketh away ...

I honest believe there are more accidents per 1000 cars today than there were 40 years ago. The enhanced safety equipment of today just reduces the body count, so they claim safety has improved. There are no statistics on crashes or injury accidents, just deaths.
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Old 05-02-2014, 09:29 PM   #54
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Never tailgate an ambulance or other emergency vehicle, especially if it's running code (lights and sirens).
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Old 05-02-2014, 09:57 PM   #55
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A note about handless cellphones.

It's not the handling of the phone that reduces your reaction time, impairs your decision making process, and disrupts your speed perception.

Both of my daughters did a Cell Phone Reaction Time science fair project, 8 years apart.

I remember that one of them was 25 students. They had an average reaction time of .22 seconds when concentrating uninterrupted. When they were forced to answer questions during the test, the average jumped to over .35 seconds? A huge difference. All they had to do is release a button when a computer screen changed from green to red. A very simple task that could even be automated by your subconcious. I imagine somebody running a red light in front of you would have even a larger difference in reaction time.

OK, in our modern world, completely giving up cellphones while driving is not realistic. Nor is pulling over every time you need to answer a call (which has it's own dangers).

But, it is OK to say, "Hello, I'm driving, will call you in 10." and hang up when you are in traffic.

It's not the people driving on an empty freeway that are the issue. It's the lunatics who can't stop a conversation long enough to deal with traffic. I drop the kids at school daily. 10 miles of crowded city streets. It is rare that a day goes by without someone driving like their eyes are closed. Blow stop signs, weave like a drunk in heavy traffic, blow through crosswalks while pedestrians are walking across.

Every Day. Not kidding. I can spot a Texter or Caller without even seeing them on a phone. Their speed is off. They can't stay in a lane. They ignore signs. There CANNOT be that many drunks at 8:00 am, nor do I think they are falling asleep.

Recently, I even watched a guy run right over a fire hydrant in a small SUV for no apparent reason. His kid was in the passenger seat. The 30mph road curved gently to the left, and he didn't even try to steer or hit his brakes. He wasn't speeding.

Most of those rear-enders you are seeing today are cell callers. And it's getting worse. Because the Hands Free laws that are popping up everywhere, people think they can safely drive because they have 2 hands on the wheel.

Honestly, any of you have trouble driving 1 handed at slow speeds? If hands free is a solution, they need to abolish stick shifts. Just wait.
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Old 05-02-2014, 10:00 PM   #56
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Never tailgate an ambulance or other emergency vehicle, especially if it's running code (lights and sirens).
Yes, also please pay attention to emergency vehicles approaching from behind. MOVE RIGHT FOR SIRENS AND LIGHTS
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Old 05-03-2014, 11:50 AM   #57
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Something else they don't teach in driver's ed, or isn't a law of the road:

STEERING!

Dry steering is when you turn the wheels while the vehicle is stationary. This causes a lot of unnecessary stress on the power steering pump, steering rack, front tires, and all the linkages.

Instead, whenever possible, allow the vehicle to move just a little bit while you turn the wheels. If you've ever driven a vehicle without power steering, you know that this greatly reduces the effort to turn the steering wheel.

Also, don't turn the steering wheel to lock position, either left or right (all the way left, or all the way right). In vehicles with hydraulic power steering pumps, you will hear a noise or a whine. This is bad! Instead, back off the steering wheel just just a little bit (sometimes just 1/4") so the noise stops. You'll still get the tightest turning radius, but the power steering pump won't be struggling against where the steering rack can't be turned any further.
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Old 05-03-2014, 11:58 AM   #58
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I really like this thread. Thanks to all the contributors.
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Old 05-03-2014, 02:55 PM   #59
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This should not be necessary. It should be common sense.

A transit bus weighs 30,000 pounds, hybrids weigh even more. If you act stupid around one you will lose.

Just let the damn bus back in and pass when you get a chance.
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Old 05-05-2014, 12:11 PM   #60
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Old 05-05-2014, 12:21 PM   #61
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A couple laws people may not be aware of in most states.
Lights should be turned on any time it's raining enough to use your wipers ( our cars do this automatically when the wipers are on)

Also you should either slow down or move over on a multi lane road when approaching a emergency vehicle, or tow truck assisting a motorist in the emergency lane. ( it's also good to do this when you see any car or truck parked on the side of the road ).
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Old 05-05-2014, 12:28 PM   #62
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One thing that always gets me is people that will fly by you and then cut in front of you and abruptly slow down to make a right hand turn when there is absolutely nobody behind you...
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Old 05-05-2014, 12:30 PM   #63
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This, This, This........... Move over.....
At least drive 80 when you do that!
If you pass in the right lane, that's the only time they pull their head out of their ass and get back to the slow lane and decrease their 60 mph speed to a 55 mph speed. I followed a car a good 5 miles right next to an eighteen wheeler going 60 in a 65
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Old 05-05-2014, 12:35 PM   #64
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Protip for parking these Camaro beasts:

If you're pulling forward into a space and don't want to scrape the front air dam, you should be able to visually line up the bottom of the driver's door mirror with the curb cement parking stop. Once they line up, it's time to stop. You should be far enough forward in the space, but not so far that your air deflector or front bumper are in contact with, or hanging over it.

If you're backing into a spot and don't want to hit a wall or smoosh your exhaust tips, point your right side door mirror down, and the right rear wheel should come into view. You can judge distance from there, knowing the end of the car is somewhere about 24" beyond that.

Definitely do your own research first. Some of you might have your seats positioned crazy, or are sitting on phone books, which might alter results.

Also, lining up the center of the hood with the right edge of a road or curb generally means you're within 6 inches of it...another protip for parking or pulling up broadside to a curb.
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When some Asshat cuts you off and flips you the bird follow him/her into the parking lot and watch them spin around and leave instead of parking.
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Old 05-05-2014, 12:48 PM   #66
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When some Asshat cuts you off and flips you the bird follow him/her into the parking lot and watch them spin around and leave instead of parking.
Better yet, ignore and avoid confrontation. Threatening someone, or assaulting them with a vehicle is no joke. Every day you get to drive a Camaro without anger is a good day!
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Old 05-05-2014, 01:19 PM   #67
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1. While driving in snow, ice, or freezing rain - keep all of your driver inputs (throttle, braking, and turning) as smooth as you can. Slow and smooth. Slow and smooth.

2. Blinkers are there to be used. Please use them.

3. NO TEXTING. If you kill one of my children because you were texting someone, I will find you and go Medieval on you. You will wish the cops got you first.

4. Know your limits. If you are not a great driver or have slow reflexes, SLOW DOWN!

5. Growing up in NYC, I've seen many red light accidents. Two points:
If you are the first car at an intersection, after the light turns green count to 2 and look both ways before accelerating. Who cares if you aren't the first one off the line? No one wants to get T-boned by some idiot who is trying to make a light. 95% of the people I see just jut out into the intersection without looking.

Do not take off from the light if your sight is blocked in either direction. I've seen pedestrians killed because some idiot couldn't see around a Van/truck/bus in the middle lane and took off like a bat out of hell through the intersection.

6. As taught in racing schools, always scan the road far ahead of your car. Do not just look 20 feet in front of your car. If you scan far ahead, you learn to rely on your peripheral vision to guide your steering around bends and to keep you on the road.

7. Side view mirrors need to be set up correctly. A good rule of thumb is to lean your head about a foot or two in the direction of the mirror you are adjusting. You should then adjust your mirror like you normally (and incorrectly) would (where you can see the outside line of your car). While in the proper seating position, you should not be able to see the side of your car in your side view mirrors.

8. When stopping behind another car at the intersection or in traffic, always allow enough room so that you can get out of the spot in one move without having to back up. Many a carjacking is made possible by people who leave no room to get out of there. It is also is a good idea to leave an escape route in case of another emergency.
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When some Asshat cuts you off and flips you the bird follow him/her into the parking lot and watch them spin around and leave instead of parking.
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Better yet, ignore and avoid confrontation. Threatening someone, or assaulting them with a vehicle is no joke. Every day you get to drive a Camaro without anger is a good day!
Yeah, I forgot the j/k.

It was funny as heck once when I was headed to the same lot in the first place
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Remember, a solid yellow line on your side of the road means no passing, even if it looks safe to you there is a safety reason that area is a no passing zone.
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Get your brakes checked periodically and don't put it off when you notice decreased performance or any unusual sounds when you brake. I've personally avoided quite a few crashes because my brakes performed well.

Never drive drowsy. Being late is always better than being hurt...or worse.
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