Here's an unsafe place. I'll overtake!

@p1kef1sh (45640)
August 17, 2008 7:31am CST
Earlier today I was driving along a winding country road at about 45 mph. About 200 yards ahead of me was another car that I was slowly gaining on and was going slightly slower presumably. I felt that I was driving fast enough. Suddenly, behind me came a white car. The driver young and wearing his sunglasses clearly thought that he was at Indianapolis and came up fast and hung onto the back end of my car. I ignored him. He backed off then accelerated at me. Still I stayed at the same speed. Growing ever impatient, he kept trying to get past me but was forced back by oncoming traffic. At last, where the road is narrowest and about 100 yards from a blind bend he shot past me just getting back onto his side of the road narrowly avoiding colliding with another car. I then lost him briefly until I saw him do the same to the car in front. He soon got past that one too. Half a mile down the road we caught up with him and had to stop behind him whilst he turned right (we drive on the left over here) but was held up by oncoming traffic! All that just to be stopped. Have you seen any idiots on the road lately?
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@LadyMarissa (12161)
• United States
17 Aug 08
When they get on My bumper I just gradually slow down. It makes em even madder. They always fly around like they got some place to be. When I'm sittin next to them at he next red light, I wave at them. Had one guy do that to Me one day. I found him upside down on the next curve. I did dial 911 for him.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
17 Aug 08
That was very kind of you. I hope that he got a trip to hospital in handcuffs! In Germany once I saw someone drive like a madman on the motor (free) way in a lane that was completely blocked by snow. How we laughed when we saw him buried in a drift of snow left by the snow plough!
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
17 Aug 08
We do. We do. LOL.
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@LadyMarissa (12161)
• United States
17 Aug 08
OMG, you are NOT one of tthe idiots of which I speak!!!
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@ruby222 (4848)
17 Aug 08
Lunacy is a word that springs to mind here Piky,but another is patience ,and im afraid my boy that there are many who have little or no patience what so ever full stop.To be tail gated is annoying enough,and although part of you wishes that he would sail past you and end up in the ditch,the part of you that knows those thoughts arent right to have stops you in your tracks!but you see they havent a minute,their daily schedule is packed,no time to wait behind an old buffer in a hybrid whatever it is(sorry didnt mean that)he needs to go and get on..but lol to where he more than likey doesnt know himself!it is all done for effect,bravado..and I would more than likely refer to him as a banker or a rosser(if you dont get that last bit just think a little more|)
@p1kef1sh (45640)
17 Aug 08
Absolutely Ruby. A Hybrid is a combined petrol and electric engine. I cannot imagine for a moment that a lady such as yourself might call anyone a banker - unless he is one - or a rosser. Could you explain that last term a little more. Would ti be anything that I have done? LOL.
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@ruby222 (4848)
17 Aug 08
You have my assurance ..you are in the clear here!!!(lol bit of a double meaning there though)
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@fury2525 (139)
• United States
17 Aug 08
ruby could you explain the reference to a banker, as my father was a bank president for many years? Lish
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@fury2525 (139)
• United States
17 Aug 08
hell yes, try going on a country road in ky, snort but over the last few years in Etown where i live, over 100,000 people. the most dangerous thing is idiot drivers with a cell phone glued to their heads and are oblious to anything around them i have seen to many near crashes almost caused by them, they cannot hear or concentrate. Some states have a law about it where you have to at least have them plugged into something on the dash i think, but still people around here think they will die if they dont have that damn cell phone on. Most of the kids use them to either text and just say, " hi what you doing?" they dont care how much money they are wasting on their parents bills, no responsibility has kicked in yet. I do not own one, cant afford one for one thing. Dave and i have discussed other means. If i had one would only be used for an emergency. And i would not answer if i was in traffic, traffic here is hell anytime of the day. You need all of your senses to keep up with whats going on. Lish
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
17 Aug 08
Using a cellphone whist driving is illegal here. Doesn't stop them from being used by drivers though! The chances of being caught are slim unless you cause and accident. Then they throw the book at you. I have a cellphone built into my car and I can use it hands free. I don't even like doing that though. I don't have a cell phone either other than that. Keep you eyes and ears open that's the best way.
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@fury2525 (139)
• United States
17 Aug 08
Where dave used to live it was illegal and i think he said was a $500. fine. But i see people commit illegal turns all the time, i mean really dumb things like doing a illegial u-turn the wrong way at a huge intersection where you are only allowed to turn left, they turned in front of the traffic across from them. where are the cops when you need them? i have seen cars racing, here its bad around the malls, its like a free for all and no one cares. I have been in two serious car accidents and both times the cops jumped on me and i was the victim both times and hurt. wheres even the compassion? In my book, you have to earn respect. I know there are good cops and bad just like in any profession. There are some that do traps here alot or they tail you around just waiting for you to screw up and im not paranoid, its happened to alot of my friends. i have seen many a young mother with 2-3 lil ones in the back seat not even pulled off the road, here they take you right in the street how dangerous is that? and humilating? And if you wonder I am a good driver with a good record. But they make me nervous as hell. And most abuse their authority.At least here. Don't know of other places I have been trapped in my state my whole life, wahhhh. Lish
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• United States
19 Aug 08
SUV and cell phone drivers are the worst. I'm convinced they think all traffic should yield to them, even pedestrians. More than once I've seen these inconsiderate people back out of parking spaces without looking. They're a menace.
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
17 Aug 08
Oh, man, yes! And they seem to be taking over! Like speeding like that doesn't cost more at the gas pump too!
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
17 Aug 08
Good point. They burn a lot of superfluous gas, Then moan about the cost!
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@ellie333 (21029)
17 Aug 08
Hi P1kef1sh, It is these sort of idiots though that cause accidents and it is always the innocents who are seriously injured or killed. They annoy me but I always laugh when a few minutes later I catch them at the next red light or they are suddenly stuck behind a tractor, it didn't get them very far eh! They can obviously afford to waste all that fuel too by the stop starting instead of going at a consistant safe speed. I see these idiots all the time especially as I have so many country lanes to drive down here and a lot haven't paths either and I worry over pedestrians dog walking or cyclists as they hair round the bends on the other side. Grrr. Ellie :D
@p1kef1sh (45640)
17 Aug 08
Absolutely Ellie. The innocent are always the victims. There is no thought for cyclists or pedestrians either.
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
17 Aug 08
Hi there P1ke I see them a lot every time I am out in the Car and it really scares me as they are the ones that cause the Accident and get away with it with no scratch it is normally the Innocent ones that get hurt It makes me so angry as there is no need for it they never get there any faster and like you say all that for getting stopped in the end anyway It is scary how they drive today, if I was a Learner driver today I don't think I would go through with it, because even they get cut of, People up their Butt, People being impatient it is awful
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
17 Aug 08
You are right Gabs. They cause the accidents that other people get hurt in! What do they gain from all that fast driving? XX
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
17 Aug 08
1964 Pontiac Bonneville - Now this is class as well as power!
LOL - good on you for holding your ground P1ke. I see idiots on the road all the time. The most fun one I remember was years ago when I was still in high school. My father had just come home with his brand new 1964 Pontiac Bonneville. Later that night we had to take some friends home. The road we took was long, straight and flat. At a stoplight a brand spanking new GTO pulled up beside us and revved his engine. Dad just smiled. When the light changed he hit the gas hard and shot across the intersection, the GTO was also going hell bent for leather and shot past us. Dad slowed and at the next light, there's the GTO again. Same thing and off the GTO shot. Now the lights are syncronized and this little scenario played itself out about a half dozen times. As we approaced the 'last' light there was the GTO again. Dad slowed right down and turned to the car and smiled and smiled but this time revved his engine. Only the GTO wasn't going anywhere! There was steam coming from under the hood and the driver was banging his head on the steering wheel! So much for muscle cars! ROFL I've included a pic of a 1964 Bonneville similar to Dad's only his was two tone blue.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
17 Aug 08
Sounds like Grease Sparky. I used to ride a large Yamaha motorbike. One day I was sitting at the head of a queue waiting for the lights to change. A young lad on a trail bike screamed up beside me screeching hard as he braked. Unfortunately he wasn't man enough for his bike which shot from under him!! He wasn't hurt but as I picked his bike up for him I couldn't help remark that I wasn't overly impressed!
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
17 Aug 08
Well the rubber on his tires sure greased the pavement! LOL Muscle cars were big in those days and always challenging the "old farts and their cars". My Dad put more than one away in his day. LOL
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@property (453)
• United States
17 Aug 08
Everytime i start to slow my vehicle you hear three little voices coming from the back seat inquiring:" Mommy, whats wrong? Is it an idiot or a moron in front of us?" Note to self: watch my language while driving.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
17 Aug 08
LOL. When my nephew was about 4 he was traveling in the back of my car. Someone cut me up and I said "Plonker". This was immediately echoed from the back seat. I explained that was a naughty word and that I shouldn't have said it. Next thing I heard was: "OK Uncle P1ke. Up your bum"!!!
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• United States
17 Aug 08
In the dominican republic there are no lines on the roads and the traffic signs are never EVER observed. They don't even have things like stop lights. So down there the person in the biggest vehicle or who has the biggest balls gets to go. I lost count on the drive from the airport of how many idiots were on those roads.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
17 Aug 08
Sounds like Malta Cyn. I am pleased that you survived. I need my playmates around me.
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@littleowl (7157)
17 Aug 08
Hi p1ke what a stupid boy..haven't been in a car of recent that has had any idiots behind or infront of them, but was in my sons car last year and the exact same thing happened to him..what amazes me is though these stupid boy racers go full steam ahead people going the normal speed aormally always catchup with them...it makes you wonder what they must think cos they never seem to get anywhere faster than anyone else...littleowl
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
17 Aug 08
Very true Littleowl. Hurry up and wait as they used to say in thew Army!
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@nannacroc (4049)
17 Aug 08
Loads of them. They don't bother to observe the speed limit, they never signal and often drive on the path to pass other traffic. A few nights ago someone drove halfway down the road speeding and on the right hand side. I find it amazing that there are not more accidents here.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
17 Aug 08
I've seen that done too. Not just by young drivers either Nanna. Here the favourite trick is to cut in front of you just as you are going straight on and they want to go left!!
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@checapricorn (16066)
• United States
17 Aug 08
Hi p1, I don't drive and same situations around are very common..It seems they always hurry and take whatever it is just to take over...I do know, hope these people will learn some lesson!
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
17 Aug 08
I suspect that there are idiot drivers everywhere Chepcapricorn.
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@Munchkin547 (2778)
17 Aug 08
I think I could write the book on idiot drivers! I've just walked in the house in tears after being overtaken at a ridiculous speed by my ex boyfriend (sounds rather pathetic, it's a long and complicated story!) I have no idea why people feel the need to drive unsafely, as, just like in your story they tend to get held up further down the road anyway! A couple of years ago i was driving home from a night out - i hadn't been drinking, i had taken my friend out for the night to cheer her up and promised to drive her there and back so she didn't have to worry about getting home safe, as we got on the dual carriageway and were gaining speed a car came hurtling towards us from behind and before i had time to react he had hit the back of my car and we spun into the crash barrier, this complete ******* then drove off seemingly without a second thought for me and my friend who were then trapped in the car as the rear bodywork had been pushed into the front! Fortunately neither of us were seriously hurt but the roof had to be cut off my car to get us out, was pretty scary! So, there are plenty of idiots on the road out there who are either too impatient to wait or are overcompensating for something through their car! It's a shame because being only 22 i have to pay higher car insurance premiums when actually i am probably a much safer driver than a lot of people who are quite a bit older than me!! Phew rant over!! xx
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• Lubbock, Texas
17 Aug 08
People drive like that over there too? A little one-upmanship here. I was traveling in a construction zone with only one lane open each way, speed limit 40mph. A loaded 18 wheeler approached me from behind and kept blowing his horn. I'll admit there was a good bit of space between me and the next group of cars ahead, but I was going 40, and I wasn't going to break the speed limit in a construction zone. He road my bumper occasionally blowing his horn for about a mile. I thought if he'd back off just a bit I could see his license, so I reached into my purse and got a pad and pen, looked back in my rear view mirror and he was turning off going through a little town. I guess he thought I was reaching for a cell phone. Yeah! people are crazy! But it makes me madder when a truck driver pulls a stunt like that because my ex husband was a truck driver, and whatever faults he had they didn't pertain to his profession. One of my sons is also a truck driver and fools like that guy give the whole profession a bad name.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
17 Aug 08
In my experience professional truck drivers are some of the most courteous drivers. I think that you did exactly the right thing. I have been known to slow down too. But these days you have to be careful. They'll drive into you or worse!
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@kenzie45230 (3560)
• United States
17 Aug 08
Where I live, I see idiots on the road all the time. I swear that they were all trained by the same driving instructor. They stay close to the yellow line and often go over it. There are more head-on collisons here than anywhere I've ever lived. (And that includes Houston, Pittsburgh, and St. Pete/Clearwater areas.)
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• United States
17 Aug 08
It's always intersting to see that the idiots who speed up ahead of you because they're so impatient are waiting at the next traffic light. They don't get far.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
17 Aug 08
People are always in a hurry to go nowhere Kenzie. I frequently catch up with cars that screamed past me half mile of so earlier.
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@myklj999 (18231)
17 Aug 08
I have never understood this mentality of "I'm going to pass you because I'm getting ready to turn". I see it all the time here, and I just...don't...get it. I think the only thing that bugs me worse is being behind two slower vehicles for several miles. After finally deciding the one isn't going to pass the other, you make your move to pass...only to have the idiot finally decide he is going to pass and almost runs you off the road! Some days I just want to chase them down, drag them from their vehicle and beat them to a bloody pulp! But instead, I usually just throw a wrench at their back glass.
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17 Aug 08
How very agressive of you! haha it is tempting though definitely, but am not sure it would have the same effect coming from a 5 foot 3 woman!! Sometimes i think people do it just to be annoying, or because they are either jealous of your car or think it can't go fast enough!! hehe xx
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
17 Aug 08
Myklj. I had a neighbour in London who threw a wrench at a windscreen because the idiot cut him up. Of course he was the one that nearly went to gaol.
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@guybrush (4660)
• Australia
18 Aug 08
Although my son has done some very bizarre things with motor vehicles, I've found the worst offenders on the road here are young girls! They whizz around in their little tooting cars, often talking on their phones and not using indicators (probably because their indicator hand isn't free because it's busy texting!) Australian laws have recently changed so that young people need 150 hours of driving with L plates and a qualified driver in the car with them. I wish it had happened sooner, before my son was able to get his licence!
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
18 Aug 08
My experience here is that it is the elderly who are often the worst offenders (I am generalising of course). Many have very poor lane control and an attitude of "I've been driving since before you were born and you can't teach me anything new'! However, get onto the motorways and I would tend to agree with you. Women seem to drive very fast and often with no signals or warning as to what they are about to do. That said, young men in elderly souped up cars are forever driving down the lanes as if theirs is the only car in the World!
@bbjwlsn (263)
• United States
18 Aug 08
Hi p1kef1sh. Yes, here in the U.S., we have plenty of idiots on the road. Almost every time that I go out, I run across at least four or five of them. The ones that I hate to see are when I am on the interstate where the speed limit is already 70 mph in my state, and you will always have one freakin' idiot zipping in and out of lanes, running up on somebody's rear end, then cutting in front of the car in the next lane. You know that they must be traveling at about 80 or 90 mph because they are clear out of sight before you know it. These are the kinds of drivers who will either cause an accident or run into someone and kill them. I hate these drivers!
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
18 Aug 08
I know that type well. We have many of those here. If you have the temerity to be their way your rear view mirror will light up with their headlights flashing at you to get out of the way! I rather like it when a plain clothed police car then attaches itself to their tales!!
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• United States
17 Aug 08
thier are alot of idiots and morons like that on the road, they are the ones who end up killing themselves and others too. all because they feel that like is to slow and want to run everyone off the damn road, it happened to me one year while driving down south and i had my children in the car, i ended up hitting those water things they have on the highway. i was so freakin mad, luckly i got his license and the cops caught up with him, i just cant understand where is it that they have to go that jeperdizing someone's life doesnt matter to them.
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@p1kef1sh (45640)
17 Aug 08
I do so agree. Mostly they seem intent on showing off their "big" car (that they haven't finished paying for) thinking that they look cool. We know the truth though!
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@MsTickle (24993)
• Australia
30 Aug 08
I hope you took note of his car rego and reported him to the police. In Australia he would get charged with negligent driving and driving in a manner dangerous to the public. Possibly speeding as well. It's the only way to stop these guys ....other than coming to an end when they run off the road or into someone else.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
30 Aug 08
I probably should have but our police only seem interested if a crash is caused. There are so many cars on the roads here that they only bother with the very serious cases. They don't bother investigating break-ins. Now park your car illegally and they'll really go to town on you!!
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@MsTickle (24993)
• Australia
9 Sep 08
Our cities are so full of traffic congestion...it's one of the reasons I live out here. I travel 3 hours to visit my Dad and there's very little traffic, I tootle along, if someone wants to pass me I move over. It's mainly trucks on the roads. It's bliss compared to city traffic. Even traffic in the bigger country towns is getting heavy.