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Post by Rob72 » Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:00 am

Have to say, I'm not real keen on the, "pulled over to apologize..." concept. Nice in theory, but just far too many unintended potentials- as evidenced.

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Post by Middle Age Russ » Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:21 am

Tragedy all the way around. It only takes one hot-head...
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Post by K.Mooneyham » Mon Jun 17, 2019 11:06 am

Being that they were both licensed to carry, that would be considered an extremely rare, if tragic event. :sad:

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Post by 03Lightningrocks » Mon Jun 17, 2019 11:20 am

Scary stuff. I have had people start raging on me and did not know what for. Some folks get mad over things that should not be an issue. I drive the speed limit for instance. I have had people act like they were going to ram me for it.


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Post by philip964 » Mon Jun 17, 2019 11:29 am

Rob72 wrote:
Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:00 am
Have to say, I'm not real keen on the, "pulled over to apologize..." concept. Nice in theory, but just far too many unintended potentials- as evidenced.
If I had been cut off by a guy and he makes a point of pulling up to me at the next light and rolls his window down. Apology might not be what I was thinking was going to happen. Could be the BMW owner (girlfriend was driving) thought his life was in danger. Or he was a hot head. No one will ever know now.

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Post by C-dub » Mon Jun 17, 2019 11:43 am

I’m sure the girlfriend could say, but how likely is she to say anything that makes her dead boyfriend look bad?
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Post by 03Lightningrocks » Mon Jun 17, 2019 11:47 am

C-dub wrote:
Mon Jun 17, 2019 11:43 am
I’m sure the girlfriend could say, but how likely is she to say anything that makes her dead boyfriend look bad?
Good point. With both people involved being dead, it is unlikely the police will put much pressure on her anyway. What would be the point?

I had a incident in 1996 in which I was under attack in a road rage situation. I fired at the person. His girlfriends statement of his actions/words during his attack is what got it dismissed as self defense. She was apparently pretty upset with her boyfriends actions and told the entire story. So who knows, she may tell the tale.

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Post by The Annoyed Man » Mon Jun 17, 2019 12:59 pm

Two incidents that happened to me between 12/1999 and 04/2006, both during my regular commute home from work. I don’t remember which one happened first. One could suggest that I should have taken a different route to and from work, and I could have done that, but it would have tripled the time and distance of my commute.

1. On my way home from work, and I’m caught behind a slow-moving RTD bus in the right hand lane, and there’s another motorist behind me. Neither of us can pull around the bus to pass it because of cars zooming by us in the left lane. That traffic clears, and both the guy behind me and I pull into the left lane at the same moment to pass the bus. Apparently, that was a federal offense. He goes ape-poopy and aggressively tailgates me all the way to the next stoplight, where he whips around to the right lane, next to me, and produces a large framed semiauto and waves it at me. As the light turns green and we start moving through the intersection, he starts shouting to me to pull over. Like hell! He pulls over on the far side of the intersection, expecting that I’m stupid enough to play his game, and I keep going. When he tries to pull back into traffic to follow me, he can’t, and now there’s 20 or more cars between me and him, headed up a canyon road (La Tuna Canyon Rd, in Sun Valley). After the 1st or 2nd turn, I can’t see him in my rear view mirror anymore. That’s the last I saw of him, but after that I started keeping a 1911 in my car for a while, since I had no idea if I’d run into him again after that. (This was in California, and having loaded and unsecured gun in the car was a legal liability that discouraged me having one in the car all the time as a matter of habit. I only did it when I anticipated a specific possible threat.)

2. Same route home from work, same place right where the road enters the canyon, and a youngish guy in a sedan parks himself at the head of the traffic entering the canyon, at 25 mph in what is a 45 mph zone. I’m the second car behind him, and he’s ignoring people honking at him to pick up the pace. When a straightaway opens up, the road is clear, and I pull out and pass both him and the car behind him, and head on up the road at normal speed. This was a mountain road, and I was focusing on my driving, so I did NOT flip him the bird or anything like that as I passed him. Well, getting passed evidently lit a fire under his butt, and he sped way up and and almost caught up to me before I entered the freeway at the top of the canyon. I thought I lost him on the freeway, but evidently not. Unknown to me, the idiot had followed me all the way home. I had pulled into my driveway, and as I exited my car, I saw him roll up and come to a stop in front of my house! I unlocked my front door, and ducked inside far enough to grab the baseball bat I kept behind the door. NOT THE SMARTEST THING I'VE EVER DONE, but I walked out toward his car with the bat in my hands, shouting "You followed me HOME you {INSERT LOTS OF BAD WORDS HERE}!?!?!?" as he was starting to open his car door.....whereupon he pulled his car door closed and drove off, at a rate faster than the 25 mph limit he had tried to impose on everyone else 20 minutes earlier.

I’m fortunate that neither of these incidents escalated beyond their eventual outcomes. In the first one, I was a completely passive victim of another person's aggression. Evasive driving until I could get to a safe place was all I could have done. In the second one, I had done nothing wrong right up to the point where I grabbed the baseball bat, and then walked outside with it. What I should have done was gone inside, locked the door, armed myself, called the police, and taken some photos of him and his car and license plate through my front window to document things until the cops got there.

The absolute best response to another driver with road rage is to refuse to engage with him or her on any level....unless you are forced into it with your back against a wall. Then do whatever you have to do.
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Post by DynamicDan » Mon Jun 17, 2019 3:28 pm

Yep, you never know how another person is going to react at any given time. When i was in high school, I went out with a girl who had broken up with her boyfriend. I dated her for a couple weeks and it didn't work out. About ten years later i'm a passenger in a friends car and this guy pulls up next to us and starts calling out my name. He then says pull over im going to kill you. He pulls over and we keep going. Turns out it was her boyfriend from back in high school. Fortunately i never saw him again.


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Post by K.Mooneyham » Mon Jun 17, 2019 4:43 pm

The Annoyed Man wrote:
Mon Jun 17, 2019 12:59 pm
Two incidents that happened to me between 12/1999 and 04/2006, both during my regular commute home from work. I don’t remember which one happened first. One could suggest that I should have taken a different route to and from work, and I could have done that, but it would have tripled the time and distance of my commute.

1. On my way home from work, and I’m caught behind a slow-moving RTD bus in the right hand lane, and there’s another motorist behind me. Neither of us can pull around the bus to pass it because of cars zooming by us in the left lane. That traffic clears, and both the guy behind me and I pull into the left lane at the same moment to pass the bus. Apparently, that was a federal offense. He goes ape-poopy and aggressively tailgates me all the way to the next stoplight, where he whips around to the right lane, next to me, and produces a large framed semiauto and waves it at me. As the light turns green and we start moving through the intersection, he starts shouting to me to pull over. Like hell! He pulls over on the far side of the intersection, expecting that I’m stupid enough to play his game, and I keep going. When he tries to pull back into traffic to follow me, he can’t, and now there’s 20 or more cars between me and him, headed up a canyon road (La Tuna Canyon Rd, in Sun Valley). After the 1st or 2nd turn, I can’t see him in my rear view mirror anymore. That’s the last I saw of him, but after that I started keeping a 1911 in my car for a while, since I had no idea if I’d run into him again after that. (This was in California, and having loaded and unsecured gun in the car was a legal liability that discouraged me having one in the car all the time as a matter of habit. I only did it when I anticipated a specific possible threat.)

2. Same route home from work, same place right where the road enters the canyon, and a youngish guy in a sedan parks himself at the head of the traffic entering the canyon, at 25 mph in what is a 45 mph zone. I’m the second car behind him, and he’s ignoring people honking at him to pick up the pace. When a straightaway opens up, the road is clear, and I pull out and pass both him and the car behind him, and head on up the road at normal speed. This was a mountain road, and I was focusing on my driving, so I did NOT flip him the bird or anything like that as I passed him. Well, getting passed evidently lit a fire under his butt, and he sped way up and and almost caught up to me before I entered the freeway at the top of the canyon. I thought I lost him on the freeway, but evidently not. Unknown to me, the idiot had followed me all the way home. I had pulled into my driveway, and as I exited my car, I saw him roll up and come to a stop in front of my house! I unlocked my front door, and ducked inside far enough to grab the baseball bat I kept behind the door. NOT THE SMARTEST THING I'VE EVER DONE, but I walked out toward his car with the bat in my hands, shouting "You followed me HOME you {INSERT LOTS OF BAD WORDS HERE}!?!?!?" as he was starting to open his car door.....whereupon he pulled his car door closed and drove off, at a rate faster than the 25 mph limit he had tried to impose on everyone else 20 minutes earlier.

I’m fortunate that neither of these incidents escalated beyond their eventual outcomes. In the first one, I was a completely passive victim of another person's aggression. Evasive driving until I could get to a safe place was all I could have done. In the second one, I had done nothing wrong right up to the point where I grabbed the baseball bat, and then walked outside with it. What I should have done was gone inside, locked the door, armed myself, called the police, and taken some photos of him and his car and license plate through my front window to document things until the cops got there.

The absolute best response to another driver with road rage is to refuse to engage with him or her on any level....unless you are forced into it with your back against a wall. Then do whatever you have to do.
I understand the lessons you are imparting, and do agree with them. I can also empathize with both of your situations. There is one direct highway between where I live and the town where I work, 35 miles away. Though I tend to pad my time a bit for safety sake, I still need to be able to drive a reasonable speed to get to work each day. The highway here in Texas (some is in Oklahoma, where I work) has the two-lanes-on-one-side passing areas and double-yellow where there is no passing allowed. Countless times I have had tractor-trailer rigs downright puddle through the double-yellow areas, only to then downshift and speed up as they approach the passing areas. If you don't just mash down on it, they will repeat the process each time; maybe it's a game for them to relieve the boredom of their drive. It has gotten my temper up more than a few times, but luckily I have never had a true case of "road rage" where I am violently pitted against some other driver...it has reassured me that I did the right thing spending the extra money for a turbo-charged engine in my commuter car. DPS did pull me over for blasting past a rig once, but let me off with a warning. Hopefully I am never put into a situation where someone pulls a gun on me as I work on a Federal installation and thus cannot have a firearm when going to work.

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