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Old 03-09-2018, 10:41 AM   #4701
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But money can buy a dog and tacos. That's pretty damn good.

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But money can buy a dog and tacos. That's pretty damn good.

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Old 03-09-2018, 11:07 AM   #4703
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Good one Doc, I forgot about that commercial
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Old 03-09-2018, 11:10 AM   #4705
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Old 03-09-2018, 11:25 AM   #4706
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Driving behind people, regardless of what they have on the back of their rig is no big deal ---------- as long as you stay far enough behind them that you can react to whatever they drop off in the road. Even vehicles with NOTHING tied to the back can have things fall off. Most common is a huge chunk of tire tread that suddenly appears in the road.

Problem with most drivers is that they just can't control the urge to get as close as they can to vehicles in front of them. Afraid someone will take that space away from them I guess.
In my experience the issue is that if you leave 70' between you and the next guy it takes about 20 seconds before 3- 20' vehicles cram in that space. The biggest issues I've encountered aren't things falling off the vehicle in front of me, it's them either running over something and kicking it up or over and them waiting until the last second to swerve revealing it with little time to figure out how to avoid it. This is particularly an issue when traveling on major highways that have a lot of traffic and you can't leave a lot of space without someone changing lanes and utilizing that space- like mentioned above. And there's often nowhere to go even if you do see it.
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In my experience the issue is that if you leave 70' between you and the next guy it takes about 20 seconds before 3- 20' vehicles cram in that space. The biggest issues I've encountered aren't things falling off the vehicle in front of me, it's them either running over something and kicking it up or over and them waiting until the last second to swerve revealing it with little time to figure out how to avoid it. This is particularly an issue when traveling on major highways that have a lot of traffic and you can't leave a lot of space without someone changing lanes and utilizing that space- like mentioned above. And there's often nowhere to go even if you do see it.
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Like the saying goes, "money can buy anything but love"
No, but with money you can RENT love by the hour...
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Old 03-09-2018, 01:33 PM   #4709
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They use to write tickets for following to close, not anymore that I have heard of recently, I have always drove the old way 1 car length for every 10 miles per hour. Hard to do now a day's

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Old 03-09-2018, 04:18 PM   #4710
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They use to write tickets for following to close, not anymore that I have heard of recently, I have always drove the old way 1 car length for every 10 miles per hour. Hard to do now a day's

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Old 03-09-2018, 04:26 PM   #4711
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They still write them here in California. My son got one when he was attempting to pass another car. Cost was $268. I hate it when I have the braking cushion and other cars pull in between us. It takes more time to stop a MH than a car.
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Old 03-09-2018, 04:33 PM   #4712
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I usually stay behind a truck or similar large vehicle and leave plenty of space. Not only do they take longer to come to a halt, which gives me more time to do the same, but most cars do NOT want to be sandwiched between a truck and an RV.
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Old 03-09-2018, 04:35 PM   #4713
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They use to write tickets for following to close, not anymore that I have heard of recently, I have always drove the old way 1 car length for every 10 miles per hour. Hard to do now a day's

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They do still here within the last year....They have a laser like gun to determine the distance and during safety enforcement pushes they do write tickets though it is rare and typically just warnings.

http://www.kansashighwaypatrol.org/2...ng-Too-Closely

They push 2 second rule on the site and drivers test here. Not sure how enforceable a ticket is but the laser gun suprised me. Thought they were checking speed.
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Old 03-09-2018, 04:51 PM   #4714
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Never heard of that one interesting, when these dept get the safety enforcing grant, they become aggressive, I know our local cops do, last month they wrote 7 speeding tickets, the month before getting using grant money they wrote 42, this is true, big complaint here in Clarksville
I knew about California, use to live there, they just ticket happy, if you look mad in your car they will give you one. This brings up a interesting subject on each state, they are all different and we all travel through different State's in our travels, thanks for the read

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Old 03-09-2018, 05:13 PM   #4715
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The reason behind using the Laser is it tells speed but it also gives the distance an object is from the officer using the laser gun. So he hits your car gets X then hits the car behind you and gets Y.. Now they determine what is a safe distance for the speed limit on the road and pull over accordingly.
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Old 03-09-2018, 06:54 PM   #4716
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In my experience the issue is that if you leave 70' between you and the next guy it takes about 20 seconds before 3- 20' vehicles cram in that space.
When I was younger that used to cause me to pound the steering wheel and give a few "freeway salutes". Now I just back off and leave another couple car lengths. Since I'm usually in the RH lane, doesn't happen all that much as everyone is trying to crowd into the far left lane so they can drive 15-20 mph OVER the posted speed.

When I go through big cities I usually find traffic so slow it doesn't matter much anyway. As the speed goes down so does the need for large spaces ahead. Just enough for reaction time and stopping.

As for following trucks, I find myself doing that too. Most of them here still use their CB radios and they're the ones that know which lanes are blocked ahead with accidents or construction.

I've mellowed while driving a lot over the years. Only time I get close to a vehicle ahead of me anymore is at a stop light. I might get extra close to read the cute sayings on license plate frames or window stickers and that's about it.

I do chuckle a lot and have been known to give my horn a "toot" when driving by that aggressive driver who thought I was too slow (in the RH lane no less) as he's getting his ticket from one of the State's finest men in blue. A trooper friend of mine told me that they get all kinds of "horn toots" as people go by which tells them that they have the right person.
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Old 03-09-2018, 08:42 PM   #4717
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It has been said that if every driver in the Los Angeles area were to drive at the posted speed limit and at the correct distance, the last several hundred cars would be going backwards at 55 mph!
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Ha around here its a joke. cops are just as bad speeding as anyone else and you would be surprised at the folks following him.Later RJD
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It has been said that if every driver in the Los Angeles area were to drive at the posted speed limit and at the correct distance, the last several hundred cars would be going backwards at 55 mph!
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Old 03-10-2018, 01:52 PM   #4720
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... everyone is trying to crowd into the far left lane so they can drive 15-20 mph OVER the posted speed.
Around my home base, there is a significant portion of drivers who think the far right lane is for high speed. I am continually amazed to watch them as the zoom up behind me only to get stuck waiting for folks to the left to pass. Then they zip around me and repeat the whole process. Usually, they would have been better getting in the left lane and just driving with traffic.
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