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Diving for the exit

By markvallaster ·
The thing that always seems most dangerous and stupid to me is those folks on a multilane highway who are out of position as their exit apporaches and dive across 3 or 4 lanes of traffic to make their exit. One day on my way to work on the DC Beltway, a lady in a mini-van was in this position since traffic was too thick for her to slide across three lanes of traffic her choice was not to go onto the next exit but.....to stop in the third lane to wait for an opening. For those of you who commute on the DC Beltway, you know how life threatening this would be.

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2nd of 4

by ProblemSolverSolutionSeeker In reply to Whoa
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Just wondering

by OnTheRopes In reply to 2nd of 4

2nd of 4 on a oneway 5 lane? ?

That must have been some hill if you couldn't see the guy further than 180 ft or so with no room to manuever. Good thing no one got hurt, it's lucky he didn't do a faceplant in the drivers door window or wrench his neck. Must be you had soft airbags too.

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Cloverleaf of Death

by GSG In reply to Diving for the exit

We have a terribly undersized cloverleaf that I have to hit (literally) every day. I don't dart across lanes of traffic, but I admit that I mentally gird my loins, and pray myself onto that cloverleaf. The local nickname truly is "The Cloverleaf of Death".

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Total Lack of Manners

by ecote In reply to Diving for the exit

I saw the post heading, I had to read and reply. It's one thing if it's the totally clueless, you hope to meet them only a couple times in your life, but what about the totally rude who constantly cut you off so they can get in front of one more car? Getting off Super-7 in Brookfield, CT, it's a two line highway that becomes a two lane exit, left turn lane, right turn lane AND THEY ARE MARKED, majority of traffic turns right. There are the same bastards every day going as far up the left exit lane before they cut in front of someone. I am so wanting to store rotten eggs in my car so I can show them how obnoxious they are!

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Well, tell me if you think this is fair

by maxwell edison In reply to Diving for the exit

Last winter, I was driving in the left lane of a four-lane highway going exactly the 55 mph speed limit, even though everyone around me was going at least 70, when I realized that my exit was rapidly approaching. I did signal before I changed lanes, so I don't know what all the fuss and honking was all about, and I about spilled coffee all over myself when I had to swerve to avoid hitting some inconsiderate driver who wouldn't slow down to let me in. I was talking to my mother on my cell phone at the time, and she agreed with me; she couldn't believe how rude some people are! I mean really, it had just snowed, and I know for sure those people could clearly see that my window was all covered up, and I was having a hard time seeing the approaching traffic through that little opening I cleared from my back window. Geesh! Some people!

I barely made it across the highway avoiding all those lunatic drivers when I realized ..... that was the wrong exit! It wasn't my fault, though, because the two on the exit sign really did look like a five when viewed through a windshield that was covered with frost on the inside. Hey, I took the car to get the defroster fixed, but the guy wanted two hundred bucks to fix it! No way, that's highway robbery. Besides, if I place the hot coffee cup on the dashboard in just the right place, the steam will easily defrost enough of the window for me to see where I'm going. I needed a place to set the coffee anyway, because I can't talk on the cell phone, drink my coffee AND eat my breakfast bagel at the same time. I only have two hands, you know.

Anyway, I made it back onto the highway just in the nick of time. And I'm sure that the trucker who was apparently trying to get off on that same exit would thank me later, because it was probably the wrong exit for him as well. I finally did make it to the correct exit, even though it was obvious everybody on the highway was having a bad day. I was lucky to get off that road alive!

And wouldn't you know it? Just before I got home I got pulled over by a cop, and he gave me a ticket for not wearing my seat belt. I don't think I deserved that, do you?

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Except for the snow, Max

by NickNielsen In reply to Well, tell me if you thin ...

You could have been in the South! I see enough of that every morning, whether I'm in Columbia, Myrtle Beach, or Augusta.

I'm firmly convinced that almost every driver engages a mental "lobotomize" switch the moment the engine starts. Nothing else can explain why otherwise intelligent people stop at Yield signs, yield (maybe!) at Stop signs, and are utterly incapable of useing turn signals.

BTW, any bets on at least one poster missing the [sarcasm]?

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That was sarcasm?

by OnTheRopes In reply to Except for the snow, Max

Please ignore my reply to Max below.

Just kidding.

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It could be a switch like that

by OnTheRopes In reply to Except for the snow, Max

It could be that everyone thinks they're already driving pro's. They seem to think (?) that little things like turn signals are only for beginners and that obeying simple traffic signs and laws only show that the driver is a noob who hasn't learned all of the "tricks" yet.

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Or it could just be

by NickNielsen In reply to It could be a switch like ...

that most people's driving reflects their self-concept and courtesy to other people.

I'm important, you don't matter.

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Well, let me think...

by OnTheRopes In reply to Or it could just be

Self-importance issue... Courtesy...

Whodathunkit!?!

'Samazin' Nick. That could be it!! :0

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