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Dear SUV-driving dingbats

If you really want to know what I have in the trunk that badly, let's pull over and I'll show you.  I much prefer that to you trying to crawl your front bumper in there with me.  I drive well in the snow and ice, and I have good snow tires on.  I'm driving at a nicely comfortable pace with enough space to NOT hit the car in front of me if he should suddenly do something irrational - even if the anti-locks kick in and I slide.  YOU, sir, sitting God-like high above the traffic, alone in your waste of precious natural resources and reveling in your superiority complex, do NOT appear to drive well in the snow and ice, and may very well have crappy tires.  Yes, you may have four-wheel-drive, but that doesn't translate to four wheel *stop* in these conditions.

I think George Carlin said it best: "FIRST you learn to drive, THEN you buy your f***ing safe car."

And the winner in the "Most Likely to Meet a Bridge Abuttment" category is...

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hugh_mannity
Jan. 21st, 2011 02:17 pm (UTC)
Oh tell me about it.

Today's winner though, was not an SUV, it was a panel truck which was cruising down the left hand lane (of 3 so he shouldn't have been in that lane to begin with) at around 45 - 50mph when the rest of us were doing a nice gentle 30 - 35mph.

I have the perfect vehicle for this weather -- I was dong donuts and figure eights in the data mines parking lot this morning -- but not even Land Rovers are immune from the laws of physics.
merimask
Jan. 21st, 2011 03:43 pm (UTC)
I hear you. I'm not sure where it says in the driver's manual for all-wheel-drive vehicles that they stick to ice. 'Cause they don't.

Not to mention; unless you intend to speed for a ~really long~ distance, say, fifty miles...creeping up someone's bumper by pushing the limit is not really going to get you where you are going any faster. You might pull into the parking lot a minute earlier by doing that. Here's a novel idea; leave earlier!

*sigh* Stupid people are stupid.
pippagrey
Jan. 21st, 2011 06:49 pm (UTC)
I noticed that this morning too. I'm doing 25 to 30 pacing the car in front of me, and all sorts of folks, bigger and smaller, decide that they need to be on my tail, or passing me. And given their control over their cars/trucks, I'd actually rather have them on my bumper. More of my mini SUV between me and them. It took me over an hour for what is normally a 25 minute commute.

Of course Tuesday, when 395 was fine, clear to the pavement, great visibility, no one could do more than 20. So I got to be in the left lane all by myself doing 40. Though it took me so long to get to 395 (because no one in this end of the state seems to know how to drive in the winter) I was still 5 minutes late, having left a good 15 minutes earlier than usual.

Sometimes I (almost) wish they would all meet bridge abutments (though without me anywhere in the vicinity) and get all the stupid out of the driving public.
isabeau_lark
Jan. 22nd, 2011 01:01 am (UTC)
I live within commuting distance of Manhattan. We have some of the biggest morons on the road.

I know how to keep my little CRV nicely under control in this weather, even without snow tires. I don't trust the rest of the folks on the road to be able to do the same. We finished the snow earlier than you, so thankfully, once I hit the highway, stuff was just wet, and by the time I had to get home it was cleared. There are days when it's just stupid out there, though.

My usual comment as I pull over to get out of their way is, "please, go kill yourself on your own time, not mine!"

Edited at 2011-01-22 01:02 am (UTC)
galingale
Jan. 23rd, 2011 01:24 am (UTC)
Hear Hear!

I'm in the market for a bumper sticker that says something like "please drive like I have a migraine and 4 bald tires."
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