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Old 10-16-2011, 07:12 PM   #21
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Don't understand why everyone is soooo concerned about traffic behind them. If someone wants to pass, they either can or they can't; I couldn't care less what someone behind me thinks about my speed if they can pass and if they can't, I'll go the SPEED LIMIT but not 1 mph more to appease them.
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Old 10-17-2011, 04:17 AM   #22
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Re: DOT promoting EcoDriving!

A few reasons that affect me...

1. Danger; I am at the mercy of the tailgater's attention span and ability to stop.

2. Love my car: Along with that danger, if someone wrecks my car I won't have it...insurance will never pay to fix it, they'll total it and I'll get a few hundred bucks despite it being a unique car with 100,000+ miles of life left in it. This concern doesn't affect other people as much, of course.

3. Personal space.
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Old 10-17-2011, 05:52 AM   #23
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Re: DOT promoting EcoDriving!

Not to mention, the hassle of waiting on the side of the road for the state police to show up, file accident reports, calling insurance adjusters, arranging time for the adjusters to inspect your vehicle, etc.

Even though the vehicle is old, you can still get a decent check from the insurance company for repairs. When my Buick was 14 years old, I was rear-ended. The insurance company was going to total the car and give me a check for $900, when I explained that the car had a new engine that was still under a 3 year, 50,000 mile warranty from Buick. After supplying them with receipts totaling over $3,000 that I had paid for maintenance & repairs over the previous year I received a check for $2,000 to repair my car.
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Old 10-17-2011, 12:22 PM   #24
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Re: DOT promoting EcoDriving!

So you presume getting rear ended is an inevitable outcome? I've never been rear ended and I've been on the road a loooong time.
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I've been rear ended several times over the years, and side swiped once. Most often its waiting for traffic to clear to make a turn, and someone will hit me from behind.
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Re: DOT promoting EcoDriving!

I have been rear-ended at least a dozen times. It hasn't happened in years, since my route changed with a new house and new job. I'm not sure I even know anyone who hasn't been rear-ended who has more than 20,000 miles of driving experience.

Anyway, I might be able to tolerate the risk if I didn't have the personal space issue, but I don't like people driving too closely any more than I like them standing too closely.
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theclencher lives in one of those states where the cattle out number the people and there are only 10 people per square mile. wait a second, i'm in envy!
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Perhaps you should drive through MN before saying that... can you say population explosion and sprawl?
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montana, minnesota...what's the dif?
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Perhaps you should drive through MN before saying that... can you say population explosion and sprawl?
forgot you guys have the world's largest debt creator, i mean mall.
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