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I've never been in an accident that I caused. I've been rear ended once but it was low speed and no real damage. I've had one ticket, for running a red
I drive over the limit as a matter of routine. But when the traffic situation is hopeless I am able to chill, I don't weave.
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31 / M / Bellingham WA, USA
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14 years and probably 150,000 miles or so under my belt with zero accidents or citations. I've only been pulled over one time because my headlight was out and was sent on my way.

So I guess I'm a pretty good driver. Knock on wood.
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I live in a pretty shitty area of the country where we get a decent snow and ice during the winter and the counties around here don't give a flying fuck about actually putting salt or anything else down. Most back roads don't get cleaned off for days and when they are, they don't salt them. They just get the snow pushed to the side and you're left with sheets of ice. I've never had an accident the entire time I've been driving however, besides one time in a parking lot when someone flew around the corner to try and get a spot as I was in the middle of pulling out. It was ruled as my fault just because I was the one pulling out even though it was obvious that I was blocked in on both sides with large vehicles and was pulling out slow enough that she should've seen me (and the woman was obnoxious at claiming that she'd been in multiple accidents but none of them were her fault... hmmm...).

I do have road rage, however. This area is notorious for slow drivers (20+ under the speed limit on major roads, and 10+ on side roads/back roads) and sometimes I just want to GET somewhere. You know, THAT DAY.
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27 / M / Louisville, KY
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My only tip is sue the insurance company of who ever hit your car if it ever happens to you. They won't play fair and neither will your insurance company. They will both turn on you in an accident regardless of who is at fault. So, just sue and get it over with.
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VZ68 wrote:



I've more than likely been in more wrecks than you all.



Thankfully most were on a race track.

Just remember, rubbin' is racin' and tradin' paint is fun.

Do NOT try that on the interstate though.


I bet i've been in more, haha. #karting I race too though. What do you race?
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19 / M / Seattle, WA
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I wish I could say I am but I've never driven
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22 / M / Arizona
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I feel like the point where you develop road-rage is where your driving becomes good. Like, justifiable rage not "destroy everything" rage.
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31 / M / Flint, MI.
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If you can drive through a snow storm your a good driver


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22 / M / Arizona
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Morbidhanson wrote:

If an average driver is 5/10, I'm probably a 7/10. I'm blessed with good reflexes, an understanding that continuously grows as I get used to each particular vehicle, and, usually, decent judgment on the road. Each vehicle has its own feel and I'm very quick to pick up on that to adapt quickly. However, this is only for the actual act of operating the vehicle and maintaining appropriate control. If the average navigator is 5/10, I'm a 1/10 there. As long as I have a GPS and the AC works, I'm golden.


Same. I use a GPS for damn near everything, it's almost sad.
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karmawimps wrote:


Morbidhanson wrote:

If an average driver is 5/10, I'm probably a 7/10. I'm blessed with good reflexes, an understanding that continuously grows as I get used to each particular vehicle, and, usually, decent judgment on the road. Each vehicle has its own feel and I'm very quick to pick up on that to adapt quickly. However, this is only for the actual act of operating the vehicle and maintaining appropriate control. If the average navigator is 5/10, I'm a 1/10 there. As long as I have a GPS and the AC works, I'm golden.


Same. I use a GPS for damn near everything, it's almost sad.


I still don't even know the names of the roads near my house. I've lived there for 20 years. Landmarks are much better for me, so I'm pretty useless when it comes to navigating unknown areas.
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I'm an awful driver. I can't drive automatics, only manuals. It took my 15 minutes to figure out how to start my brother's hybrid.
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22 / M / Arizona
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Morbidhanson wrote:


karmawimps wrote:


Morbidhanson wrote:

If an average driver is 5/10, I'm probably a 7/10. I'm blessed with good reflexes, an understanding that continuously grows as I get used to each particular vehicle, and, usually, decent judgment on the road. Each vehicle has its own feel and I'm very quick to pick up on that to adapt quickly. However, this is only for the actual act of operating the vehicle and maintaining appropriate control. If the average navigator is 5/10, I'm a 1/10 there. As long as I have a GPS and the AC works, I'm golden.


Same. I use a GPS for damn near everything, it's almost sad.


I still don't even know the names of the roads near my house. I've lived there for 20 years. Landmarks are much better for me, so I'm pretty useless when it comes to navigating unknown areas.


Landmarks are the way to go. I've lived in my area for...15/14 years? I don't feel like going through the trouble of memorizing the streets. Too lazy. I prefer relying on technology.
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meygaera wrote:

I'm an awful driver. I can't drive automatics, only manuals. It took my 15 minutes to figure out how to start my brother's hybrid.

That's better, most people can't drive manuals, its like an extra lock, but it seems a little backwards not to be able to drive an automatic lol

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20 / M / California
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Honestly, I would count driving an automatic car barely passes as actually driving and being considered good at it since it's all computer.

I would say I'm a a decent driver, got one ticket and that was late at night when cops are really anal about traffic violations. I tend to drive a little faster than other on the road, but not to the point of speeding, since it I get irritated when I miss a light from a slow car.
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65 / M / Arizona
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Been driving for more years than I care to think about, and actually now I am on the back of my motorcycle more than in a cage. Have around 170,000 miles on the bike I have now.

I have been a truck driver, cab driver and just a regular driver. I have learned many things over the years that have kept me out of a lot of accidents. There have been some good tips in this thread, so I'll list a few of mine.

1. Keep your distance with the vehicle in front of you, on the bike it is usually around 3 seconds.

2. If you see a car in front of you kind of move towards the dividing lines a couple of times, watch out; they usually are getting ready to change lanes. Check it out for yourself, when ever you look either back right or back left, you will turn the steering wheel a little in the same direction.

3. Always go with the speed of the traffic. On I17 here in Phoenix, the speed limit is 55 MPH. I travel at an indicated speed of 80 MPH on the bke and still have cars passing me. When I was pulled over for speed one time, had a good discussion with the City Cop. Told him I go at that speed is because too many cars will zip up behind you, so at 55 MPH I would have been road kill long before.

4. If you can help it, never drive with someone keeping pace right at your back bumper. I have passed cars that were going slower in another lane than I was and then find them speeding up and being right at the back of your car. What is funny, I speed up a little to get away from them and then they slow back down in a few moments.

As for driving in snow or ice, I will bow to anyone that can do this safely. You have my respect. Been a native in Arizona all my life and won't even take the time to go see the snow in Flagstaff. The most dangerous driving condition here in Arizona is one of our dust storms. Nothing like seeing an umpteen 1000 foot tall wall of dirt coming at you.

All I can say is drive safe and defensive.

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