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One of the few things I dislike about Texas... - Equiraptor's Journal
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One of the few things I dislike about Texas...
I was on my way to work this morning when I noticed something. I was surrounded by light trucks, mostly SUVs. Nearly all of the vehicles on my drive to work are commuter vehicles, typically carrying only a single person. I'm in the right lane of three, waiting for a red light. Images taken by a camera phone.



Fun looking, isn't it?
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busychild424 From: busychild424 Date: August 29th, 2005 02:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's the same way here, usually minus the Porsche. I hate it too; it's just ridiculous. Stupid.
equiraptor From: equiraptor Date: August 29th, 2005 02:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I wondered how long it would be before someone noticed the Porsche. I figured it wouldn't take long...
busychild424 From: busychild424 Date: August 29th, 2005 03:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
When you're pointing out all the big 4 mpg monster trucks, it kind of stands out. :-)

Of course I'm a car guy, I'd notice it anyway.
nugget From: nugget Date: August 29th, 2005 02:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm looking forward to $4.00 a gallon gas. Really.
From: thomasj Date: August 29th, 2005 07:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Even with $4.00/gal gas, I'd only spend (4.00 x ((40x5)/60)) = $13.33/week on gas.

Or call it $15.00/week, because I go to buy food and stuff.

Yay for 60mpg motorcycles.

nugget From: nugget Date: August 29th, 2005 07:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
My point exactly.
From: thomasj Date: August 29th, 2005 07:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sadly I think high gas prices won't cause a rush for more fuel-efficent cars/trucks.

People with the cash for an SUV will still want an SUV and pay for the high gas, then turn around and support [drilling in ANWAR / 'war' in the middle east / any excuse to lower gas prices].
chalupacabra From: chalupacabra Date: August 29th, 2005 02:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

You should play in that space daily on a vespa. yeehaa.

Sometimes it get really close and weird and some of Them have an attitude to go with their SUV. The worst ones are the ones that discount the scooter to 25 mph tops when I can pretty much take them up to 45. Then they are not around you like they expected but behind and pissed.

What fun.
equiraptor From: equiraptor Date: August 29th, 2005 02:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: You should play in that space daily on a vespa. yeehaa.

The ones that piss me off the most are the ones that tailgate me with those damn bars on them. Absolutely guaranteed my Miata needs less space to stop than their lumbering behemoth. And even if that bar is just the decoration from the factory (rather than being the cast iron on some of the work trucks), it's still going to do more damage to my car than just a bumper. Some of them look like they'd push the SUV on top of my Miata.

I can't imagine what it must be like riding a Vespa among them. For some reason, I suspect many of them wouldn't mind running you over, either... :/
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equiraptor From: equiraptor Date: August 30th, 2005 12:32 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: You should play in that space daily on a vespa. yeehaa.

That study was done on impacts with pedestrians. BTW, care to link a source?

I don't care how it performs against a pedestrian. They don't tailgate me when I'm walking. How does it change vehicle to vehicle collisions, especially at high speed? These are the collisions involving those bars I'm most likely to experience, and the ones where I have the least control.
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equiraptor From: equiraptor Date: August 30th, 2005 01:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: You should play in that space daily on a vespa. yeehaa.

The results of the latter program also indicate the steel and aluminium
bull bars had the worst performance, but that plastic bull bars performed similarly to or better than the unprotected vehicle in terms of injury to pedestrians.


No, mduell, that second paragraph was also referring to impacts with pedestrians.
txdave From: txdave Date: August 30th, 2005 12:26 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: You should play in that space daily on a vespa. yeehaa.

Cast iron? Try steel or aluminum. Cast iron is heavy and brittle, and a cast iron bull bar would be useless as well as strange looking.
equiraptor From: equiraptor Date: August 30th, 2005 12:29 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: You should play in that space daily on a vespa. yeehaa.

I don't care what it's made from. It doesn't belong on the roadway.
pasketti From: pasketti Date: August 29th, 2005 05:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've started to notice that more and more since I started commuting on the bike. I always wonder just how many of those 4-wheel-drive trucks are ever driven in places that require 4-wheel drive...

Something else I've noticed is that a good third of the drivers (and not just in SUVs) have a cell phone clamped to the side of their head.
quelrod From: quelrod Date: August 30th, 2005 01:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Ugh speaking of Texas some jerk on the way home keep changing lanes as frantically as possible. He ended up of course making no progress in traffic. However, he nearly took out a motorcycle and then nearly side swiped another car not 30seconds later. This guy was in a midsize car fortunately. I think that same driver in a truck or suv would not have seen the motorcycle and the guy would have been toast.

On another amusing note:
"Half the people we meet in cars on the road have below-average intelligence, and 1 in 20 must be seriously retarded, with a mental age of 12 or below. " Just commentary on if you believe IQ is properly balanced at 100 as average.

Site exceeded it's bandwith tho http://www.geocities.com/rnseitz/Definition_of_IQ.html
google cache http://64.233.183.104/search?q=cache:U55pw5ttMlEJ:www.geocities.com/rnseitz/Definition_of_IQ.html+iq+walmart&hl=en
rfc From: rfc Date: August 31st, 2005 05:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Hahaha... makes me remember something I heard long ago: something like 95% of drivers queried sincerely believe that they are an above average driver. You do the math on that one.

However, a cross section of drivers is not exactly a cross section of society, thanks to the licensing process the extreme lower end is mostly weeded out. This of course means that, if you belive I.Q. is balanced, *more* than half of the drivers on the road are of above average intelligence.

Yet somehow the majority still can't drive worth a crap. Just goes to show, intelligence and driving skill aren't directly related, but one sure does depend on having at least a some of the other.
quelrod From: quelrod Date: August 31st, 2005 03:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
"thanks to the licensing process the extreme lower end is mostly weeded out"
Perhaps you aren't familiar with the Texas licensing system.

A friend of mine got her license...the tester said "um you know you can't drive right? Just make sure to practice with your parents some" and he gave her the lowest passing score. In my driver's ed class we had someone who failed the written 3 times before passing.
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