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How Dangerous of a Driver Are You?

Discussion in 'After Hours Lounge (Off Topic)' started by drobbins, Dec 5, 2008.

  1. drobbins

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  2. Dennis*G

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    hmm, safe but boring I guess

    You scored a 84% (A)! Your driving level is: very safe
     
  3. Stan

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    Got a 74, also a "B". Probably lost points for minor speeding and tailgating.

    If you're going 25 in a 40, you can bet I'll be riding your ass. Same thing if it takes you a mile after a red light to get up to speed. Drive like the 99% of normal humans on the road and I'm fine. But that 1% is completely oblivious to the fact that they are the cause of many traffic problems.

    Thankfully that 1% has one less driver. My mother had a minor stroke about two years ago and has really been itching to drive as her health has improved. Her license expired and amazingly the DMV wouldn't renew it without a letter from her doctor. Even more amazing, her doctor said no.

    One less person zooming down the road at 12 miles per hour with thirty cars trapped behind her unable to pass.
     
  4. Jimi C

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    You scored a 68% (B)! Your driving level is: a little risk
     
  5. Francois Caron

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    I got 74. The problem is that I have no choice but to go over the speed limit. I'm from the province of Quebec! If you don't speed up, you'll get hit from behind! [​IMG]
     
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    You scored a 78% (B)! Your driving level is: a little risk

    Not bad considering where I live and drive. Apparently you only lose 5 points for drunk driving [​IMG]. Should be more than that. I'm ashamed to admit that I did it once about 18 years ago. But it still counts against me.
     
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    That's no joke. [​IMG] My brother-in-law and my sister drove through Quebec on their way to the Atlantic provinces. On the way back, they made sure to drive through the States to avoid driving in Quebec. They were freaked out by how bad people in Quebec drove.

    I got 79 (B) on this test, but who knows.....I might have cheated a bit. [​IMG]

    Edit: Actually, I shouldn't say bad. I should say aggressively.
     
  9. BrianW

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    Yeah, I just do the speed limit and hang out in the right lane everywhere I go.
     
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    You scored a 62% (B)! Your driving level is: a little risk

    I seem to have beaten all of you so far, its quite the dubious honor really.

    Here's my credo: Everyone in front of me is an idiot and everyone behind me is an as*hole (I stole that from Carlin but it is true!).

    I drive an SUV now but I used to drive a Mustang LX with the big V-8 so I tend to drive a little aggressively anyway but it seems to me like people in front of me impede my forward momentum every chance they get; braking going uphill, not keeping a constant speed,almost stopping to make a turn, and generally not getting the hell out of my way.
     
  11. Joseph DeMartino

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    I scored a "B", but I don't think much of the test, since it tries to measure how safe a driver you are (present tense) based on past behavior, but with no controls for when certain things happened. I've been driving for a long time. I answered "yes" to the drunk driving, major accident and minor accident questions. But all of those related to incidents that happened over 20 years ago. Each of these questions should have asked "How long ago did this last happen" and given you a range of years, and assigned points on a descending scale with very high numbers for recent incidents (certainly for drunk driving) and zero beyond some cut-off point.

    Also I think the music and phone questions should have made concessions to modern technology. I can cycle through my radio pre-sets and CD player, as well as adjust the volume on my stereo by touch, using buttons on my steering wheel, without ever taking my eyes off the road. And while I have seen studies suggesting that having in-depth conversations on the phone can be distracting regardless of what kind of phone you have, I don't think the way I use a cell phone in the car should cost me points on a safe driving test. (Headset, voice activated and most of my calls consists of things like "Boss, I'm stuck in traffic and might be a few minutes late", and "Bob, I need the SPL meter you borrowed back. Are you going to be home in about 20 minutes." I think the longest calls I usually make are to the cops reporting road hazards and accidents.)

    Adjusting my answers to current reality and technology (i.e., "lying") I scored an "A" (86%) - which is probably a better reflection of how much of a risk I present to other drivers than any number that counts driving infractions from 30 years ago, assumes I have to look down at the radio to crank up the volume on a good song or that I'm holding a phone to my ear while while arguing with a talk radio host about the relative merits of the Giants and the Titans while doing 75 on the interstate. [​IMG]

    Regards,

    Joe
     
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    Some one who has driven for a long time has a better chance of getting a low score than someone who has just gotten their license, so I went back only 10 years of driving.
     
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    You scored a 78% (B)! Your driving level is: a little risk.

    It would be interesting to know if anyone actually claimed they were anything other than a great driver.

    I'd love to help them with the questions:

    Do you tailgate another car NOT in the passing lane?

    Do you keep your headlights on most of the time, particularly in fog and at dusk and dawn?

    When approaching a red light do you have enough brains to help other drivers making left hand turns and trying to emerge from side roads?
     
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    Going back only 10 years, adjusting for technology and lying, I also scord an 86! [​IMG]
     
  15. Clinton McClure

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    I pulled off an 88.

    A quick story:

    Tuesday evening I was on my way home from work on a busy divided four lane during rush hour and the inside lane was at a dead stop with drivers trying to turn left for about three miles. I was 2nd in line in the outside lane behind a guy weaving and running 25-30mph in a 50. After following this guy for over three miles before I could merge to the inside lane to pass him, I saw he was the only one in the car and was watching tv!!! What an ass! If you're that bored while driving, stay home...
     
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    Could be a probem. But then you're Canadien....
     
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    You scored a 59% (C)! Your driving level is: average riskDrives me crazy! I have a friend that lives in Plattsburgh, NY and I usually swing up to Montreal when I visit. I'm deathly afraid of getting pulled over in a foreign country, so here I am going along the highway at the posted 100kmh speed limit, and cars are blowing by me left and right. And then Montreal itself is even crazier.
     
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    Joe, in the past year since I've dropped the train commute in favor of a 1 hr/35 mile ride each way, I've been rear-ended 3 times by people on cell phones. All three times I was on the same road, all three times I was fully stopped at a red light and 2 of the three who hit me had drawn my attention prior to being hit as I could tell they were not paying attention and clearly yacking on their cell phones. Two of the three were hands-free, two of the three instantly admitted they were on their cell phone and one later conceded the point to the cop who arrived.

    All three were little more than minor fender benders causing me no car damage and no injury. I felt this way before, but this past year has cemented for me that there is absolutely no question driving while talking on a cell phone is an extremely dangerous thing for some people to do.

    There very well may be lots of people like you around who can easily manage to talk on a cell and drive at the same time, but there are a lot of people who completely zone out when they're on the cell phone...whether they're driving or not.

    As an aside, I saw a woman about two years ago who was talking on a cell phone while walking along Broadway in NYC. She never broke stride and walked right into 42nd street against the red and was hit by a cab that she never even saw coming. I saw the entire thing as i was waiting to cross the street. She saw nothing, she heard nothing.

    Some people really cannot walk and talk at the same time, let alone drive and talk.
     
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    Some people can't walk and chew gum at the same time. [​IMG] The fact is some people really can't drive period, and shouldn't get behind the wheel simply because they are idiots. (I work with a woman who is so utterly clueless that I can't believe she manages to dress herself and find the office in the morning, much less drive the distance between the two. She has had at least two accidents, that I know of, while driving an official vehicle while still in our own parking lot.)

    Regards,

    Joe
     

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