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Old 03-02-2015, 09:13 PM   #15
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Old 03-02-2015, 11:37 PM   #16
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Old 03-02-2015, 11:56 PM   #17
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Doesn't explain why it happened to me yesterday on I-59 when I was passed too close by a guy on a motorcycle. He was too close coming up alongside as well as when he cut in front of me. Gave me quite a fright when his right-side handlebar passed under my driver's side mirror!
How did they re-attach his hand? Did it tear off his bar mounted mirror as well. Or, was he crouched really low, wrists flexed downward ...helmet to the tank - hardly able to control his bike ... I am having a hard time picturing that while mounted on my mc ... of course my bike is not really slung low .... but my arm and mirror would hit the mirror on our 3/4 T and likely cause a crash if I attempted to cut that close.
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Old 03-03-2015, 12:02 AM   #18
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My old '58 Chevy Del Ray didn't have any outside mirrors. I was taught to wait until you can see the vehicle's headlights in your rear view mirror before you cut back into the right lane. That still works for me today even with the outside mirrors. (unless you're towing the AS, of course.)

I like the people who cut in way too close to you and put on their signal when they already have 2 tires in your lane. I don't think they understand the concept of "signal", to notify someone of your intent, not what you are doing or have already done.
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Old 03-03-2015, 12:05 AM   #19
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Hi, when I started driving, outside mirrors were an option. Later, left side mirrors were standard. Right side mirrors were required when center mirror, or rear window, was blocked, such as on a truck. If you blocked the rear view mirror on your car with too much junk/stuff inside of your car, you were required to have both outside mirrors, or get a ticket. Mirrors have evolved and so have I; We have had these type mirrors for decades so there is no excuse for not knowing when to change lanes. I spent my entire life in Southern California and if you leave a 20' gap between you and the car in front of you, a 17' vehicle will take it, and this has nothing to do with the shape of the glass in your mirrors.
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Old 03-03-2015, 12:12 AM   #20
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if you leave a 20' gap between you and the car in front of you, a 17' vehicle will take it
Sure that's not the other way around? Leave a 17' gap and a 20' vehicle will take it? That's certainly how it seems to work in New Orleans rush hour traffic!
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Old 03-03-2015, 12:36 AM   #21
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Try looking at the shadows (through your mirrors) that your vehicle and the vehicle you are passing cast on the road.

When one shadow passes the other shadow you have made it.

(Just to save the reply, yea when there are no shadows this doesn't work) , but most of the time there are enough shadows in day driving for this to help.


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The morons are convinced that the tailgaters in the left lane behind them have ROW.
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It's not the curbside mirrors that are at fault, it's how some idiots were taught to drive. I was taught that when passing a driver should not return to his lane until the passed vehicle was visible in the rearview mirror.

What's amazing to me is that so few drivers seem to understand that breaking the laws of physics comes with consequences, sometimes dire consequences.
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Old 03-03-2015, 07:12 AM   #24
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I just drive faster than other folks and I pass people - unless my wife is awake, in which case we do get passed. I taught motorcycle safety courses for a while and in that course we teach (a state curriculum) expect everyone on the road to do the wrong thing. So far has worked, when someone passes I expect them to cut me off, I expect them to not signal, I expect them to pass on the right when I have my right blinker on so on and so forth.

Our F350 has "bat mirrors", large upper regular mirror and full width blind spot mirrors underneath. Very helpful.
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What I did to rectify this problem was to take my truck to a glass shop by the house and have them put a regular mirror in place of the goofy one-problem solved. Reasonable cost as well.
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It's all part of learning how to drive safely. Too bad there are so many slow learners out there on the roads.
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I'm firmly convinced that continuing education for drivers ought to be mandatory. In too many states (Louisiana is one of them), once you get your license, as long as you always renew before the expiration date you never have to be retested.

The last time I had to pass a driving test was in 1981, when I first moved to Louisiana. But I have been required to pass a defensive driving course every three years as a job requirement, and I like to think that the requirement has made me a better driver.
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Old 03-03-2015, 08:03 AM   #28
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Here's an example of how bad it can get when there are TWO stupid and hard headed drivers involved. I blame the truck driver MORE than the VW driver for this one.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?featur...&v=UAlSskuIWHE

If the truck driver had just held his speed, nothing bad would have happened, but no, he had to do everything he could to try to prevent the VW driver from getting in front of him.
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