Getting Yelled at by Angry Drivers

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by DominoTree, Nov 20, 2011.

  1. DominoTree

    DominoTree EX250 Warrior

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    Was making a right-hand turn from a parking lot yesterday onto a three-lane road with an SUV a ways behind me. As I turned out, the SUV decided she needed to occupy the same space I was in, and moved over two lanes without signaling, nearly hitting me. She lays on the horn, as if it's my fault she was oblivious to my presence on the road, and continues behind me. We get to a stop light and I put on my left blinker and point at it, then put on my right blinker and point at it. I keep going for 2 miles or so until I realize that she's following me. About a mile later I get to my destination, get off the bike, and she pulls up next to me and starts telling me that I don't "own the road," and that I should "be more careful on that death-trap." :huh I was in a hurry and told her, "Lady, the only reason my motorcycle is a 'death-trap' is because of drivers like you," and went inside. She seemed pretty angry, but didn't choose to follow me into the store.

    Were I a younger man, she would never have had a chance to talk to me, and would have been missing a side-view mirror and would've gained a couple nice boot prints in the side of her SUV. :evil

    I knew she was near me when I was pulling out, but on an empty road, with an entire lane between us, I didn't think it was necessary to let her pass before I pulled out. Glad I was paying attention and got out of her way.

    So, what are some of your "getting yelled at by angry driver" stories?
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  2. bwalsh

    bwalsh long eared galoot

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    People don't know (or don't follow or care about) the rules of the road anymore.
    They change multiple lanes with no indication, They do so without even looking in the mirror. They don't use turn signals so other know WTF they are doing. They turn left onto a multi-lane road and go all the way to the far right lane. Same thing with right turns. If you slow for say an accident, slow car, policeman, they speed up and try to go around like they don't have time to stop for anyone/thing else.
    Glad it wasn't some ass with a gun.
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  3. pfloydgad

    pfloydgad Been here awhile

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    Out yesterday, evening, not dark yet but getting there.
    I am rolling down a service access road that runs parallel with the main highway. It is 45 mph and open to anyone wanting to get into the back of a shopping complex.
    There is one side road that enters onto it. I pull out of the parking lot, get to about 35 mph and am approaching the side road. A beat-up old Honda was pulling up to the Stop Sign.
    The driver was messing with his radio, leaning forward. He odviously wasn't holding the brake pedel as hard as he shoud.
    He was slowly working his way into the intersection, and into my path.
    I hit my Fiam horn, and give him a nice 135 bd blast, his head pops up and he stomps on the brake, halfway out into my lane. I'm only doing 35 and have no problem stopping, I give him my palms up arms out WTF.
    But instead of yelling sorry, he yells, Your going to fast, I say no, you quit Fucking with your radio and drive. :huh
    He must not want to discuss it any further, he backs up and I go on my way.
    I have the sneeky suspision that with all of the Shit they are putting into our Vehicles now, this is going to be more prevelant.
    So ride safe out there, and please, ATGATT.
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  4. ogklx400

    ogklx400 Long timer

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    So any pics of this women was she a hot foxy women when she got out of here SUV?:D I got yelled at just a couple days ago by a women in a SUV also. My story went like this Iv got my blinker to take a left hand turn an she is the on coming traffic that is coming in the opposite dir. shes see my blinker on and stops for me for some reason no other traffic around at all but I cant turn just cause she is only a foot away from me coming the other way other lane. All I want her to do is just keep driving she has the rite away next thing I no her hand are flying all all the place and im shore a few nice words were said at me she was not happy so I let her do that for 10 sec. still no cars around at all she is MAD at me Im that asshole on a motorcycle for some reason. So I decide to just pull rite next to her drivers door wanted to get a closer look maybe even a date for later lol. She rolls down her window so I thank her for trying to let me by then I tell her you have the rite away hun. can you just drive she didnt say a word an just took off. Im lucky to live in a very motorcycle friendly town but that dont mean shit people still run red lights stop sign tailgate you just like any other town. When I do get tailgaters on my ass and its safe to pull over thats what I do most of the time and just let them by and just wave to them also. Im just glad I dont get road rage ever not a good thing to have on a bike.:D
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  5. opaque_machete

    opaque_machete girls wanna have fun

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    OG...woman = one female...women = more than one female. And punctuation would be nice. Thank you.

    No one has yelled at me yet, but I've only been riding since June. Give it time. :evil
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  6. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    Next time call her a "Twatwaffle" they like that. :1drink
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  7. Ronin ADV

    Ronin ADV Gear addict

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    :rofl
    Then she follows you inside and fills you full of lead.
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  8. Pro_Marinero

    Pro_Marinero Carbon Sasquatch

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    Pretty much a non-starter for me now. I get yelled at on a daily basis on my commute and I really don't give a damn anymore. My bike is faster, more agile, and brings me more smiles than sitting in a small box in a line with thousands of other small boxes. I have and will continue to be yelled at daily by drivers who don't like my riding but secretly envy the freedom I have in choosing my line.

    I just shrug at them and pin it. :wink:
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  9. Bobby C

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    I've been yelled at before but the thing that always perplexed me is when I pass someone who is going slower than the speed limit, I get the bird. It has happened more times than I can count. Oh, and the driver isn't always going slower than the speed limit.
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  10. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    Silly n00b. :fyyff Is the adventure salute. :deal They are just saying hello.
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  11. ShardPhoenix

    ShardPhoenix Наглый ублюдок

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    Isn't that the damn truth.

    The other day I'm sitting in a line of traffic at a red light. An ambulance appears in the opposite lanes of travel, behind the gaggle of vehicles sitting at the light. It starts to go around traffic, and everybody is being good little boys and girls and not making a move... That is until the left turn arrow goes green. Some idiot turns left in front of the ambulance.

    The dork that did the left turn fell into one of two categories of stupid (possibly both, hard to say...)

    1. They were one of those dinks that is completely oblivious to the world around them

    2. They were one of those jackasses that think their time is worth more than anybody elses, and god damnit they aren't going to lose that TWO seconds of time by waiting for the ambulance to safely pass...

    Anyway..

    I've not been yelled at by anyone yet, but I've had to resist the urge to yell at a couple of people. I hate being tailgated, and for some reason I REALLY hate it when I get tailgated on a 25mph road that ends in a parking lot.....
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  12. mikegc

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    A couple of years ago, I rode from NC to the L.A. area on my GSA. So I'm riding up from San Diego on I-5 when traffic backs up and that section of the Eisenhower System turns into a parking lot. To my left is a Mercedes convertible with a seriously good-looking woman behind the wheel. Well, two or three lane splitters moved past and the woman looks straight at me and says, "Now you know why we hate you." I flipped my helmet up and politely asked, "Did we used to be married? I just don't recognize you." Can you imagine, she gave me the one finger salute. We sat there in silence for quite some time . . . you know, just like we were married.

    Mike
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  13. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    Ugh. I fucking hate it when people give up their right-of-way to let you go/turn. Especially when there IS traffic around. Soooo dangerous.

    So....was she hot?
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  14. Offcamber

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    I agree, I can wait a few minutes if I have to. I have seen people stop dead on a busy road to let a car cross the road. I'm not talking about a line of crawling trtaffic and letting someone in...I'm talking about traffic moving at or near the posted limit. ...When you give up your right of way you are also giving up the right of way of everyone behind you.

    When I get yelled at, flipped off etc. I usually just smile and wave....that seems to piss them off more. :rofl
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  15. Tall Man

    Tall Man Priest, Temple of Syrinx

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    There's a bit of contradiction here. What was the estimated distance of the SUV from you, in feet, as you were pulling out of the parking lot?
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  16. bwalsh

    bwalsh long eared galoot

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    Unfortunately they are not giving up their right of way to you. If you were to pull out and get hit by them or another vehicle, you're at fault.
    That's why it pisses me off when people do that. They think they are being nice(which they are) but it just screws up traffic flow. Traffic right of way laws are there for a reason.
    Just go the hell on by and I'll turn when it's MY turn.
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  17. freetors

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    Not moto related but: One time I was driving my car and am on a major highway off ramp. The ramp is several lanes and goes to an intersection. There is a car off on the right left side of the road changing a flat or something. There is also a car stopped in the right lane helping them (what a great place). This is causing traffic to funnel into one lane. I was already in the open lane and being in kind of a hurry I didn't let others merge in from the dead lane, As I'm going about 10 mph a 3 year old kid suddenly runs across the road. I barely see this because I drive a WRX and the seats are really low. I just see a tiny glimpse of a head and I slam on the brakes. It wasn't unlike having a deer run out in front of you. The kid hits the bumper as I am almost stopped and bounces off and hits the ground. Now I'm in shock because I can't believe what just happened and these two gross women,one of them the mom, starts yelling at me through my open window saying "WTF is wrong with you, you need to be careful and watch what you're doing", while I'm thinking you really need to watch your kid if you're going to be stopped at a busy intersection. I'm a quiet guy and all I can muster is "I'm sorry, Is she ok?", but they won't listen. I thought things were gonna get ugly. Finally a guy with some sense comes up and tells them to calm down and lets me go on my way.
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  18. DominoTree

    DominoTree EX250 Warrior

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    I'd say she was around around six to seven car lengths back, and the posted limit was 35, It didn't look like she was going any faster, but by the time I'd gotten up to speed, I saw her moving over, and she continued to move over after she cleared one lane. (After I was going, I wanted to see where she'd ended up in relation to myself - force of habit, always know where the closest car is to you) By the time I noticed it, she was nearly directly beside me. It's possible that she was going faster than I thought, and I just happened to pull out two lanes over, almost directly to her left. She may have looked as she was coming down the road, saw me, and assumed I'd stopped to pull out behind her, then turned left without looking, having not seen anyone else on the road (this is what I think happened).

    I could've mitigated any risk by stopping and waiting on her to pass completely, I suppose in that regard I'm at fault too (in regards to my own safety)


    *EDIT* So I don't get harangued, I pulled out into the lane next to the curb, which was *two lanes over* from the other vehicle on the road, who was in the far-left lane.
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  19. straightrod

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    ^ you are lucky they did not call in a hit and run.
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  20. garfey

    garfey Scruffy Adventurer

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    You have experience with the young wimmin in Dallas, don't you?

    Edit: That was a stupid question; I just looked at your Avatar block more closely! :shog

    I try to go thru there between 0200 and 0500 so I don't feel like a bumper in a pinball machine. No telling how many times they've "tried" to get me; so far I've been able to not be where they were going when they got there. Knock wood!

    Today it's Houston, then San Antonio, El Paso, Phoenix, Las Vegas, and SoCal. We'll see how that goes! :lol3
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