They don't bother me because I am a cautious driver in bad weather. We don't deal with a whole lot of snow here in AZ but we do deal with monsoon pourdowns and dust storms. We have what is called "The Stupid Motorist Law" in AZ. People going through running washes and get stuck get fined big time. Does that stop people? You guessed right. Mostly, in AZ, the biggest hazard we have to watch out for is the abundance of bad drivers, in general, or the multitudes of retired aged persons who should not be driving anymore. Your frustration is ours KJ!
Two winters ago I'm running my pickup to work through a snowfall. Despite a few sandbags in the back it's the worst vehicle ever for those conditions (2WD). A new Range Rover cut me off from a side street (afraid to stop?), then proceeds to slow down on an uphill section (hello--- momentum needed here!). Now having driven less than 1/4 mile she turns off onto a road that only loops back to where she came from. Good riddance if you're that nervous about it. All this in a vehicle that has every electronic aid known to man. I'm still shaking my head over that one.
Cautious doesn't bother me... drivers frozen with fear at 15 mph annoy me.
no, it's the people that drive like it's a summer day in bad weather that annoy me
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I said something earlier about my DD and her car.
Just learned today someone who works for my DH lost his 17-yr. old son and his GF yesterday due to speeding and bad weather here in Wis.
Neither one had their seatbelts.
Please pray for these families. Thank you for your prayers.Caution at all times...and seatbelts...please!!!
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No, but it's kind of a slanted question. You define yourself and cautious and I can relate as, even though we don't get a lot of snow in this part of the northwest (we're bigger on rain), I live on an island where we do a lot of commuting daily (30 miles each way on a two lane highway) and I often encounter "cautious" drivers going 10 or 15 miles under the speed limit, backing up traffic refusing to allow others to pass. In other words, these cautious drivers can be a real hazard and hinderance, leading to others getting mad and driving too aggresively. I have a few friends who are State Troopers and they agree that driving real slow is also a big problem.
However, you mention snow and that's a different issue, one which I agree with you upon.
No. As many others have said, aggressive and/or texting drivers in bad weather annoy me.
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7,308 1/27/13 12:03 A
Definitely not; it's the crazy drivers that annoy me.
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It's the other way around. The ones who drive carelessly in bad weather annoy me and stress me!
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1,309 1/26/13 11:29 P
Not the cautious per se, but around here (Washington DC) there are a lot of people not very experienced with winter weather. (I grew up in Upstate New York, so my experience level is pretty high.) Many, for example, don't know that it's a bad idea to slam on the breaks, or expect the car to react as quickly as it does on dry roads in general.
And -- word to the OP -- yes, there are plenty of folks in SUVs who seem to think that 4-wheel drive means that they are impervious to the weather. Is it wrong that I generally get a giggle when some idiot in a giant SUV blasts past me on the Beltway -- then I see him a mile or so ahead in a ditch? (Not hurt -- just humbled. I promise I wouldn't giggle at even a jerk getting seriously hurt!)
Some people are impatient idiots. Safety first always!
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803 1/26/13 3:40 P
My DD learned the hard way that you need to be cautious in slippery conditions. She took a turn at her "usual" speed and slid into a median...her car frame was bent all to he//... She ended up borrowing my car for almost a month until she could get a "new" used car. Her lack of caution cost her financially and frayed nerves!
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NO! I AM a cautious, slow driver when the roads get icy & snowy....
What drives me nuts are drivers who think bad road conditions don't apply to them! Doesn't matter if it's snowy or icy, or dangerous--they'll still be driving too fast, slamming brakes on too late, skidding on ice, all while texting or talking on their cell phones.
Drivers who aren't properly cautious & slow are a MENACE--and risk the lives of others.
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Those folks are as they are, regardless of road conditions or any other factors. Whether it is one-lane or five lanes (in the direction or travel). It matters not if one is in the "slow-lane" or the next one over.
I've encountered that mind(less) set in each and every State and each County that I've driven.
Them folk are not "drivers" but driven . . . and hopeful of "driving" others "batty" or off the road!
I'd rather someone be cautious than drive like a moron. Several years ago during a snow filled Michigan winter I landed in a ditch attempting to miss a large SUV that had spun out due to an irresponsible driver. Last night I was in a line of cars all doing about 40 mph (in a 45 mph zone) with several inches of snow on the ground and no salt or sand in sight. A large SUV came from behind and passed 5 cars before spinning out and ending up in a parking lot. I do agree with a previous poster about those who drive 10 mph when there's no actual snow on the ground. I mean, come on. We live in Michigan, surely we've driven in snow before (as an aside - I don't mind when younger or older folks drive in this manner since young/new drivers especially don't have much experience)
Gosh, I hate super aggressive drivers. I myself drive a smaller SUV with 4WD but am still overly cautious in bad weather. A large car does not make you invincible, and driving recklessly is NEVER okay. And even if you yourself are in control of your own car, there's no telling when another driver's car is going to spin out of control and slam right into yours.
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18,725 1/26/13 7:26 A
no, I would rather them drive cautious, then drive like maniacs!
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KJ, you are too funny.
I don't know why the other drivers wouldn't pass you when they have plenty of opportunity to do so safely.
let me preface my story by saying that I live in GA. No, folks here do not know how to drive in the snow. We also don't know what do to in a sandstorm! There is a really good (OBVIOUS) reason that southerners don't drive well in the snow.
I was driving home from work a few winters ago during one of our snow storms. This one shut down Atlanta for about 3 days (we have very few snow plows in GA...why would we??? What few are here are relegated to keeping Hartsfield open.) I was driving cautiously in an area that's normally 45 mph. I'm approaching an intersection with a traffic light. There are left & right turning lanes at this point in the road. I think I was doing about 40 mph. An SUV comes flying around me in the right turn lane...then swerves in front of me so he could pass me in my little Celica.
not so sure it has anything to do with what he/she was driving. Some folks are just rude, crude and socially unacceptable. Or maybe the driver had an emergency. Or maybe he/she was having a bad day.
it's tough to watch out for the other drivers when you have no way of knowing what crazy thing they might do.
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1,258 1/26/13 7:12 A
No, I mainly walk, I would rather they be cautious. Out here in the desert driver only look in the opposite direction they are turning. I've been hit by a driver in a crosswalk and have have occurred nearby events. Drivers do need t o be cautious regardless.
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I would much rather deal with cautious drivers than the crazy ones that come flying by, splashing snow and muck all over my car and weaving in and out of their lanes. It does make me a little crazy when the overly cautious keep hitting their brakes! Having lived in FL for 8 years, I did get used to the snow birds and their erratic driving habits!
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It never bothers me because I live in Florida where we don't have snow hahaha! But seriously I'd rather have a driver, any driver, feel safe on the road and drive to his/her ability then speed along to appease others.
Yesterday here in the Ohio Valley we had a small snow storm that lead to bad driving conditions by afternoon rush hour. I was on my way home around 4pm and going in the opposite direction of rush hour traffic so there were hardly any cars around on the TWO LANE highway (this is important to remember). Several times I looked in my rearview mirror to see either a big pick up truck or an SUV tailgating me because I was going five under the speed limit since the roads hadn't been salted yet. The first guy beeped his horn and flashed his lights at me and I thought my gas cap was off or I had a flat or something wrong with my car and I pulled over......he kept going and after inspecting my car I could see nothing wrong (did I already mention that the fast lane was open?).
With only two more exits to go and still light traffic in the direction I was headed I had another large vehicle zoom up behind me and beep. The fast lane was unoccupied and she would NOT go into that lane but wanted me to speed up in my much smaller car. I was doing just fine, not in a hurry and my car handling the bad and unsalted road good considering but still she beeped.
Here's my hypothesis: **SOME** people with large vehicles expect others with smaller vehicles to get out of their way in bad weather and/or go faster to sniff out the bad icy parts of the road (like the point man in a combat platoon) just to make sure they (the big vehicle driver) is safe.
SOME was a big word here because I didn't want to generalize because I know some people own large vehicles because THEY feel safer in them in bad weather but I also know others want large vehicles for some other Freudian reason......hahahahahahahahahaha.
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