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03-21-2009 02:50 PM  8 years agoPost 21
patriot21

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Because more then half of them are either texting or talking on their cell phones while doing something they have little experience with(driving)

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03-21-2009 03:42 PM  8 years agoPost 22
Aaron29

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There is a reason that insurance rates are higher for younger drivers.

And I'll admit, when I was 17, I THOUGHT I was a good driver, but I was very bad. There's more to driving than keeping your car in the lane and not hitting anything. You can also try to help other drivers. Something that only comes with experience. But swerving through lanes, making jackrabbit starts with pedal to the medal, tailgating, etc. I may not have hit anything but while fun at the time, was dangerous and uncourteous.

It also consumes way more gas and you go through tires faster.

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03-21-2009 03:54 PM  8 years agoPost 23
Aaron29

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Just think if EVERYONE followed the traffic laws there theoretically should be NO accidents.

But speeding, misjudging distances, tailgating, and "getting angry" with other drivers I would think accounts for most accidents.

People want to think they are better drivers than the average driver, and that the 45 mph speed limit is for a lesser person than they are. So if they drive 60, and then can't react to someone pulling out of a side street without rear ending them. It's their fault.

Sure they'll be thinking "this or that guy cut me off" but bottom line is no matter your reaction time, physics will tell you when your car will stop.

How many people REALLY follow 2 full seconds behind a car in front of them. 4 seconds in the rain. Pass only when safe. Don't cut people off by slowing after passing or reentering the lane with insufficient space in front or behind. This is the real problem makers.

I'll take the slow grandpa in the left lane anyday over reckless, thoughtless, inconsiderate drivers (of any age by the way. Teens don't know any better, but inconsiderate older drivers should really be shunned as they have learned but just don't care)

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03-21-2009 03:59 PM  8 years agoPost 24
Cambo

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What is unfortunate is some teenagers who will never get in an accident have to pay the high insurance because of there peers. Interestingly, my good friends in high-school did not party at all. I had the lowest GPA in the group with a 3.4. This was at a college prep school as well. Most of my friends had above a 4. All of us combined accounted for 0 accidents that where our fault. All of us are majoring in some kind of science degree. Now, i had many other friends that did not go into the sciences, partied a ton in high-school, and are continuing to party in college. Most of there GPA's where way below a 3.0. I can think of 10 or 15 accidents that these kids got in. These where just kids i talked to in class. I am sure there where several more. I know they use GPA as a way of measuring insurance rates but I wonder if insurance companies will find a way to more accurately predict the risk of teenagers in the future.

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03-21-2009 04:00 PM  8 years agoPost 25
JasonJ

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Actually, most teenagers are bad at driving, and it has nothing to do with the ability to operate a motor vehicle. Most teens are socially immature, and lack the life experience to understand the impact of their actions on their surroundings. It's not their fault, it's just how it is. We have to just look out for them and try to prevent an accident. Parents could do a better job teaching responsibility, that would help a bit.

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03-21-2009 04:01 PM  8 years agoPost 26
Aaron29

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Well, invading privacy could bring your rates down. Tracking devices that record speed, cameras in your car. The safe drivers could prove their responsibility.

No one wants that though.

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03-21-2009 05:08 PM  8 years agoPost 27
LonR

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No road rage here.I just get pissed when some retart is in the fast lane going 5-10 mph under babbling on the phone for 2-3 miles and yes its allways the person on the phone that cant do 2 things at once.I have spinal fusion in my neck and lower back cause some dumb azz lady was in the turn lane (on the phone) and didnt see the onle gray car (mine) on the road.Sence my car accident I was scared for the first 1 1/2-2 years to drive but now its to the point I wanna run some azz hole right into a wall for riding my azz,cutting me off ect...Call it what you want but I call it respect for the road.When your life changes cause of some dumb azz you have a whole new look at things.After about 5 years im fighting to get disabilty now while this dumb bi%^h is working for a living,having a good time.

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03-21-2009 05:14 PM  8 years agoPost 28
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Ive raged. Badly. Clinically. Medicationally Subscribedly. I've followed people to their destinations to scream at them and fight them if I could get them to throw a blow. I've tried to run people who made me mad off the road. I've used my car as a weapon to try to "get back" at people who have made me mad. I chased some people into some really shady neighborhoods in anger, before I snapped to reality and realized following someone to their home turf was probably a bad idea. I even got a guy to follow me home, and had my boys waiting there for him when he rolled up behind me. I could walked into the same situation.

I've pretty much conquered that demon, but I had a real problem for a while, and not just on the road. I'm lucky I didn't get shot, or follow someone who was actually bigger than me. Damn lucky. I'm a large man, but there's always someone bigger out there.

Comlete and utter madness. After spending a loooong time as a pacifist hippie, most of my life, I spent a few years as a complete raging asshole. I was also making a lot of money back then and under a metric ****tonne of stress... Could've been related... It was my transformation from a young communist to an adult capitalist. The classic hippie to yuppie transformation.

Man... I'm lucky I didn't get killed. I'm glad I realized what a complete and utter jackass I was and did something about it. Nowadays, I'm confident in my belief that 80 percent of the population are mindless cattle, and when something happens, it's to be expected, not something to get mad at. Do you get mad at a fat cow when she craps in the pasture? Same applies to the roads we all share and have to interact on.

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03-21-2009 05:20 PM  8 years agoPost 29
LonR

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Ive been doing alot better the past year,ive learned to let things go.The ones I let get to me are the people that ride my azz or cut me off big time.If its somthing that reminds me of the accident I was in I loose it.

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03-21-2009 05:47 PM  8 years agoPost 30
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Also alot of teenages need to hang the phone up a drive

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03-21-2009 06:02 PM  8 years agoPost 31
LonR

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I agree but its not just the teens,its ALOT of people.The wife and I sat in a CVS parking lot on day for 10-20 mins and watched all the people drive be on cell phones and I sware for every 10 cars maby 2 were not on phones.We seen 4 people sit at the light when it turned green and someone had to beep the horn.No joke,if your out one day with nothing to do,park in a parking lot close to a street light and count how many dumb azzes talk on the phone.If im out driving and someone calls me I give the phone to the person im with.If im alone,im very short "im driving and i'll call you when I get home" .

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03-21-2009 07:49 PM  8 years agoPost 32
CWALDO123

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Well when I started driving some 24 years ago we didn't have....

Ipods
Cell Phones
CD players
TV's In cars
More power than I could handle
Doped up teenagers ...and no I don't drink & drive

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03-21-2009 08:37 PM  8 years agoPost 33
JasonJ

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You're lucky Aox, thank God you got through the rage thing. I have to be honest, if someone followed me to my house and entered my property I would put a bullet in them and then deal with the consequences. Funny thing, that whole Right to defend yourself and family when in fear of your life thing sure gives some leeway.

I had a couple of jethros follow me to a customer's house out in the boonies one time and I knew it was going to be bad. I stepped out with my Maglite and told them the customer was calling the sheriffs department even as we speak and asked them if they really wanted to do this right here. They looked around, got in their piece of sh*t and left. It was a good bluff considering I knew no one would be home and my arse would be handed to me because there is no cell reception out there. I expected them to be waiting down the road for me and was fully prepared to push their piece of sh*t into the woodline with my truck, but all was well. It was a one lane dirt road and they were pissed that they had to slow down and pull to the side as I was doing in my big arse International so we could get past each other.

I spend all day every day driving with other people so I am virtually immune to roadrage. If someone cuts me off, whatever. I drive an International carrying 800 gallons of toxic chemical and for some reason everyone drives like an idiot around me. I avoid a serious crash at least once every other week, and avoid minor accidents almost daily. I swear to God my head is on a swivel...

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03-22-2009 01:15 AM  8 years agoPost 34
LonR

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JasonJ,you truck drivers get it bad.My buddy drives a 18teen wheeler and tells me some crazy azz stories sometimes.Im learning to let things go but sometimes I wanna do some bad stuff to people cause they have no respect for other drivers.Ive never been this way till my car accident but things are getting better.

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03-22-2009 03:42 AM  8 years agoPost 35
JasonJ

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Yeah, only time will diminish your moderate PTSD. I remember the first deer I hit back in the late 80's. Airbag went off at 80 mph, popped my hands off the wheel and I went into the ditch. Ruined my car, and I swear every time I saw a pair of eyes on the side of the road I would slow way down. Took awhile to get past that. Now I just depress the gas pedal slightly as I hit the deer to maintain control, then I pull over and assess the damage. I used to hit a deer at least once a year, but I haven't in a few years. Fate must be saving me for a moose...

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03-22-2009 03:51 AM  8 years agoPost 36
Thomas Moore

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Fate must be saving me for a moose...
Quote of the YEAR.

I'm a teenage driver (17) and I get pissed like Aox and chase down the dumba$$ teenagers who drive like idiots on the phone or with people in the car. I can't say I haven't done my stupid stuff, but I never do it with people in the car nor do I endanger anyone else. It makes me wanna go raped ape on them.

venting....

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03-23-2009 12:40 AM  8 years agoPost 37
helibill

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damn teenagers.

I disagree with this. The real problem here is women drivers. A man can talk on a phone without getting so into the conversation that they lose their ability to drive safely unlike all women.

Everytime I am in the car alone or with others, and I see something stupid, I guess that they are female and 99% of the time I am right once I can ID them.

One night I was almost in two serious accidents. It was getting dark out and raining very hard for the first time of the year. I'm driving in my lane and all of a sudden a women does a lane change without checking if the lane was clear. I was beside her and had to swerve out of the way to avoid getting hit.

Later that night I was making a left hand turn and as I was in the turn and looking behind me as I saw a car screeching to a stop as they tried to 'pass' me on the left even though I was in the turning lane. Unfortunately I was not able to identify the driver but I would guess with 95% confidence that the driver in quesiton was female.

In the future I can see a ban on drivers licences for women.

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03-23-2009 12:59 AM  8 years agoPost 38
helibill

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aw... I was waiting for a fight In all fairness I was joking for the most part.

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03-23-2009 02:13 AM  8 years agoPost 39
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03-24-2009 02:06 AM  8 years agoPost 40
legoman67

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alright well im 16 and have had my 'L' sine last april( driving system here, L stands for learner, meaning i need a parent in the car at all times and only 1 other passenger max. i have it untill this april. anyways you guys are all raging about teens being bad drivers, but you are forgetting that everyone has to start somewhere. we cant do any driving legally until we have our licence, and you have to learn sometime. ill admit i am still not a great driver, but i try not to get in anyones way. i stay in the right lane and am careful in congested areas. the thing that bugs me is people who tailgate in the RIGHT lane, when the left is perfectly open!!!! just pass me for cryin out loud, the L is a big magnet that sticks on the back of the car and can be easily seen so they know i am new to the roads, tailgatting just makes it harder for me! plus up here if you rear end someone it is always your fault, so you would think they would leave more room when they are behind someone with a L!

typed that on my iphone, ill finish my rant tomorrow when i am on a computer. and no i am not driving right now

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