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post #1 of 56 (permalink) Old 06-28-2007, 04:38 PM Thread Starter
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Small cars get NO respect in traffic!

I haven't driven a small car since 95 when I started buying full size pick up trucks. One of the first things I noticed after purchasing my 3 was that in traffic, it get's no respect. Other drivers will pull out, pull over, change lanes and don't give a shit. "Mines bigger so here I come" is what I'm seeing. I don't have that problem when I drive my 04 Ram Quad Cab, people see me and stay where they are. What makes it worse, is the horn on the 3, it's not exactly over powering when you use it. When I lay on the horn, I feel like a munchin in a land of giants. Oh well, still love my 3!!!
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post #2 of 56 (permalink) Old 06-28-2007, 05:45 PM
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Re: Small cars get NO respect in traffic!

And that's why I switched to a Stebel Nautilus Compact air horn. After almost being run off the road a couple times or narrowly avoiding getting hit in the parking lot by people who just don't seem to hear the stock horn, I changed it out. The new horn has helped twice already with people trying to change into my lane; I guess people respect it because it doesn't sound like a small car anymore.

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post #3 of 56 (permalink) Old 06-28-2007, 06:45 PM
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Re: Small cars get NO respect in traffic!

Use your size to your advantage. If you can, accelerate and maneuver around cars.

And yeah, upgrading your horn is a good idea (I might do that)
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Re: Small cars get NO respect in traffic!

Ya people mess with my car all the time, until they see me then they stop instantly. Like my shirt says "Its not the size of the car you drive, its the size of the arm hanging out the window"

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Re: Small cars get NO respect in traffic!

not where I live small cars rule the road!! unless you drive a Nissan Titan.. I swear ever damn person with one thinks they are GOD!!!!
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Re: Small cars get NO respect in traffic!

Ya well when your 2700-2800lbs and the guy trying to run u over is 6600lbs dam right ur gonna move. I was the same way in my truck, move or Ill move you

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Re: Small cars get NO respect in traffic!

[quote author=adelossa link=topic=81803.msg1525540#msg1525540 date=1183070713]
Use your size to your advantage. If you can, accelerate and maneuver around cars.

And yeah, upgrading your horn is a good idea (I might do that)
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+1

Though in all honesty, no one gets respect on the road anymore. Bunch of savages in this town


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Re: Small cars get NO respect in traffic!

Well I'm sure you have the mindset while in your truck of "Yeah I'm bigger, stay boy!" :P



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Re: Small cars get NO respect in traffic!

My first car was a 1988 Chevy Celebrity that I bought for $100, so you can imagine what it looked like. Faded powder blue with a gray driver's door and lots of rust. Two hub caps and a cracked headlight - it was the perfect first car! Interestingly enough, I had the right of way at every intersection and people stayed out of my way!



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post #10 of 56 (permalink) Old 06-29-2007, 09:17 AM
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Re: Small cars get NO respect in traffic!

The problem with using your small size to your advantage and "accelerating around the bigger guys" is that most of the bigger guys are faster too...unless you have a Speed3. Even then, if the bigger guy is a Tundra with a 5.7, you're not going to beat him buy much, if at all.

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