Date: Wed, 08 Dec 1999 22:57:01 -0800
From: Chris S. <sheetschNOshSPAMnopsamedu.invalid>
Subject: Re: Reverse road rage saga

I usually hang out in the Maxima forum and just happened to stumble onto this. The phenomenon happens everywhere. Why? Anyone's guess. Bruised ego?? Possible. The "oh, S**T, I'm driving slow"--also possible. In Michigan, it's mostly the bruised ego scenario where the person is "hurt" and "pissed" that they're being it's an insult. This seems to be the case whether on a two-laner or highway. On a two-lane road, when passing on the left, the person being passed should just remain calm and accept the fact that he/she was impeding the progress of someone else (if the person passing wants to keep their engine on full boil, let 'em.) On the highway here, it's another story. With people routinely going 80-90+ mph, someone going the speed limit (70) or worse--below the speed limit--in the fast lane is a hazard on the road. There's a reason why the phrase "Slower Traffic Keep Right" was coined and should be followed. I haven't been to Germany, but I hear that slogan is closely followed and that people actually use their blinkers when changing lanes. At superfast speeds, things like proper lane usage and signaling are necessities. In a personal experience on I75, I was going South through Flint. A lady was in front of me and was casual about her speed....going from 65 up to 80 in a matter of a minute or two and then back down. Annoying this was. She never moved over to the right...just letting a train of cars back up behind her and not thinking that she was hindering and annoying those behind her. A space finally cleard on the right of her and knowing that she wasn't going to move, I floored it and "zoomed" her on the right. She wasn't happy with this arrangement and kept up with me til about 95 MPH...I had to keep on it til 105 to make it back in the left lane and then even at that speed, she was following me. WTF. If she had bothered to look in her rear view mirror--which is there for a reason--she should have seen the 10+ cars behind her. All she had to do was move over for a minute but no. Yeah going 105 MPH in traffic was dumb but, "who was stupid first?" LOL I felt I did what I needed to do given the fact that she didn't do what she should have done in the first place--which is notice what's going on around you. Moral---"Slower Traffic Keep Right!" * Sent from RemarQ The Internet's Discussion Network * The fastest and easiest way to search and participate in Usenet - Free!

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