long-time high miler

Discussion in 'Start Your Journey Here' started by featherfoot, Jan 4, 2008.

  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Tab:

    ___Give ridge riding a try while you are at the limit in the far right lane. You will find your groove and do you really think a professional truck driver is willing to lose his job because you are traveling the speed limit and he is not?

    ___Good Luck

  2. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    No, Tab -- I am not kidding. I have many more tailgaters when I'm driving at the limit in the right lane than I do at 5-7mph under the limit in the right lane. Occasionally I'll have someone fill their fresh air intake with my exhaust, but for the most part they see I'm going significantly slower and pull around. What tends to happen is I'll get a stream of cars going around me and many drivers don't even hesitate to find out why -- they just pull into the left lane. It seems to me that all they are thinking is that they have to go faster than the guy ahead of them so if that person is pulling around someone else, they SURE as heck are going too slow!

    I will readily admit that slowing down on the highway was a very scary thing to get used to. You have to get used to people passing you and come to terms with the fact that it is okay and that they don't want an accident any more than you do. After a bit, I did find that equilibrium point where people are more likely to avoid wasting time and just pass. As long as you keep an eye out to be sure they can get around you, you'll be just fine.

    Wayne's suggestion of ridge riding is also a good one. It reinforces the fact that you are doing something different and catches attention quite well. He and many other people have used it very successfully for a number of years.
  3. Chuck

    Chuck just the messenger


    If you think the driving at I20 on exit 408 in Weatherford is bad, try it about 60-70 miles east in Dallas. :eek:
  4. featherfoot

    featherfoot Well-Known Member

    wayne: i don't think, i know. check out the vids of this trucker who recently attacked me. he knew i was videotaping too. never assume that people will behave logically.

  5. Chuck

    Chuck just the messenger


    Maybe I underestimated the bad truckers in the Weatherford area - that's was some vicious tailgating at 65mph.

    He obviously has no business with a commercial license.

    My experience for what it's worth is the semis don't bother me much, but the pickups of contractors and urban cowboys are another story.
  6. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Tab:

    ___Wow. The only thing I can add is if you were doing the speed limits, that 18-wheeler would be put away for a felony! Unfortunately, you ran into one in a million so just follow the limits and stay in the far right lane on the Interstates. I did see this was a two lane road and not Interstate so you have to drive a bit closer to the posted limits on those.

    ___Do you mind if we use your vid in the future? There are plenty of Trucker’s attack threads we can post your vid as well as the pics we have collected in defense.

    ___Good Luck

  7. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    How does anyone think they could get away with behavior like that? If you held your ground and your vehicle got smashed and/or destroyed (God forbid you were inside!! :eek:) how in Heaven's name could that driver ever think he would not be hunted down????

    That must have been a really scary experience. I thought almost getting crushed against concrete pylons along the side of a highway merge by a double trailered tractor was bad, but at least that was over pretty quickly. :(
  8. psyshack

    psyshack He who posts articles

    Late to the party.

    Welcome Tab.

    I try to stay out of Texass. Jail IMHO is a better place.

    Sorry about the trucker deal. You handled it much better than I would have.

    Don't let the Texicans mess with your mpg efforts. How our members down there deal with some of the daily driving insanity. Is,,,, well super human to me.

    OOO and the Del So can lay down some wicked good numbers.....
  9. 98CRV

    98CRV Well-Known Member

    I used to live in Texas and understand a bit what you are talking about. It's hard to explain to somebody who has not seen it that you can be "sitting" in the right lane at 75 mph and get passed by a fully loaded Suburban going 85 or 90 - ma, pa the kids and granny on a run from Dallas to Austin or whatever.. Texas used to have a motto that it was "like a whole other country." True. It has to be seen to be believed.

    Also, hypermiling in a del sol is not for the faint of heart. Headlights are always right in your rear view mirror due to its low ride height. I wish you the best.
  10. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

  11. featherfoot

    featherfoot Well-Known Member

    not at all, use it however you like. i'm still waiting to hear from the court on this one. i wish that the law would give us the legal right to defend ourselves with deadly force when confronted by a trucker who's threatening to kill us.

    thanks to all for the trucker video comments. this isn't the first time i've had a truck do this to me. they are literally getting away with murder here in texAss.
  12. Blake

    Blake Well-Known Member

    :eek: I havn't watched the video yet, but I think I need to when I get home... I sincerely hope that comment is said in jest or out of stress/upsetness, but I find it hard to actually wish ill will on others that most likely are not in the right mindset. Thats just my personal opinion though.

    You both made it out of the situation alive correct? Was anyone seriously hurt?
  13. bestmapman

    bestmapman Fighting untruth and misinformation

    Looks like reverse drafting to me.
  14. featherfoot

    featherfoot Well-Known Member

    Blake: if this truck driver had done to a cop what he did to me, he would have gotten bullets through his windshield.
  15. Chuck

    Chuck just the messenger

    Actually the trucker is drafting in theory, but in practice he is wasting everybody's fuel. :(
  16. laurieaw

    laurieaw Sorceress of the North

    i had a very similar experience in wisconsin last summer, on an unfamiliar, narrow, curvy 2 lane road. he came from way back, and rode my butt so close all i could see was grill... i slowed down and tapped by brakes and he somehow managed to get closer. i was literally scared for my life. when he finally got in a left turn lane (which was supposed to be my turn but i was too busy trying to keep from getting killed i couldn't see the sign), i managed to get the name of trucking company on the door. i called the owner and told him what happened. i don't know what the outcome was, but i don't want to do that again.

    my idiot husband said it was my fault because i was probably going too slow (since when is 55 slow?) and i should have just pulled off and let him go by. the main problem is when you are going that fast on a road you don't know, it's darn hard to be watching for a place to get off it.
  17. Chuck

    Chuck just the messenger

    On a ski trip three years ago, I was with a trucker and he was one of it's bad apples....boasted about taking his 80,000lbs at 95mph past a Ford Pinto (or was it an Escort?)....think they had to go on the shoulder. :eek:
  18. Blake

    Blake Well-Known Member

    Tab, just watched the video. Wow is all I can say. While I don't want to form an opinion without seeing all the evidence, I think that indeed was a scary situation.

    I'm just glad no on was hurt in the incident.
  19. featherfoot

    featherfoot Well-Known Member

    laurieaw: you need to dump that guy. if a trucker threatened the life of someone i loved, it wouldn't matter to me who's fault it was. using your hubbies logic, if you cost someone a minute in line at the grocery store, they'd be in the right to put a gun to your head.

    Blake: i wish my camera had sound. the trucker got a few feet from my bumper at 65mph and just layed on his horn. if that guy threatened my life to that extent in any other circumstance, the law would give me the right to shoot him.
  20. Blake

    Blake Well-Known Member

    Tab, while I certainly believe you when you say you were threatend... the logic in me likes to hear both sides of the story before forming an opinion. Not that I don't believe you, I just believe in getting the whole story. While this might risk getting political, I'm not a believer in capital punishment, and as a result I'm not a big fan of killing someone in self defense. I do realize that there are times there are no other options, but the fact that your both here and alive proves that shooting him would have been unnecassary.

    I hope in the end, justice is served, which ever way it is deemed... I'm just glad both parties are ok and hopefully people can learn from what happend to you.

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