View Full Version : Bone-headed Maneuvers

10-17-2018, 12:26 PM
What's the most bone-headed maneuver you've witnessed on the road?

We were almost rear-ended by a girl on a motorcycle who I could see coming up behind us at about 90mph as she weaved in between the cars on the freeway all the while holding a cell phone to her right ear driving with one hand on the handle bar and not wearing a helmet in a state where it's required. I guess the call was more important than the rest of us on the road.

What's your story?

10-17-2018, 01:02 PM
Some years ago I was in a construction zone off-ramp, barrels and cones on each side. At the end was a turn onto the frontage road. After having been rear-ended a couple of times in the past, I always like to keep an eye on who is behind me. So, in this particular incident I glanced in the mirror to see what looked like 2 teenage girls in the front of a SUV bouncing around to whatever tunes they had going. I saw both of the drivers hands up by her head while she jammed out :eek:

Chris Pile
10-17-2018, 01:04 PM
I live on a busy 4 lane main road, and I've seen guys on bikes zooming by while TEXTING - no hands on the bars. Saw a lady folding laundry while driving on a freeway. I got away from her as quickly as I could. It's nuts out there.

345 DeSoto
10-17-2018, 01:49 PM
While sitting @ a Stop Light, waiting for the green light, I glanced up at my rear view mirror. Just in time to see the car behind me slam into my rear @ 55MPH...in a 35 MPH zone. End of my Law Enforcement career...

10-17-2018, 02:07 PM
I'm thinking two days ago, when the power was out all over Omaha and the stop lights weren't working right. The lights were blinking red on the very busy intersection of 13th and Martha. Right on the north side there was already a big fender bender with two flat beds and three or four cop cars with their lights all flashing. Some bonehead going north sees all this and still runs a flashing red light.

10-17-2018, 03:24 PM
power was out all over Omaha and the stop lights weren't working

This reminds me of I think Dec 2002 or Jan 2003. I was working in Charlotte, NC for several weeks, living in a motel. There was a ice storm and the whole place was shut down. I was still driving into work on icy roads with a rental Mustang (RWD) no problem as I grew up in MN. Had the roads mostly to myself as everything was in panic mode it seemed. No stop lights working at the intersections and it seems folks ASSumed it was free for all, not stopping or looking. Couple of times I cautiously approached the intersection as I saw the cross traffic go through full speed. The desired behavior is supposed to treat intersections like a 4 way stop of course.

10-17-2018, 07:43 PM
You bring up a good point about winter driving. I too grew up in MN and you had to get your winter driving feet beneath you every year. My son was amazed that when we would return to MN in the winter I could keep progress at about 40mph in 4" - 5" inches of snow. As I told him, as long as everyone plays by the same rules & if you don't have a knucklehead in front of you, you can keep driving. During blizzards when you had to be out (Worked for UPS in MPLS) and you approached an intersection, if it was clear and nobody was in either cross lane, you'd go for it. Playing it safe and stopping meant you were stuck. Having done that a "few" times when there was a police car at the intersection, the officer got out and asked, "Why'd you stop?" "Because you were there." "Next time, just go for it. We have to keep things going." There were winter rules and back then (40 years ago) people played by them. Today???

10-18-2018, 07:07 AM
During the infamous Atlanta SnowJam in 1982 I watched from a cross street as an elderly lady in a mid 60's Ford Galaxie took off from the light. I would promise that her speedometer was reading 100 mph, and the car was probably moving at 5 mph. If she had hit bare pavement, I suspect she would have had a wreck of epic proportions.

Recently, a guy on a Harley Electra Glide, left lane of the freeway, cruise control on, laid back on the back rest, with his feet on the handlebars, texting. Oh yeah, no helmet and tennis shoes on. I'm betting Darwin was watching him closely.

10-18-2018, 07:32 AM
I have seen so many of these boneheaded incidents that I can't list them all. I was rear ended by a driver in, a Ford Escort. It was raining, I was stopped behind a Volvo station wagon. I watched as the car came closer and closer and just held on tight. I asked the driver why he didn't slow down. He claimed the car wouldn't slow down because the repairs he just had done on the car messed up the clutch on his car.

As far as motorcycle boneheadedness go, the two that stand out involve clothing. During some hot weather, I came up next to a Harley. The driver was in full leathers while the young lady on the back was in short shorts, flip flops and a rather revealing tank top. The other occurred in South Carolina where helmets are not required. I was on SC 31 where there was a 65 mph speed limit but most go considerably faster than that. I saw a guy going extremely fast on a sport bike with full leathers....and no helmet.:o

Commander Eddie
10-18-2018, 11:20 AM
I drive 50 miles per day round trip to and from work and I see stuff every single day. My wife complains that I drive like "a little old man" and I point out to her all the insanity on the roads these days. I'm just trying to stay out of everybody's way. I have seen 2 wrecks already this week and that was by Wednesday.

Colgate Studebaker
10-19-2018, 06:51 AM
Here in Florida I've seen so so many "issues" that I don't even try to keep track of them. Between our elderly drivers that shouldn't be driving to the young inattentive drivers to the out of state lost drivers to the "the rules don't apply to me" drivers it is amazing that more accidents and lost lives haven't happened. My dad had a saying that has stuck with me all these years, " you have to drive like everyone else on the road is a damned fool". Nuf said? Bill

Blue 15G
10-19-2018, 08:32 AM
I've seen too many through the years to even recall, but one that sticks in my mind happened on my way to work a few years ago. it was wintertime, no snow on the road at the time, but some ice sheen here and there due to the low temperature. A driver in a large Chevy SUV pulls out in front of me from the parking lot of a convenience store on a four lane road. Heading the same direction that I am going. It wasn't close enough that I was in danger but close enough that I had to slow down or move over. He nails the gas hard, and nearly lost control as the truck fishtailed back and forth, and then almost completely turned sideways on the sheen of ice. He eventually got control of it and proceeded on. I'm sure he had to change his underwear when he got to his destination. The part that amused me most was that I glanced in my rear view mirror at the time and saw no cars behind me at all. Meaning that if he had waited until I went by before pulling out, it would have cost him probably less than 10 seconds. But you know how most drivers are today, keep your foot on the gas at all costs, and don't wait for anybody or anything!

10-19-2018, 10:24 AM
A number of years ago we were driving on a windy road through the British Columbia mountains, when a surprise snow fall occurred. Most people didn't have the winter tires we had so they slowed to a crawl. One fellow riding his motorcycle decided to keep going instead of grabbing a motel for the night. I was amazed that in over 6 inches of snow, he continued riding using his feet as outriggers. It was an unbelievable sight.

10-19-2018, 02:55 PM
Near where we live a minor side street ends at an intersection with a major two lane road where the traffic is about 50 mph. Twice recently I've been the second car at the stop sign and watched the car in front pull right in front of traffic so close that the other driver didn't have time to touch their brakes. Whammo! Two perfect T-bones, broad daylight, no visual obstructions. Both morons departed in ambulances, but neither suffered life threatening injuries. One of the oncoming cars was driven by a woman wearing no seat belt. Yes, her airbag deployed, but she was going to need some serious facial reconstruction.

Bill Pressler
10-20-2018, 09:03 AM
What I see every single night...every...single...night....is cars driving with no headlights on. In an era of automatic lights if you just switch the switch to "AUTO", this is inexcusable. Also, I can always tell when I'm behind someone texting--driving five under the limit, and weaving left to right the whole time.

10-20-2018, 04:24 PM
What I see every single night...every...single...night....is cars driving with no headlights on. In an era of automatic lights if you just switch the switch to "AUTO", this is inexcusable.

Part of the problem is the Daytime Running Lights. With those, your dash lights are ALWAYS on so folks dont realize they don't have the headlights on. As for the "Auto" setting, I have all old heaps, 2001 or older that lack that feature. When I rent a car (often), by habit I turn off the headlights. So there are times where I set the switch to Auto, only to turn it off without even thinking about it. When I crank it back up I have dash lights and some light from the DRL's, AND I remember setting the switch to Auto, but don't remember turning the switch off.

10-20-2018, 08:36 PM
I’m old, so plenty of incidents to list, but the two that scared me the most and remain firmest in my memory were the fools going the wrong way on the freeway. First time was 1981 on U.S. 101 between Morgan Hill, California, and San Jose. This was before the Gilroy bypass was completed, so the road wasn’t completely restricted access. I was in the right lane and he whizzed by me on the left.

Second time was on U.S. 63 between Macon, MO and Moberly, MO in 1999. Same situation, but here there were short hills that hid a view of what was ahead. I came up to a crest of a hill and before I could blink a car flashed by going the wrong way in what should have been the passing lane for my direction. If a car had been passing me or if I had been in that left lane, it would have been headlight-to-headlight at 70 MPH. I called 911, but not real sure how the Highway Patrol could have caught up.

I watched the newspapers and TV news the next day and there was no report of fatalities on U.S. 63 that day.