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1. Convoy
This is a situaton where cars tend to travel in packs. In convoys, people feel safer driving at excessive speeds, and feel less likely to get a ticket. See also: Ms. Allen's definition.

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2. Driving Invisibility
This is the belief that once you enter your vehicle, no one can see what you are doing, i.e. picking your nose. See also: Mr. Matsuyoshi's definition, or Ms. Balatico's definition.

3. Accordian effect
Dr. James' term for the increases and decreases of speed while traveling in a convoy. See also: Mr. Akagi's definition

4. Traffic violence
Any act of violence, real or imagined, that one commits while driving. For example, swearing at another driver, giving another driver the "bird", or imagning that you might throw something at another driver. See also: Mr. Matsuyoshi's definition and Ms. Lai's definition.

5. Facilitative driving
Driving safely in a rational manner instead of letting one's emotions take over one's driving habits.

6. Bystander effect
Not helping in an emergency situation. See also: Ms. Ota's definition

7. Driver Intimidation
Being pressured by another driver to speed or break the law.
Experiencing pressure from an individual behind you, who is tring to exert influence on you to speed up.

8. Back seat driver
When a passenger in your vehicle, not necessarily in the back seat, dictates unsolicited criticism of your driving techniques. See also: Ms. Yoshimitsu's definition, or Ms. Balatico's definition, or even Ms. Saito's definition.

9. The invisible brake pedal
This is the device used by the person on the passenger's side, often times a nervous mother, to indicate to the driver that he/ she is exceeding the speed limit, or must make an emergency stop.

This is the imaginary pedal nervous passengers employ as an indication that the driver of the car is speeding or driving in a manner that is uncomfortable to the passenger. This pedal has it's merits, but can also be quite anoying.

See also: Ms. Ota's definition.

10.Driver attributions
This is the reasoning process of the driver that allows him/her to be secure in the knowledge that he/she is ALWAYS right.

11.Traffic psychology
A). The name of this course.

B). Modifying one's driving persona to become a better and more courteous driver. This will help decrease accidents, and make driving a more pleasant and rewarding experience. Ahh.

C). See Ms. Isa's definition

D). See Ms. Saito's definition

E). Check out my week 11 lab report

12. Tailgating
Driving too close to another vehicle for safety.
Check out my week 12 lab report for my feelings on tailgating.
Also related is my definition of driver intimidation

13. Being rear-ended is when another vehicle strikes your vehicle from behind. In a metaphorical sense, insurance companies then strike their payees with bills so immense that the payee then feels as if the aaare being struck from behind again. Are we all getting my drift????

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14. Lolo is a pidgin, or Hawaiian Creole Language, word that means stupid. For example: Russell is so *lolo* for buying one Betamax instead of one VHS.

15. Kokua means cooperation. For example: Mahalo (thank you) for your *kokua* placing recyclable in the trash proper recpticles.

16. Auwe, pronounced "ow-way", is an expression for something bad. For example: Tammy failed to make the final basket, which would have won the game, auwe! This is kind-of like the expression, "bummer". The severity of the expression, hwever, depends on the situation.
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