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Final gripes aired about self-obsessed drivers and new films that air in dinky little theaters
By Rob Hedelt
I THOUGHT we were
Then I found myself in two situations recently that needed to be included.
My two gripes came from topics that readers constantly mention: driving and movies.
My driving gripe came from not just one or two episodes of the same infuriating practice, but a full half-dozen over the past week or two.
That infuriating practice: a driver pulling onto the road in front of me so that unless I slow down drastically, we'll collide.
I'm not talking about situations where a car pulls onto the road well in front of me so that I have to brake a little bit.
No, I'm talking about the folks who look, see me coming at 55 mph, and then pull onto the road in my lane when I'm only a few car lengths away.
What are they saying with this maneuver?
I'm in a hurry and more important than you are, so you'll just have to slow down.
The only solution: slamming on your brakes--when it's happening on a two-lane road--or quickly zooming into the other lane if its on a four-lane roadway.
Only slightly less obnoxious and dangerous are the drivers who pull out onto the road across oncoming traffic to slowly accelerate in the left lane on a four-lane road.
Here's a thought: just wait another few seconds and all oncoming traffic will pass on by, leaving the roadway open to slowly and safely pull onto the highway.
After the first fellow in a slow pickup on State Route 3 west in Spotsylvania made the last-minute pull-out on me about 10 days ago, I started noticing. Since then, no fewer than six others have done the same.
I'm no great driver, but if I see a car coming toward me at speed, it's clear that the smart move is to let all vehicles pass before I pull onto the road.
Even if I'm in a hurry.
My other gripe: having to see new movies in the dinky-sized halls some local theaters still have.