Have you encountered angry drivers because you drive faster than they do?

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I think it also has a lot to do with where I live. Outside of a road trip that took me past west Memphis, most of the angry drivers happen where I currently live, NW Arkansas. People drive really slow around here, usually 10-20 MPH UNDER the limit. Maddening. There is a retirement community that has around 10,000 people in it that is a few miles north plus we have people from all over the world who just aren't use to driving on US streets thanks to vendors coming in for Walmart Headquarters.
I drive from Joplin to Fayettville a lot and sorry for me I get passed by people going 85 90 in 3 lanes of full heavy traffic. Thats stupid to me
 

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Sorry, that must have been me!

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I passed a ranger this morning who wasn't pleased I passed him at 90+ in my Prius this morning... He tried to close a gap but didn't do the deed well enough. People are so petty...
Because a lot of idiots think getting passed is a challenge about the size of their (probably tiny) dicks
 

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Had hedge sheers thrown at me doing 115 on a motorcycle.
 

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Because a lot of idiots think getting passed is a challenge about the size of their (probably tiny) dicks
It's true lol. I have seen quite a few idiots who took it personally that I passed them and tried to keep up with me when they clearly were not going that fast until I did pass them :rolleyes:
 

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I've lived in Europe in the past totaling about 5 years overall, both in Germany with very strict highway driving in the right lane only, as well as in Romania. Initially Romania just seems like no holds barred driving, especially in Bucharest or in the mountains. Sidewalks, tramlines, etc were all fair game. I also noticed very few accidents as people actually pay attention. No one is going to let you out, you just have to drive and not wait for an invitation. I only experienced road rage once when the stereotypical BMW driver wearing a tracksuit tried making an illegal turn and I didn't allow him to cut me off. He got out of his car all bad a** like about to intimidate the driver of the little Citroen C2 just to realize this guy was twice his size and was already taking his seat belt off. He ran back to his BMW 3 series.

Ohio drivers are some of the worst I have ever encountered. They take everything personal, like last minute merges. Never fails one of the exit ramps in Canton turns out to be wide open, but up to 1 mile is backed up behind that as cars trying to get over to the one lane that becomes the exit. It's this sheep mentality that blows my mind. I rode my motorcycle across Eastern Europe including Romania, Moldova, and Ukraine. Some years ago when I came back to Ohio for a visit before I returned permanently I was out on my motorcycle. It was a two lane road and there was construction ahead that had one lane stopped at a time. It was really hot, traffic was stopped, so I slowly rode down the shoulder and stopped at the front. Motorcycles don't impede traffic, and are often the first ones off the line and gone. So traffic is allowed to go so I went. A few miles down the road at another intersection a minivan comes to a screeching stop next to me and this soccer mom starts screaming at me for cutting in line. She told me if traffic had been moving she would have purposely ran into me to kill me. Some people do not realize who they are talking to, or what they are capable of. Nothing would have given me more satisfaction than to drag her a** out of her minivan by her hair in front of her children.

I close this post by saying this. The single most influential factor to society's problems today is that children don't settle matters on the playground anymore. There is no pecking order, and Billy or Susan don't get their a**es handed to them for being snots.
 

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Oh, all the time. Usually, it's in the form of some idiot in front of me crawling along when we're on a two-lane road, and when we get to an area with a passing zone, he'll slam on the gas to keep me from safely getting around him. Then once the passing zone is over, he'll slow back down to a crawl.

It's gotten so common that I'll usually start my acceleration and moving over before the passing zone if there isn't any opposing traffic, just so I can shoot past him before he can react. After that, I don't care. They can flash their high beams or yell at me all they want.

Only once in recent memory has anybody gone all road-rage and physically followed me and then threaten me (some yahoo with NY plates). He quickly changed his mind and departed one he saw I was armed.

Is it just me, but in the last ten years or so, the number of LLH have quadrupled? And now they will not move over for anything?
I blame the spread of those stupid "safe driving discount" apps that the insurance companies are pushing.
 

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I get it all the time on the motorcycle. Though rocket jockeys have a bad stigma of being death wishers and hooligans.
 

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"I blame the spread of those stupid "safe driving discount" apps that the insurance companies are pushing."

If I ever used one of those apps, I'm pretty sure that my insurance agent would make a visit to my house later in the day to rip up my insurance cards. Sadly, knowing how my wife drives (aggressive) she wouldn't make it past lunch

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Oh, all the time. Usually, it's in the form of some idiot in front of me crawling along when we're on a two-lane road, and when we get to an area with a passing zone, he'll slam on the gas to keep me from safely getting around him. Then once the passing zone is over, he'll slow back down to a crawl.

It's gotten so common that I'll usually start my acceleration and moving over before the passing zone if there isn't any opposing traffic, just so I can shoot past him before he can react. After that, I don't care. They can flash their high beams or yell at me all they want.

Only once in recent memory has anybody gone all road-rage and physically followed me and then threaten me (some yahoo with NY plates). He quickly changed his mind and departed one he saw I was armed.



I blame the spread of those stupid "safe driving discount" apps that the insurance companies are pushing.
In my youth I had a 30 miles stretch on a 2 lane with occasional 2 lane passing zones. Inevitably, people would always speed up, or worse, someone would get into the passing lane and go just fast enough so he and maybe one other car would clear the right lane traffic in time for the merge back to one lane. A few times, while this was happening, I would cross the double yellow (it was flat and clear of traffic) and pass the entire line of traffic.
 

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never had anyone mad at me just for speeding or passing them. At least I dont think they were.....if they were mad they didn't show it.
 

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Yep. Mostly guys in F-250's or the like camping in the left lane. They don't seem to like having a Miata blow by 30 MPH faster on their right. I have zero tolerance for LLH's if there is an opening and if I tailgate they can't see me anyway.
It amazes me how many idiots in work trucks and jacked up trucks ride in the left lane.
 

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I have always made the biggest effort to be a polite driver, regardless of how fast that I'm driving. I don't tail gate, don't cut other drivers off, make sure that I give the other drivers plenty of room when I go around them and then back into the right lane and yet I have encountered so many angry drivers. After passing cars when I'm going slightly over the limit [people usually drive 10-20 miles UNDER the limit where I live], and meeting them again at a stop light, I have had people walk up to me with a baseball bat, yell at me, throw things at me, honk at me,... I have noticed that this happens more in my community than in any other place that I've lived. Just last week, I had someone block my car in a parking spot because I didn't stop to let him out of a parking spot. Hey, I was driving down a parking isle at a grand total of 12 MPH, it was his responsibility to yield for other cars. I had broken my toe and my wife went into the hardware shop so I stayed in the car and a car parked inches from my bumper and wouldn't let me out. My wife has had the same thing happen to her although she does drive more aggressively than I do in town. Ok, she scares me but that is another story.

On the highway, I have made out fingers being shot in the ever shrinking rear view mirror at me after passing cars on the correct side, cars trying to block me in, semi trucks hanging inches from my rear bumper after passing them and getting blocked in by even slower vehicles. I've heard of other stories from truckers running cars off the road when catching speeders or calling ahead to block speeders. Ed Bolian on VINwiki told a story about being punched for driving too fast.

I noticed this again this past weekend in West Memphis while traveling and having cars trying to block me and get even to a violent mode in when trying to pass them.

Realizing that this community is a rare one where other people might lets say be tempted to drive in excess of the speed limit. Have you had this happen to you just because you were driving faster than the were? I can't for the life of me figure out how driving faster makes some people so upset.
Only my wife !
 

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Once in a while I'll encounter some white suburban soccer mom who thinks it's her moral and legal crusade to use her SUV to box me out or slow me down. As a male driver, the women, particularly moms with children in the car are the worst example of this reckless behavior. However those types are usually such bad drivers I can qucikly change lanes and easily avoid them on a three or four lane highway.
Man... That does my head in as well.
Best position to be in, on the road, is not around other cars. I often overtake when reasonably safe to do so, to have no car in front of me, for several hundred metres or so. If I'm crashed into at the rear, not my fault. I don't want to be in that position, so I open up the road for myself.
Haven't had any road rage for a long time personally.
One thing that might aggravate that I do...
On country roads high speed zones, occasionally I've the road to myself. Next minute ahead I'm creaping up to a bunch of cars all sitting behind a caravan.
Everyone waits for the safe pass. Front guy pulls out to overtake, cars follow him and then pull back in lane after passing the caravan. If I'm in a chain of overtaking cars and it's safe, I'll overtake the caravan and everyone in front who just overtook it, and gain my open space infront again. Going from the back and then leaving the pack behind infront just deals with the hassle in one go (IF it's safe and the oncoming lane is clear for some distance). Not really textbook, but my car unleashes when the foots down, so I sometimes go with it, and it's power is enough to blast past stock standard daily drivers. I'm sure other cars feel I've jumped the queue, but good luck catching up to argue with cars infront of you.
My argument is by staying in the oncoming lane a little longer to overtake, it's a bit safer for a short time, as no one is infront and I've a clear view of the road. Some wouldn't understand this though. At the end of the day if I crash into a tree on my own, I don't have to pay the tree back do I? Minimise injury to others as much as possible by having no one around and gain space.
City driving though... I plod along slow and obey the limit, courteously give way and take my time to minimise road rage. In this scenario, it's lane merging that some people are incapable of and just don't give way. Then wonder why they got the bird flipped at them.
My new amusing thing... 2 people will be beeping at each other over something, and regardless of what it is, I drop an extra beep or 2 of my own in and a cheeky smile! :)
 
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LLHs are really bad where I live. I know sometimes they are just not paying attention, but it is state law where I live to be in the the right lane unless passing and it feels very intentional much of the time.

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Pro tip: buy a white or black late-model Charger and you too can part the seas like Moses
Yeah I do the LLH enforcement with the Explorer. Usually coming up on a car at a higher speed than PSL is all it takes. My wife has actually become aware of the maneuver now so she is kind of amused by it at this point.
 

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Yeah I do the LLH enforcement with the Explorer. Usually coming up on a car at a higher speed than PSL is all it takes. My wife has actually become aware of the maneuver now so she is kind of amused by it at this point.
Lol yes Explorer will work as well! I do think its interesting that there are constant LLHs where I drive that won't get out of your way even if you are on their ass riding the rumble strip (I guess they exist everywhere); but when a Charger comes up they miraculously move over immediately! They run reminders on the digital highway signs all the time reminding people left lane is for passing, right lane is for driving. Definitely feels like intentional buttholeness :hmm:
 
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