Highway Construction Zone: DO YOU SUFFER FROM DRIVER'S OR "HIGHWAY RAGE"??? Your Reaction?

  • HndsmKansan

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    Nov 01, 2009 2:48 PM GMT
    OK, so here on the east side of Wichita, I live in a suburban environment.
    Everything is growing quickly and roads that were gravel (literally) a couple of years ago are now 4 lane city streets.

    An east/west road near my home is in the process of that "jump" to broad 4 lane status, with planters, turn lanes.. and city lights. Should be great when finished. Because there is construction, there is a 30 mph zone (where speeders get a double fine if caught). There is one lane each direction temporarily.

    I go 40 generally and resent the hell out of someone who comes up behind me quickly. My bf encountered that last night on his way to my house.
    Was going 40 and someone barrelled behind him at about 55. My bf slammed on his breaks and flipped the guy off, whereby the guy knocked over some of those red cones trying to turn off and get away. Where are the cops when you need em?

    Do you suffer from driving rage?

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    Nov 01, 2009 3:49 PM GMT
    Sounds like you, your BF and the other driver all do!
    You need to start driving FIDO.

    "Forget It, Drive On". You'll all lead a much happier life if/when you stop trying to control what others do! It's not your responsibility to make others obey the traffic laws.
    Besides, you said the limit was 30 MPH. And you say you do 40. So what if someone else wants to break the limit by 25 MPH when you break it by 10?? You're both breaking the law.
  • coolarmydude

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    Nov 02, 2009 12:00 AM GMT
    Friday, I endured a similar situation. I was in the left lane of a two-lane left turn. A car was in the right lane. After making the turn, I sped up quickly to get ahead of the car in the right lane because eventually, I would have to turn right. Well, I was speeding up quickly to the speed limit of 45 mph and this asshole was intentionally trying to keep me from passing him. I went to 50, then 55 all the way to just past 65 before this douche bag gave up, just before the point where I, and he, needed to turn right. So I finally had enough room to move into the right lane and I hit the brakes on him to give him his due medicine. He shrugged his arms up in the air in obvious consternation and I likewise did the same in return. Around where I am, some people cannot stand being passed up.
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    Nov 02, 2009 12:10 AM GMT
    If I'm driving and Radar Love comes on the radio, look out.
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    Nov 02, 2009 12:21 AM GMT
    i generally get very pissed off by any of the following:

    minor road construction on major roads in the middle of the day that reduces everything to one lane and backs up traffic for miles. do that shit at night.

    people riding my car's ass when i'm already going 12mph over the limit

    people- generally old people and asians- driving under the speed limit, especially when there's no way to pass them, as in a residential neighborhood.

    when trucks play that game of highway leap frog whereby one pulls into the left lane and inches by the other at about 2mph faster than he's going. why do they DO that?

    people who don't know how to drive in rain or snow, and go 10mph under the speed limit because they're scared.

    stupid people in general.


    that said, i don't drive agressively when mad, i'm just liberal with my horn icon_twisted.gif
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    Nov 02, 2009 12:21 AM GMT
    I totally have road rage - Bostonian drivers bring out the worst in me. There were a few occasions where I was seconds away from getting out of the car for a full throw down!

    About four years ago, my car lease was expiring and my friend inspired me to try a week without driving. It was the BEST week I had had in a long long time, so I ditched the car and have never looked back.

    From this point on, living in a city where I don't have to drive every day is one of my top criteria for a home. It's a bit limiting but it's better than being a freakin' psycho every day. And, I can drive now with much lower stress, when I need to. But, the monster does come back out at times icon_sad.gif
  • HndsmKansan

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    Nov 02, 2009 12:31 AM GMT
    StudlyScrewRite said Sounds like you, your BF and the other driver all do!
    You need to start driving FIDO.

    "Forget It, Drive On". You'll all lead a much happier life if/when you stop trying to control what others do! It's not your responsibility to make others obey the traffic laws.
    Besides, you said the limit was 30 MPH. And you say you do 40. So what if someone else wants to break the limit by 25 MPH when you break it by 10?? You're both breaking the law.


    Hey thanks for the lecture. However I wasn't driving last night, my bf was and there's a big difference betwen going a little over the limit at 7:30 p.m. at night and going 25 miles over. Any cop would probably encourage us all to go 30....
  • styrgan

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    Nov 02, 2009 12:33 AM GMT
    ericsantamaria saidI totally have road rage - Bostonian drivers bring out the worst in me. There were a few occasions where I was seconds away from getting out of the car for a full throw down!


    That's because they're outrageously unsure of themselves and others.

    In New York, if someone crosses against a light, we just run them down with the understanding that they will learn never to do it again.
  • Sparkycat

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    Nov 02, 2009 1:07 AM GMT
    I try not to be an impatient driver, but usually get pissed off by other drivers way too easily. Especially...OMG I so totally hate this...women driving and talking on their cell phones, so involved in their pointless conversations that they don't pay attention to their driving. I rarely see men doing this. What is the deal with women that they can't stop talking?
  • Sparkycat

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    Nov 02, 2009 1:09 AM GMT
    ...and I think the pic of HandsmKansan's back has made my day much happiericon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 02, 2009 1:13 AM GMT
    I go by these rules, and hopefully it will help some of you.

    THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS TO STAY ALIVE AND BE CAREFUL.

    1. That means sometimes, driving in the right lane and not feeling you have to pass everyone. My stress level is next to zero when I drive the speed limit in the right lane.

    2. Get in the lane you need to turn off from well before you need to turn. No last second frantic lane change.

    3. Don't use a cell phone or text while you drive. If you do, you're a fucking idiot. Putting other people at risk, as well as yourself. DON'T DO IT.

    4. Think of a traffic jam as a godsend, a time to think about things, and if cars aren't moving fast, there's less chance of a bad accident, right? USE the time. Look around at your surroundings, etc. Think of it as valuable alone time. If you think you're going to be late for something, maybe you need to start planning ahead more.

    5. Don't provoke other drivers, get out of their way. Nobody wins in road rage.

    6. Swearing without looking at the other driver, saying things like "It can't get any greener dumb ass" or "Move you stupid bitch" are perfectly acceptable.

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    Nov 02, 2009 2:39 AM GMT
    "4. Think of a traffic jam as a godsend, a time to think about things, and if cars aren't moving fast, there's less chance of a bad accident, right? USE the time. Look around at your surroundings, etc. Think of it as valuable alone time. If you think you're going to be late for something, maybe you need to start planning ahead more."

    that's freggin great... except for when you have to pee so bad it hurts, or you're three hours late to get home because its snowing so the beltway is at a standstill, or a combination of the two. or you're late for anything really- like really late, because someone tapped someone else's bumper so everyone has to see what's up. nothing chipper about that. i'd rather be contemplating my life and enjoying the scenery at a nice 75mph clip, thank you.
    god i hate optimists.




    side note: if traffic is locked up because of an accident, i secretly hope that when i get to it, there'll be flames or bodies or at least an overturned car- if i have to be late to work and crawl along at 3mph, there'd better be a good show at least. fender benders are so anticlimactic.
    ps- i'm mostly being facetious with that last bit. mostly.
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    Nov 02, 2009 3:43 PM GMT
    HndsmKansan said<

    Any cop would probably encourage us all to go 30....


    Um yeah...that's why there's a Speed Limit sign posted!!

    Maybe one day you'll have the luck of standing beside of a highway trying to work while cars whizz past you, ignoring the posted limit, flipping you off for just trying to get your job done and go home.....
    Here is your very own, personal
    "Workers ahead. GIVE 'EM A BRAKE"
    sign.
    PS: Share it with your BF.
  • Timbales

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    Nov 02, 2009 3:51 PM GMT
    I try to be a safe a courteous driver - use my signals, maintain safe distances, yield right of way, etc. I maintain my cool by swearing like a trucker at all the assholes on the road. It helps me maintain my calm.
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    Nov 02, 2009 4:00 PM GMT
    Timberoo saidI try to be a safe a courteous driver - use my signals, maintain safe distances, yield right of way, etc. I maintain my cool by swearing like a trucker at all the assholes on the road. It helps me maintain my calm.


    Atta boy! THAT'S the way you do it....not by slamming on the brakes.
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    Nov 02, 2009 4:02 PM GMT
    I dislike drivers that don't speed or notice that they're going 5 mph over the limit and drop down below the maximum.


    One thing that gets to me is when you're waiting for a car to make a turn and the driver waits 10 minutes until a car is 5 miles away to finally make the turn. icon_evil.gif

    I have to say that I use profanity the most while driving a car... and it's usually directed at other people's driving effort(s)/skill(s).

    I'm a very safe driver though, even while ignoring the law. The first time I was pulled over was for a silly speeding ticket... I mean, everyone goes 90 on the interstate, right?!