Bringing out the worst... drivers?

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I had to go to Costco to get gas this afternoon, which, BTW, was $0.829/L; ridiculously cheap. Regular was $0.719. Anyways, on my way there I encountered what was an extraordinary number of bad drivers; a MUCH higher level than normal.
- Two folks didn't move over for a fire truck
- One car didn't move out of the lane for an ambulance (two blocks away from above)
- Got behind a guy on the Parkway (average speed is 70-75Km/h) that couldn't keep his car in his lane, slowed down to 40 for the very slight curve and then changed lanes in front of me with no signal. Then, in the turning lane (no signal) light goes green, he doesn't turn, just sits there. I honk, it still takes him a solid 5 seconds to move, then creeps through the intersection at like 10Km/h, then is driving over the line. Didn't use his signal once on the 4x turns coming into Costco
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- On the way home there's a guy stopped THREE car lengths back from the light in the turning lane so doesn't trigger the arrow, light changes, he finally figures out the light is green then continues to drive between the two lanes (4-lane street) for a solid 200ft.

It was incredible!
 
I thought you were going to talk about people really speeding. I'm doing 70+ in the middle lane and people are flying past me in the left lane that must be doing 90+.

It's apparent now who the bad drivers are. Those are the ones doing like 50 where the limit is 65 causing blockage here and there. But with such little traffic it's easier to get around them. When this is over, those are the people who cause traffic.

There are people that seem to stop about 2-3 car lengths behind the stop line. I pull up past them and stop on the stop line. Sometimes that gives them a clue to move a little closer. You don't need to social distance when driving a car.
 
Originally Posted by hatt
Probably a bunch of new people on head pills and they haven't gotten use to them yet.


Could be, we have a predominantly elderly population, but not all of these folks looked over the hill
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It was pretty bizarre.
 
Originally Posted by Wolf359
I thought you were going to talk about people really speeding. I'm doing 70+ in the middle lane and people are flying past me in the left lane that must be doing 90+.

It's apparent now who the bad drivers are. Those are the ones doing like 50 where the limit is 65 causing blockage here and there. But with such little traffic it's easier to get around them. When this is over, those are the people who cause traffic.

There are people that seem to stop about 2-3 car lengths behind the stop line. I pull up past them and stop on the stop line. Sometimes that gives them a clue to move a little closer. You don't need to social distance when driving a car.


Agreed! It does make it a lot more obvious. Also, that not stopping at, or near, the line is a huge issue because then it doesn't trigger the arrow if they do it in the turn lane, then everybody gets screwed.
 
Not a problem here …
our average car, the F350, pulls well past the stripe when you are trying to turn around them.
 
Originally Posted by 4WD
Not a problem here …
our average car, the F350, pulls well past the stripe when you are trying to turn around them.


LOL!!!!
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I've noticed a lot more cops patrolling traffic. It is so easy to speed nowadays, even beyond the 80 mph people have been doing.
 
Originally Posted by OVERKILL
I had to go to Costco to get gas this afternoon, which, BTW, was $0.829/L; ridiculously cheap. Regular was $0.719. Anyways, on my way there I encountered what was an extraordinary number of bad drivers; a MUCH higher level than normal.
- Two folks didn't move over for a fire truck
- One car didn't move out of the lane for an ambulance (two blocks away from above)
- Got behind a guy on the Parkway (average speed is 70-75Km/h) that couldn't keep his car in his lane, slowed down to 40 for the very slight curve and then changed lanes in front of me with no signal. Then, in the turning lane (no signal) light goes green, he doesn't turn, just sits there. I honk, it still takes him a solid 5 seconds to move, then creeps through the intersection at like 10Km/h, then is driving over the line. Didn't use his signal once on the 4x turns coming into Costco
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- On the way home there's a guy stopped THREE car lengths back from the light in the turning lane so doesn't trigger the arrow, light changes, he finally figures out the light is green then continues to drive between the two lanes (4-lane street) for a solid 200ft.

It was incredible!

Odds are they were medicated, half-blind or half deaf Seniors, or young folk with the radio on high volume.
I have no idea on nearby Costco prices, but the average gas station here is around 1.29 for 87 octane.
 
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Originally Posted by tcp71
You notice them more due to reduced traffic.


Traffic is almost normal as far as volume here, but it does seem like there is a lot of bad driving going on. Could be bored people with nothing to do driving more sloppily than they would on their usual commute, people thinking they won't get pulled over right now, people having their mind elsewhere, etc. Could also just be "me me me" thinking exacerbated by the current situation.

People here are mostly unable to control their cars on a good day anyway, but it does seem worse. Almost got sideswiped by someone in a Suburban yesterday who was tearing down the dead center of the road seemingly oblivious to everyone else. Forget signaling, and definitely don't yield to emergency vehicles with lights and sirens on.
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Originally Posted by Triple_Se7en
Odds are they were medicated, half-blind or half deaf Seniors, or young folk with the radio on high volume.
I have no idea on nearby Costco prices, but the average gas station here is around 1.29 for 87 octane.

Well you left out the middle aged. Guess that is where you are.
 
Originally Posted by OVERKILL
I had to go to Costco to get gas this afternoon, which, BTW, was $0.829/L; ridiculously cheap. Regular was $0.719. Anyways, on my way there I encountered what was an extraordinary number of bad drivers; a MUCH higher level than normal.
- Two folks didn't move over for a fire truck
- One car didn't move out of the lane for an ambulance (two blocks away from above)
- Got behind a guy on the Parkway (average speed is 70-75Km/h) that couldn't keep his car in his lane, slowed down to 40 for the very slight curve and then changed lanes in front of me with no signal. Then, in the turning lane (no signal) light goes green, he doesn't turn, just sits there. I honk, it still takes him a solid 5 seconds to move, then creeps through the intersection at like 10Km/h, then is driving over the line. Didn't use his signal once on the 4x turns coming into Costco
crazy2.gif

- On the way home there's a guy stopped THREE car lengths back from the light in the turning lane so doesn't trigger the arrow, light changes, he finally figures out the light is green then continues to drive between the two lanes (4-lane street) for a solid 200ft.

It was incredible!
Vodka does that,lol
 
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Come on down to PA. You will see the states finest meth heads, tweeters, texters and lowlifes driving then.

And I thought you were a good, patient driver. I kid
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The word got out awhile ago that LEO's were not to interact with the public unless absolutely necessary. I know the village (40k) I work in had one traffic stop last week and that was an obvious DUI.

So we're left to drive as we wish. Most times that's good, sometimes it's bad. If anything, I'm paying more attention to guessing what others are doing. My usual 45mph road is 65mph-70mph these days. I made it to drop some supplies off at a parent's house in record time.

Even my usual 85mph sprint down the highway during my commute has now required me to move over a lane or two to let others by. If weather permits this week, the Mustang is going to work. It's been quite awhile since it was opened up.
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Live on a rural road where people drive however they want but lately traffic is much faster mostly by non-residents. Local familys out walking are vulnerable. It`s understandable that the PD wants to minimize exposure to the unknown
 
Originally Posted by Bud
Originally Posted by Triple_Se7en
Odds are they were medicated, half-blind or half deaf Seniors, or young folk with the radio on high volume.
I have no idea on nearby Costco prices, but the average gas station here is around 1.29 for 87 octane.

Well you left out the middle aged. Guess that is where you are.

Don't bet anything of value on that guess.
 
I work in Louisville and I believe the Louisville Metro PD has a policy that they're not stopping anyone except for serious violations. They won't even respond to a traffic accident unless there's an injury involved, they are asking folks to make their own accident reports and report them online / remotely.

It's clear plenty of people have gotten the memo, I do 10 over the limit usually (which is generally the flow of traffic on the freeway here) and I can't count the number of times I get passed each morning by drivers doing 15-20 mph faster than I am...
 
If anything I've seen way more State Police than ever before, in places I've never seen them. Case in point, the other day I was booking along up the mountain at a good rate, got to the top and there he was with the handheld radar. Lights come on, but the only thing that saved me was an oncoming truck was going faster than I was. In the 5 years I've been here I've NEVER seen one there. Also they're starting to hide along my entire backroad route I take to work. Right now I've pretty much been at the speed limit, usually it's never more than 10mph over, but not right now! Yes I know we shouldn't speed, but some of the low speeds on the backroad are ridiculously low.
 
Local news seems to about every night report on the State Patrol pulling someone over for doing 100+ MPH. Open roads brings out the speed demons.
 
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