Is there a new movement that is causing people to drive.....

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by two fingers, Jun 13, 2019.

  1. Stupidity

    8 vote(s)
  2. No, seriously....they're stupid.

    18 vote(s)
  3. Poison carrots caused them to become..... stupid.

    4 vote(s)
  4. Old age..... and stupidity.

    6 vote(s)
  5. Stupid ozone layer huggers.

    3 vote(s)
  1. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Inactive

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    ….well below the speed limit????

    Recently, in my area, I am noticing more and more people driving under the speed limit. These are not JUST the elderly (don't even get me started on people who are too old to drive). These are young adults.

    Is there some weird eco group encouraging people to drive more slowly or something? I didn't get the email. But, man, trying to get around this half of North Carolina is getting to be a struggle.

    I'm having to allow more time to make up for dipsticks going 45-50 in a 55 mph zone.

    Driving through a medium-sized town to get to work in the morning, I drive mainly 45 mph roads. Other than the blue-haired grannies in Buicks and bicyclists (oy.....again.... don't get me started) just regular-looking adults are creeping along below 40 mph. They're not all driving tiny gas sippers either. Huge SUVs and roller skates alike are going well below the speed limit in the last few months.

    What gives? Is this happening where you are? Can we make this stupidity illegal? :D
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  2. DirtDog


    Jun 7, 2002
    The Deep North
    Remember when we took our driving lessons as teenagers? We had “look at the big picture” rammed into our brains? I don’t think that’s being taught anymore given what I’m seeing on the roads these days.

    I have a fairly short commute but I see multiple instances of this kind of stuff daily.

    Being overly cautious is almost as bad as being reckless, IMO.
  3. viper4000


    Aug 17, 2010
    Hard to drive at speed when your face is buried in your phone.
  4. kobass

    kobass Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Outside Boston
    I live in Massachusetts. I have not seen this trend. :D
  5. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Inactive

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    I'll be in Boston the last week of the month. Hopefully I'll get to drive while I'm there! :hyper:
  6. Oddly


    Jan 17, 2014
    Dublin, Ireland.
    Any possibility they have speed limiters fitted, maybe to get a reduction on car insurance?
    Or they have a speed reduction imposed as a result of a driving offence?
    Or they've just passed their test and are limited for their first year?

    These are all possibilities here in Ireland, no idea if any of them would apply in North Carolina.

    Of course, maybe they're all just idiots.:D
  7. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Inactive

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    That would be a possibility if we were talking about 10% of the driving population. But, these days, I'm seeing nearly HALF of my fellow commuters not bothering to get to the speed limit. Plus, I deploy from my office and drive to any of 21 towns in this half of the state. I'm seeing much of the same on rural highways and interstates.
  8. Smartphones. Nuff said.
  9. Oddly


    Jan 17, 2014
    Dublin, Ireland.
    Maybe some report has gone viral that driving slow helps save fuel, or the environment?
    You know what folks are like with fake news these days.:)
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  10. Axstar

    Axstar Inactive

    Jul 8, 2016
    I've recently started driving! I passed my test nine years ago but had no need for a car until fairly recently. Go me and my Skoda Citigo, right? :laugh:

    I see crap driving every time I'm on the road. Generally drivers don't seem to plan ahead. The one that pisses me off the most is drivers who blip the brakes on the motorway (highway) for no reason. Some of this is comfort braking I think, perhaps because the drivers zone out and end up 'behind' what the car is doing. Driving into a knot of drivers all sluggishly braking because the car in front did the same really annoys me.

    In the UK we have 'National Speed Limit' roads that are dictated by the type of road when a stated speed limit (20 mph, 40 mph, whatever) isn't specifically signposted. In theory you could blitz around twisty single-carriageway roads at 60 mph, but it isn't always advisable.

    Slow drivers are probably of the mentality that they are being safer. The best/worst are those who speed up when you try and overtake them. Slow drivers might also simply be distracted by other things. Check to see if they have a phone on the wheel with them.
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  11. Mktrat

    Mktrat Seriously, are we not doing phrasing anymore?

    Apr 9, 2013
    The Mitten
    Usually when I see this happening they are talking on a phone. Both hands-on and hands free alike.
  12. Wanker_Joe


    Sep 26, 2017
    Drugs? The devil's lettuce has been quite popular as of late.
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  13. dwm74


    Nov 8, 2009
    Phoenix, AZ
    My daily commute across the Phoenix metro area is 63 miles round trip. Every single day there are left lane campers...those morons who zip across the other three lanes so they can get nice and comfy in the left lane...and then go slower than everyone else on the road.

    Now relax...I'm not painting everybody who owns a Prius, but there is an abnormally higher percentage of Prius drivers who seem to think that left lane was made just for them, to go as slow as they want, while remaining oblivious to the line of 20 vehicles behind them. (Not just them, but also no shortage of landscapers and dump-truck drivers are often just as clueless, based on my daily experiences.)
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  14. DirtDog


    Jun 7, 2002
    The Deep North
    Well, 50% of the drivers out there ARE below average!
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  15. GregC

    GregC Questlove, Black Thought, Hamilton Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2007
    How fast are you driving that someone going 5 mph below the LIMIT is a dipstick?:D I drive 5-10 above, typically, but I don't get mad at someone that close to the speed limit.
  16. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Inactive

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Oh, the Prius is a thing! They are the slowest on the road here too!

    Give me the wide brush. I'll paint with it! :D
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  17. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Inactive

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    I drive about like you do. 5-10 over.
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  18. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    It's an organized movement in my community, gaining traction.
    A handful of people are using the NextDoor app/website to encourage people to drive 35MPH on stretches of the 50MPH country road we live on. Why? Because they want to walk and ride bikes on those roads and don't like the cars going by so fast.
    It's a country road with no sidewalks, no median, barely a shoulder, no street lights, and did I mention it's out in the country? There are farms and horse pastures out here.
    It's the same group of people who moved here from California who want the rural area we live in turned into cookie cutter neighborhoods jam packed with houses and big wide roadways lined with sidewalks, bike lanes, and medians down the middle of the road with trees, flowers, and big fancy street lights that look like they're from the 1950's. Then next will come a Starbucks, Jimmy John's, and more retail since why in the world should anyone have to drive 15-20 minutes into town to get a peppermint hazelnut toasted marshmallow coconut vanilla s'mores toffee nut cappuccino with low fat whip.
    We moved out into the country to get away from that, but these outsiders are bringing it to us.

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  19. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Inactive

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Someone in California wanting to control others???? Frankly, this reporter is shocked!


    (I'm just messing with you. Enjoy your country drive.)
  20. Nashrakh


    Aug 16, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    Welp, excuse me for being European, but I'd rather people drive below the speed limit than above it.
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  21. Stevorebob

    Stevorebob Well... I Am Here, Aren't I? Supporting Member

    Sep 29, 2011
    Los Angeles
    Yeah, fake news. I heard this thing about slower speeds and safety. Who falls for that? ;)
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