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Old March 29 2013, 08:45 PM   #98
Locutus of Bored
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Re: The Dashcam Chronicles

Flux Capacitor wrote: View Post
This is unbelievable. So now my driving is critiqued and hypothetical situations are being made up where I'm the one at fault.
Please tell me that the irony of you complaining about strangers in a comment thread critiquing your driving in videos posted online occurred to you while you were typing up this post? Because otherwise, that would be unbelievable.

First of all...did you see an accident in that video? Maybe that would have been more exciting for all of you, but the fact is that no, no accident happened. I guess that was just a happy coincidence then and not due to anything on my part.
Wait, you think we want to see you get in an accident to make a more compelling video? That's the exact opposite of what I was saying, where I thought it looked like you're being overly aggressive and impatient while driving in order to force a situation that makes for good video, like in the "two wrongs don't make a right" crosswalk video especially where you sped up when it was obvious what the other driver (who was more in the wrong, but that's beside the point) was doing.

I honked because the woman (yes I saw that she was a woman) crossed into my lane for no reason.
I know it's not what it often gets used for, but honking is supposed to be for accident avoidance, not to show your displeasure at someone's bad driving when there's no longer any danger.

I *did* slow down to make sure I did my part to let the pedestrians clear my path. I then proceeded because every other time I've turned at that intersection nobody else has been careless enough to turn I to the wrong lane. But like I said...I still avoided the accident.
Accidents are avoided because of luck all the time. Just because you didn't have one here doesn't mean you're Mario Andretti with amazing driving skillz or anything. Like I said, it comes off like you were driving too aggressively to me. Just because someone else screws up and you have the right of way doesn't mean you should try and wedge yourself in ahead of them and potentially cause an accident when their path into your lane and premature turn seem entirely obvious before you tried to turn yourself.

But sure, go ahead and play armchair psychiatrists from a 15 second video.
Isn't that exactly what you're doing with your assumptions about other drivers motives; attributing them to malicious intent to cut you off, etc. rather than simple misunderstandings and oversights which happen on the road all the time?

And somehow it comes off as petty for me to make these videos but somehow its funny to take the time to film yourself watching my video...
Actually, yeah, it was, and it happened to accurately capture the experience of watching each of your mostly pointless videos of utterly forgettable minor traffic incidents perfectly.

Somehow I doubt he's going to try and make a whole YouTube Channel out of it, though.

Someone said it earlier...I do the same thing multiple times expecting different results. And that thing is posting here expecting a civil discussion when all I've gotten in the past is ridicule and people who think they're Dr. Freud analyzing me. I've honestly never posted at a forum where I've encountered so many people who act like that.
While I greatly admire that you're continuing Northern California's tradition of producing world class white whines, there's a quote from the TV show Justified that I'd like you to consider. It's been used a lot around here lately, but only because it's so apt:

Raylan: "You ever hear of the saying 'you run into an asshole in the morning, you ran into an asshole; you run into assholes all day, you're the asshole?'"

Now, before you build a full head of steam, I'm not calling you an asshole. I'm just reiterating the point I made earlier that if you keep running into this kind of problem over and over again, maybe the problem is not everyone else. Maybe the problem is you and how you present yourself.

You've posted threads complaining about various people or events or issues for years and frequently they receive a negative reaction. Is it because the people of TrekBBS are just exceptionally rude? How do you account for the fact that it's not always the same people having that reaction, though? While there are plenty of old timers still around here, there are also a lot of fresh recruits who encounter your threads and still have the same negative reaction. Were they all indoctrinated to dislike your attitude when they joined, or could it be that your attitude is the problem itself, and that different people all have a very consistent reaction to it?

Sorry, there was a bit of uncivil discussion there, but since apparently simply critiquing your videos and giving you the feedback that you asked for is considered uncivil as well, I guess it doesn't really make much difference, does it? You're going to classify anyone disagreeing with you as being uncivil no matter what.

Roger Wilco wrote: View Post
I don't want to be overly critical of FC here, but one thing that annoyed me was, yes, what some of the other drivers did was dumb, giving very short notice about changing lanes and squeezing into tight spots, but if you see an idiot do that, why not slow down and give him a little more space?
How much more space am I supposed to give them? The space they're taking up is what was once my buffer area between the car in front of me. So because they're an impatient douchebag who for whatever reason couldn't just slide over behind me (in every instance I wish I also had a rear facing camera because there was never *anyone* behind me) I should slow down even further and just let them on in? I see what you're saying but I'm not going to go out of my way to make it easier for them to be a jerk. I'm not going to speed up and make it impossible for them to get over or nearly cause an accident but I won't make the feel comfortable about the dick move they just made. It's people like the that cause traffic jams by making the driver they just cut off have to slow down to make room for them.
Thank you for perfectly illustrating my earlier remark that it seems as if you are purposely driving aggressively to make a point.

Yes, if you see someone driving badly, you should slow down, go out of your way, and do whatever it takes to make sure you avoid an accident and don't put yourself, the bad driver, and the pedestrians that still hadn't cleared your half of the street in danger. You should not say "Oh, I'll show them!" and speed up to make the turn at the same time when it's obvious they're going to be in the way.

I'm going to ticket someone for honking at a driver who cuts them off, said no cop ever.

When Honking Your Horn Can Land You a Ticket

Did you know that you can get a ticket for using your horn? That’s right; the California Vehicle Code prohibits “unnecessary” horn use. Here’s what California Vehicle Code Section 27001 says about it:

Subdivision (a), “The driver of a motor vehicle when reasonably necessary to insure safe operation shall give audible warning with his horn.”
Subdivision (b), “The horn shall not otherwise be used, except as a theft alarm system which operates as specified in Article 13 (commencing with Section 28085) of this chapter.”

So when should and when should it not be used. Here are some tips from the Department of Motor Vehicles Driver Handbook, Safe Driving Practices:

When to Use Your Horn:

- Only when necessary, to avoid collisions.
- To try to get “eye contact” with other drivers. You may tap your horn to alert another driver who might turn in front of you and cause a collision.
(Before you say this one applies to you, the other driver was already past you when you honked)
- On narrow mountain roads, where you cannot see at least 200 feet ahead of your vehicle.

When You Should Not Use Your Horn:

- If a driver or bicyclist is going slowly, and you want him or her to drive faster or get out of your way. The driver or bicyclist may not be able to safely go faster, due to illness, being lost, intoxication, or having mechanical problems with the vehicle.
- To alert other drivers that they made a mistake. Your honking may cause them to make more mistakes or to become angry and retaliate.
- Because you may be angry or upset.
- To honk at pedestrians, bicyclists, or motorcyclists unless necessary to avoid a collision. Remember that your horn sounds much louder outside a vehicle.

The DMV also cautions that, honking your horn may startle other drivers and that it is generally safer to slow down or stop, instead of honking your horn.
Someone should post a video about drivers who abuse the horn and violate traffic laws. I'm sure that would be entertaining.
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