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Old 03-08-07, 12:07 PM   #1
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If you have a driving record, is it a good one?

One of my co-workers said that I must be a pretty crappy driver, since I don't have a car. Actually, I had a couple accidents the first year I drove. Since then, I've driven quite a lot (unfortunately) and my driving record is absolutely clean. No accidents or tickets in 30 years of driving. (I still drive about 10 miles a month to take my elderly dad to doctor appointments, etc.)

Not braggin', just testifyin'.
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Old 03-08-07, 12:17 PM   #2
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No accidents in 30 years, no tickets in 25.
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Old 03-08-07, 01:12 PM   #3
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Over 250,000 miles on Alaskan highways, year round. Never hit so much as a moose. But I'm completely sick of it.
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Three accidents in 15 years of driving that were my fault, and one that wasn't (old lady broad-sided me) so I guess I wasn't a very good driver, no. Oh well. At least I'm off the road!
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Old 03-08-07, 04:30 PM   #5
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Ah, driving records. Well, according to the odometer on my car, I've driven just over 30,000 miles in 5 (almost 5.5) years. That's not including all those times I drove my parents' cars, nor the time a classmate of mine fell asleep at the wheel of her car while we were heading back to Orange County from San Diego in the middle of the night. I had to take over for the rest of the drive home there.

I had one fender bender with two cars. Some cell phone yakking teenage airhead rear-ended me, causing my stopped car to push forward into the old lady in front of me. The airhead took off (hit-and-run) and the old lady yelled at me and blamed everything on me, despite my showing that I was rear-ended before I crashed into her! Stupid teenaged airheads on their cell phones

I crashed into walls 2 times, but I didn't let my auto insurance or the DMV know about those, and fixed them with money out of my own pocket. I have a "good driver" discount from my auto insurance right now, but it's still costing me almost $2,000 a year, because I'm under 25

Oh well. I just have to survive until graduation. Then I'm movin' to Seattle and selling this money sucker
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Old 03-08-07, 05:28 PM   #6
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I have averaged around 40k a year for the past 11 years, no tickets or wrecks. Before that the last ticket was a bogus one in Prince William County VA. They had just paved the road and the lane stripes weren't in. I got a ticket for driving on the shoulder...it was dismissed. One before that was in 1979

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Old 03-08-07, 05:44 PM   #7
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My last ticket was in 1983. That's when I learned about radar detectors.

I was in an accident that was my fault in 1975. Too fast making a right turn in the first snow of the season. Skidded right into a town snowplow.

In 1991 I was stopped at a red light and a teenage girl with a three-week-old driver's license plowed into the back of my car. No injuries, I drove home. Her mom's car was toast.

My license expired a year or two after I went car-free in 1999. I'd moved twice and the renewal notice never caught up with me, and I never had occasion to check the expiration date, until I tried to rent a car on a trip. That was embarrassing. And inconvenient.

My license had been expired long enough that I had to start all over again with the written test, learner's permit, five-hour course, and road test. Just got it last year. Still have no intention of owning a car.
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Old 03-08-07, 10:36 PM   #8
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Mine is good, but it is kind of a requirement
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Old 03-08-07, 10:41 PM   #9
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last at-fault accident: 1987, in Germany; no cost, took out a german-shepherd-sized deer, buddies fixed my hood (while i worked) w/o my knowing it.

last ticket: 1977, passed a motorcycle, apparently too close, got slapped w/ reckless driving by motorcycle cop from 3 blocks back.

last car : 2004, engine puked. junked it & haven't looked back.

have been asked a few times about dui, just laugh and tell them my driving record is better than theirs -- i'm usually right.
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Old 03-08-07, 11:59 PM   #10
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Nothing on my record since age 20. As a teenager, I had 2 speeding tickets and was T-boned once - not my fault.
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Turning 29, clean record for 10 years
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Old 03-09-07, 03:53 AM   #12
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I'm willing to bet the co-worker says rude things like that to others. If it happens repeatedly it is harrassment and can be actionable. If it happens again proceed Verrry carefully.
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Old 03-09-07, 07:01 AM   #13
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I got my DL when I was 26 in 1978. Never had an accident. I hope this doesn't jinx me.
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Old 03-09-07, 07:17 AM   #14
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No auto accidents of any kind in 44 years of driving cars in Europe and the US. Only ticket in the last 10 years was for running a red light, on a bicycle.
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Technically, my record is perfect. I say technically because I got one ticket while driving home from TN that was later removed because of my attendance in driving class... totally stupid really... I was going down the highway in my turbo VW Beetle [which got traded for a Jetta - bad idea!], I reached down to the floorboard of the passenger side (yes, I could still see the road - don't worry!) to get a fast food bag so that I could deposit my used napkin into it. The leaning forward caused me to depress the gas pedal just enough and combined with traveling down a hill - well I got up to 83 in a jiffy!

This happened a little over two years ago. Now I would just toss the napkin into the back seat
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Old 03-09-07, 09:33 AM   #16
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Clean record. But then I've hardly ever driven in my life...
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I bought a shiny red Firebird in '72, and immediately went out and got my first and only speeding ticket. I did get my one and only fix-it ticket in the same car in '83(headlight out). Needless to say, the car is now relegated to status of garage queen. I have never received any tickets while riding any of my bicycles.
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Old 03-09-07, 09:43 AM   #18
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a couple speeding tickets, no accidents since started driving in 1997.
my tendancy is to drive like i bike - fast as i can while keeping it safe. speeding tickets were on wide-open, deserted roads. no one at risk. The more i bike, the less likely i am to get another ticket.

oddly, i run red lights & stopsigns all the time on the bike, cops have seen me several times and don't care. there's so few bikers in N Texas it's not a traffic issue. i fugure if i get runned over it's my fault - guess they figure the same!
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...not my fault.
That what they all say!
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I'm such a good back seat driver, that I haven't even been a passenger in a car involved in a collision.
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I forgot to mention in my previous post:

I've never gotten a ticket before, either for speeding, or for running red lights in the car (and I've done plenty of both, mostly as a teenager). I guess Southern California police are pretty lax about enforcing automotive laws

Or maybe I'm just able to spot them before they see me committing the evil deeds. The only time I ever had to deal with a cop in a traffic-based situation was when a CHP officer came in to check if I was okay after the hit-and-run by the blonde bimbo mentioned in my post above. He was very straight forward and kind, compared to stereotypes I've heard about cops before.
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Old 03-09-07, 12:09 PM   #22
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No auto accidents of any kind in 44 years of driving cars in Europe and the US. Only ticket in the last 10 years was for running a red light, on a bicycle.
That's the way to go. I haven't received a bike ticket yet, but I've only been riding 5 years. I've run stop signs in front of cops, and gone through a red light (after stopping) in front of one. But no ticket, warning, dirty look... nothing. Makes me feel like they don't care.
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Old 03-09-07, 12:41 PM   #23
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No tickets, no accidents. Been a driver for 15 years. I just did the math and it looks like I've driven somewhere around 175,000 miles in my life, though in the last few years, I rarely get behind the wheel.
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No tickets in over 30 years of having a driver's license. Only accident was one in which an elderly gentleman rear ended me because he was not keeping an eye on the road, and that happened about 6 weeks after I got my driver's license. I still don't know how I avoided being seriously hurt, as I was waiting to make a left turn and he pushed me right into oncoming traffic. I still have the traffic accident report somewhere in the house!

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Perfect driving record here. I've never received so much as a parking ticket. I have a perfectly good Jeep Wrangler (and my girlfriend has a new Dodge Neon) so cars are always a turn of a key away. I just prefer to ride if possible.
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