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Is it me or are people just really bad at driving...

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posted on Feb, 2 2012 @ 12:55 AM
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I feel like, people just have no idea what they're doing on the road. EIther that or they are complete assholes with no care for anyone else.

Im driving down the fast lane, start to approach the car in front of me, he is going slightly slower than everyone else, why is it so hard to just move over to the next lane, and let the people who want to pass, pass?

Every time I put my blinker on to alert the person behind me that I am changing lanes, they hit the gas, and cut me off. It now makes more sense to not use the blinker and just swerve into the next lane when there's space.

For whatever reason people have a problem with motorcycles. I ride a bike, and I have people trying to cut me off, or pull into me, and do nasty ##SNIPPED##

It seems like every time I'm waiting at a long red light, behind a long trail of cars, the first car is never paying attention and sits there for the first 4-5 seconds without moving, then moves with incredible slowness and very slightly eases the gas pedal forward, then it follows all the way back through the line. When I'm driving and the light turns green, I'm right behind the car in front of me, its okay to be close people, were not on the freeway we're talking about less than 35 mph. Beyond that it is reasonable to keep distance.

I guess my point is, if people were more attentive while driving, and thought more about what they were doing, what space they were occupying, if pulling up to the next car and not leaving a 20ft gap might help speed things along, we might really be able to make the driving experience better, faster, more efficient. But instead we don't let each other in, we cut each other off, all slowing everything down, setting up chain reactions that eventually lead to gridlock, with no one going nowhere.
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posted on Feb, 2 2012 @ 12:58 AM
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Its not that they are bad drivers. Some are. But most are simoly too self righteous to consider that others are around them. Blinkers are a great example. People seem to forget that blinkers are there for those that are around them. Not for themselves.



posted on Feb, 2 2012 @ 01:01 AM
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We are currently living in a very disharmonic state. Naturally angry, impatient, a holes rule the road..it really just depends where you live as well. California is the worst, Alaska being the best in my experience.
Just use those times to practice meditation breathing techniques in for seven, hold for four out for seven repeat



posted on Feb, 2 2012 @ 01:02 AM
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Originally posted by captaintyinknots
Its not that they are bad drivers. Some are. But most are simoly too self righteous to consider that others are around them. Blinkers are a great example. People seem to forget that blinkers are there for those that are around them. Not for themselves.


Well I guess a lot of them are oblivious. And that to me is a bad driver. When I'm driving I have a 360 picture in my . at all times of what's going on. I even think about my tire pressure, tires, the road, weather, location, amount of people in my car, the car, or the bike, I take it all into account, or at least I attempt to. I constantly look for the indicators of what people are about to do. After a while you'll know when people are about to turn, or change lanes.



posted on Feb, 2 2012 @ 01:03 AM
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I might offer that in the early days of the auto...cars did not even have indicator lights!

Also mentionable...I think that with the sheer number of drivers on the road and the number of accidents (as enormous as it is)...that safe driving is up!

Cars are safer...highways are safer....drivers are safer...comparatively!



posted on Feb, 2 2012 @ 01:06 AM
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It’s because most people lack the capability to think about themselves and others at the same time.



posted on Feb, 2 2012 @ 01:08 AM
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Originally posted by jerryznv
I might offer that in the early days of the auto...cars did not even have indicator lights!

Also mentionable...I think that with the sheer number of drivers on the road and the number of accidents (as enormous as it is)...that safe driving is up!

Cars are safer...highways are safer....drivers are safer...comparatively!


True, but thats also because of technology, not just that we're better drivers. I think there is a lot of blind luck out there on the road.

Also I feel that many of our traffic jams are unnecessary, and are mainly caused due to inattentive driving.



posted on Feb, 2 2012 @ 01:09 AM
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Originally posted by TheCommentator
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It’s because most people lack the capability to think about themselves and others at the same time.


Unfortunately very true...



posted on Feb, 2 2012 @ 01:14 AM
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Originally posted by TheCommentator
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It’s because most people lack the capability to think about themselves and others at the same time.


Actually, I think that most problems come from people who think too much while driving.

Peace



posted on Feb, 2 2012 @ 01:17 AM
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Stop talking sense!

We have to get the population down, to what? 5 million?.


This is just a start.

The real deal is that there are many who just don't care. They only matter to them. Others be damned. I feel your pain daily.



posted on Feb, 2 2012 @ 01:17 AM
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I remember riding my motorcycle in the back roads of Orinda, near Berkley CA, and I got lost trying to get back home. So I pulled out my phone and pulled up the maps and figured out directions. While I was doing this I looked up and I see this other motorcycle coming towards me, we nodded to each other, and I noticed his bike was a very nice brand new looking BMW sports bike. So I look back at my phone, and about 5 seconds after he passed, I heard a deafening smashing sound. It was bizarre and it took me by surprise, I first glanced at my left mirror and saw that a Benz had pulled into a driveway, cutting off the biker, destroying his bike and throwing him over the hood of the car. I ran over there, and found that he was okay, but the vehicles were pretty damaged, so I let them sort it out for themselves. It seems that the Benz driver probably wasn't paying attention and just pulled into his drive way with no blinker, I have no doubt that the biker was looking at my bike, because I saw his eyes in his mirror looking back at me just after he passed.

Every time I've ever been in a close call its been with a Benz or a BMW, anybody relate?



posted on Feb, 2 2012 @ 01:24 AM
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Originally posted by TDawgRex
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Stop talking sense!

We have to get the population down, to what? 5 million?.


This is just a start.

The real deal is that there are many who just don't care. They only matter to them. Others be damned. I feel your pain daily.


Yea, I feel like a different species.

This seems odd, and I'm not sure if I know what I'm talking about with this: Today in my class, there was a guy sitting next to me, and throughout the entire lecture, he was convulsing, making mumbling noises, talking to himself, playing with his paper, and being incredibly disruptive to me, and to a couple others that I noticed. After class we both happened to be walking back to the parking lot,( I was kind of paranoid for a second I thought he was following me) and he just hops into a car a drives off. Now that really kind of freaked me out. Thoughts?



posted on Feb, 2 2012 @ 01:24 AM
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That's something we've experienced for some years over here. When I came to this country some 26 years ago, people were very considerate and skilled drivers, but as American society began seeping in via tv and music, things got progressively worse. Nokia got rich and the entire society changed. It's sick now, profoundly ill, and people are in denial. But deny though they might, the fact of the matter is that it is that materialism that makes people impatient, condescending, aggressive, and generally behave as though they alone have divine right of presence in any given spot. This country, Finland, was very humble, quite socialistic, and very community-conscious back then. People were happy to pay their 30% income tax and government was happy to distribute it to those in need. The roads were perfect back then, we had excellent public healthcare, schools were effective and safe, and the elderly were looked after in a more respectful manner than I ever saw in the US.

It is that total lack of respect - "Too bad for you, I was here first.." - that has made people this way. All the images of rich kids in Southern California, everybody being far too cool for anyone to even comprehend, all of this has created so much fear and insecurity in people that they somehow don't and can't ever measure up that has created this monstrous behavior. Youth has not even a shred of respect for anything at all. Older people are trying to hold onto what minuscule scraps of the illusion that things are still okay, but they know better. It's all very distracting and it seems that people really are unable to give quarter to anyone else.

Fear is a powerful emotion. So is love. I started a sort of experiment a while back to see if I could combat this growing problem with bad drivers and generally took it into the shops and anywhere else I could. I drove the speed limit exactly or slightly slower. I kept to the slower lanes. I was very visibly considerate of others. I made sure there was space between me and other cars. In the shops I let people with less items go before me. I would help people when I could see they needed help with something even though I was obviously not working there. I would talk to beggars and homeless people so that others could see that it really is okay to do so. People started changing. I noticed that more and more people were emulating my behavior. It took several months, granted, but it's interesting how much of what we observe is *reaction* to behavior we ourselves have inspired.

Try the same there where you are. Just try to make one deliberately nice gesture in whatever activity you engage in. You will notice then how many more opportunities you've missed to do so. Fill that gap. See your world change before your eyes. Be patient though. All eyes are not on you, though people seem to think so all too often. It takes time, but you can affect change if you wish to. You can move mountains with small pushes.



posted on Feb, 2 2012 @ 01:28 AM
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Check out cosmic post below mine. It pretty much sums it up to a degree.

I have noticed where I live, the nicer the car, the bigger the butthole behind the wheel.



posted on Feb, 2 2012 @ 01:29 AM
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I try to everywhere I go, have been as long as I can remember, so far no desired effect.....



posted on Feb, 2 2012 @ 01:31 AM
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Originally posted by operation mindcrime

Originally posted by TheCommentator
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It’s because most people lack the capability to think about themselves and others at the same time.


Actually, I think that most problems come from people who think too much while driving.

Peace
To be a safe driver you need to know everything that’s happening and fairly sure on whats going to happen. You can’t be thinking too much about driving, but it is dangerous to start thinking about other stuff.
You need to use all of your senses and use common sense to predict what others are going to do before you decide what you’re going to do.
Operating machinery should be the same when driving as it is in any professional environment. You need to asses all risks and constantly be aware of what is happening around you.



posted on Feb, 2 2012 @ 01:37 AM
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Originally posted by TheCommentator
To be a safe driver you need to know everything that’s happening and fairly sure on whats going to happen. You can’t be thinking too much about driving, but it is dangerous to start thinking about other stuff.
You need to use all of your senses and use common sense to predict what others are going to do before you decide what you’re going to do.
Operating machinery should be the same when driving as it is in any professional environment. You need to asses all risks and constantly be aware of what is happening around you.


Nice color text!!!

I tend to disagree with that. Ever drove for a while and suddenly realise you can't actually remember anythink about the ride?

When we leave our unconscious to handle the job it all works out fine. It's all about doubt....

Just my humble opinion of course.


Peace



posted on Feb, 2 2012 @ 01:40 AM
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I agree, unfortunately I think people just have a sort of blind spot when it comes to driving. I remember driving with one of my HS friends, who was a terrible driver, and he knew all the rules to pass the driving test. One of which was looking at the mirrors, but for him, he never really looked. Its kind of like hearing and listening. We hear stuff all the time, whether we want to or not, but to listen we have to make sense of what we are hearing. Our eyes work the same way, we may see it, but we also have to process it, and many people have problems doing this, mainly because they're not paying enough attention. Over time people become too relaxed driving, and sort of have this immortality mentality about it.

They did an experiment, where they had a group of like 10 people stand in a circle, and they were told to pass a basketball back and forth to each other. The audience was told to count how many times the ball was passed. At the end it was presented to the audience that during the middle of the counting, a man in a gorilla suit had walked right through the circle. Most people don't see it because they're focused on the ball. POINT- This same effect happens to people on the road. Many people are constantly thinking about and focusing mainly on not hitting a CAR, which is why many don't see a motorcycles, even when they are clearly in view.



posted on Feb, 2 2012 @ 01:43 AM
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A old saying that was drilled into my mind while in the military.

"Stay Alert...Stay Alive."

It's a motto you can't go wrong by.



posted on Feb, 2 2012 @ 01:45 AM
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Do it with a smile. You have to project that energy outward. You have to shine. You have to act in the way that you would like others to act. It takes many months of diligent effort to produce an effect and you have to be very conscious in your efforts. You have to have a benevolent intent, not a manipulative one. The intent makes all the difference.

From your writing style, I see you as somewhat fearful, somewhat introverted and a bit easily intimidated. You can of course deny this and say I know nothing about you, as most people would do, but it doesn't change the fact that people seldom perceive themselves accurately. Look closely. We all have different energy fields that others are aware of but we ourselves seldom appreciate. You may give off something other than what you think you do.




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