Nobody likes to be called a dummy by a dummy.

Asshole Drivers

http://newyorkhack.blogspot.com/2006/01/prizzy-rip.html

Classic move. I've pulled it a few times myself - someone brights you on the highway, you slow or change lanes to let them pass, and then slot in behind them and bright them.

And yes, I'm referring to the blogger. What a bitch.
Permalink MarkTAW 
January 23rd, 2006
I *so* want a pair of headlights pointing to the rear for just that reason.

On the lighter side, I finally did one right last night - I was pulling out of the supermarket parking lot and some nimrod behind me didn't have their headlights on (9pm - pitch black out). So I started pumping the brakes. After about ten seconds, on went their lights. :)

And I'm taking credit for it, so there. :P

Philo
Permalink Philo 
January 23rd, 2006
Heh.

I've wanted reverse headlights too, but what I really want is something passive - reflectors that will shine the light back only in the direction of the driver, but transparent and cuts down on glare from my side.
Permalink MarkTAW 
January 23rd, 2006
Get a Q-Beam. 1 million candlepower, handheld spotlight that plugs into your cigarette lighter. Very dangerous, but they WILL power down when they realize you can blind them off the road after a quick burst.

Also useful for pulling people over who block the road- just flick it back and forth for a few seconds at their rearview and all they see is a blazing strobe.

Yes, you can get in big trouble too.
Permalink B-Side 
January 23rd, 2006
"Get a Q-Beam. 1 million candlepower, handheld spotlight that plugs into your cigarette lighter. Very dangerous, but they WILL power down when they realize you can blind them off the road after a quick burst."

Funny you mention this - In my city within a two week period two separate people had nighttime single-vehicle accidents, flying off the road into posts/trees, dying as a result. This occurred within a block of each other. My immediate conspiracy thought to explain this seemingly unimaginable coincidence is that someone flashed them with a bright light.
Permalink Dennis Forbes 
January 23rd, 2006
Jesus. That's taking it to far... I would have stopped after the first kill!
Permalink B-Side 
January 23rd, 2006
A friend of mine had a rear windshield wiper that also had a fluid sprayer. The problem/cool thing was that it was broken and just shot straight backwards.

Worked like a charm.

The best fun I had was when I was driving back and forth from Florida to VA. I borrowed my step-dad's radar gun (he bought it from a gov't auction) and would flip it on as people would fly by. On some of them I could see their radar detector shoot all the way full bar just before they slammed on the brakes.

I only did it on one or two trips - I figured if I got pulled over the combination of a CB, scanner, red light on the front, red strobes on the back and a radar gun would have been too much, even if I did have licenses for everything but the radar. ;)
Permalink Cory Foy 
January 24th, 2006
Rear Fog Lights. Extremely irritating and frequently enough to encourage the driver behind. Just don't put them on in front of me on a rainy night.
Permalink Simon Lucy 
January 24th, 2006
Yes, Brits seem to harbour a particular dislike to rear fog lights. Why is that?
Permalink Flasher T 
January 24th, 2006
Because when its not foggy its like having a set of red headlights in your face.
Permalink Simon Lucy 
January 24th, 2006
I've only used it once, but to be fair it was incredibly foggy. The car in front had its on as well, which was actually useful as I could follow it and see where the road was turning.
Permalink Flasher T 
January 24th, 2006
Well yes, in the fog they're invaluable not that I'd recommend following fog lights there's a tendency to underestimate distances in fog and end up in their boot.
Permalink Simon Lucy 
January 24th, 2006
It's not just Brits.

Apart from our sleepy little bush capital and possibly all of Tasmania fog is not often a problem yet for reasons unbeknownst all Euro and Korean cars sold here come with rear foglights. Drivers of the latter are particularly apt to stooge around with all lamps blazing because that's the way they were set when sold. Idiots.
Permalink trollop 
January 24th, 2006
While usually I am quite a moderate and polite driver (though fast) I did have something like this happen to me.

I was being followed by a Saab, which seemed to have its brights on ALL THE TIME. I finally pulled over, let it pass, and flashed my brights at it.

He then slowed down, let me pass, and then DID turn on his brights. Son of a gun, it was his LOW BEAMS that were making all that brilliance behind me in the first place. His brights were MUCH worse.

So now I try to make allowances when I can. Being tailgated on the DC Beltway at 65 miles per hour in heavy traffic can still make me nervous, though. That spray-out-the-back gadget would be very useful.
Permalink AllanL5 
January 24th, 2006
If his low beams were bright enough to make you uncomfortable, then he either had Xeon bulbs (which should be illegal if you ask me) or he had them aimed improperly. Either condition would still be his fault and not yours.
Permalink Mark Warner 
January 24th, 2006
"Being tailgated on the DC Beltway at 65 miles per hour in heavy traffic can still make me nervous, though."

If you're one of those people only going 65 on the DC beltway, you are more of a danger then the tailgaters themselves.
Permalink Phil 
January 24th, 2006
Driving at 65 is only dangerous if every other clown thinks they should be doing 80...
Permalink Mat Hall 
January 24th, 2006
Exactly Mat, and that is "keeping up with traffic" on the beltway...average speed is 80, if your in the left lane you should be going at least 90-100
Permalink Phil 
January 24th, 2006
Left lane around here is 80. 90-100 is ludicrous anywhere and people ought to be ashamed of themselves for driving that way.
Permalink Mark Warner 
January 24th, 2006
Those new ultra-power headlights with the cutoff just below visibility make it seem like everyone is flicking their high beams constantly every time they hit a minor bump in the road.
Oh, please.

The speed limit on the DC Beltway is 55 miles per hour. Average speed on the DC Beltway as a whole is 64.5 -- because most cops will let you drive almost 10 miles over the speed limit.

Average speed on SOME sections of the DC Beltway is around 75 -- it's been creeping up in recent years. 90 or 100 is mere hyperbole, very few cars actually do that. Very few cars CAN do that between Silver Spring and Bethesda -- that's a very curvy part of the highway.

My point being -- when I'm being tailgated by somebody doing 65 on the Beltway, it's usually because I can't get away from the guy in front of ME doing 65. And yes, he is a hazard, but he's also "legal" mostly. So I allow a little more following distance, which REALLY irritates the guy behind me, I'm sure.

And as soon as I can, I move over one lane, let him by, and then watch to see what he does. That's assuming he doesn't decide to move over one lane and pass me at the same time I decide to move over to let him by. Ooh, that REALLY torques them off. They tend to flash their high-beams when that happens.
Permalink AllanL5 
January 24th, 2006
YEP.
Permalink Mark Warner 
January 24th, 2006
I agree Allan, I hate when people tailgate when its obvious there is nothing you can do.... like we're in heavy traffic and the guy is on my ass swerving, like wtf do you want me to do.

Yeah most of the time on that part of the beltway it is difficult to get over 65, but on offhours, 75-80 is still the average i'd say. The part of the beltway I drive the most from 50 to the wilson bridge is like a raceway though, its fairly empty and no one goes under 75 in the middle two lanes. Its not hyperbole that most people flying by in the left lane are doing 90-100... especially if i'm doing 80 and they pass me like i'm standing still.
Permalink Phil 
January 24th, 2006
Ooh, I used to commute on that section, and I was amazed how fast people were going -- 75 was usual 3 or 4 years ago. Apparently it has crept up since then. You have my sympathy.

But, since this is all getting WAY too "America/DC/Beltway" centric, I now return you to your regular debate.

Is this a problem on the Autobahn for instance? Does driving on the left in Britain make these issues different?
Permalink AllanL5 
January 24th, 2006
"Is this a problem on the Autobahn for instance? "

I don't think so...people in Germany actually know how to drive. They do things like look in their mirrors, and pass on the left. I don't understand what the big resistance is to making driving tests harder. Most tests simply involve parking. You don't even have to know what a red light is. Can you parallel park? Ok your good to go, take this 6000 pound SUV and hurl it on the freeway at 70mph, enjoy! I would love to see some kind of national advertising campaign that reminds people of very basic rules of the road.
Permalink Phil 
January 24th, 2006
I didn't even have to parallel park for my test. I had to drive through one intersection, make a right turn, do a K turn, and then go back and back into a space.

I could barely back into the space, with the examiner reminding me to use my mirrors.

I passed with nearly perfect marks.
Permalink Mark Warner 
January 24th, 2006
I can say that my California driving test would have included driving on the freeway except the examiner decided that since I'd already been driving for 20 years there wasn't much point.
Permalink Ian Boys 
January 24th, 2006

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