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Why are people such nasty SOBs when they drive?

Discussion in 'After Hours Lounge (Off Topic)' started by Grant B, Sep 5, 2003.

  1. Grant B

    Grant B Well-Known Member

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    I have been driving around Southern California now for 3 weeks and hate it. Yesterday I was at a red light and noticed that the guy next had his gas door open and the cap undone so I let him know....and he told me where to stick my head and a few other things. Great way to start the morning!
    I try to let people out of driveways etc. and they dont even bother looking because they dont expect it.
    It's not that the freeways are clogged, it's much worse up in the Bay Area...at least where I am driving.
    Did the Zoloft supply run out down here????
     
  2. Scott_lb

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    You have no idea how much I agree with your statement. I could be wrong, but it has been my experiene that driving in Los Angeles is completely different than driving in other large cities (Chicago, DC, Minneapolis, etc.). I have never in my life seen people who seemed nearly as rude and obnoxious on the road.
     
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    Dave Poehlman Well-Known Member

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    If everyone rode segways.. this would never come up.
     
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    We would find a way to be just as rude on a scooter, trust me.
     
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    Just be glad we don't have flying cars.
     
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    Try riding out there on a bicycle and dealing with drivers! The majority of the drivers I encounter are fine, but there are the few that think just because you go wide to avoid getting doored by a guy who just pulled into the side to park on the street, you're slowing them down and they will be 10 seconds late for work. The horror! Just the other day, A guy in a P/U truck just pulled onto the side of the street to park and I was coming up on him. I looked in my mirror to merge into the row of cars and this middle aged lady in a Toyota Echo beeps and looks over in my direction as I pull back onto the side street. Now it wasn't a lay on the horn kind of beep but it makes me wonder what on earth was she thinking. Like waiting for a vehicle (me) who has every legal right to take the lane, is going to make her late for work by 10 seconds max. Plus, everybody on the sidestreet is only doing 30mph max while I'm chugging down around 19mph on my MTB.

    People are such nasty SOBs because they think they are untouchable in their cages. The courts seem to think so too, unfortunately.

    Jay
     
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    Garrett Lundy Well-Known Member

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    I drive for a living (ambulette), putting about 100,000 miles a year on the road I have to deal with other drivers alot more than your average Joe. After awhile you just develop a samurai "Death will come any minute" attitude and don't let the other people bother you as much.
     
  10. Grant B

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    Well at least I am not the only one who feels this way.
    I think it's pretty sad, it's a fairly wealthy area...decent weather(too damn hot for me but most like it), everyone has nice cars, gated houses ....so why the hell is everyone so pissed off??
    Just before I left my house, a kid asked me for a smoke. I told him I didn't smoke and he said that he shouldn't be smokin etc....and you know he didn't have a dime to his name ...but he was as nice as can be.
    Oh Well 2 more hours and I get to fly home...I cant wait!
     
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    Exactly. They are rude because they can be, without consequences.

    However, there is another reason for it, I believe. When you're in a car, you don't know the motivations behind other people's actions, and unfortunately that means we assume they're evil bastards and react that way to them. It could be that someone just really needs to go to the bathroom and is in a hurry to get home, so is trying to sneak by. If it was on a scooter, we'd see him crossing his legs [​IMG], and hear him go "excuse me.... sorry... bathroom emergency..." as he cruised between us. In a car, we'd assume he's just another asshole trying to get ahead.

    If we could communicate better between drivers, we'd have much less of the road rage and hostility. I'm pretty sure that as technology advances, something that allows us to interact more with other drivers will emerge. It would (literally) save lives, IMO.
     
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    I just wish I had a James Bond kind of car with:

    - Spikes or oil to drop behind for people that are tailing me too close

    - Missiles up front to blow assholes that cut me, drive like a madman on cocaine or generally show total disregard for those around him.
     
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    I know what you mean. If they pass the concealed carry law here I will be sorely tempted to use it on the roads.[​IMG]
     
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