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Unread 08-28-2004, 12:32 PM   #1
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Almost wrecked my jeep the other day...

I was driving to school and it was raining. I was on a road with 2 lanes going in each direction, and a turn lane in the middle. I was in the left lane, going about 40mph and I see this car pull out of a restaurant driveway from the other side of the road.

I thought to myself "no way this guy is going to get in my lane, he pulled out too late, he's going to go across my lane and to the lane to my right." But of course he pulls right into my lane, cutting me off. Now it was raining, and I haven't had the jeep long enough to know how fast it will stop in the rain. I knew there was a car to my right, so I swerved to the left to avoid hitting their back end, only someone had just pulled into the turn lane fro mthe other direction, so I swerved again into oncoming traffic!

Thankfully there was nobody there, and I got back over to the correct lane behind the car that cut me off. I noticed it was an old couple with a handicap thing hanging from their rearview. I laid on my horn.

Well, they get into the turn lane for the upcoming stop light, but CHANGE THEIR MINDS and cut me off again!! I laid on the horn some more, the whole time screaming at them. Then they decide they are going to turn left. When I drove by them the old lady was giving me this look, I just wanted to smack the crap out of her.

I bet they didn't even know they cut me off the first time, and didn't even see me swerving all over the lanes behind them. Sorry this is so long, had to vent!

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Unread 08-28-2004, 12:44 PM   #2
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I completely understand.

The area where I live is plagued by duffers and gummers. And they are totally oblivious...
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Unread 08-28-2004, 12:59 PM   #3
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I want a huge push bumper so I don't have to slow down for that crap in the future
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Unread 08-28-2004, 01:48 PM   #4
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They come in all Ages.... The other day, we went shopping. It was really busy and hard to find a parking spot.

Some young guy on a sport bike drives up onto the sidewalk and parks right there. It was a regular sized sidewalk, so his bike was took up 3/4 of the walkway. Also, he parked in front of the handicaped parking access to boot.

On the way in, we squeezed around the bike. Mind you that the bike's exhaust was red hot, so I had to help my 7 year old daughter to get around it without being cooked.

On the way out, the same guy was in front of us. We were forced to stand there watching him and his girlfriend get on the bike while we stood there with our arms full of groceries.

My wife attempted to squeeze by the bike and stumbled. She didn't fall, but twisted her ankle a little. The guy on the bike busted out laughing in her face. At that point I really lost my temper and proceeded to explain to him what an idiot he was for parking there.

He gives me this stupid look and exclaimed something like "are you talking to me" after I had almost reached my Jeep. He's lucky that I didn't throw him a beating.

It's idiots like this that make people hate motorcycles. 99% of us riders abide by the rules. All it takes is one idiot to spoil it for us all.

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Unread 08-28-2004, 01:49 PM   #5
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I want a huge bumper with a metal stamp like thing that would place my initials in the sheet metal of another car. If they pull out in front of me, and i survive, they'll get a souvenir.

That's only hypothetically speaking of course.....
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Unread 08-28-2004, 02:12 PM   #6
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I live with that stuff every day... it's just part of driving in Austin.. (manypeople here really need new driving lessons...)

People here like to:
  1. pass you to turn right.
  2. run up the median or turn-only lane then sneak in at the light like 'Ohh, I didn't know I had to get over...' (this is a really bad one here...)
  3. jump in front of you if their vehicle just might possibly squeze between you and the car infront of you. (no such thing as minimum safe distance here...)
  4. slam on the brakes full power the first sign of slipage. (gets real intresting in the rain. I couldn't imagine anyone here dealing with snow...)
  5. not use turning signals. I'd be suprised if 50% of the people knew what they were and where they were located...
  6. not check for clearence before DIVING into the next lane (or two).
  7. talk on the cell, eat, b!tch at the kids, read the paper and put on war-paint while driving

These aren't once in a while around here, these are all the time, every day, all day in town. Some items worse than others but these are just a few off the top of my head.

Bikes however do park on the sidewalk, but almost always out of harms way. Why? Because the average austinite will push it over if it's in their way... Seriously... I guess it's a good thing though cause most bikers are curtious of where they park. When they aren't, they have a 50/50 chance if it ending on it's side or being towed all together. I'm sure there are a few places that are not the norm for this rule as there always are but the parts of town I frequent, this is usually the rule, not the exception.

But I tell you one thing.. With the people in this town, I wouldn't ride a bike here... They'll damn near run you over. I've seen more than one car shove a bike out of their lane before. Calling the cops on em is hit and miss. (depends on who's on duty I guess...)

As far as driver's attitudes are concerned, Austin sucks... Plus, you know half the people are packin also so you don't want to give them the one finger salute...
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Unread 08-28-2004, 07:06 PM   #7
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Bikes however do park on the sidewalk, but almost always out of harms way. Why? Because the average austinite will push it over if it's in their way...
In downtown Miami we're plagued by delivery scooters. Several times I've parallel parked on the street and come back later to find two or three of them wedged into the gap between mine and the next vehicle. I couldn't help but push them over like dominoes while pulling out. I suppose that makes me a bastard...
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Unread 08-28-2004, 07:45 PM   #8
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In downtown Miami we're plagued by delivery scooters. Several times I've parallel parked on the street and come back later to find two or three of them wedged into the gap between mine and the next vehicle. I couldn't help but push them over like dominoes while pulling out. I suppose that makes me a bastard...
I thought real hard about hooking my tow strap to this guy's sport bike and moving it for him, then I came to my senses and decided not to... Isn't that was tow straps and hooks are for

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Unread 08-28-2004, 09:46 PM   #9
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I thought real hard about hooking my tow strap to this guy's sport bike and moving it for him, then I came to my senses and decided not to... Isn't that was tow straps and hooks are for

J.
Watched a guy on a hog on a rural two lane; passed me on a blind crest, and squeezed by a bunch of other traffic by riding the yellow line.
Going like hell, and taking awful chances. All anyone had to do was wander in their lane- like maybe turning their head to see what the loud exhaust was about- and he would have been toast.
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