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You’re Charged with Inconsiderate Behavior of the First Degree June 22, 2016

Posted by geoff in News.

I guess the US and Singapore are completely different worlds:

Actress Rui En charged for inconsiderate driving

If the US had an “inconsiderate driving” law, the entire driving populations of Boston and New York would be behind bars.


1. Retired Geezer - June 22, 2016

That’s one thing I was amazed about when we moved to the SpudState, the drivers were/are considerate. You put on your turn signal and they will make room for you to merge.

Exceptions being aggressive out-of-state jerks.

2. geoff - June 22, 2016

Colorado used to be the same until it got inundated with Californians. Now it’s just like driving in LA.

3. Jimbro - June 22, 2016

I learned to drive in MA and cannot lose my Masshole driving skills even in Maine after 17 years.

4. digitalbrownshirt - June 22, 2016

I’m not sure if OKC drivers are rude or just bad at it. It’s surprising because I’d put Oklahomans right at the top for being friendly in face to face encounters, but they drive like complete a-holes. It’s not just in the metro either, I can get out on a country road with a 55 mph speed limit and have some farmer pull out in their pick up going 20 miph. Forget about signaling, it’s not going to happen.

I tend to drive the speed limit (+/- 5) and use my turn signals. I’m a big fan of letting people in if I know what they’re doing which is what turn signals are for. I also try to avoid tailgating because I don’t want to end up in an accident. None of those things are normal here.

5. digitalbrownshirt - June 22, 2016

We recently started a no-texting law, but to my knowledge it’s never enforced so I still see people texting and driving pretty regularly. I’ve even seen OHP troopers apparently doing the same thing. The day after the law went into effect I was passed on I-40 by an OHP truck, hauling an OHP boat (didn’t know they had those), going about 80 mph while tailgating another OHP vehicle and I could tell he was texting or possibly using his lap top (they’re installed). I’m guessing they were going on a call, but they didn’t have there sirens or lights going and traffic was moderate so the opportunity for disaster was pretty big that day.

6. lauraw - June 22, 2016

Worst driver I have ever been in a car with is my friend Jenny. She is from Oklahoma. She tailgates at 75 mph, rides the brakes just inches from the next car, and passes like a madman.

She showed up at a meetup one time all pissed off because some other driver inexplicably* got up next to her and threw her the finger and was obviously talking shit and calling her terrible things.

Another time we were driving on the highway and some guy inexplicably** decided to stay right next to her in the left lane, speeding up and slowing down to deliberately box her in while she went insane.

* It was explicable, actually.

** Also entirely and easily explicable.

7. geoff - June 22, 2016

She tailgates at 75 mph, rides the brakes just inches from the next car, and passes like a madman.

She’s my Interstate soulmate.

8. Mark in NJ - June 22, 2016

NJ/NY drivers are horrible. They tailgate and refuse to accept the concept of “speed of traffic.” Worst is they actually speed up when you signal to change lanes – not just assholish but stupid & dangerous.

9. lauraw - June 22, 2016

Signaling or looking over your shoulder for an opening are signs of weakness. You will be thwarted.

In Connecticut, manners vary from town to town. It’s strange for such a small state. But in West Hartford the drivers are incredibly assholish, while in Southington (just a few miles away) they are much more relaxed and accommodating.

10. Mark in NJ - June 23, 2016

True. I grew up driving in CA but have learned in NJ when you want to change lanes, you just make your move.

11. digitalbrownshirt - June 23, 2016

I grew up in CA too. They had drivers education in schools back then. I’ve always thought that one of the reasons drivers there tend to use signals and let each other in is because it’s so crowded that being “polite” is almost a requirement just to get from point a to point b. Unfortunately 20% of the drivers there are probably illegal aliens that don’t even have driver’s licenses, let alone proper driving skills so it’s still a mess.

A friend of mine mentioned that when he and his wife took a motorcycle trip with another couple out to CA that he was amazed at how motorcycle friendly people were out there. Less tailgating and people would let you into traffic. That was so unusual compared to riding here in Oklahoma that he actually wanted to tell me about it.

12. Mark in NJ - June 23, 2016

Yeah I don’t know what it’s like today but CA public school drivers training in my day included both classroom and on-the-road.

Also the CHP came out and demonstrated stopping distances in the HS parking lot (I think we were most impressed by how fast the officer could drive in reverse).

Finally, they attempted to scare us into driving straight by showing “Red Asphalt” and passing around B&W glossies of horrendous accident aftermaths.

13. digitalbrownshirt - June 24, 2016

Just this morning I had a neighbor back out of their driveway without looking. She nearly backed into us while we were driving down our street. I actually honked when I saw them start to back out and they just kept going. Clear view available in both directions. No way they couldn’t see us if they actually looked before backing out.

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