Ever get in a CAR with someone WHO DRIVES BADLY?

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    Jun 08, 2010 1:39 AM GMT
    This happened to me this weekend. I normally insist on driving if I go anywhere with someone because I don't trust their driving. But this weekend I did and the guy ate a chocolate protein bar while driving and got all flustered when a crumb landed somewhere on his pinstriped shirt. He constantly looked down to find it, then at one time checked his cell phone. Meanwhile a rain storm came through so bad that people in front of us put on their flashers. We passed by one three-car pileup.

    Lord get me out of this car I thought. icon_wink.gif
  • Webster666

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    Jun 08, 2010 1:48 AM GMT
    It's amazing how many people seem to think that the car pretty much drives itself.
    Driving is a full time job.
    My car is not my dining room, nor my bedroom, nor my message/communications center.

    I have one friend who is afraid to change lanes. He never has a clue where his car actually is or how close he is to anything around him. He applied for and got a large handicapped parking space in his condo building garage because he kept beating up the sides of his car, trying to drive into and out of his originally assigned parking space.
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    Jun 08, 2010 1:52 AM GMT
    Webster666 saidIt's amazing how many people seem to think that the car pretty much drives itself.
    Driving is a full time job.
    My car is not my dining room, nor my bedroom, nor my message/communications center.

    I have one friend who is afraid to change lanes. He never has a clue where his car actually is or how close he is to anything around him. He applied for and got a large handicapped parking space in his condo building garage because he kept beating up the sides of his car, trying to drive into and out of his originally assigned parking space.


    Lol i laughed so hard at this! I still don't have my G1 and I'm 21icon_surprised.gif
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    Jun 08, 2010 4:42 AM GMT
    My Dad's driving style was... eye opening:
    1) Mash down on the accelerator until the car is about to crash into something
    2) Violently jerk the wheel onto a new trajectory
    3) Repeat.

    Actually, Michael J. Fox's character in "The Frighteners" demonstrated the technique perfectly.
  • stratavos

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    Jun 08, 2010 4:56 AM GMT
    I happened to meet up with some friends of a friend at the local card shop and it turns out they were from Toronto. I was definitely worried when there were 3 different driving things they did that made me cringe. (a wide turn on a one way street with 4 lanes, turning without looking both ways (we were honked at for that one) and almost driving the opposite direction of the same one way street)

    regardless, we arrived safely, and said friend was actually away at a wedding >.<;
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    Jun 08, 2010 5:13 AM GMT
    I can name 3 people off the top of my head who are horrible drivers.

    One of my friends nearly drove off a cliff when we were going to the mall. She was on the phone,Drinking soda(trying to put the cap back on),and constantly turning her head back to me( I was in the back seat). In Tucson we have a lot of roads that curve and bend like no other and some of them don't have any railing,so if you don't pay attention your ass will fly off the road.
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    Jun 08, 2010 5:56 AM GMT
    A college dormmate offered to drive me up to Oklahoma City one night, about 25 miles. He had a tricked-out muscle car, with wide tires that were virtually racing slicks.

    So we get out on I-35 and he was cruising along at about 70, when we ran into a very heavy rainstorm. But he wouldn't slow down, and I'm thinking to myself about his treadless tires on all that water, the limited visibility in that downpour in darkness, and the fact that his car had no seat belts because he didn't like how they looked. (We just had lap belts back then, usually non-retractable that simply lay loose across the seats when not being used, looking like airline passenger seat belts and latching and being manually tensioned that same way, too)

    Then his windshield began to fog up because the defroster didn't work properly, and I started wiping the glass for him with a rag I found. Still he kept up his speed, and I'm watching the road intently myself.

    That's when I began to notice the view ahead wasn't ahead anymore, we seemed to be angled toward the guardrail. And then the scene out the foggy windshield slowly panned in the other direction, and we were facing the guard rail on the opposite side of the highway. Then the car oscillated yet again to give us another look at the first guardrail, but all very slowly, and with no sounds of screeching tires or other indicators, except for the impossible view out the windshield.

    "We're hydroplaning," I said in a controlled but tense voice.

    "Yep, sure enough are," he replied in his rural Okie drawl, sounding not the least concerned. "Ah'll slow down a tad." That turned out to be about 60. But the tires regained traction and the car was now consistently going straight ahead.

    "Tell ya what," he said next, "Ah should prolly be wearing mah glasses in this rain. Could you get 'em fer me, they're on the rear windah shelf." icon_eek.gif

    I practically launched myself over the front seat back to quickly retrieve them, but first snuck a peek through the lenses. They were nearly as strong as my own, and I'm practically blind without glasses! I quickly handed them to him, I think the first time I ever saw him wearing glasses, almost getting sick at the thought that all this time he'd hardly been able to see anything.

    We got to OKC and back without having an accident, but I never rode with him again, glasses or no glasses, rain or no rain.
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    Jun 08, 2010 8:49 PM GMT
    I rode with my boss to a meeting in the next city one time and thought I would puke before we got there. She would speed up and slow down and speed up and slow down all the way down the road. I was so nauseous when I got to the meeting I had to just step outside and breathe some fresh air and have some water. Needless to say the ride home was just as bad. Thank god I don't work there anymore!
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    Jun 08, 2010 8:58 PM GMT
    My ex boyfriend's dad is probably the worst driver in the world. One time we were going somewhere and he full on stopped in the middle of a busy street so that he could read directions. Luckily it was kind of late at night and nobody was behind us for quite a distance. I hated riding in the car when he drove.
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    Jun 08, 2010 9:13 PM GMT
    All the time. She is my friend. And she is a lesbian. That should explain why she is an awful awful driver.
  • owen19832006

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    Jun 08, 2010 9:16 PM GMT
    i have been on a car with a crappy driver and i get carsick! its a horrible experience!! i need to trust whoever's driving even in a taxi i need to have the windows down and my door cannot be locked in case i need to jump out! lol
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jun 08, 2010 9:20 PM GMT
    I have.. I have a friend who pays more attention to the passenger and a conversation than the road. We also have arguments about fastening seat belts!
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    Jun 08, 2010 9:21 PM GMT
    my partner is a horrible driver because he is always distracted with other things. he'll never admit it though.
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    Jun 08, 2010 9:25 PM GMT
    Yes. I, too, drive if at all possible, and if caught with a bad driver I cringe!

    Accidents take just one moment of lost focus. I know that for me, there are certain things I can NOT do while driving, so I don't do them. Some people can, and do it well. The wisdom is in knowing if you're good at it or not. Most people don't.

    Accidents don't happen to them, they happen to other people. Right? icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jun 08, 2010 9:35 PM GMT
    Yea,

    When he made a right turn, he was driving like a maniac on the LEFT side of the road.icon_eek.gificon_eek.gificon_eek.gif

    I almost shitted my pants. icon_evil.gif
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    Jun 08, 2010 9:54 PM GMT
    In 1973 I was taking a 3-month US Army Officer's course, the students including some foreign officers from countries around the world. A couple of them were Cambodians, before the fall of their government to the Khmer Rouge and the madman Pol Pot. That calamity happened after they returned to their country, and I must assume they were among the millions exterminated in the Killing Fields.

    But in 1973 I used to hang around with them, because they mostly spoke French and needed an English translator, and an American they could talk with. One of my fellow US officers took a short leave at one point, and generously let the Cambodian Captain have the keys to his Mustang convertible while he was gone. The Captain in turn asked me to come along with him on some errands he was running, to aid with translating.

    He had no concept of a US car with high horsepower, and was spinning the tires constantly and fishtailing, and locking brakes at every touch of his foot, pitching me into the dashboard. Worse, he'd run through stop lights and stop signs, and then inexplicably stop the car in the middle of a 4-way intersection, while he thought about where he wanted to go next, horns honking all around us and other cars dodging us.

    At the first place we stopped I tried to diplomatically ask him if he had a driver's license, assuming he had an international one. What he produced was a handwritten card from our post motor pool that said he could drive a jeep during training exercises, same as we were all issued for the course. It was only good on a military post and not in the civilian community. When I asked if he had a Cambodian license he said no, he'd never owned a car, just drove military vehicles, for which he didn't need any authorization.

    OK... well, I tried to explain to him that he was violating US law, and he should let me drive. But he refused, saying the car's owner had entrusted it to him, and he couldn't breach that trust. So he continued to drive in his crazy way, me grabbing the steering wheel as needed to keep us from head-on collisions, and talking him through traffic.

    He'd never driven an automatic transmission, and I failed to make him realize that all he had to do was gently step on the accelerator and the car would do the rest. Instead, he treated the brake pedal like a clutch, jamming it down with his left foot at stops. Then he'd stomp on the gas to move forward, left foot still mashing down the brake, gradually releasing the brake to get us moving as if it were a clutch pedal, often causing the rear tires to spin and smoke.

    Miraculously he didn't wreck the Mustang, and when its owner returned I explained to him what had gone on. He said the Captain had assured him he had a valid license and driving experience, but I told him all he had was a temporary Army motor pool permit that was meaningless on public roads. That was the last time anyone loaned the Cambodians a car, although one Nigerian officer came up with another approach, making me his personal driver using my own car while he cruised US women. But that's a different story for another time... icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 09, 2010 12:11 AM GMT
    My father has become a much worse driver as he's gotten older.

    Anybody remember the opening scene of National Lampoons Christmas Vacation with Chevy Chase? That's how my father drives. He's right and every driver on the road is wrong.icon_rolleyes.gif

    Some people should have their drivers licenses revoked.
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    Jun 09, 2010 12:21 AM GMT
    I live in Boston. It's a given.