Registered: 2004-10-08 Location: O'Fallon Missouri USA Posts: 709
Never been pulled over or had a ticket. I will admit I am a very defensive driver. A major car accident I was in as a child gives me driving anxiety from time to time. The only time I speed is on a highway.
Nebu hit the nail on the head with don't have a flashy car. My first car was a used 1996 plymouth breeze that was silver. I could pass up cops doing 80mph+ on the freeway and they wouldn't give two turds. But if some jack ass in a sporty car did that, they would get pulled over immediately.
I used to think they were annoying as heck too, then I lived in Delaware for a year. Wow, down there, construction vehicles are so low priority it's not even funny. I once saw them tear up a 10 mile stretch of Rt 81 and completely repath it while replacing four road bridges with wider ones in 1 month.
After that, I realized construction vehicles are very much a state issue. Given, I've seen another state have a better Department of Transportation as Delaware >.>
School Buses -- I used to live rurally and the freeways for 1 lane in each direction 65MPH. These busses went 55-60. Then when they had a turn, they went to 45MPH a whole 5 miles before the turn. 1 mile before the turn they went 35. And this was during the time of day when there were enough cars so you can`t pass. Then well I know a lot of drivers basically park their car to make a right turn, but these guys do it for about 200 feet, just going 1MPH. At some point I pass them.
These drivers just like to be jerks to everyone else on the road. When I am in a hurry and these things are in front of me, I need to pass them quick or they stop for 5 minutes and then there`s cars backed up and passing so it`s then impossible to pass and soon they stop again for another 5 minutes. If there`s no way around it`s really bad.
What are Front BC? I checked wikipedia and google and couldn`t find even a photo. I don`t know if this is a car, truck, or Mexican donkey.
Smart Cars -- The gas are 0-60 in 12 seconds. The electric are 0-60 in 6 seconds so the electric don`t have horrible acceleration like the gas ones. The newer ones are supposed to have good crash protection. I don`t have one, I have just researched them.
Registered: 2003-03-28 Location: Michigan State University Posts: 117
I got pulled over for the first time last week. Luckily, I read your page on getting out of tickets and it worked. I was going about 47 in a 40 (hardly ticket worthy) on Bayshore drive in Tampa, FL. He said I was going 55... yeah right. The lanes are narrow and there's not many places to pull over. I even used your handwave and waited to pull over until I was in a safe place for him to get out of his car. He asked the question, "Do you know how fast you were going?" to which I used your classic reply, "No sir, I wasn't paying attention." I think being in the military and in uniform helped as well because he just gave me a warning, said people die on this road all the time (yeah right) and to be more attentive in the future. Thanks for the tips!
I think Nebu has heard this one before, but this one is probably new to everyone else.
My best get out of ticket ever:
One night back in the early 2000s, I was getting off work really late. My boss and I just started at a new location and decided to stay and get a bunch of backwork done.
As I was driving home half asleep, I probably was surving a bit and a cop pulled me over probably thinking I was drunk.
Usually I am really good at talking my way out of tickets but this time I was too tired to come up with something good. So I figured I'd try innovative.
The cop walks up to my call and I blurt out "Ba weep, gra na weep ninny bong" and handed him a jolly rancher.
Now for those who don't know this quote, its from Transformers the Movie (the 80s animated one). It's the universal greeting as stated by Kop. I was really hoping that the cop would simply think to himself "I really don't feel like dealing with foreigners tonight!"
Instead, the cop looked at me and said "I understand, you need to catchup to Megatron before he merges with Galvatron and makes the whole world DEAD. I don't care what you do, keep it under 60" (the speed limit there was 45).
I was in shock of this happening for the next several day.
I should note this is the LAST TIME I was stopped by a cop too. I actually haven't had problems with cops in many, many, many years.
I`ve lived in California all my life, and I always believed the stereotype that CA drivers are bad.
However, moving to New York has taught me to appreciate CA drivers. As bad as CA drivers are, NY DRIVERS ARE MUCH WORSE.
California Driver: "Oh, I missed my freeway exit because I was texting on the phone. I guess I have to get off the next exit."
New York Driver: "Oh, I missed my freeway exit because I was watching a YouTube video on my phone. I guess I have to POP IT INTO REVERSE."
New York drivers honk the instant the light turns green. Nevermind that there may be a pedestrian crossing the road (because fuck you, crosswalks, I cross when I want).
You know the jokes about CA traffic building up when it rains? It`s much, much worse in New York, and I don`t even live in Manhattan. Traffic slows to a crawl in a slight drizzle. There`s no pull out lanes. If your car breaks down or runs out of gas (and you see a LOT of those here for some reason), people just stop in the middle of the highway. If there`s an accident, you have to wait until the cops get there. IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FREEWAY. In California, you only have to wait if someone was injured.
Every lane is a "turn whatever fuck direction you want" lane. I`ve seen people driving in the right lane make a left turn. In a three lane street.
One thing to your car security page. Get Wheel locks, especially if you live in ghetto neighborhoods. They cost about $20-$40.
I`ve never heard of them until I moved to New York, but apparently, it`s a pretty common thing here for thieves to jack up your car and take your tires.
Ford has been leading the way in this Technology already. My car has the precursor to it but the 2013 GT500 has all of that as well and more.
I have my entire music collection indexed in my car and it responds to voice commands for just about anything to play anything, call anyone via bluetooth through my phone, has a touch screen etc. Hell I even get real time radar on my screen.
It definitely makes the driving experience more enjoyable.
I think small penis trucks are an embarrassment to America, not Fiats. I mean seriously, if you`re a grown man and you need a small ladder to climb into your vehicle, maybe you should just accept the fact that you have a small penis and move on with life.