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A new phenomina among SUV/Truck owners? Anyone else experience this...(8 posts)

A new phenomina among SUV/Truck owners? Anyone else experience this...Kristin
Nov 20, 2002 9:28 AM
This morning I had a guy in a black Escalade driving in front of me. Twice this guy drove very quickly up to line of stopped cars at an intersection--I couldn't see the stopped cars because Escalade blocks my view. Then, without slowing or breaking, he changes lanes at the last moment. Leaving me to nearly crash into the poor guy a the end of the line. I don't have any doubts that the Escalade driver was doing this on purpose. I watched him do it to another driver in front of me also.

In the past month, I've had two other drivers do this--where I got the impression that it was intentional. What's up with that???
happens to me all the time....Becky
Nov 20, 2002 9:39 AM
My theory is that these drivers think they're "getting ahead" and will somehow get where they're going faster. I don't understand it somehow leapfrogging your way to the front will shave 10 minutes off your drive...
I've done my 25 mile commute driving like a total jackass, changing lanes constantly, cutting others off, etc. and I've driven the same route in a very prudent manner, timing both attempts. The minute or two that I might have saved myself and the little adrenaline rush from driving fast just aren't worth the increased chance of dying!

my 2 cents....
following distance?trekkie1
Nov 20, 2002 9:45 AM
When following, your distance ahead should be sufficient to react no matter what the lead driver does. If that's the case, this should not be an issue.

I doubt he'd try to wreck you on purpose by doing this; it's more likely he's just trying to move as far up as possible.
Nope...this guy was playing gamesKristin
Nov 20, 2002 10:36 AM
There is a difference between people who are threading the needle and what this guy was doing (assuming its a guy--never saw the drivers face.) It was clear that he was intentionally screwing with other drivers. Some people just have no maturity and too much testosterone. My following distance was fine, because I never had to lock my brakes and didn't crash into anyone. But I had two minor heart attacks.
Call the cops on him. If they get enough complaints they'll doeyebob
Nov 20, 2002 1:41 PM
something. At least that's been my experience.

Seems pretty typical SUV behavior to me, but I'm biased....cory
Nov 21, 2002 8:14 PM
I'm very strongly biased against SUVs, and one of the minor reasons is the way they seem to encourage bad driving. I've seen some studies that indicate people feel invincible in them, and superior because they're looking out over traffic rather than feeling like they're part of it. When I try to evaluate their behavior objectively, I STILL come to the conclusion that SUVs harbor a disproportionate number of stupid, shortsighted and inept drivers.
I think you can safely publishEager Beagle
Nov 22, 2002 7:30 AM
that theory without much fear of contradiction. Perhaps you could add "agressive with an inferiority complex" though...
Seems pretty typical SUV behavior to me, but I'm biased....Rode Warrior
Nov 25, 2002 1:57 PM
It's not so much that SUVs cause this behavior, but SUVs are marketed to those types of people. That's why they are designed to look so aggressive. There is a lot more to it, but I recomment reading "High and Mighty".