When: October 15,1998
Where: Lunalilo On Ramp
What: I was driving to Pearl City one day and this happened to me. Since I live in Makiki I get on to the H1 East by using the Lunalilo on ramp. Well, this morning traffic was bad and everyone was in a rush. Anyway, the line of cars to get onto the freeway was very long and I noticed that people were using the right lane to get as far up as possible to cut in at the last second to get onto the freeway. After a while this started to bug me and I noticed that it was bothering a lot of other people too. Then it started happening, horns honking, people swearing and bird flipping all at once. The people doing the bird flipping were the people trying to cut in while the people already in that lane did a lot of honking and swearing. This to me showed that there was a lot of communication going on. There were two types, verbal and nonverbal. I have never seen anything like it. This goes to show you that drivers will communicate their feelings about things now matter what or where.
Communication form: . honking, swearing, and bird flipping
When: October 22,1998
Where: King and University
What: I was going to school on day and was stopped at the stop light on King and University when I noticed something weird. The people traveling on University had the right of way so that meant the pedestrians were clear to cross King street. Then all of a sudden I hear this brakes slamming and people swearing and a horn honking. I look over to my extreme right and noticed that a car trying to turn right onto University was yelling and honking at the pedestrians crossing King street. To me this was weird because they have the right of way and this person was yelling at them to hurry up. Both the driver and the pedestrians was swearing back and forth to each other. Not to mention that the driver was also honking his horn. This was weird because it was the first time that I have ever witnessed some driver yelling at a pedestrian crossing the street with the walk sign on. This was terrible, it made me feel ashamed to be a driver. But, on the other hand it was cool to see the pedestrian fight for their rights.
Communication forms: Honking, swearing
When: October 30,1998
Where: UH Parking Structure
What: I was driving around the parking structure one day just for fun during work and I noticed something very weird. There was this car with its blinker on waiting for a car to pull out so that they can park in that stall. Because i was behind the car waiting I saw everything. When the car reversed out of the stall it reversed in a way that the car waiting couldn't yet get to the stall. Then, all of a sudden here comes this car and cuts in front of the reversing car and parks in the stall that the car in front of me was waiting for. All of a sudden the car in front of me starts honking its horn and swearing at the car that took its stall. Then the person driving the car that stole the car gets out of his car and tell the person in front of me to F#$% off and tells them if they don't shut up that something will happen. The person in front of me starts to yell again and this time drives away. This wasn't the end though. Later on that day while making my rounds at work again I noticed the car that was involved in the altercation earlier and this time there was toilet paper all over it. This was very funny to me and of course i didn't report anything because I felt that that car got what it deserved.
Communication Forms: swearing, honking, yelling, threats, toilet papering
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Mulder <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> And to stay on the soapbox: To you
new Expedition drivers...Ford went
> to great pains to install turn signals in your vehicle (even a quite
> attractive side marker unit in the mirrors). Please use them.
The intelligence of the driver is inversely
proportional to the cost of
the car. And it's hard to use turn signals as you read "Driving for
Dummies" while tooling down 285.
What I see this person doing is venting out their frustrations to a certain vehicle driving people. Maybe it is because he owns this type of vehicle and is upset that people are giving it a bad rep or maybe he is just picking on one type of car. Either way he is trying to get the point across to people to use their turn signals because that is what they are there for.
Turn signals..HUH ? ? ? ?
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In south Florida if you use a turn signal
the person in the lane next to
you will speed up to keep you from changing lanes. They tend to be VERY
> >I am glad to hear that some people still
use the turn signals. Here in
> >Florida I think the driving instructors teach the students that the turn
> >signal lever is to dry your bathing suit on.
> When visiting Florida recently, I was shocked to find that the use of
> turn signals was worse than the LA area. I asked one of my Florida
> friends about is and he said that turn signals are optional on new
> cars in Florida. )
I am not sure if this is helping the problem or hurting it. For one thing he says that people should use their turn signals because that is what they are taught to do and that is the right thing to do. But on the other hand he goes and says that if you do use signals there is a greater chance that you won't be let into the lane. I do like the little joke at the end that says cars are being sold with turn signals as an option.
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When attaching the unit to the car the job
of giving signals to the driver
falls to me. I am an expert at giving the wrong signals to my husband who
is driving the car. Does anyone have any advise on how I can get this
right? Or should I just accept that he has problems so it must be my fault!
I do not feel that she should blame herself afteall she is not the one attaching the unit. However if you are the passenger and you tell the driver that it is clear when it actually isn't then I can honestly say that it is your fault. However, you can look at it in this way, the driver is the driver and by asking you for assistance he is giving you the authority which to me still leaves him at fault because he asked for help.
Basch, Charles E. Perception, attitudes, motivations, and behaviors of drivers 18 to 22 years old. New York: Clearing House, 1987.
Hargett, James. (1989). Riding Technique: Keeping drivers friendly: Eight Common Sense Tips for Sharing the Road, v30 n7, 58.
Lowenstein, L.F. Research into Causes and Manifestations of Aggression in Car Driving, Police Journal, July 97, 70, 263.
Malfetti, James L. Young driver attitude scale: The development and field-testing of an instrument to measure young driver risk taking attitudes. New York: Columbia University, 1989.
Schulz, Wolgang. Traffic Management Improvement by Integrating Modern Communication Systems. Ieee Communications Magazine. Oct. 1, 1996, v34, n10 p56.
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