Coping: With Road Rage

One aspect of urban surviving is surviving freeway idiots.  I wanted to discuss with you a couple of ways to deal with road rage since on our way back from Oklahoma Sunday, coming through Dallas, we were beset by a whole field of NASCAR wannabe idiot pricks.

One that stood out (I was 3 car lengths back from the car in front of me doing 75 and rolling with traffic) was a white lowered Acura with nitrous and pimp suspension and wheels.  Went by us like we were standing still.

I suppose the driver could shift gears, but come on, on a public highway?

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The reason we came back (and were at the ranch by 3 PM or so) was because in the afternoons on weekends, the statistics suggest people get a little crazy.

More than likely, this has something to do with alcohol.  People go out fishing, jet skiing, or whatever, and have a few pops.  When it begins to get really hot (like 97 wasn’t?) they head for home.

Delusions about being Mario Andretti are far more common now, it seems.

This is not from someone who is an old “fuddy.”  To recap, Ure’s truly is pretty good at high speed driving.  And being a pilot, “keeping speed up on approach” is not an issue whether you’re talking the long runway at KBFI (13-right) or whether you’re talking coming into the braking markers for turn 3 at Laguna Seca.

I have tremendous admiration for the Porsche Club of America, too, since as a (reformed) Porsche pilot, I’ve been to a few “track days” where we (club member back when) could get out on a real track and press through those twisty turnies with the tires screaming.

I don’t mind that the crack-headed city kids have a death wish on public roads, but we have no desire to take part in their personal drama.  So we plan around them, as best we can.

Shortly after the turn onto I-635 southbound, a motorcycle rider on a 900 CC crotch rocket zoomed by us  – and since I was (with traffic) doing 78, or so, I reckon he was in the 110-120 MPH area.

Again, nothing wrong with speed and motorcycles – been there, done that – but again, unless it’s an AMA -sanctioned event (and you have at least a learner number on the front of the bike) you have not business going a 2X multiple of the posted speed limit.

To be sure, if someone had to lay down a bike in front of me, I would do what I could to avoid hitting the fallen driver.  But would I make a drastic move that would cause a semi to dynamite his brakes, jack-knifing, and taking out a family of four innocently coming back from the mall?

This is summertime.

I can’t think of a better time than present to sign up for a SERIOUS defensive driving or introduction to racing class at one of the nation’s great driving schools.  There are several to choose from.

As a reporter, I’ve been able to man-handle a CAN-AM Corvette around the old Seattle International Raceway course.  And later go through the Skip Barber School down at Laguna Seca.  Course details and more can be found at http://skipbarber.com.

Another really great school is Bob Bondurant’s operation in the Phoenix area (track’s in Chandler).  Similar to Skip Barber in some ways, their high performance program is superb.

Surely these idiots on the Dallas freeways could afford the $210 for the high performance one-day school at the Texas World Speedway?

If you haven’t owned a Porsche, trying www.porschedriving.com with courses in Los Angeles and Atlanta is a way to get the vibe of the 911-style without cutting the fat check for one….

There are plenty of other schools, too.  Motor Trend has a list of some good ones here, including California Superbike.  I certainly hope that the double-speeding crotch rocket dude has been to www.superbikeschool.com because if you haven’t had a chain failure and had to do a lay-down, or if you haven’t blown out a coil at a critical moment passing on your rotary-valve 2-stroke when passing, then you don’t have enough experience to drive even 10-over the posted speed.

Sorry, but “them’s facts” and just not likely them doesn’t make ’em any less real.

Today’s kids – like us (back in the day) – had this “I’m going to live forever attitude.”  Get to be this old and you will be amazed at how lucky you really are.

Even if you don’t go through a driving school, there are still some books that are useful at any age.  The Skip Barber staff book Going Faster! Mastering the Art of Race Driving is a fine starter book.  Except it’s hardly a “starter book” in that once you read it, and then try to “hold the line” in a champagne slalom, you’re find out just how horrible a driver you really are.

By the way, RoadAmerica has a champagne slalom in some of their programs.  And if you’re around Elkhart Lake this coming weekend, visit RoadAmerica for the Concours d’ Elegance in downtown Elkhart Lake on Friday and the 51st reunion racing this weekend.

I’m huge on the ideal that “the game is in your head” and can highly recommend “Performance Thinking” by the Dallaire Consulting Group.  This is not just about driving, but about anything sporty where there is eye-hand coordination (and some neurons firing) as researched by a Canadian exercise psychologist.

Again, the main ways to avoid road rage?

  • Do not engage in any way with other vehicles.
  • Don’t get competitive, unless you’re on a track and have already got enough skill to get up to mid-level circuit speeds.
  • Keep 9/11 on the auto-dial and turn people in.  Financial disaster is a teaching tool that road ragers need to understand.  Think of it as a kind of “armored-up electric dog collar” for ’em.
  • Keep your outs.  Never get boxed in.  While you’re driving, continuously assess “Do I have ‘running room right?  Running room left?”
  • And do consider a few books on high speed driving (I like the Georgia take-down maneuver, myself…)

Toss in a few more books to get the ideas down:  Like “Think Fast: The Racer’s Why-To Guide to Winning” and  both “Bob Bondurant on High Performance Driving” as well as “Bob Bondurant on Police and Pursuit Driving” and you’ll be well prepped for your next trip to the Street of Fools – which is any highway that begins with the word Interstate in front of it.

Oh…if you do have a Skip Barber sticker on your car (like I had on both the 944 and the 930) you’ll be amazed at how many people want to “race” with you.

As an old friend taught me:  Cool is the tool of the cruel.  And in event of an accident, who will a cop believe?  A kid in a rice box with nitrous or a serious grown-up with driving school creds who can describe exactly what the idiot did?

Buying a 930 doesn’t make you a high-performance driver, anymore than buying an doesn’t make you an aerobatics ace.  After a few thousand accident-free hours piloting either, though, you can learn a bit here and there.

In today’s world, these are the real inconvenient truths.

Old hat to the urbane (sic) survivor who already knows what survival is really all about:

Finishing well and injury-free.  That’s a game that starts between the ears.

A Tuesday Side of Woo-Woo

I don’t know if you have seen it yet, but there is a YT vid which goes to the idea that the rings of Saturn are being manufactured.

Yep – see: https://youtu.be/86r2l2V7y6E

Kudos to SecureTeam10 for a fascinating video…

Now here is the weird thought for you.  What IF that object discussed around the 5:20 mark in the video is something of a sentinel and loaded with (flash frozen, suspended animation) giants who were supposed to plant humans here?  You know, like in Steve Quayle’s 2015 book “Genesis 6 Giants Volume 2 Master Builders of Prehistoric and Ancient Civilizations.”  Giants hanging out, maybe?  Waiting for radio signals from here to wake them up?

The travel time using conventional means is, oh, 3-5 years (depending on track) and we’re kind of wondering where the ring-departing “thingie” was headed?

In an all contorted rehash of Biblical history gone awry (history being hijacked by power-mad humans is not off the table here), these are the returning “angels” who show up just as we are about to launch into full-on nuclear war in 2023-2024.  Saving us, but also judging, too.

Show THEY show up sooner than anticipated and…oh boy….

Anyway, I imagined the lost sign they made with the rings around Saturn as being a “look here”  indicator:  “Want to find exo’s?  Well look here first, you stupid apes.  Here, we’ll even make a target for you…see us making it?”

Well, I’ll be damned. (But certainly hope not…)

So is the object on comet 67P really a WW II Nazi flying wing prototype (with levitation technology)?

I ran the math backwards and if so, the “Wunderwaffe” would have had to have launched it likely in 1941 or 1942 for an arrival time around 18 December 1943…

Likely?  Well, no…but what was Operation High Jump about anyway… I mean really about?  Send 4,700 men to the Antarctic to search for…nothing? And then come back after just eight weeks?

What was there that prompted Byrd and Masons to found Lodge 777 in the Antarctic and claim it (so say some reports).

One possibility:  A Nazi breakthrough in space/gravity propulsion that we had hints of during WW II and which the Russians “leaked” after discovering hints at the breakaway in WW II literature from their cache of Nazi papers and people after the war….

We could write all day connecting dots this way, but connecting dots doesn’t help us stack cash, so we’ll maintain our usual economic focus with only occasional references to the (still classified) bigger picture stuff.

Related reading in Project Argus is recommended, but the short version is in 1958, under cover of the International Geophysical Year, the US blew up small atomic munitions over the south Atlantic.  But unlike popular conspiracy lore, these were far from the south pole. 49°30?S 8°12?W / 49.5°S 8.2°Wif you trust your government.

Move along, though and dismiss the claims in “SHOCK CLAIM: Antarctica is a big nuclear launchpad from which scientists control weather…”

Just understand that nukes being detonated over the Antarctic would be terribly convenient as a climate change narrative (waters would melt, sea levels rise) and covered up by Fukushima’s leftovers, who’d be the wiser?

So is this the climate scam that drove former SecState Kerry to make his trip down south before he left office?  We laugh as we see how the State Department bungled and stonewalled (…about climate change research…) when the Shock Claim article reveals human engineered climate change and getting at natural resources under the ice is the real agenda here.

Climate Change Mega-Scam is certainly one way to read it.

But, like I said, a lot can be laid at the feet of greed and some races involved in the human-alien alliance which doesn’t include worker bees like us.

So we’ll stick with the cash…and wait for the “accidental” meltdown of the ice, flooding, displacement, die-off,  power-grabs, and the global tax scam to follow.

Gee, it would have been cool to have been an insider, huh? See you in the dirt.

Write when you get rich,

George@ure.net

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Coping: With Road Rage — 26 Comments

  1. Your piece today reminds me of the time I was driving a 26 ft Uhaul on a cross country (FL to CA) move. Moving through Dallas, I was in the #3 lane and watched in horror as a semi totally crunched the bed of a new-looking F150 ahead of him in the #1 lane. Just like an accordian; 18 wheeler couldn’t stop. I guess he/we were lucky the truck didn’t jackknife or he might have skidded into my lane.
    It was a serious reminder to me to have situational awareness in a 360 degree arc whenever driving.

  2. I absolutely have to agree with Oilman2. The fully occupied pavement with guardrails makes for a greater challenge when people play race driver. I’ve seen it Sunday afternoons in Albuquerque. I remember zooming all over the road to avoid a seven car crash directly ahead. It can be done most of the time if you’re alert and keep space in front.

    I like to drive as though my brakes are unreliable, even though I maintain well. Most people trust their brakes and drive them to the limit. Having too much experience with heavy trailers and other dicey rigs, I find it much easier and calmer to keep a serious space in front of me, even though people will always try to cut in. In case of a moron that tailgates I always try to give an opportunity to pass. When they pass and are about parallel, I tap the brakes fairly hard to cause the guy to zoom past, since many will try to cut in right on your front quarter and I won’t trust their judgement.

    Cops always stay behind you if possible because that’s the control position. You want dangerous people in front, not behind. The exceptions are motorcycles, and I give them even more space.

  3. ” I have tremendous admiration for the Porsche Club of America, too, since as a (reformed) Porsche pilot, ”
    LMAO.. around here they have the Corvette club.. anyway the vett club here has a huge parade once a year and people from all over the country bring their pride and joy to show off.. (http://byebyepie.typepad.com/.a/6a00e54f9367fb883401bb0840335e970d-pi)
    Well I was working late at one of my many jobs and on my way home.. got on the road and thought god look at all the corvettes driving down the road.. people all waving at me.. it was something I didn’t realize what was going on until I got to the end and the huge banner said corvette club .. I was driving a chevette.. LOL LOL LOL http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2007/autos/0708/gallery.questionable_cars/10.html
    I might ad one of the most dependable cars I ever owned..

    • Ah – another c osmic trute: Vette’s belong in parades. Porsches on road courses. Sez it all…

  4. Last year i was dating this 28 year old stripper from Ricks. Really top shelf, worked the V.I.P room. Anyway it was 1am and she was camping and got all wet. Wanted me to come get her asap.

    I had a 2016 Dodge Charger SRT8 last year. So i was on my way. This other light grey charger came along side of me and acted like he wanted to race. Since i was already doing over 100 mph i gave it a go. We went back and forth and i ended up smoking his ass on the flats between everett, wa and marysville. We raced for 1
    8 -10 miles. Bout the time time i almost got to marysville he tripped his lights and got behind me.

    Ha ha ha ha ha. He just got hus cruiser that night. He came up to my car and said and i quote, ” man that was fun as hell!!” I said, holy crap i didnt know you were a cop!!!!! He smiled and said Obviously! Then he clicked his little button and said everything is veing recorded, i clocked you at doing and he held his hands up and made quotation marks, 104 mph in a 60. Drivers license and registration. Why ya in a hurry. I said im going to pick my girlfriend anf i held up my hands and made a quote symbole she is all wet. It is Washington state. Then started laughing. And he smiled.

    He cut me a deal. Still a $495 ticket and he could have took me to jail for recklace driving. I know damn well we were doing over a buck fifty.

    Since then, im a cruise control 65 kinda guy. Sold the charger and got a pick up. Lol

    Got rid of the stripper too. Ha ha ha ha.

    Btw, Im a professioinal driver.

    Have a good day. Off to grab 18 gears.

    • Im sure that comment wont go over well with the other comments. Lol

      Just was having some fun. I was going through a nasty divorce and nothing helps ease the pain like 500+ hp hot rods and smoking hot fast women.

      Ya. Ya, ya i know, i know.

      • No need, we get it, done a few fast runs myself back in the day on deserted highways.

    • I actually got picked up for speeding once about thirty years ago..(twenty in a fifteen school zone) as the officer was getting ready to write the ticket I asked him..you don’t happen to have a camera. He got this really puzzled look on his face and asked..why? I then told him I have yo have photo proof I got this ticket nobody on gods green earth is going to believe me.. he started laughing and gave me a warning instead..

    • I’d have sold the charger – jailbait, but definitely kept the stripper. Hot cars get you in trouble but hot women make life worth living.

      Years ago, I traded my skill/luck at driving fast for that of keeping it super precise, like on an instrument approach. Keeping speed accurate within an mph and centered in a lane within an inch, driving so that brakes are not needed but are always ready, and anticipating every other driver’s intention, while remaining polite. Driving for extreme precision gives the same feeling of pushing the envelope without the financial/legal risk. The side benefit is that whatever I’m driving lasts much longer.

      Of course, as a pro driver, you know that.

      • Yep, put 165,000 miles on a car I owned 7 years and it never needed a brake job. All the boys in the shop couldn’t believe their eyes.

  5. Ah, George, if wishes were fishes… That’s what I meant back when I remarked, with my last experience in Dallas, that this is not sustainable for much longer. People piled on top of each other means the crazies’ population expands faster than the general one. No shortage of Darwinian Awards candidates out there. One timing slip in the construction area of Dallas/Ft. Worth 183 or even the new and marvelously engineered freeways of San Antonio and you’re toast for sure. I’ve seen it happen.

    I am amazed, though, at the courtesy that is shown between drivers because this does keep the traffic going which is the acknowledged benefit we all seek. It took me a moment of embarrassment in Dallas to realize another driver was offering me an “in” when I was once content to wait for a natural entrance while exiting a parking lot. I caught on to the next offer quickly enough, though. But that was after wondering how we’d survived getting to that inner city location in the first place.

  6. The option to “keep a way out” or “don’t get boxed in” is nigh on impossible in urban areas. All interstates are now lined with concrete barricades right and left. In many stretches, there is no shoulder or minimal shoulder.

    The result of this (happened to my daughter) is if control is lost, cars carom from one side to the other – like billiard balls or a pinball machine.

    Prior to the freeways being transformed into luge-like corridors, there was a way out. Crashes were often singular or a couple of vehicles, as those following could avoid them. It is now routine for crashes to involve 3-5 or more vehicles, simply because there are no ways out.

    Had this conversation, including a local paramedic – he said the same thing with respect to increase in multiple car incidents.

    These barricades were sold as being “safer” – but they concentrate kinetic energy. Add in a loaded 18-wheeler and it gets worse.

    • Just last Friday I was going eastbound in the right lane on I-12 at Covington (LA) and was passed by a low-boy trailer carrying a large Payloader. When he was no more that 200′ past one of his rear trailer wheels on my side came off! I took evasive action to the right and the car behind him to his left, and the wheel rolled between us (I got a windshield full of rocks and pebbles). The trailer was going at least 80 mph and the driver had no idea what had happened as he kept going.
      Fortunately there were no ‘concrete walls’ so we had room to maneuver. The cars behind were also able to avoid impact.
      Anyone on a bike would have been in deep doo-doo from the debris.
      This is the third time I have experienced this, the last time just east of Baton Rouge it was a wheel that came across from the opposing direction.

    • I call it going through the “chutes” like cattle. I also think it is a human control mechanism. I-35 between Dallas and Austin is chock full of them, no way off and no way out. Easiest way to seal and shut down the highways when the time comes.

  7. as one gets older, one gets more conservative. In more ways than one…

    Also – doing 75 in a 55 is just as bad as 110 in a 55. Breaking the law is still breaking the law. Don’t try and justify YOUR speed limit while condemning theirs.

    I was EMS for over 15 years so I’ve been there, done that, cleaned up the messes and talked to the survivors & parents. Just ask George Jr. re: his EMS experiences…

    • God I am with you on that.. I argue speed with my kids and grandkids all the time.
      (I would be victim of road rage if I lived in a huge city )
      It’s one thing if your driving a great distance. Similar to earth to a communication satellite a sixteenth of an inch here is hundreds of miles there.
      Driving eightie or a hundred miles an hour compared to sixty miles an hour in a short distanced drive isn’t really going to save any time. Instead it’s harder on the car consuming more resources and is way more dangerous if your involved in an accident.
      Where if your traveling at a slower speed you have a dramatic increase in surviving it.
      I found as I got older I realized I could get hurt if I fell off of a step stool..when younger I’d hang off a ladder stretching to get that little spot I missed with the paint brush.

    • I was young when we had the 55mph limit, and so driving that speed is sort of like dropping into a very familiar gear for me. Younger people have trouble with adapting to this lower range (just try it with them in the passenger seat).

      Truth is that my 4×4 vehicle gets 17mpg going 75 but it gets 22-24 mpg going 60. With either of my trailers, the slower speed is even better for mileage.

      I rarely get a glance from LEO’s if I just keep my slow butt in the right lane. I have also been able to avoid several large bits of road sh$t (4×4 timbers, whole truck tires, etc.) by being at this lower speed.

      @ _0_ – I sold my ’68 vette with 454 and Greenwood setup when I was 23 – and opted for a 4×4. More to do, more places to go, even more adrenaline with the 4×4. Just happens at a slower relative velocity and in more forgiving environments…

      • Right on oilman.. my mileage is dramatically different if I drive or the kids drive.. and yes none of the kids will let me drive if we are traveling together and the grand kids sit there with their knees bouncing like they have ants in their trousers..

      • Ya, i have a 4X4 now. Had a few of them. I have a lifted Titan V8 on 35’s. Its super fun. It has the intake, chip and dual exhaust on headers. Its the pro 4X model. Dyno’d at a shade over 450hp. I gey 13-18 mpg. But when i need extra juice, i got it.

        I have had 15 cars and trucks in the last 12 years. Lol kinda an addiction… among them turbo charged rotery Rx8,(drift king hands down). Audi S4 (super fun) suped up hemi dodge mega cab lifted on 38’s, and yes i wheeled the sh!t out of it. $40k truck is still a truck! Sold that to a russian who shipped it back to russia..lol havent owned a prius yet. Lmao! Just doing my part to keep the economy growing. ;)

        Funny story about how i met the stripper, leaving a place in seattle i was hanging with some friends, i saw her and flirted a lil bit, then rolled out. she followed me out and asked, so what, that is it??? Your not going to ask me out.. whoooaaa is this your car? I said yep. She said. Does it do dougnhuts? I said yep. She just got in and wouldnt get out. Then she asked do you like slipknot? I said not sure. She played some and we went and did some doughnuts in the ballard safeway parking lot. Ha ha ha! after that… well, lets just say, we had a good night.

        Im too damn old to be dating 28 year olds anymore and doimg doughnuts im parking lots at 2am.

        :)

    • You aren’t the only one. But having looked into mounting one in a vehicle, the entire front of most cars gets so hot it melts the paintballs into a gooey mass.

      But I do wish there was a way to mark the stupid out from among the herd…