November 19th, 2012 09:07 AM
I think your wife did exactly the right thing...ignored them and kept driving. If they kept it up or got more aggressive then a call to 911 would be in order. Usually these things happen so fast that we only get to think about what we should have done after the fact.
November 19th, 2012 09:09 AM
You must be kidding...
Originally Posted by Eagleks
There is a big difference between exercising your 1st amendment rights and going around harassing/yelling/ threatening people at speed on the hi way. Please don't make it sound likes it's OK to do this...it's unacceptable and is NOT the way you exercise your 1st amendment rights.
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November 19th, 2012 09:11 AM
Not so much responding to your post as a prior one by someone on coal fired generation, there are
Originally Posted by adric22
huge amount of wind electricity production happening in TX. I purchase 50% of the electricity for my home
from a wind source and plan to up that to 100%. If one drives a Volt, charges it at home with wind sourced
electricity, the coal -pollution argument pretty much goes away.
Also, I read a news story that during the East Coast Hurricane, some managed to get power to their homes
from their hybrid electric vehicles. So, there are some times when the system has additional unintended uses.
I'm a fan of Picken's energy program, not Pickens himself. There is no reason why we should not have
trucks running on compressed natural gas, nor cars on dual fuel. The technology has existed for about 30 years
and is used in other countries. Anything that break the back of our need for imported oil is good for our economy
because it keeps bucks here (JOBS) here.
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November 19th, 2012 09:16 AM
Best to get off the freeway so if they do try and manuvers it will be a slower speeds. Call 911 and find the nearest PD or busy area.
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November 19th, 2012 09:26 AM
November 19th, 2012 09:46 AM
2,000lb? More like 8-10,000. Average Gross weight on a 350/3500 dually is 9-12,000. -I have to keep up with it because I need to make sure my lifts at work can handle it.
Originally Posted by 9MMare
On a slightly different note, I hate hybrid/electric vehicles; I haven't seen enough benefit. (Friend of mine got rid of a hybrid Camry because it wasn't doing what it was supposed to) Not saying that excuses their behavior is in any way, just personal preference. My brand of choice is Honda- longevity, fuel economy, etc. My wife drives a 2011 Fit, and my car is an '82 Accord with almost 330,000 on the clock. Other than that, I drive a Harley (average 45-60/gallon )
Seems like your wife did fine- I'm sorry to hear that she had the kind of problem, but it sounds like she handled it well.
I would recommend getting your wife something with a little more punch. .380 is a fine defensive weapon, but I would recommend getting a .357mag as a car gun- I don't know how well a .380 would punch through a car's safety glass, but my bet is a .357 would do it at least a little better.
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November 19th, 2012 09:49 AM
I hear it from time to time as well with my Tahoe. I actually am getting better mileage now then with the smaller mid-sized foreign built SUV it replaced.
Originally Posted by msgt/ret
To the OP, best bet is to avoid and evade these types of idiots and call 911 if it seems the situation may escalate.
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November 19th, 2012 10:24 AM
I think everything that needs to be said about the situation, has been said. I do find it kinda strange though how some of the members here are saying "get a real car instead of the volt" or even "toughen up, they just used their 1st amentmend".
Think about it: If someone posts about "i (a 5'6/150lbs guy) was wearing Denims and a wifebeater when 2 HUGE bad boys walked right next to me in a threatening manner, insulting me about my redneck outfit, i was really afraid they would attack...", would you also reply with comments like "wear some real clothes" and "man up, they were using their 1st"? I think being insulted was the least of her worries...
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November 19th, 2012 11:03 AM
Yep! If you wrestle with a pig all you get is muddy and the pig enjoys it.
Originally Posted by 9MMare
November 19th, 2012 11:12 AM
Is this a Texas thing? I have never heard of drivers in hybrids or electric cars getting threatened... My is not a hybrid but gets 40+ MPG, that is because I am commuter and I like to save money in that area. Odd.
I know it is different because I am a somewhat imposing looking male as opposed to a (perceived as) defenseless woman, but I find just giving back an emotionless stare baffles road raging goons. It is an acknowledgment that you have seen their threats but still providing no reaction, it can be somewhat entertaining to watch them struggle with what to say or do.
"When among wild beasts, if they menace you, be a wild beast."
November 19th, 2012 11:57 AM
Just a note on oil...
Saudi Arabia has been the second largest petroleum producer in the world, right behind Russia, and #3 has long been—drumroll, please—the United States. It’s a measure of the sheer wasteful extravagance with which we use petroleum in this country that the world’s third largest petroleum producer still has to import around 2/3 of the oil it consumes each year.
We in the US produce around 10 million barrels of crude a day and use around 19 million barrels a day, it is impossible to make up all of the difference from within the US. If we want to be an independent country again, we have to cut down on our oil consumption.
Now to keep this tread on topic......What kind of idiot gets mad at someone for the type of car they drive? If it is a gas guzzler that's okay I'm not buying their gas, if it is electric I am not responsible for the maintenance of their car.
Oh and do you know what the leading US export is?.....It's gasoline!!!!
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November 19th, 2012 11:59 AM
Nah. It's a blithering idiot thing.
Originally Posted by Footslogger
Not too many years back, driving around in something not built in the USA would, in some communities, be seemingly sufficient to get threatened or harassed. In other communities, driving around in something not designed to go off-road would draw the ire of some idiots. BTDT, myself, on both accounts (on the receiving end).
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the number of victims?
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November 19th, 2012 12:32 PM
I think the best approach would be to pull out her cell phone, and in plain sight of these rednecks, dial 911, and continue driving.
November 19th, 2012 03:27 PM
As well, jerks have a hard time driving 5 mph less than the speed limit. Just slow down to a safe (& legal) speed, and let them tire themselves out. That said, she should also drill to speed dial 911 or hit the OnStar in times of stress.
November 19th, 2012 03:44 PM
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