I can understand Road Rage!

Discussion in 'Road Rage' started by Jim C-G, Oct 8, 2017.

  1. Jim C-G

    Jim C-G Member

    On my ride to the ferry in August I seemed to have had someone deliberately try to block me from passing. Pissed me off a little... would it have pissed you off?
     
  2. RossKean

    RossKean Member

    The sad thing is the guy may really be that bad a driver rather than simply being a total dick - I have encountered too many in each category.
    I get a touch of Road Rage from time-to-time. More because of stupid drivers but sometimes the "nice" guys are even worse!

    Stupid is expected and the horn plus one-finger salute reduces my irritation level a bit with these. For the most part, the "stupids" can't really help it. Just be aware that even though the "stupids" really don't know any better, they are quite capable of killing you inadvertently.

    The really irritating ones are the "nice" guys:
    The guy that stops in the middle of a block to let a pedestrian jaywalk.
    The guy who, when the light turns green, beckons the opposing left-turning driver to go ahead; holding up the line of cars behind him.
    The guy who allows a half-dozen cars (who zoomed up ahead in the more open lane) to get back in the lane in front of him.

    The individual who yields the right-of-way when he should not is at least as likely to cause an accident as the "stupids" and generally impedes traffic flow rather than help.

    In answer to your question, it would have pissed me off as well. I might have taken the opportunity to pass on a double yellow - visibility seemed good enough. In any case, I would have wanted to put some distance between that driver and myself. Did you consider getting the license number and reporting him along with your video evidence?
     
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  3. Bob

    Bob Member

    Lots of unsafe driving practices out there for sure. Thanks for showing us how you dealt with that one.
     
  4. Jim C-G

    Jim C-G Member

    The other nice guys I have seen on Newfoundland roads, especially our usual 2 lane ones, is the guy who slows a smidgen and puts on his right blinker to let you know to pass him... usually on a blind corner.
    One thing with action cams, the lenses are very wide angle and things are much closer than they look. I would have done the double line pass but I could see sporadic traffic coming towards me well ahead of what you can pick up in the video. From realizing he was not giving me room to pass til actually passing him was only 2 min.. So, not a great deal out of my day, it did wake me up and keep me awake for quite a bit lol. There are certainly lots of poor drivers out there as well as bad drivers and reckless drivers. Keep your eyes peeled and there is a reason why I seem to have a camera on every minute of the ride these days.
     
  5. murph

    murph Active Member

    Seen lots of stupid in my riding. Been stupid quite a few times as well.
    I find that being pissed off with someone elses actions results in me doing something stupid that when I think about it after makes me shake my head at their actions and my reactions.
    Who is the bigger arsehole is up for interpretation.
     
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  6. Trash

    Trash Member

    Amen, brother!
    The older I get, the more I realize that the real goal is to live to ride another day.
    Sometimes it is hard to keep that perspective in the heat of the moment!
     
  7. Wayne

    Wayne Active Member

    I agree.
     
  8. Clipper

    Clipper Member

    Always keep your eyes peeled for sure. I was coming back from a run in NS a few years ago. Crossed the Seal Island bridge eastbound and came upon a fellow rider doing the speed limit of 100kms exactly. I followed him for a bit , but like Jim, I like to go a bit quicker. The ST seems to settle at 120. There was no traffic ahead of me that I could see in either lane. We came to a passing lane so I signalled and pulled out to pass him, just as a pick up truck a ways back decides to nail the gas and proceed to pass me on my left going into the oncoming traffic lane. Really???? Thankfully no opposing traffic but really? Once he passed me he stayed the same distance ahead of me so maintaining same speed as me. There was no emergency flashers going or anything and the fact he stayed just ahead of me led me to believe there was no emergency. I wasn't late for the ferry so he wouldn't be either. I figured if I stayed with him and found out where he went in the ferry lot I could find him and ask why? However, he turned left at one of the exits before the ferry? I still wonder why?
     
  9. skibum69

    skibum69 Member

    There was the time just past Cape Ray when I was in the left passing lane with no cars travelling in my direction. I was getting my camera out of my tank bag when I looked up to see a car in my lane passing another car. I did not panic, I waited to see who was going to move first. He swerved and went around me on my right. I saw a puff of dirt in my mirror where he hit the far shoulder but was still on the road. I kept going into PAB, gassed up and went into Timmies for a coffee. When I came out a pickup pulled up fast and blocked my bike, a guy jumped out and ran up to me pulling out his badge. The cop said there was an accident and the driver of one of the vehicles said I was in their lane. My response was hold on buddy, let me tell you what happened...which I did which gave him time to settle down and when I finished he asked me to come give a statement. I had plenty of time before the boat so no problem. It turned out that dude who almost killed me clipped the other car when he swerved back to his lane and put his car into a pond, one of his buddies didn't make it out. As the whole story came out the two cars were racing, he came close enough to killing me and he did kill one of his friends. As you can imagine I was pretty unimpressed with those other drivers. What lesson to take from that? Don't panic! If I had of done the instinctive thing to swerve right I would have died, I was lucky enough to have a couple of seconds to assess the situation and make a decision and as a result I am still here to ride my motorcycles. That kid is in jail.
     
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  10. Bob

    Bob Member

    Respect. That's hard core 'lane splitting' for sure... did you have a camera running?
     
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2017

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