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Old 11-16-11, 12:09 PM   #1
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Is your partner a good driver?

Mine has been scaring me recently.

Not too long ago we had an incident. At a 'T' intersection with a stop sign, my wife slowed down, but kept rolling through the stop. The driver that was waiting got visibly upset as did I, shouting that she'd just ran the sign. My wife seemed to think it was no big deal.

Well, this morning we were in the left turn lane waiting for the light to change and another car was in the oncoming lane. The light turned green, but it wasn't the left arrow, meaning my wife had to wait for the oncoming traffic. She started turning left in front of the other car! I shouted and she stopped, but now I'm concerned about her driving ability. Maybe it only happens when I'm in the car and she's distracted...but forgetting the basic rules of the road?
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Old 11-16-11, 12:23 PM   #2
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In these incidents, would the other car have hit your side of your car or her side of your car? The answer to this may tell you much about her intentions or lack thereof.
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you're not alone.

Best thing you can do is tell her it only takes one accident to kill someone.
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My wife used to be a careless/inattentive/"I just don't care" type driver until she listened to me rant about everyone else on the road. Then she rode with her friend who was the same way as her. Riding with her friend scared her straight, and she let me explain all that was going wrong. Now she is a better driver than I am. Nothing turns me on more than a woman who can recite all the rules of the road, especially the most obscure/state-specific ones.
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In these incidents, would the other car have hit your side of your car or her side of your car? The answer to this may tell you much about her intentions or lack thereof.
I was wondering why she upped the life insurance...
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Old 11-17-11, 06:41 AM   #6
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Well, I know that when I was driving and my ex was in the car, I was much more prone to making mistakes. The distraction and the criticism was daunting.

And when I was worried, I was much more prone to making mistakes.
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Old 11-17-11, 07:01 AM   #7
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My wife is legally blind and cannot drive. She can see well enough to cycle, though, and there, she's very good.
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My wife likes to drive from the passenger seat.
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Old 11-17-11, 08:21 AM   #9
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you're not alone.

Best thing you can do is tell her it only takes one accident to kill someone.
There is only one response to this that is anywhere near appropriate: HOLY ****!
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Hum... I don't wanna get in trouble but lets see... stuff she does and is actually proud of it....

- Refusal to use the seat-belt
- Constantly talking on the cell-phone
- Constantly searching for stuff on the purse
- Loosing it sometimes and yelling *stuff* to other drivers (mild road rage)

Apart from that, I feel perfectly comfortable falling asleep while she's driving. I'm never worried about her getting into an accident. I'm worried about her getting a traffic citation. But somehow this is what usually happens:

* Rube gets ticket for broken headlamp, $200 bucks.
* So' gets ticket for broken headlamp, $10 bucks

She said I should smile to cops and be friendly... didn't worked.
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My wife is legally blind and cannot drive. She can see well enough to cycle, though, and there, she's very good.
And well enought to kick his butt as required.
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Hum... I don't wanna get in trouble but lets see... stuff she does and is actually proud of it....

- Refusal to use the seat-belt
- Constantly talking on the cell-phone
- Constantly searching for stuff on the purse
- Loosing it sometimes and yelling *stuff* to other drivers (mild road rage)

Apart from that, I feel perfectly comfortable falling asleep while she's driving. I'm never worried about her getting into an accident. I'm worried about her getting a traffic citation. But somehow this is what usually happens:

* Rube gets ticket for broken headlamp, $200 bucks.
* So' gets ticket for broken headlamp, $10 bucks

She said I should smile to cops and be friendly... didn't worked.
No seat belt fine here abouts is $165 (VOE) and talking on cell phone is similar range.
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Old 11-17-11, 11:06 AM   #13
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My partner SAYS he's a good driver... we truely try NOT to drive with each other, having reached the conclusion (about 20 years ago) that neither of us tolerates the other's driving "suggestions".
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I'm a 'better' driver - meaning I hear the soundtrack music from various Hollywood car chases when i drive and in my head, our econobox sounds like a big block Hemi. I draw the line at wearing those open back snug black leather driving gloves and nubby-soled moccasins...

However she is a good and much safer driver.
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Old 11-17-11, 01:15 PM   #15
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Hum... I don't wanna get in trouble but lets see... stuff she does and is actually proud of it....

- Refusal to use the seat-belt
- Constantly talking on the cell-phone
- Constantly searching for stuff on the purse
- Loosing it sometimes and yelling *stuff* to other drivers (mild road rage)

Apart from that, I feel perfectly comfortable falling asleep while she's driving. I'm never worried about her getting into an accident. I'm worried about her getting a traffic citation. But somehow this is what usually happens:

* Rube gets ticket for broken headlamp, $200 bucks.
* So' gets ticket for broken headlamp, $10 bucks

She said I should smile to cops and be friendly... didn't worked.
It's quite easy to get people to buckle up. What you do is put them in the passenger or back seat and take the car to an empty parking lot. At the parking lot do some standard evasive maneuvers you might do on the road. Now ask them if they could have done that without the seat belt.

Bonus points if you let them hold hot beverages.

Either that, or get the police to roll your car.
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Old 11-17-11, 01:19 PM   #16
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I'm a 'better' driver - meaning I hear the soundtrack music from various Hollywood car chases when i drive and in my head, our econobox sounds like a big block Hemi. I draw the line at wearing those open back snug black leather driving gloves and nubby-soled moccasins...

However she is a good and much safer driver.
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Mine is perfect. She doesn't drive.
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My wife did not start driving until the age of forty-five. After living in NYC for those forty-five years she had no need to drive. When she moved to Tampa, a drivers license and transportation was in order. She opted for a driving school to teach her to drive correctly. She opted to marry me for the Explorer I bought her. She had two speeding tickets immediately after being turned loose and the monetary fines killed her. Now she realizes why speed limit signs are why they are, what turning signals are for (uses them religiously I might add) and common courtesy.

Now she drives a F-150 four door Lariat and loves being "above" to see clearer and she also feels safer in Florida monsoons as well in the truck. I love how my wife practices common courtesy and patience when she drives; so much so that it has rubbed off a little in my daily driving skills. Now when I see someone NOT using signals, I do several things to show them what an idiot they are.

I still worry about her driving alone on her 45 mile daily commute, but I worry about the other drivers and her. Some of these clowns are driving without headlights on in the early mornings when it is still mostly dark and that kind of crap. Her truck is exceptionally clean and receives compliments on its still "new" looks when it is actually four years old. More than my 06 Honda Civic gets.

If your wife is driving like you describe when you are with her, then she is definitely driving the same or worse when she is alone. I feel that she is one of the group I like to call, "They drive like THEY want to drive, not like the rules say they should drive". In other words, she cares nothing for courtesy to other drivers and is only interested in how fast/quickly/unsafely/inconsiderately she arrives at her destination.
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But somehow this is what usually happens:

* Rube gets ticket for broken headlamp, $200 bucks.
* So' gets ticket for broken headlamp, $10 bucks

She said I should smile to cops and be friendly... didn't worked.
This is because she has boobs and you do not.
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My wife is legally blind and cannot drive. She can see well enough to cycle, though, and there, she's very good.
The opposite here, as I'm the one who is legally blind. I shall refrain from judging her skills lest something happens to me in my sleep
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I'm a better driver than I used to be. I'm a slightly better passenger than I used to be.

I'm a fair distance from criticizing anybody else's driving.
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