Originally Posted by RSnyder
Don't know what to credit this one to but driving on a four lane highway I pulled up along side an SUV while attempting to pass. The woman driving her Suburan looks right at me smiles the proceeds to pull into my lane running me off onto the shoulder. When I hit the horn she pulled back into her lane before driving me into the wall. She was not even on a cell phone and was alone in the SUV who knows what she was thinking. You need to keep you eyes open and expect the unexpected to happen.
What you described has happened to me twice recently, a good looking gal in a beautiful Jaguar and a disaster gal in a rusted out POS GM something. Both times, the power of the GT came in real handy. I shot ahead of them into clean space.
This type of lane drifter is the primary reason why I got the new HORN for the GT. Both of these women were lane drifting, on the phone, looked, DID NOT SEE. They had no sense of where they were in the lanes.
My dentist has a new stimulation system that is based on the fact that the mind can only process so many simultaneous inputs. He said the system does a great job reducing his patients' pain and discomfort. Some folks just have TOO MUCH activity in their car OTHER THAN driving. Their decisions to NOT focus on driving are OUR biggest challenge. They get bored driving, so they find other things to amuse their minds. They drift along, unaware of their failure to stay in their lanes, unaware of their danger to others.
At race schools, they strive to help drivers improve their ability to extend their vision ahead, behind, and to develop a sense of any potential for other racers to take away the space you need for your path. What could possibly keep you from getting to the best turn-in point, the optimum apex point, the safest braking point that is NOT on the painted surface where wheel lock might occur. Not many racers use cell phones. I did a lot of work with Newman Haas. I was on the spotter channel at MIS when Nigel's throttle stuck on WOT. Amazing how few words. He was real busy NOT talking. Nigel and Mario are two men who won both F1 and CART (now Champ Car) titles. Interesting how little they talked while racing.
I recently mentioned The Female Brain, a new book published in 2006. This book was written by a female doctor with superb credentials and a great sense of humor. She has done research into the brain structures (male VS female) and the relative sizes of different parts of the brain and how these structural differences relate to behaviorial differences. She says the average female uses over 22,000 words a day VS the male at less than 15% of that. My memory of the numbers might be off slightly, but you get the idea. They NEED to talk. Now, we have given ladies a device to combine their NEED to talk with driving. It's biology combined with a portable device for chat INSIDE a high speed moving object!
Good luck out there! Right of way means nothing if you let them whack you!