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noteven

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Posted: 07/18/21 08:58pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Ed_Gee wrote:

noteven wrote:

I wonder about another phemo...phenoma... situation that I experience on lonely western roads..

You are cruising along all by yourself at whatever speed... and in the mirrors another vehicle appears...

It catches you after a few km/miles...

And then settles in 1 point 5 seconds off your stern and drives there ...

Why?


My guess - as I sometimes do - he is following you at night because you provide a nice buffer in case some obstruction is in the road ahead...... of course when I do it I leave a large buffer of 5 seconds or more....


I forgot to mention we do daytime running lights in Canada Ed - the described situation happens in broad daylight.

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Posted: 07/19/21 11:27pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I think California is teaching deer to read the "deer crossing" signs, so they know where to cross.
I'm here all week....

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While I do get the pint of your post. For the most part our highways are too congested. A deer running out into the road will always pose a problem.
When I was a teenager my driving instucter asked the class if we would ever purposely run over a dog. Of course we all said "Never...no way".
He then pointed out if the dog came out of nowhere right in front of you hitting the dog maybe the safest thing to do.
Likewise, if a deer runs out into the highway ,hitting the deer maybe the safest thing to do, regardless of stopping distances.


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Mike134 wrote:

You could bolt a 24" pipe wrench to your trailer bumper that should keep em back a bit, trouble is you're likely to get pulled over from time to time and need to explain to the officer it's firmly bolted in place.


Ah but it is illegal (At least in MI) to put any "Extension" designed to cause damage to another vehicle...
Or as they say [email protected] if you do, and if you don't.


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wa8yxm wrote:

Mike134 wrote:

You could bolt a 24" pipe wrench to your trailer bumper that should keep em back a bit, trouble is you're likely to get pulled over from time to time and need to explain to the officer it's firmly bolted in place.


Ah but it is illegal (At least in MI) to put any "Extension" designed to cause damage to another vehicle...
Or as they say [email protected] if you do, and if you don't.


Mount it parallel on top of the bumper so it looks like it was accidently left there ready to bounce off and up into their windshield
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Lantley wrote:

While I do get the pint of your post. For the most part our highways are too congested. A deer running out into the road will always pose a problem.
When I was a teenager my driving instucter asked the class if we would ever purposely run over a dog. Of course we all said "Never...no way".
He then pointed out if the dog came out of nowhere right in front of you hitting the dog maybe the safest thing to do.
Likewise, if a deer runs out into the highway ,hitting the deer maybe the safest thing to do, regardless of stopping distances.


My Dad always stressed that we were not to swerve, etc for an animal - it was safer to hit the animal than to try to avoid it.

Fortunately, I've only hit one squirrel and he took off right afterwards unhurt. But I watch carefully for deer, etc, so I've seen them at the roadside and tap my brakes in warning if someone is behind me.


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What really drives me crazy (literally) is following a slow vehicle on a curvy road where there is no opportunity to pass as I need a bit of a straightaway to get by with the trailer. Then when there is a passing lane the vehicle speeds up to 15 mph over the speed limit, preventing any attempt to pass. I guess they feel now that the road is straight they no longer need to be afraid to go the speed limit, or exceed it.

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Howie3 wrote:

What really drives me crazy (literally) is following a slow vehicle on a curvy road where there is no opportunity to pass as I need a bit of a straightaway to get by with the trailer. Then when there is a passing lane the vehicle speeds up to 15 mph over the speed limit, preventing any attempt to pass. I guess they feel now that the road is straight they no longer need to be afraid to go the speed limit, or exceed it.


I like my cruise control. I cannot tell you how many times I'll be driving down the freeway using cruise control and pass a slower moving vehicle only to have them suddenly speed up as soon as I am past them.

Or, how many times I have had some driver race past me only to have them sit at the same traffic lights as me mile after mile.

If I am the reason for the slow moving traffic, I will keep to a slower speed when passing lanes come along to let folks pass.

I admit, when I'm driving my clipper, I do get annoyed with the guy behind me behaving all frustrated and tailgating because I am going too slow. When the passing lane comes along, I move to the left lane and pick up my speed passing the old toyota corolla going slow and end up driving faster than the guy who was behind me making a fuss. Don't assume I'm the roadblock just because I'm a big brick.

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