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THE ANATOMY OF 2 AND 3 LANE ROADS
The types of drivers and how they effect traffic flow
[Rough Draft, many of what is expressed here is speculation and
educated guesses. I may change a view of the viewpoints presented here
with time. Anything within "" are my own notes. Criticism of ANY
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There are 4 basic types of drivers:
1. The slowpokes and religious speed limit obeys.
2. The slow drivers and casual speed limit obeys.
3. The fast and generally typical drivers.
4. The tailgaters and speed demeans.
The 1st and last ones are the ones that create the serious problems.
Slowpokes can create traffic havic on a heavily traveled two lane
highway and tailgaters are downwhat annoying and are endangering not
only thereselfs but you (the driver of the car) too. [Add Speed
demeans sentence] The 2nd ones don't generally create a problem but
they do often cause people to follow to closely any can be a bit
annoying at times. The fast and typical drivers create the smoothest
traffic flow and tend to be the safest.
Slow pokes come in all types. There are the downright idiotic drivers
that drive slow because there scared to go faster because they are
afraid that they might hit someone (generally senior citizens). There
are also slow pokes who drive slow because they don't know where there
are going. And finally there are those that actually drive the speed
limit on 30 and 35 mph back roads. Slow pokes are never wanted on the
road. They create serious traffic problems and can even double one's
traveling time of a two lane open highway. Yes on an open highway you
can generally pass them however in my experience people tend to be
reluctant to do this for a variety of reasons. And if there is
anything greater than light traffic going the other direction it might
be impossible to perform a safe pass. Fortunately they are rare and
generally don't clog the highways however when they are on the road
they can make EVERYONE'S day miserable.
Slow drivers are the ones that don't like to speed because there
afraid of getting caught or those who simply rather not put all there
attention on the road. Slow drivers generally don't create a serious
problem because they only go 10-15 mph under the fastest safe driving
speed for the road (not the speed limit!). However, if you are in a
rush they can be very annoying. Slow drivers unfortunately keep the
people behind them driving at there speed. Making up 10 to 20 percent
of the drivers on the road, they generally dictate the general traffic
speed when there is moderate traffic and therefore in my view the 85th
percentile speed of the road.
Fast drivers to spite what politicians want you to believe are the
safest and most wanted drivers on the road. They tend to drive within
5 mph of the fastest safe driving speed on the road and rarely have
people follow them to closely. Fast drivers tend to have there eyes
focused on the road not the people and things in it. For this very
reason they are alert to what is going on and if something pops up
they will generally stop before it is too late. The safest fast
drivers will slow down slightly when there is danger ahead or
visibility is limited. The truly safe one are the ones that know how
to drive not just operate a peace of mechanically. Fast drivers only
create a problem when they become extremely aggressive and start
tailgatting, passing on extremely close calls, cutting people off. Etc
True Tailgaters are the worse. I'm not talking about folling too
closely here I am talking about someone so close that you can barely
see there headlight. Tailgatters endanger themselves and the driver in
front of them. If anything sudden happens there is a 95% chance that
they are going to ram into you. Speed demeans on the other hand are
another story. If the driver really knows what they are doing and
knows when they can go fast and when they need to slow down they
generally or not a problem. However, if they are teenagers who don't
know what the hell they are doing and will do 90 on a fairly populated
backroad then they are a serious danger to everyone who lives off the
road. Because if you are getting the mail there is a good chance that
they just might not see you until its too late and then you are either
dead or they crash the car avoiding you.
HOW DO YOU CLASSIFY YOURSELF?
If you are a regular slow poke I recommend you either get off the road
or learn to drive faster. NO one likes you and even on two lane roads
you create more accidents than you save.
If you are a religious speed limit obeying on non city streets with a
speed limit of 30 and 35 what are you trying to prove? That you can
become one of the most hated drivers of all? Take a good look behind
you if there are more than 2 or 3 then you are going too slow. Wake up
and smell the coffee. That 30 limit there is unreasonable!
If you are a slow driver I recommend you speed up slightly on country
roads or at very least pull over once and a while if you got a line of
cars behind you.
If you are a fast driver just keep doing what you are doing but please
pay attention to the road and not stuff inside your car. You never
know when something might sneak up up on you. And if you hit someone
or something your likely to be found liable because you are speeding
when the true problem was that you got distracted. This is what caused
the famous "speed kills" slogan.
If you are a tailgater I recommend you cut it out. That person is no
more likely to pull over than if you give him some room. If you wish
to say to him that I want to get by, follow a little closely until he
sees you than back up. If he doesn't get the idea do it again. Even
though it might be considered a bit rude you might try flashing you
lights at him (hay its better than tailgetting). [Is this a downright
unacceptable practice even if there is not a passing zone for miles
and he is really going slow?] I haven't tested it [Any one that has?]
but I am sure you will get better results than just plain tailgetting
If you are a speed demean that is generally ok as long as you know
what you are doing and you act responsibly. Just don't drive 100
through small towns and when there are other things close to the road
even if the speed limit is 55.
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