car characteristics of bad drivers


peapod
#1
Can you tell if someone is a bad driver by looking at their car?
How about someone in a 4 wheel drive with a looney tunes spare tire cover.
A coat hanger poking up as the radio antenna.
Do these make you assume the person is a bad driver...
 
Reverend Blair
#2
I assume anybody in an SUV or a mini-van is a bad driver who has no idea what mirrors are for. I assume everybody else is a bad driver who doesn't believe that mirrors exist.
 
Canucklehead
#3
Quote: Originally Posted by Reverend Blair

I assume anybody in an SUV or a mini-van is a bad driver who has no idea what mirrors are for.

I'll second that motion, Rev.

People I see driving 'beaters' (coathanger for antenna etc) are no concern at all. With a car in that shape, chances are they'll be very very careful to avoid sudden moves which could potentially shake a fender off the thing
 
Aizlynne
#4
Quote: Originally Posted by Canucklehead

Quote: Originally Posted by Reverend Blair

I assume anybody in an SUV or a mini-van is a bad driver who has no idea what mirrors are for.

I'll second that motion, Rev.

People I see driving 'beaters' (coathanger for antenna etc) are no concern at all. With a car in that shape, chances are they'll be very very careful to avoid sudden moves which could potentially shake a fender off the thing

You should see how bad it is in Alberta. You can basically drive a car that is literally falling apart, but as long as it has wheels and a motor that works you can drive it around. You should see some of the crap around here on the roads.

To make matters worse they deregulated driving services and so we have a bunch of people who couldn't drive if their life depended on it. But they get licenses because they pay the money. It's like the blind leading the blind. Cops pull over people for bad infractions and then they pretend like they can't speak English. So my question is how the heck can you read the road signs, etc. if you can't spead the language. Now how scary is that?
 
MMMike
#5
Quote: Originally Posted by Reverend Blair

I assume anybody in an SUV or a mini-van is a bad driver who has no idea what mirrors are for. I assume everybody else is a bad driver who doesn't believe that mirrors exist.

SUV drivers more than anyone else. But then, I think everyone else is a moron on the roads except for me. Btw, what are these "mirrors" you keep talking about!!??
Mothers with kids in the car/van are very bad drivers. I'll even risk the wrath of the gentler persuasion and say most women are bad drivers. :P
 
AirIntake
#6
I assume every other driver on the road is drunk and retarded until they prove otherwise and I drive accordingly.
 
Ten Packs
#7
"Back Off" mudflaps are a pretty good clue, too.
 
Twila
#8
I'm thinking that being 81yrs old might be a characteristic of a bad driver...you might too after you read this:

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - An 81-year-old woman preparing to take a test drive at a car dealership hit her husband, a salesman, a parked car and a tree before running into a wall.

"She must have panicked," said Joe Sica, sales manager at Honda of Fort Myers. The new Honda Accord shot backward after Dorothy Byrum got behind the wheel and apparently stepped on the wrong pedal Wednesday.

The open car door hit her 88-year-old husband, Robert, and the salesman. Then the car struck the parked car, the tree and the wall. The air bag deployed, and Byrum was not injured.
http://www.canada.com/news/oddities/...5-97577a3d9ec3
Her husband was knocked down but was in good condition the following day. The salesman was released after treatment and is expected to be off work for about a week, Sica said.

The car was written off.
 
Reverend Blair
#9
I had those on my old yellow and red truck, Ten Packs. Judging by the shape the bumpers were in when I got it you have a really good point.

I have a fresh bad driving story. I just stopped at the off sale on the way home from the vet's. I was standing in line when a stripper walked out of the bar. A guy in one car stopped to watch her. The guy in the car behind him was watching her too, but he didn't stop. They were still yelling at each other when I left.
 
Ten Packs
#10
Too funny, Rev!

BTW, have you noticed that you're soon to hit five THOUSAND posts?

Mind you, I have over 2700 on one Forum alone, and I'm in three regulary.

Maybe we should both get a life, eh? LMAO!
 
Foo1
#11
Anybody who talks on cellphones or whose head cannot be seen over the dashboard.

Also, the blokes who have tinted windows, souped up engines and aftermarket mufflers and race down crowded streets in broad daylight down walkly...where the speed traps are conveniently located!
 
Dexter Sinister
#12
Quote: Originally Posted by AirIntake

I assume every other driver on the road is drunk and retarded until they prove otherwise and I drive accordingly.

Exactly. That's the only rational assumption if you want to stay alive and keep your vehicle out of the body shop. I drive a lot and I've had lots of near misses, but by assuming other drivers are going to do the stupidest possible thing, I've usually been able to see them coming in time to avoid them. But there's not much you can do about the loser coming up behind you. I've been rear-ended four times, once by a guy so drunk he could barely stand up, twice by people talking on cell phones, and once in a heavy snow storm by a guy in an SUV, who apparently thought that with 4WD you don't have to pay attention to road conditions.

But to the OP's question: no, I don't think you can tell from the vehicle whether someone's a bad driver. Sometimes you can, but not reliably. An SUV is often a good indicator, as is an overpowered low-slung vehicle with a booming sound system rattling its fenders, but in general bad drivers are everywhere, in all kinds of vehicles, and the only safe assumption is as AirIntake so eloquently put it.
 
Ten Packs
#13
SUV-owners are a scream. Living several miles out of town, and using the TCH a lot, we always see some SUVs in the ditch or the median after the first snow-storm or two of the year.

These morons think 4-wheel makes you omnipotent - when in fact it basically helps you GET GOING, helps only a little in turns, and does NOTHING for braking!
 
Ten Packs
#14
Quote: Originally Posted by Ten Packs

Too funny, Rev!

BTW, have you noticed that you're soon to hit five THOUSAND posts?

Mind you, I have over 2700 on one Forum alone, and I'm in three regulary.

Maybe we should both get a life, eh? LMAO!

I just noticed, on another Forum, that I am in excess of 2100 posts.... does this mean I should eat my rifle???
 
mrmom2
#15
Don't eat your rifle tell me how you've done it ?My wife is already bitching that i post to much
 
Dexter Sinister
#16
Quote: Originally Posted by mrmom2

Don't eat your rifle tell me how you've done it ?My wife is already bitching that i post to much

Time to get a different wife...
 
Reverend Blair
#17
Posts don't take that long to accumulate. The time I used to spend locked in a room or staring at the TV not talking to anybody is now spent here. Apparently I'm more communicative in public now. My wife is resigned to the fact that when she takes away my keyboard I scribble on the walls.
 
Ten Packs
#18
Quote:

Don't eat your rifle tell me how you've done it? My wife is already bitching that I post to much

RETIRE! But, keep her working 8 hours a day!!!

So you gotta make dinner 5 nights a week, and do laundry at least once.... Pfffft! - what a deal!

 
Ten Packs
#19
Any second-year Psych-student will tell you that "scribbling on walls" is NOT a healthy sign....


*wink*
 
Reverend Blair
#20
Oh sure, you got to retire. When I'm 87 I'll be sitting here telling people not put caustic substances into their eyes. I don't know if the cheques will still be coming in at that point, but you know how old people and governments are with sound advice...whip it like the neighbour's cat.
 
Ten Packs
#21
Well...... 27 years of "selling my soul to the company-store"....
(bet youre not old enough to know that song, or the singer )

We have had this argument many times before, Rev - yeah, "ya can stand yer ground", or "ya can take it up the butt, and then reap the rewards"....

Everyone gets to make that decision.




Looks pretty good from my point of view NOW, though I admit it didnt for a long time.
I guess that's what it's all about.


The last part of the equation is to get my WIFE'S RRSP well into the six-figure range... getting close. Then turn it into Annuities, so she can retire, too. Admittedly, this year hasn't been great (especially this WEEK! Sheee-it!) But it's done about 16% a year, since we started it.... not bad.)
 
Reverend Blair
#22
Quote:

Well...... 27 years of "selling my soul to the company-store"....
(bet youre not old enough to know that song, or the singer

I've loaded my sixteen tons, Ten Packs. I don't have it on CD, but Tennesse lives on a chunk of grooved vinyl around here someplace. With a voice like that, how could he not?

Quote:

We have had this argument many times before, Rev - yeah, "ya can stand yer ground", or "ya can take it up the butt, and then reap the rewards"....

Everyone gets to make that decision

Nah-uh...I've told you before that i'm incapable of retiring. It's not a decision, and it's got nothing to do with money. I have a feeling you never figured out how to retire either...you don't seem really good at staring at the walls though, so...

I think the difference is in the definition of retired and work. Some people say I never worked enough, some say I work too much, others try to sell me weird little schemes so I can quit working and live in a mansion, or maybe a hog barn. I've never really been clear on that.

I've mostly done what I wanted and for the few years I tried to sell my soul to some corporate master for a few bucks and a new car I wasn't a whole lot of fun...or even human.

Fortunately I came to my senses and stopped. It was either that or throttle an innocent.

Whatever. I'll work until I die, Ten Packs. I just don't think that work requires a wage or a wage requires work. You can't retire if you you like the gig.
 
Jo Canadian
#23
Quote:

Rubber Neckers

DEF: "Rubber Necker" - a person who interrupts what they are doing just look at what is happening to someone else. The other incident or event usually has nothing to do with the Rubber Necker, but due to curiosity these Rubber Neckers have to interrupt (sometimes stops) what they are doing to look at the other event.

The best examples are the individuals who slow their car down to a crawl just because there is a police car stopped on the side of the highway with another private car. If you think these people are bad, what about those who slow their cars down on the highway to look at an incident on the far side of the incoming traffic?

I have spoken to many people (friends) about the concept of "Rubber Neckers" and none of them say they are one. Although, I see them in every city that I go to.

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Hans
#24
[quote="MMMike"]
Quote: Originally Posted by Reverend Blair

I assume anybody in an SUV or a mini-van is a bad driver who has no idea what mirrors are for. I assume everybody else is a bad driver who doesn't believe that mirrors exist.

sadly i saw a young man killed last weekend when a SUV broadsided his small car in a intersection near my home.
everyone in the suv walked away. he didnt stand a chance.
the suv was going to fast. i beleve suv drivers feel like gods.allpowerful.
if it had of been a car he would of lived. suvs impact to high.
cars hit at waist height. suvs hit at chest or head height.
I read the death rate is X 8 with a suv
SUV's are the most selfish thing you can own. it shows that you dont care about your fellow humans. PLEASE PLEASE dont buy SUV's
 
Azalie
#25
If you have one hand on the wheel, and a cell phone in the other... I automatically assume you're a bad driver and NOT PAYING ATTENTION to boot.

I've almost been side-swiped or rear-ended so many times by people chatting on cell phones while driving.
 
Derry McKinney
#26
Cell phones make wonderful paper weights. So do the people who use them.
 

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