ROAD RAGE!!

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    Jun 17, 2011 7:58 AM GMT
    I'm fairly new to driving, having only been doing it for the past year, but I find myself getting increasingly stressed and frustrated by everyone else on the road!!

    I don't really have any choice but to drive, considering where I live and where I work, so I was wondering if anyone has any tips for how to deal with road rage?

    The things that wind me up especially are:

    - people not indicating at all

    - people only indicating at the last minute. This is doing my head in, so many times I have someone in front of me who starts braking and then suddenly they turn off, and put their indicators on as they turn. What is the point of doing it when you are already turning you twat!? ARRRRGH

    - people driving 10+mph less than the speed limit for no good reason

    - tailgating (i.e. driving so far up my arse they are practically touching)

    - people who despite having the right of way, insist on me going first - I absolutely HATE this because you don't know where you are and you're not sure whether to go or not. This happens particularly at roundabouts, if it is your right of way, you go, you don't sit there and gesture for someone else to go, that is not the way to drive!


    It's stressing me out!
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    Jun 17, 2011 8:23 AM GMT
    That's one of the reasons why I bought a performance car. So I can get away or get around all the moronic drivers on the road. icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 17, 2011 11:34 AM GMT
    While spending a summer in Tampa some time back, I noticed the drivers had perfected the art of the' half-turn signal' ---where the filament of the bulb barely has time to warm to a glow before they change lanes!icon_neutral.gif

    Over the many years since my 16th BD and my licensing I have found that people tend to drive in 'packs'...I think it is the 'herd mentality' or something.

    Most people can't drive without a car bumper 10" in front of them.icon_rolleyes.gif

    If at all possible, try to pass their dumbasses and drive between packs.

    Not only do they drive in packs, they drive terribly in packs!



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    Jun 17, 2011 12:08 PM GMT
    I think it's good to remember that you will never control how anyone else drives. You can only control your own vehicle on the road, and the best way to deal with other drivers is to anticipate what they might do. It's like playing chess. The way to win is to anticipate all the possibilities and plan your counter moves in advance.

    Think about it like this: you aren't running a driving school. So, why get stressed when the other person doesn't drive according to your expectation?

    Giving in to road rage is a quick way to have an accident. Keeping your wits in check is the best way to mitigate rage.
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    Jun 17, 2011 1:00 PM GMT
    Another one to add -

    - people who go r-e-a-l-l-y slowly around a corner
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    Jun 17, 2011 1:25 PM GMT
    Just drive and stop whining.

    Overtake the slow ones, drive far enough away from everyone else so that you can make up for their incompetence.

    But mostly just drive.
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    Jun 17, 2011 1:30 PM GMT
    The single thing that I hate the most is "the meeting" at a 4 way stop or stoplight that has no left turn signal. The "left turner" needs to yield the right of way to the other driver who is traveliing directly through the intersection.

    Sometimes the left turner tries to beat you and basically pull in front of you before you have a chance to move forward. I absolutely hate that!
    When someone dares do that, I crank it up and head right at them and lay on my horn..... I would never do that to somebody, they'd fucking better not do it to me!

    Other than that I can be a pretty mellow driver, I'm sure I'd have some who call me aggressive, but I'm really more a defensive driver.

    My suggestion.... just cool it and don't fret about others (most of the time)....
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    Jun 17, 2011 1:35 PM GMT
    Everyone else sucks at driving, except me.


    Now, once you realize that EVERYBODY seems to think this way, it's a step forward in getting over road rage. I had it for a really long time until I just sold my car and quit driving for about 4 years. I still get it from time to time, but nowhere near as bad as I used to.

    Alternatively, take a hit of pot before you drive. You'll calm down.
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    Jun 17, 2011 1:37 PM GMT
    Pure saidAnother one to add -

    - people who go r-e-a-l-l-y slowly around a corner


    Blame BSM - they teach people to shuffle the steering wheel (as if milking a cow), so they're really slow at turning it.
    My instructor was an ex police instructor, I was taught to drive fast (including one lesson when I was told to ignore speed limits, use both sides of the road to take the racing line round bends when I could see it was safe etc.). He said he knew I was going to speed after passing my test & wanted to teach me to speed properly.icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 17, 2011 2:09 PM GMT
    Bad drivers are simply a fact of life. If you cannot avoid them (by travelling when there are fewer on the road), then you must adjust your driving and attitude accordingly. Assume that other drivers will do something unpredictable and do not get into a vulnerable road position that you cannot get out of. Drivers can be peevish and puerile (we have all been guilty of it at some time), so drive defensively. I say this as someone who has driven hundreds of thousands of miles over the past 25 years and have never had an accident. I have been lucky, but I have also tried to avoid pushing my luck.

    As for persistent tailgaters, a quick dab on the brakes with your left foot (to illuminate your brake lights), while you still have your right foot on the gas usually causes them to back off (but please practice this on a quiet stretch of road first!). Oh, and on multi-lane highways, stay on the inside lane when you are not overtaking. You will not get tailgated so much.
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    Jun 17, 2011 2:13 PM GMT
    I deal with road rage by yelling obscenities at the person I am angry at. When I get really heated I end up laughing afterwards thinking "wow, that was an overreaction" haha
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    Jun 17, 2011 2:14 PM GMT
    Can someone please explain what is meant by 'defensive driving'?

    I do think I drive carefully - stick to speed limits, conscious of hazards and other road users, and curteous to them whenever possible. But I just seem to always get stuck behind or in front of absolute arseholes.
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    Jun 17, 2011 2:18 PM GMT
    Pure saidCan someone please explain what is meant by 'defensive driving'?


    It means allowing a margin of error and anticipating other drivers' actions. For example, if you are approaching a T-junction and you can see another vehicle waiting to pull out, do not just barrel on because you have right of way. Assume they may pull out on you. Slow down a bit and look at where the other driver is looking. If they are not looking at your vehicle, they may not have seen you.

    If you are queuing in traffic on an incline, leave some room, in case the guy in front rolls back a bit. That sort of thing. It may be boring, but it will save you a lot in repairs and insurance bills. I have a sports car, so I don't exactly drive like Miss Daisy, but it is all about knowing when and where to open up and where not to drive like an alpha male twat.
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    Jun 17, 2011 2:20 PM GMT
    Pure saidCan someone please explain what is meant by 'defensive driving'?

    I do think I drive carefully - stick to speed limits, conscious of hazards and other road users, and curteous to them whenever possible. But I just seem to always get stuck behind or in front of absolute arseholes.


    Defensive driving is for women icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 17, 2011 2:22 PM GMT
    Pure said[blah blah blah people are stoopid and can't drive]
    Welcome to driving. I fucking hate it. icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 17, 2011 2:28 PM GMT
    Mil8 said
    Pure saidCan someone please explain what is meant by 'defensive driving'?


    It means allowing a margin of error and anticipating other drivers' actions. For example, if you are approaching a T-junction and you can see another vehicle waiting to pul out, do not just barrel on because you have right of way. Assume they may pull out on you. Slow down a bit and look at where the other driver is looking. If they are not looking at your vehicle, they may not have seen you.


    Yup I definitely anticipate people doing stupid things, and assume they will do everything they shouldn't! Just sucks to be proved correct!
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    Jun 17, 2011 2:50 PM GMT
    all of the above, the thing I would add are frightened drivers who poke along at on ramps, so you wind up having to floor it to get up to the speed of the traffic your merging with.
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    Jun 17, 2011 3:18 PM GMT
    Allow extra time to get to your intended destination. Anticipate every stupid thing the other drivers may do, such as but not limited to, no signals, driving slower than the limit, turning right from the left hand lane, turning left from the right hand lane, stopping in the middle of traffice to figure out where they are, talking on their cell phones and smoking while driving with their knees, doing their nails while driving, changing clothes while driving and tailgating, and you should drive so as to avoid it. Anticipate that every driver on the road , except you, is stupid and dangerous and that you need to avoid them.
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    Jun 17, 2011 3:22 PM GMT
    KSUOWL said
    Pure saidCan someone please explain what is meant by 'defensive driving'?

    I do think I drive carefully - stick to speed limits, conscious of hazards and other road users, and curteous to them whenever possible. But I just seem to always get stuck behind or in front of absolute arseholes.


    Defensive driving is for women icon_lol.gif


    Thats crap. I can be aggressive, but I'm also much a defensive driver.
    It means you anticipate the actions of others.. you think, you take measures that are prudent and involve courtesy.

    I've met a hell of a lot of women on the road that are worse drivers than men.
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    Jun 17, 2011 10:49 PM GMT
    I wouldn't stress out over it; it's part of driving and so is traffic. So many people complain about the traffic; it's just part of the act of driving. Smile while you drive and play some pleasant music might help.
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    Jun 17, 2011 10:54 PM GMT
    Xanax.

    (hey, I don't have to drive around him.)
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    Jun 17, 2011 10:55 PM GMT
    You've only been driving a year and already you've already caught on to the the 'everyone driving slower than me is an asshole and everyone faster than me is a fucking maniac' philosophy of driving.
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    Jun 17, 2011 11:14 PM GMT
    they're not bad drivers, they're just moving ( barely ) obstacles
    They were put there so you could improve your abilities to maneuver .
    the idea is to pass them ( 5 points ) , intimidate them ( 10 points ) , enrage them ( 20 points ) or eliminate them ( 50 points ) .
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    Jun 17, 2011 11:35 PM GMT
    GET
    THE
    FUCK
    OUT
    OF
    MY
    WAY!
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    Jun 18, 2011 6:47 AM GMT
    I live in Los Angeles. I feel your anguish. Drugs and alcohol helps me. Not while I'm driving though...