Le Mans: GT Class
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Santa Clara, CA
Dumbest driving you have seen?
I'm not sure if this qualifies as dumb in the spirit of this thread, but the person who was doing it must be dumb if he thinks he was being sly.
I was driving home from work a couple mornings ago on the freeway (SB 101 in Palo Alto for the locals). It was ~5:45am, so it was still somewhat dark and the traffic was sporadic. Out of the corner of my eye I keep thinking I'm seeing lights blinking in my sideview mirror. It took me awhile, but I finally figured out what it was.
Some guy was jumping in-and-out of the carpool lane using it as a passing lane (like a lot people do everywhere), but this is what he was doing. He'd turn off his headlights, slide into the carpool lane, pass a car, slide back into the #2 lane, and then turn his headlights back on. Needless to say, he wasn't signalling the lane changes. If I hadn't seen him do it 3 times before he went by me, I would've thought it a fluke. As it was, all I could do was laugh. Oh, and his car was black, too, so I figure he thought he was being extra stealthy. Sheesh.
Slightly off-topic, I saw a REALLY stupid non-driver maneuver today. I saw a guy run across 9 lanes of Friday, mid-afternoon freeway traffic and somehow not get hit. This was at about 4pm so there were a lot of cars, but it was clear enough that we were going at or above the speed limit (65mph). I half-expected to see police officers chasing him, but there weren't any officers or police/CHP cars anywhere in sight.
I was about 8 cars back in the #2 lane when he crossed in front of me. He jumped right over the center divide, starting waving his hands at oncoming cars and stutter-stepped all the way to the other side.
I thought you only saw that stuff on TV or in SoCal. Hehe. I have to assume he was running away from the police, but he had to have been running a long way because I'm pretty sure the area from where he originally came from onto the freeway is a large military cemetary.
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