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I need to vent a little Im all worked up! Driving to work this morning I had a bit of a road rage encounter. Im running a little late so driving faster than normal. Nothing crazy. I reach my exit which has 4 lanes. 3 turn left, one straight or right. I pass this 4runner im in the middle lane he's in second to left. Traffic is backed up in my lane. I try to blinker over but he guns its so I cant pass. Ok by me, I just wait and get behind him. He drives super slow so I check the next lane over and its clear. I proceed to try to pass. Guy swerves in front of me almost causing an accident. Then he's looking at me all crazy in his rearview. Driving slow holding up traffic. Im thinking what the heck is this guy's deal and start to get pissed. I gesture him to keep going deusch is holding up traffic. He then goes and I get in the other lane to pass him. He's still looking at my all crazy like he wants me to pull over. I decide first Im on my way to work and running late so dont want to stop. Second, Im not one for confonration really, especially over driving. I kept going, got out my cell phone and prepared to call the cops if this escalates. I think the guy see's me on with my phone and backed off.

I was all worked up with that adrenaline flowing when i got to work. What is with people. What if I was armed and decided to pull over and this guy trys to attack me. Im not sure what I would do. Moral is it's never worth it. This guy has no idea if Im armed and willing to use it. He thinks he's tuff and is going to fight or something when things could turn deadly. Its never worth it because you never know who your dealing with. Glad I made the right choice and kept on my way to work this morning. A few years ago before I had a wife and kids I probably would have pulled over and confronted this guy. Funny how your perspective changes when your a father and husband.
 

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I don't ever get road rage and had only 1 person say anything. He didn't realize I was a armed Pinkerton guard until he got to my truck so that didn't amount to much. I look at it as something somebody did that I will never see again so why worry about it. Just my opinon
 

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I kept going, got out my cell phone and prepared to call the cops if this escalates. I think the guy see's me on with my phone and backed off.

I was all worked up with that adrenaline flowing when i got to work. What is with people. What if I was armed and decided to pull over and this guy trys to attack me. Im not sure what I would do. Moral is it's never worth it. This guy has no idea if Im armed and willing to use it. He thinks he's tuff and is going to fight or something when things could turn deadly. Its never worth it because you never know who your dealing with. Glad I made the right choice and kept on my way to work this morning. A few years ago before I had a wife and kids I probably would have pulled over and confronted this guy. Funny how your perspective changes when your a father and husband.
+1 on the cell phone thing. probably the smartest thing you will do all month.

as for explaining why the guy did what he did, once anger takes hold in your brain, you physically lose the ability think.....its a dangerous situation, because at that point people become completely irrational and unpredictable. I have learned that several times in dealing with angry people.

again, using your brain and going with the phone was the best thing you could have done.
 

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I kept going, got out my cell phone and prepared to call the cops if this escalates. I think the guy see's me on with my phone and backed off.

I was all worked up with that adrenaline flowing when i got to work. What is with people. What if I was armed and decided to pull over and this guy trys to attack me. Im not sure what I would do. Moral is it's never worth it. This guy has no idea if Im armed and willing to use it. He thinks he's tuff and is going to fight or something when things could turn deadly. Its never worth it because you never know who your dealing with. Glad I made the right choice and kept on my way to work this morning. A few years ago before I had a wife and kids I probably would have pulled over and confronted this guy. Funny how your perspective changes when your a father and husband.
+1 on the cell phone thing. probably the smartest thing you will do all month.

as for explaining why the guy did what he did, once anger takes hold in your brain, you physically lose the ability think.....its a dangerous situation, because at that point people become completely irrational and unpredictable. I have learned that several times in dealing with angry people.

again, using your brain and going with the phone was the best thing you could have done.
What I dont get is why he had the rage. I didnt cut him off or anything. It didnt make any sense to me. Oh well.
 

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Bravo for handling it well, and posting it on a firearms board! I know boards like this attract a lot of younger types who, deep down (and won't admit it) believe carrying a firearm is like a magic wand. The reality is it should make you MORE careful about avoiding situations...such as pulling over to confront that jerk.

Feel safer because you're armed? The prosecutor would have a field day with that shooting, even if the other guy did start it.
 

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If i had feared for my life i would have had to use a pistol. If the guy was almost causing me to wreck , he is attempting to injure or kill me as I see it. If i had to use it, which i wouldnt want to, so be it. I will defend myself against nut cases. In a car or out of a car.
 

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In the course of my daily endeavors I spend a considerable amount of time driving. I drive a Econoline van and I drive the speed limit. There are 3 or 4 little police departments in my area that love making money from speeders and I don't need a ticket. Anyway, people get all bent out of shape at me when I go 40 in a 40 and will blow their horn, give me the finger...well you get the idea. It amazes me what people will do in their cars that they would be scared to do walking down the street. One time an individual followed me to my place of business. I calmly got out of my vehicle and when he got a look at me he hit reverse and sped off. I never knew whether I should be pleased or insulted by that reaction.
 

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I had some dipsmear follow me for 15 minutes once because he thought I cut him off... in reality, I used my indicator and I made a completely appropriate lane change. I drove around until I found a cop and had to get the cop to stop and tell the guy to buzz off. It's a scary situation to be in.

I've sworn off the middle finger... it never makes you look smart. When somebody puts me at risk by cutting me off or some other bonehead move, my tactic is to lay on the horn for a LONG time and otherwise remain calm. Then, when safe, and if necessary, pass. I'll admit, I'm hoping they crap their pants thinking that the guy they just cut off is batshat insane, and that thought amuses me.

I seem to get a lot of dumb ragers as I have an aggressive driving style (hey, I learned to drive in Chicago). Some people just can't handle the thought of you passing them or wanting to go faster than them, I guess.

My general rule is, if somebody signals a lane change, I don't honk... unless I *have* to swerve to avoid a collision, or they get in front of me going 10 miles under the speed limit when they clearly could have seen that I was doing 5+ over and it would have only taken a few seconds of waiting to let me by. My Chicago influence says as long as they are moving forward faster than me, I don't mind them getting ahead of me. Drivers in Ohio are generally HORRIBLE - slow, inattentive, and completely averse to passing. I would say that I see people tailgating somebody and ignoring the open lane to their left or right EVERY DAY. They also love to do 10 to 20 under the flow of traffic in the left and middle lanes of a highway.
 

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My general rule is, if somebody signals a lane change, I don't honk... unless I *have* to swerve to avoid a collision, or they get in front of me going 10 miles under the speed limit when they clearly could have seen that I was doing 5+

And WHY was YOU doing 5 over? The speed limit is a limit it's NOT a a hit or miss thing. Speed limit says 30 go 30, says 45 go 45. I love these people who think that they can go faster then anyone else they must be more important then everyone.

Oh and as for someone driving under the limit WHOOPTYDO!!! Live with it or pass em when you get the chance!!
 

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I love these people who think that they can go faster then anyone else they must be more important then everyone.
thats totally me....i drive the speed that i feel like. sometimes its slower than the speed limit, sometimes faster (sometimes wayyyy faster), and sometimes right on the money.

and i will be the first to admit that i am not a good driver. its just not one of my better skills. 8)
 

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And WHY was YOU doing 5 over? The speed limit is a limit it's NOT a a hit or miss thing. Speed limit says 30 go 30, says 45 go 45. I love these people who think that they can go faster then anyone else they must be more important then everyone.

Oh and as for someone driving under the limit WHOOPTYDO!!! Live with it or pass em when you get the chance!!
Because it's almost always safe to go over the speed limit. The nanny state sets speed limits to help those who are incapable of making a competent judgment about safe speed in a given location. Thanks for the snap judgment though. If I'm going faster, it's because the conditions are suitable for it. I also go at or under the speed lmit when I feel it's appropriate, and when I do that I move to the right in order to allow others to pass.

I'm not more important than the people doing the speed limit, but they are being inconsiderate if they're blocking me needlessly. Slower traffic is instructed to move to the right according to the law in most or all areas of this country. It's also not your business if my car is moving faster than you want your car to. However, if you feel that speeders are such a great danger to everybody around them, you could have a wonderful career in law enforcement in most areas.

Before you respond, if you choose to, keep in mind that the national speed limit is in place because states will lose funding if they choose not to implement it - just like the 21 to drink law.
 

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+1 If you are doing the speed limit on a two lane road then no problem,If you are in the left lane running side by side with someone else and holding up traffic on a 4 lane then s#1T or get off the pot.
Move ahead or fall in behind.Slower traffic keep right.
Oh,and on those 6 lane highways,most have restrictions on trucks, busses, and trailers.If you are daydreaming in the center lane and get passed on the right,don't speed up and keep pace with the truck so it gets blocked in by slower traffic in the right lane(where you should have been as someone was going faster than you),that puts you in a blind spot (not a good place to be)
 

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My general rule is, if somebody signals a lane change, I don't honk... unless I *have* to swerve to avoid a collision, or they get in front of me going 10 miles under the speed limit when they clearly could have seen that I was doing 5+

And WHY was YOU doing 5 over? The speed limit is a limit it's NOT a a hit or miss thing. Speed limit says 30 go 30, says 45 go 45. I love these people who think that they can go faster then anyone else they must be more important then everyone.

Oh and as for someone driving under the limit WHOOPTYDO!!! Live with it or pass em when you get the chance!!
I don't know I've always considered the speed limit to be an "enforceable suggestion", I usually only go 5 over the limit to avoid unconfortable law enforcement counceling sessions. I just have a habit of going 5 over whatever is posted, unless I'm in a residential area. I do have to admit I get, just a bit, perturbed at those folks who tend to do 5 under the limit, especially in heavy traffic on the high way. They become a danger to the rest of us "special people" who actually want to get somewhere. ;)
 

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enforceable suggestion? Gee I didn' t know they could ticket and fine you for a suggestion.

It is a LAW!! You start 5 over then 10 and the next thing you're going way over the limit. BUT If you have the money for the fine and the jump in your insurance go for it.

And just to let you know the speed limits are set for the design of the road,and location, as well as other SAFETY reasons. It doesn't matter if you drive a big old pickup or a small sportscar.

And I'm not talking about driving on multilane roads I'm talking 2 laners
 

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enforceable suggestion? Gee I didn' t know they could ticket and fine you for a suggestion.

It is a LAW!! You start 5 over then 10 and the next thing you're going way over the limit. BUT If you have the money for the fine and the jump in your insurance go for it.

And just to let you know the speed limits are set for the design of the road,and location, as well as other SAFETY reasons. It doesn't matter if you drive a big old pickup or a small sportscar.

And I'm not talking about driving on multilane roads I'm talking 2 laners
Seems like they'll usually give you five over because not everybody's speedometers are correct.
 
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