Hoping that this post finds you in good spirits & good health..........
Seriously, I have a problem with speeders on the highway, but not just for speeding.What gets me is the road weaver who endangers lives with high speed lane changes forcing you to really tap the brakes as you are cut off.
We have a rule of law problem on our freeways, folks who are neither nor driving fast are taking up our "fast" lanes and our "passing" lanes. Perhaps if the "passing" lanes were available for task they were supposedly designed, those who actually want to pass, would do so in a safer way.
When I am behind someone hogging up the "passing" lane, I first try to make some signal to the hog that I want to get by. That usually gets ignored as they are busy on the phone or some other non-driving realted activity. As I approach, I try to signal my intetnions with my headlights from a great distance and then as I approach closer.
Think of what my alternatives are, if you (in a general sense, not you personally) dont let me get around. The vast majority of aggressive drivers make the signal that you should get out their way by getting as close to your car as they possibly can trying to intimidate you or threatening to hit you if you dont move out of their way (talk about endangering). I hate doing this, but occasionally will for those incredibly studdorn folks who get all bent out of shape that I dared to make a signal to them with my headlights.
Many of the Goliath SUV's need out-rigger pontoons to keep from rolling over from their unbalance and center of gravity.
You want to talk about endangerment, let's talk about the Massive vehicle that is within five feet of your rear bumber at 60 or 70+ MPH. Here is a jerk who would not stand within five feet of you in person, but they are willing to do so at freeway speeds.......
They need courses in high speed and defensive driving.
Where do they offer these courses? and how much do they cost (ie are they available only for the wealthy)?
Most vehicles on the road today are capable of at least 100 MPH, hut their driver's are not.
Actually, with the high speed training that you mention, everyone could handle 100 MPH, easily, but it might mean they have to put down their foam latte' or, heaven forbid, they might have to hang up and drive.......
You know, Alan, I have never driven the autobahn, but there was an interesting program on it the other day. While on the one hand, they wont bust you for excessive speed, they will come after you for passing on the right and THEY WILL GET YOU FOR NOT YIELDING THE PASSING LANE TO FASTER DRIVERS
I agree with you wholeheartedly that those that weave wthin traffic are a menace and I include myself in that scenario much of the time, but I need to remind you sir, that part of the problem exists in the rule of law which has not been altered to reflect the reality of the machines we drive and how they can be driven.
Reading my posts, one could easily misconstrue what I am saying to think that I dont care how many people I endanger or frighten along the way when the opposite is actually the case. First, I love driving when no one else is around, partly cuz I dont want to bother other people and partlky because the whole point of driving is to get from a to b, not to get three fone calls made and finish off my breakfast.
Some time back I was traveling the 400 miles up to the Bay Area, pretty soon the road winnowed down to only 2 lanes, like the mass turnpike east of the 84 split (without many of the hills), and I can see for miles ahead of me (straight open road). I told my companions before we left the city that if they acted as companions and kept me company, I would drive as sane as I knew how, but that if they all fell asleep, all bets were off and I would do what I needded to do to get their more quickly and in a manner that would make best use of how alert Karate has taught me to be. It was along that lonely stretch of road that I determined that my vehicle had the govenor placed at 110 MPH (make notice here that they could have easily set that max speed to something lower, but did not bother).
Again, seeing the number, 110 mph, one automatically jumps into judgement mode and declares it to be too fast to be passing other cars on a two lane highway. I say to you, who said I passed anyone doing that speed? I let my foot off the gas about a quarter mile or so before I pass someone and coast a bit, passing them at about 85 or 95 MPH, and them accelerating once again (I try to balance my speed with theirs so I dont pass them too quickly and upset their vehicle with a gush of wind)......
More to come ......
Peace and Wishes for unrestricted speed limits.......