SOME truck and SUV drivers:clueless or bullies?

@mememama (3077)
United States
April 17, 2007 3:57pm CST
I don't want to say all truck and SUV drivers are bad, my father drives a truck to haul his stuff around and that man can drive it perfectly between two lines. I know there are other drivers out there like him. But I've noticed that some of these drivers take up two lanes, nearly hit me in my mid-size car, and can't park at all! I always get out of their way because I'm in a smaller car and don't want to get creamed. I can't tell you how many times I park my car at the store, return to it and I can't get to my door on one side because a truck or SUV is over the line. It drives me nuts, but I'm glad I'm able to scoot over my seat, I usually wind up with a gear shifter sticking me in the butt lol, but at least I can manage. I know for a fact that I'd suck at driving an SUV, so when we bought a vehicle, we went for a midsize car so I wouldn't hurt anyone. My friend however didn't consider this, I will not get into her Explorer because she's always driving over curbs and I nearly have a heart attack when she puts that thing in reverse. Is it like this where you live? Have you ever been in accident because of this driving or can you drive an SUV/truck safely? I live in the suburbs, so 90% of the population drives SUV's, when I walk down the street that's all I see. I hope I don't offend, I nearly got in another accident today with my baby in the backseat because of a SUV drifting into my lane on the freeway.
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@carlaabt (3505)
• United States
17 Apr 07
I think there are are a lot of drivers out there that don't know how to drive. It's not just the ones in the big cars either! I saw a little Metro parked right over the line the other day at the BX. Come on, how hard are they to park?? We have a Malibu Maxx, and I love it. It's got the extra room, but it's not huge. I do know how to drive big trucks and SUV's, though. Before we got the Maxx we had a full size Ram that I had to drive sometimes. And my brother owns a trucking company, and I've driven his 18 wheelers from time to time, to move them out of the way or whatnot. He has also always had a huge extended cab, extended bed truck since before I could legally drive. I used to drive them around out on my uncle's farm all the time! And I took my drivers test in an old full size Cargo van, and even managed to parallel park it. Now that I don't drive a big vehicle, I still get scared sometimes when I have to for some reason! LOL When we first got our car, we took it to get the protective stuff on its underbelly and everything. The dealership gave us a full size SUV for two days. I only had to drive it once, and I HATED it. Luckily, it was right before my son was born, or I'm sure I would have really been nervous.
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@mememama (3077)
• United States
17 Apr 07
true, some of us little car drivers are dumb too lol.
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@bcote212 (1113)
• United States
17 Apr 07
I think that it is a little bit of both. There are those who know that you will move out of their way because they can literally run you over. I drive 2 cars I have a Dodge Neon, and a Mercedes SLK. The Mercedes is a very small car, and it can be really scary out on the roads when there are people that are driving Hummers. There are also people who have SUV's that just homestly do not know how to drive them ill be honest I am one of those people. I had to drive my friends Escalade to her house when she bought a second car, and I thought that I was going to have a heart attack. I t was horrible I was like 5 feet higher than everyone else. Luckily i know that I cannot drive one of those big monsters so I dont do it. Another great thing about having smaller cars is that the fuel ecconomy is great. Especially in my Neon I can drive almost a whole week on a tank of gas. Try doing that in a Hummer LOL
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@mememama (3077)
• United States
17 Apr 07
I love having to only fill my tank every few weeks, I can't imagine having a car payment for a hummer and then buy all that gas!
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• United States
17 Apr 07
You don't offend. You are just giving your opinion and I have seen these big vehicles swerve over the line. I for one know my limitations. I can not absolutely can not drive a big vehicle so I don't get one. I always get smaller vehicles so that other people are safe. I was joking with my son awhile back about I was going to look into driving a eighteen wheeler as a job and his response was to make sure when I was on the road because he didn't want to get run over. He also brought up the point that I scraped my car when trying to park it in our garage and scraped the paint down the side. My car is a small car. He shook his head and laughed.
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@mememama (3077)
• United States
17 Apr 07
It sounds like a small car is perfect for you lol.
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@astromama (1226)
• United States
18 Apr 07
I personally hate gas guzzling SUV's, but I think it comes down to the skill of the driver, rather than the size of the car. When I first started driving my mom gave me the minivan, so I know it's entirely possible to maneuver, park, and drive a large car safely and consideratly. I honestly think a lot of the bad driving and jerkiness on the road is due to the advent of cell phones and fast food. I can't tell you how many times I've almost been hit by some idiot yapping on their phone!
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@mememama (3077)
• United States
18 Apr 07
I have been ran off the road by a cell phone user on the freeway, thankfully there was a patch of dirt for me to go into instead of oncoming traffic.
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• United States
18 Apr 07
LOL the other day I almost got swiped and as I sped up to pass, I noticed the guy had about a dozen fries still hanging out of his mouth. You could also hear his loud country music despite all of his windows being rolled up.
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@prestocaro (1254)
• United States
18 Apr 07
I think they are just clueless, not bullies. I live in Austin, TX right next to the university of texas. 98% of my neighbors are college students. They all drive SUVs or pickup trucks. Now tell me, why, short of hauling a keg, does a college student need all that room? I never see more than two in a car, either. And they can't parallel park for $#*! I walk down my street and see them all parked two feet away from the curb. They back out without checking their HUGE blindspots all the time. They don't understand that, in a metropolis that allows street parking, two cars cannot fit down a city street at one time. Driving around them is like playing a game of chicken. That being said, my BF drives a soft-top jeep. He is an excellent parallel parker and usually pulls to the side to let another pass (unless there is no place to pull over). He sticks to his lane. I think there are bad drivers in every make and model, but I'll be damned if there aren't more driving SUVs, lol!
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@vanities (11387)
• Davao, Philippines
18 Apr 07
well some drivers are unpredictable..its good to know that suv is just an ordinary vehicle in your country ...here in our place it is only the rich can afford that kind of vehicle i guess ive got mine but not suv..cant afford it actually..i dont drive either but my husband does..he rarely got into any accident..thanks to God for that..
• United States
18 Apr 07
First of all I would have to say that it doesn't matter what you drive, you have to take the responsibility seriously. You can't eat, do your hair, read a map or the newspaper and still drive responsibly. I personally am licensed for large vehicles and the larger the vehicle the more responsibility you have. One second of inattention or one judgement error can cost someone's life. I couldn't handle that kind of guilt. In todays age of unprovoked road rages, I'm not sure it would even be wise to tap the horn as a warning to inconsiderate or inattentive drivers, the consequences may be more than you bargain for. I guess the best solution is extra viligence and creating a safe zone for your vehicle. Until people realize that vehicles of any size are killing machines when not used properkly you have to take extra precautions to safeguard yourself.