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To all the slow drivers...

SaraNoHSaraNoH Posts: 827Registered Users
Alright, so I live outside city limits which means the speed limit is 50 and you can get away with driving 10 over. So why in the name of everything good and holy do people drive 45 mph??? (or less). I'm not a speed demon, but out in the boons is a good time to pick up the pace a little and get home. I'm tired, I want to go home.

I've been stuck behind someone with SEVENTEEN cars behind him, and he didn't pull over. Seriously? I honestly want to know what those drivers are thinking. Do they really not notice the gigantic line of cars trailing them? Are they grumbling about how "fast" everyone is driving? Are they sadists that love to torture us all? Shoot, if I see 2 cars behind me I speed up...

Unless you are driving a horse trailer, or have terrible reflexes, you should drive the speed limit at a minimum. There are only 2 or 3 good passing sections on the road I take and it's not often that you can get them free.
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  • murrrcatmurrrcat Posts: 9,596Registered Users
    sometimes I drive slow and look at people in the rear view to see if they get angry.

    Sometimes I drive slow because I give no f****s, whats the rush? am I in a rush? No. It's not like I'm gonna get there any faster because theres usually a stop light in my way anyway (theres like 10).


    I remember oprah once said people should slow down, actually that wasn't oprah, but someone once said people should just slow down, stop the constant rushing in life.

    You know what's stupid? People who drive really fast to red lights. Like why? You seriously sped up to 80 to stop, wow you're soooo awesome you passed all the "slow" people, oh wait, they're right behind you at the light anyway ya big dingus. But whatever makes you feel better.
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  • OBBOBB Posts: 4,174Registered Users
    this reminds me of my dad getting lost in the PA hills our first year in the US. i dont remember how slow he was going but i remember the mile or more line of cars behind us. he finally pulled over to ask for directions and we got bombarded with cussing that fortunately we didnt understand.
  • SunshineGrrlSunshineGrrl Posts: 3,823Registered Users
    murrrcat wrote: »
    sometimes I drive slow and look at people in the rear view to see if they get angry.

    Sometimes I drive slow because I give no f****s, whats the rush? am I in a rush? No. It's not like I'm gonna get there any faster because theres usually a stop light in my way anyway (theres like 10).


    I remember oprah once said people should slow down, actually that wasn't oprah, but someone once said people should just slow down, stop the constant rushing in life.

    You know what's stupid? People who drive really fast to red lights. Like why? You seriously sped up to 80 to stop, wow you're soooo awesome you passed all the "slow" people, oh wait, they're right behind you at the light anyway ya big dingus. But whatever makes you feel better.

    I usually drive above the speed limit when I'm on the freeway and it makes a difference. When I was commuting 45 miles a day each way to a small town I was living in, I was always at least 10 over the speed limit. But there were always the country folk who drove just the speed limit or below...I had to start listening to audiobooks to avoid becoming one of those news stories on tv about road rage.

    My daily commute now is in town and involves about 70 traffic lights. Okay, maybe not that many, but it feels like it. I don't see any reason to gun my gas, reduce my gas mileage to speed to a red light. Almost all of our lights are timed so if you accelerate at a normal pace and drive the speed limit, you'll hit the next light at green. It's my constant source of rage of people who will ride your a$$, almost clip you in changing lanes to get in front of you, then...surprise! They're caught at the red light just as I catch up to them when the light turns green and they speed off again only for me to meet them stopped at the next light as it's turning green. You dumba$$...if you paid attention, you would notice the stupid slow person you cut off is still right behind you, so you didn't get where you needed to go any faster by acting like a dick. Thank you and end of rant.



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  • scrillsscrills Posts: 6,700Registered Users
    1) While I get annoyed with people who take it too far, in some situations, it only takes catching one light that everyone missed to make a big difference

    2) Longer times at the light means I can get more things done. Like put on makeup, finish wrapping the gift for the invite I'm late for, finish filling out the card, eating more of meal, Lol. :-)
  • redcelticcurlsredcelticcurls Posts: 17,502Registered Users
    Speed limit isn't the minimum speed, it's the maximum speed. Insisting going faster is sort of stupid.
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  • SarcasmIsBeautySarcasmIsBeauty Posts: 5,640Registered Users
    I hate slow drivers, especially this who drive really slow in the left lane! It always takes me longer to get anywhere because of slow drivers in both lanes. It's so freaking aggravating. I've gotten accustomed to constantly switching lanes to get around slow drivers.

    VA is full of slow drivers and then to top it off there are drivers who love to leave a 2+ car gap in front of them when they're stopped at a light... I don't get it, plus they're backing up traffic, people can't get into turning lanes because these jackholes refuse to close the gap. Gaaahhh, ok I went into a lil closing the gap tangent there.

    My point is, if you're going to drive slow, stay in the right lane. If there's only one lane stop being an ahole!
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  • cmb4314cmb4314 Posts: 984Registered Users
    I don't mind the people going the speed limit. I'm not going to push another person to break the law just because I want to.

    But there is this road I take home every day. And every day, I get stuck behind someone going 10-15mph below the speed limit. This is a wide, open, well lit, well paved road that goes for miles before there is any reason to stop. There is no reason to be going 40 in the 55 zone.

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  • BlackbanjogirlBlackbanjogirl Banned Posts: 227Banned Users
    Sometimes I go into deep thought when I'm driving and tend to drive slower, not noticing it. If I notice someone on my tail, I drive faster. I would never try to make someone mad on the road. That's asking for an accident or much worse. You don't know the state of mind of the person behind you especially today when more people are in troubling financial circumstances. If there's an aggressive driver around me, I try to get away.

    When I was younger, I was more apt to let aggressive drivers fuel my fire, and I was very impatient with slow drivers. I think a lot of slow drivers are old people whose reflexes are slower, poor vision, and probably shouldn't be on the road. I stay back or pass when I can. If they make abrupt stops, I will beep, though.
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  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,238Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    There can be lots of reasons someone doesn't want to drive the maximum speed limit (or go over the limit). Maybe they are having car trouble, are sight seeing, are looking for their lost dog, are lost, have a bee in their car, have a migraine, don't feel like going faster, have screaming kids in the back, it's raining or snowing or foggy (in which case that speed limit is no longer valid as it is only for optimal driving conditions), or maybe they just gave themselves plenty of time to get where they're going and aren't in a hurry.

    I usually drive over the limit but if for some reason I am going slower than that and someone is tailgating me I will slam on my breaks.

    If there were a line a cars behind me, I would pull over if there was a safe place to do so and let them pass. It's a common courtesy.
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  • KookyCurlKookyCurl Posts: 1,980Registered Users
    I feel like I get behind people who decide that no matter what the speed limit they are gonna go 40. If it's 50 they are cruising at 40. If it's 25, yep they go 40. Now I understand that most don't know the back roads I travel like I do, or want to go over the limit like I do. That's cool as long as we're going the limit. I also do slow down going through areas where the speed limit drops a lot, urban areas, and school zones so it irritates me that they just buzz on through. It's almost like I can see they are careless because they aren't paying attention to basic, large signs posted.

    I too hate it when people go slow in the left lane. It's illegal here and yet people still cruise along slow in the passing lane on the highway! This also applies to the douches who decide I'm not passing people fast enough and ride my bumper and then pull to pass me on the right just as I was gonna pull out of their way. Gimme a chance to move and I'll gladly do so!
  • curlylauracurlylaura Posts: 8,352Registered Users
    The speed limit isn't a suggestion. It's the limit.

    The limit on UK motorways is anything between 40mph and 70mph. I drive at 60mph to save fuel and I'm not the only one, nearly everyone seems to have slowed down, when you're paying the equivelent of $10 a gallon you find a way to save fuel. We don't have fast, faster and fastest lanes here, 40-70 over all 3 or 4 lanes. The rule is drive on the left unless overtaking.

    I got caught speeding once, 37 in a 30. My fault, I have no reasonable excuse. I had to pay £80 and go on a speed awareness course. We were taught driving 5mph over the limit save you something like the grand total of 10 seconds in a 20 minute journey.

    Also speeding means it takes longer to stop. Those few seconds can mean the difference between life and death, yours or someone else's.

    Is getting somewhere 5 minutes earlier really worth risking lives for?
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  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,238Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    My friend in Norway says the maximum speed he has ever seen in all the years he's lived there is 60mph but most highways are 45-50mph. City streets are 15-30mph. When he comes home to visit he says it take awhile to get used to going so fast again.
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  • BlackbanjogirlBlackbanjogirl Banned Posts: 227Banned Users
    My state has the basic law of speed, which means that it is legal to drive 5 miles over the speed limit since that is what most drivers drive. It basically means that you should drive the same speed others are driving to be the safest. I've heard of people being picked up for driving 5 miles over so maybe it's changed since 15 years ago when I got my license. I tend to think people are lying that say they were picked up for going 5 miles over though. I used to always drive 5-10 miles over. The only time I was picked up was for going 12 over. Has anyone else heard about the basic law of speed?
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  • anonymous_103081anonymous_103081 Posts: 492Registered Users
    I hate the people who tail you hard core to try and get you to move, then when they finally do get around you they're steadily cutting more people off...to get to a red light, which they end up running *Way* after it's red.

    If I'm not planning to drive twenty over the limit while on the freeway, I stay out of the far left. Plain and simple.
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  • murrrcatmurrrcat Posts: 9,596Registered Users
    murrrcat wrote: »
    sometimes I drive slow and look at people in the rear view to see if they get angry.

    Sometimes I drive slow because I give no f****s, whats the rush? am I in a rush? No. It's not like I'm gonna get there any faster because theres usually a stop light in my way anyway (theres like 10).


    I remember oprah once said people should slow down, actually that wasn't oprah, but someone once said people should just slow down, stop the constant rushing in life.

    You know what's stupid? People who drive really fast to red lights. Like why? You seriously sped up to 80 to stop, wow you're soooo awesome you passed all the "slow" people, oh wait, they're right behind you at the light anyway ya big dingus. But whatever makes you feel better.

    I usually drive above the speed limit when I'm on the freeway and it makes a difference. When I was commuting 45 miles a day each way to a small town I was living in, I was always at least 10 over the speed limit. But there were always the country folk who drove just the speed limit or below...I had to start listening to audiobooks to avoid becoming one of those news stories on tv about road rage.

    My daily commute now is in town and involves about 70 traffic lights. Okay, maybe not that many, but it feels like it. I don't see any reason to gun my gas, reduce my gas mileage to speed to a red light. Almost all of our lights are timed so if you accelerate at a normal pace and drive the speed limit, you'll hit the next light at green. It's my constant source of rage of people who will ride your a$$, almost clip you in changing lanes to get in front of you, then...surprise! They're caught at the red light just as I catch up to them when the light turns green and they speed off again only for me to meet them stopped at the next light as it's turning green. You dumba$$...if you paid attention, you would notice the stupid slow person you cut off is still right behind you, so you didn't get where you needed to go any faster by acting like a dick. Thank you and end of rant.



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    We might live in the same town cause that's what I'm saying!! There's way too many lights for people to be trying to speed AND that's why we have wrecks on that road all the time. ALL the time.




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  • LAwomanLAwoman Posts: 2,949Registered Users
    I hate slow drivers, especially this who drive really slow in the left lane! It always takes me longer to get anywhere because of slow drivers in both lanes. It's so freaking aggravating. I've gotten accustomed to constantly switching lanes to get around slow drivers.

    VA is full of slow drivers and then to top it off there are drivers who love to leave a 2+ car gap in front of them when they're stopped at a light... I don't get it, plus they're backing up traffic, people can't get into turning lanes because these jackholes refuse to close the gap. Gaaahhh, ok I went into a lil closing the gap tangent there.

    My point is, if you're going to drive slow, stay in the right lane. If there's only one lane stop being an ahole!

    It's like the concept of right lane=slow and left hand = fastest is completely lost on the Beltway.

    And Maryland drivers are the WORST.
  • Fifi.GFifi.G Posts: 15,490Registered Users
    There can be lots of reasons someone doesn't want to drive the maximum speed limit (or go over the limit). Maybe they are having car trouble, are sight seeing, are looking for their lost dog, are lost, have a bee in their car, have a migraine, don't feel like going faster, have screaming kids in the back, it's raining or snowing or foggy (in which case that speed limit is no longer valid as it is only for optimal driving conditions), or maybe they just gave themselves plenty of time to get where they're going and aren't in a hurry.

    I usually drive over the limit but if for some reason I am going slower than that and someone is tailgating me I will slam on my breaks.

    If there were a line a cars behind me, I would pull over if there was a safe place to do so and let them pass. It's a common courtesy.

    This is how I am or try to be.

    I usually go over, oh yes I do, but I do not like to push anyone that is going slower. I typically think what if they are elderly, or a brand new driver that is scared out of their mind, etc...

    I do get upset when I drive a particular road that is full of several out of staters. They tend to fly through the straight parts, and absolutely freak out and buckle up in the middle of the road when it starts to get curvy. They typically do 20 miles under, in both the fast and slow lanes, and completely block the steady flow of traffic. I understand their nervousness with unfamiliar mountain roads, but please get in the slow lane and stay there!


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  • SaraNoHSaraNoH Posts: 827Registered Users
    I don't mean driving in town. I mean driving out where the road is only 2 total lanes, neighborhoods are non existent, and it's a long, boring drive. When I'm in town I only drive 5 over (and where I live the speed limit is more of a good suggestion. Cops don't pull you over until you go 11 mph over or are driving recklessly).

    It's an unspoken rule that when you're driving in Vail you pick up the pace because everyone else is too (kind of a vicious cycle). I think it's much, much more dangerous to be driving with 5-6 cars lined up behind you than it is to drive a little faster.
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  • Jpop825Jpop825 Posts: 169Registered Users
    SaraNoH wrote: »
    I think it's much, much more dangerous to be driving with 5-6 cars lined up behind you than it is to drive a little faster.

    completely agree
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  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,238Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    ^ Why would that be more dangerous? A line of cars going 50 would be more dangerous than a line of cars going 70? I don't get it.
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  • redcelticcurlsredcelticcurls Posts: 17,502Registered Users
    ^ Why would that be more dangerous? A line of cars going 50 would be more dangerous than a line of cars going 70? I don't get it.

    Because it's illogical. A line of 5 cars going 50 isn't unsafe. It's just an argument to justify speeding.
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  • cmb4314cmb4314 Posts: 984Registered Users
    It's only logical if one or more of the drivers in the line is an asshat and is tailgating people in front of them at the slower speed, but would drive at a safe distance if the line of cars was moving faster.

    I love when I'm in a giant line of cars and the person behind me is riding my tail. Like there is some way for me to go faster. Morons.

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  • Jpop825Jpop825 Posts: 169Registered Users
    ^ Why would that be more dangerous? A line of cars going 50 would be more dangerous than a line of cars going 70? I don't get it.

    Because it's illogical. A line of 5 cars going 50 isn't unsafe. It's just an argument to justify speeding.

    I don't think going from 50-70 is safe. I mean if one car goes 40 in a 50 and they have a huge line behind them, there is more of a chance for angry tailgating and passing (which I'm NOT saying is ok, it's just reality). I definitely don't think everyone should speed, but I think one very slow driver over an extended distance is more dangerous than everyone going (literally) a LITTLE faster than that slower person. At least they should pull over to let people pass, because that line of cars is dangerous.
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  • redcelticcurlsredcelticcurls Posts: 17,502Registered Users
    Going 40 in a 50 isn't dangerously slow. A mere 5 car line isn't that big. I don't expect someone to pull over for that just because the people in the back are selfish, impatient asshats. Unless the road is really winding, a passing zone will come up at some point.
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  • KraytKrayt Posts: 765Registered Users
    Jpop825 wrote: »
    ^ Why would that be more dangerous? A line of cars going 50 would be more dangerous than a line of cars going 70? I don't get it.

    Because it's illogical. A line of 5 cars going 50 isn't unsafe. It's just an argument to justify speeding.

    I don't think going from 50-70 is safe. I mean if one car goes 40 in a 50 and they have a huge line behind them, there is more of a chance for angry tailgating and passing (which I'm NOT saying is ok, it's just reality). I definitely don't think everyone should speed, but I think one very slow driver over an extended distance is more dangerous than everyone going (literally) a LITTLE faster than that slower person. At least they should pull over to let people pass, because that line of cars is dangerous.

    It is not the responsibility of the "slower" driver to ensure that the other drivers are driving safely, that is their own responsibility. If they cannot handle that responsibility then they are the ones who should think twice about driving.
  • Jpop825Jpop825 Posts: 169Registered Users
    Krayt wrote: »
    Jpop825 wrote: »

    Because it's illogical. A line of 5 cars going 50 isn't unsafe. It's just an argument to justify speeding.

    I don't think going from 50-70 is safe. I mean if one car goes 40 in a 50 and they have a huge line behind them, there is more of a chance for angry tailgating and passing (which I'm NOT saying is ok, it's just reality). I definitely don't think everyone should speed, but I think one very slow driver over an extended distance is more dangerous than everyone going (literally) a LITTLE faster than that slower person. At least they should pull over to let people pass, because that line of cars is dangerous.

    It is not the responsibility of the "slower" driver to ensure that the other drivers are driving safely, that is their own responsibility. If they cannot handle that responsibility then they are the ones who should think twice about driving.

    I agree, as I said I don't think it's ok, but it's reality


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  • HipsterSoulHipsterSoul Posts: 1,017Registered Users
    I used to be a speed demon but not since I drive with my baby. Sometimes when I'm by myself I might rev it up. But when baby is in the car I go sometimes slower than the speed limit. I also get as far as possible from speedy cars when he is with me.
  • SaraNoHSaraNoH Posts: 827Registered Users
    ^ Why would that be more dangerous? A line of cars going 50 would be more dangerous than a line of cars going 70? I don't get it.

    Because, as stated previously, when you get a line of cars backed up they tend to get really close together. Driving closer together = less time to slow down. Plus, more often than not (what I've seen) the person driving slowly in the front brakes for every freaking curve and bump, which makes the problem worse.
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  • redcelticcurlsredcelticcurls Posts: 17,502Registered Users
    So, the person in the front is to blame for others tailgating and not maintaining safe distance? That's even more illogical.
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  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,238Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    Drivers should keep a safe distance between vehicles no matter the speed. If the person in the lead is driving safely, he has nothing to do with what the cars behind him are doing. If they are driving close together or tailgating, that is on them not the lead car. And it's not against the law to use one's brakes on curves or hills. Again, the lead car is not the one being unsafe. It might be irritating to everyone else but it's not unsafe. He is obeying the law (unless he is going below a minimum speed requirement).

    I drove 15 miles to and from work every day for over ten years on country roads. And nearly every day I was stuck behind someone going below the speed limit - old people, new drivers, people unfamiliar with the road, drunk people, tractors, Amish buggies, logging trucks. It was a winding, hilly, 2 lane with only a few short passing zones and not many safe places to pull over, so we were stuck going slow for miles and miles. It happens. Yes, sometimes I wanted to scream, but I gave myself plenty of time to get where I was going and drove in a civilized, safe manner.
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