Sunday, July 15, 2007

Secret Society

Does anyone else think that perhaps there is a secret society out there...made up of people whose sole purpose is to slow down drivers...make us follow the speed limit? (and not the police for you wisenhimers).

Has this ever happened to you - you're driving along and suddenly this slow-poke comes out from the other lane and gets in front of you. They can see you are going fast and they just drop that speed way down. Why would you do that?!! Are you either a selfish bastard, think you're a good driver and nothing is wrong with doing that (slowing everyone down) or maybe part of a secret society????

ps - environmental tip of the week - when not in use, put your computer to sleep. It saves energy and less greenhouse gases in the air.


Blogger mommanator said...

well if there is that secret society my spouse belongs to it. HE drives me crazy when he does that. I scream at him for it. He was a state partrolleman in Colorado and thinks he should slow down traffic to the speed limit. I argue all the time-one day someone is gonna be in road rage and get you with their gun and I dont want that to happen since I am on that side of the car!

12:59 PM  
Blogger JoeinVegas said...

In Vegas and southern California the preferred response to someone slowing you down like that is to pull along side and either force you off the road or shoot you.

1:05 PM  
Blogger Darla D said...

What drives me nuts is the people that cut out in front of you on a regular road when there is ABSOLUTELY no one behind you, and then they either proceed at a snail's pace or else promptly slam on their brakes and make a left turn.

That's when I force myself to practice my yoga breathing. :-)

4:02 PM  
Blogger CS said...

My response to this depends entirely on whether it happens to me in the left or right lane. If someone goes slow in the right lane, no problem, and I figure it's their right. But in the left lane it infuriates me becaus ethat's the freaking fast lane. I especialy hate it when cars pace each other in the two lanes in front of me, so that I can't pass. On the other hand, it also makes me nuts when someone comes roaring up behind me on a twisty back road and rides my back bumper. Then you would just not believe how slow I will go, complete with hazard lights and a shouted "Get off my ass you fucking moron!" It's the sweet Southern belle in me.

4:38 PM  
Blogger Merci said...

It's passive-aggressive (or maybe not so passive, just aggressive) behavior. The drive is taking the opportunity to exert control over someone else, with buckets full of innocent nonchalance.

One possible exception: was it a white Mercury Grand Marquis (or Lincoln Towncar) with Florida tags? Was the driver over the age of 75, male, and was he wearing a HAT? If so, it's just old-man-in-a-hat syndrome, and there's nothing anyone can do about it until the DMV revokes his license.

6:42 PM  
Blogger Molly Malone said...

unless your passenger is about to give birth or is having a massive medical emergency, there is NO excuse for tailgating. when someone is tailgating me in the left lane - and i'm not a slow left lane driver, btw - and refuses to pass me on the right, what i like to do is slow down and put on my right blinker. i then begin to move to the right, but fairly slowly, straddling the line for a little while before i move all the way right.
invariably, the offending tailgater zips and zooms off darting in and out of traffic at 90 mph. i just send them off with a little "fuck you." as if their impatience is more important than the safety of all motorists? doubtful, buddy! if you want to race off to an early death, be my guest, just don't take the rest of us down with you!

11:37 PM  
Blogger Molly Malone said...

btw: you know what else conserves energy? driving at the speed limit and turning your AC off! ... not that any of us do that, but i'm trying to be better about it. ;)

11:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually Molly, Mythbusters did a story on driving with your ac off or ac on and gas mileage. according to mythbusters there is no significant difference in gas mileage(only difference is 1-2 miles per gallon), but driving with your ac on windows shut may give you slightly better gas mileage. the simple physics behind it make perfect sense to me.

1:50 PM  
Blogger Molly Malone said...

i thought i saw that episode and when adam drove around with the AC off and windows down he got the better mileage. i know they've done several MPG tests on shows; maybe they re-did one? ... and were they going a steady speed the whole time, do you remember? i think they were: like 30 around the track. GREAT! now i have to wait for another mythbusters marathon before i have my answer!

9:55 PM  
Blogger Virginia Gal said...

Mommantor - you have a lot of patience I think I'd already be in divorce court if my husband did that LOL.

Joe - hard tactics but I might have to adopt said methods. Hmm...

Darla - oh man that soo kills me, what is wrong with these people?! Why didn't they want till after I had come by. Usually at that point i flick them off, even if I'm behind, I'm just so mad.

CS - I am the same way, fine if you are in the slow lane, go slow but do not come in the fast lane and drive 2 miles per hour. And at the same time if you ride me and I'm in the slow lane,I'll stop to a crawl. Guess I have some Southern Belle in me too : )

Merci - it is quintessential passive agressive behavior, perhaps this is the only arena these people can get some control, so they go crazy?? hee hee about the white car, LOL!!

Molly and Anony - interesting discussion, I'm not sure about that but I can bet there is some truth to it. AS far as tailgating, I don't do it, but I will pass on the right and flick you off at the same time - if I think you are going too slow and being annoying. Personally I think in Northern Va speed limits are a joke, there is so much traffic can't move much anywhere anyway, fast.

11:28 PM  

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