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Old 09-30-09, 10:06 PM   #1
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The good the bad and the ulgy?

What have you done or seen others do to deal with @$$hole drivers? 6 of us at work were talking about this and I was woundering what stories or crazy ideas others have, this is not about right or wrong just asking for fun, I want some good stories for the guys at work.

I was hopping to hear about the crazy guy with weapons on his bike, I've heard some people carry a ballpeen hammer, barrings to throw and some just slap on cars to make their point.

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Old 10-01-09, 12:00 AM   #2
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i saw some folks who almost got drive by doored by some drunk college kids catch up to them at the stoplight, pull the passenger out of the car...and...held him while they called the cops. Turns out it's far more humiliating to be arressted for underage drinking and having your buddies leave you behind then it is to get your @ss whooped.

bruised egos are much worse than brused body parts it turns out.
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Old 10-01-09, 06:57 AM   #3
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I seem to be lucky in living somewhere where the average driver isn't a sociopath who needs to be "dealt with". Additionally, I'm also lucky in being a driver quite often myself, which helps me to understand (as some bikeforums members obstinately refuse to) that a lot of driver behavior isn't "@$$hole behavior" even if it may inadvertently inconvenience me (it's called "traffic"), that drivers do not get up in the morning planning to kill a cyclist on the way to work, and that automatically viewing drivers as The Adversary is silly and childish.
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I seem to be lucky in living somewhere where the average driver isn't a sociopath who needs to be "dealt with". Additionally, I'm also lucky in being a driver quite often myself, which helps me to understand (as some bikeforums members obstinately refuse to) that a lot of driver behavior isn't "@$$hole behavior" even if it may inadvertently inconvenience me (it's called "traffic"), that drivers do not get up in the morning planning to kill a cyclist on the way to work, and that automatically viewing drivers as The Adversary is silly and childish.
This is what I clicked on this thread to say. Sticky for this post plz.
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Old 10-01-09, 07:40 AM   #5
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I seem to be lucky in living somewhere where the average driver isn't a sociopath who needs to be "dealt with". Additionally, I'm also lucky in being a driver quite often myself, which helps me to understand (as some bikeforums members obstinately refuse to) that a lot of driver behavior isn't "@$$hole behavior" even if it may inadvertently inconvenience me (it's called "traffic"), that drivers do not get up in the morning planning to kill a cyclist on the way to work, and that automatically viewing drivers as The Adversary is silly and childish.
Absolutely. While I do occasionally raise a finger or shoot out a WTF? look, once I do it's over and done with, because I know I've done equally stupid things on the road; both on my bike and behind the wheel. Kudos to you.
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I seem to be lucky in living somewhere where the average driver isn't a sociopath who needs to be "dealt with". Additionally, I'm also lucky in being a driver quite often myself, which helps me to understand (as some bikeforums members obstinately refuse to) that a lot of driver behavior isn't "@$$hole behavior" even if it may inadvertently inconvenience me (it's called "traffic"), that drivers do not get up in the morning planning to kill a cyclist on the way to work, and that automatically viewing drivers as The Adversary is silly and childish.
it's true that some driver behaviour is pure error owing to the human condition. I also believe a large part is based on the fact that we live in a society filled with narcissism where people have trouble recognizing anything/anyone exists outside of themselves. this is merely my opinion and may not be shared by alot of people.
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Although not a bike story, I thought this one was good. A co-worker of my uncle was driving home after a late shift in his pickup and had this cretin tailgate him for several miles. He tried several things to get rid of the guy, slowed down and changed to the right lane but he stayed glued to his rear bumper. Getting frustrated he spied an opportunity to ditch the tailgator by observing the right lane ahead was occupied by parked cars. Watching his mirror like a hawk, he made a lane change at the last minute to evade the parked car and the tailgator collided with the parked vehicle.
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Wow - intentionally wrecked the car behind him into another car. Sure glad I'm not the guy that parked his car on the side of the road!

It does not have to be intentional to be a**holeish behavior. Lack of attention, distraction are dangerous and preventable, therefore a**hole-ish.
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I was once on a group climbing ride, we were on a fairly wide road (3 lanes both ways) and we were on the far right. Along comes some guy in a BMW who acted aggressively towards us. He was pulling in really close to us from the left and nearly hit a few guys. He basically stuck with us until we came to a red stop light. There one of the big guys on the ride , 6'5" romanian guy, walked up to the car to question him. The driver then got pissed and started to curse us out and all that. Well that+dangerous driving(he was one of the guys that almost got hit) really set him off. He yanked the driver's partially open window and shattered it. Some other stuff may have been said( I didn't hear), the driver sped off and we finished our climbs undisturbed.

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Although not a bike story, I thought this one was good. A co-worker of my uncle was driving home after a late shift in his pickup and had this cretin tailgate him for several miles. He tried several things to get rid of the guy, slowed down and changed to the right lane but he stayed glued to his rear bumper. Getting frustrated he spied an opportunity to ditch the tailgator by observing the right lane ahead was occupied by parked cars. Watching his mirror like a hawk, he made a lane change at the last minute to evade the parked car and the tailgator collided with the parked vehicle.
wow, this is funny. While I feel bad for the guy that owned the parked car, I can't say I would hold any fault to the driver in front. I am guessing the a$$hole who was tailgating learned his lesson and didn't do it again, at least I sure hope he did.
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What have you done or seen others do to deal with @$$hole drivers?
How do I deal with a-hole drivers? I let them go first and forget about them as they disappear in the distance.

That ought to give your buds around the water cooler a great story.
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Yesterday on my way to work, a man in a pickup nearly clipped me with his mirror. I don't know if that was his intention. But he had plenty of room to swing around me. I caught up to him at the light, pulled out my wallet, knocked on his window, displayed my badge and "gently" advised him that it is now state law that he give at least 36" distance between his vehicle and any cyclist on the road. I advised him that he could be issued a summons for a misdemeanor and that if he had connected, it would have been vehicular assault - a felony. His reply - "I didn't see you." I countered with "Well, that would be reckless driving for observing the road - another misdemeanor."

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A couple of weeks ago, I squirted one through his open window with my water bottle as I caught back up to him...it was less fulfilling that I thought it would be.
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Although not a bike story, I thought this one was good. A co-worker of my uncle was driving home after a late shift in his pickup and had this cretin tailgate him for several miles. He tried several things to get rid of the guy, slowed down and changed to the right lane but he stayed glued to his rear bumper. Getting frustrated he spied an opportunity to ditch the tailgator by observing the right lane ahead was occupied by parked cars. Watching his mirror like a hawk, he made a lane change at the last minute to evade the parked car and the tailgator collided with the parked vehicle.
From what I've experienced in the past the tailgater is most likely a driver who is DUI. He kept following your co-worke'rs uncle because he was so wasted that the only way he can stay on the road is to follow the tail light in front of him.
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From what I've experienced in the past the tailgater is most likely a driver who is DUI. He kept following your co-worke'rs uncle because he was so wasted that the only way he can stay on the road is to follow the tail light in front of him.
Yeah...even if he's not DUI, it might be safest to assume he is. When someone's tailgating me, I find a side street or a parking lot to turn into, and let the tailgater move along without me.
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