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It just won't get you there faster....

It just won't get you there faster....

car vs cowI will preface this post by saying I am a cautious driver and one who has figured out that getting a speeding ticket really is not worth it. I was driving my grandson to daycare this morning, the road I take is a main route for many (Rt 109), it is a windy road where the speed limit is 30 mph, dropping down to 20 mph just before it joins the main road, Rt. 202. This is the way I get to and from my home each and every day. There are tractors pulling large loads of hay, or the infamous honey wagons that drive up and down the road, the conditions are such that you cannot see oncoming traffic. The hills are steep, in the winter I often see cars littered on either side of the road, people who drive too fast for the road conditions, who don't put winter tires on their vehicles. In the rain it also can be treacherous if you speed.

Never mind the deer that are everywhere, and there are a few farms that still have cows. Ever seen an accident between a cow and a car? Let me tell you, it is not very pretty. Although the cows usually dies, it also wins the battle.

There is one spot on the road where there is a stone and wood fence along the edge of the road. I would venture to say that the stone pillars, which are probably 4 feet around and 4 feet high, has been hit no less than 5 times in the past 2 years. Unlucky for each person who hit the fence, they have hit the stone pillars each time, a few moving them a minimum of 20 feet into the property. The cars were pretty well totaled each time too. Then the other day someone who had to be speeding, went out of control and hit another fence that graced each side of the drive. The fence is gone, all gone.

So the three of us are in the car this morning, my daughter and her son. A young man came up behind me and was obviously furious that I was doing the speed limit. He got right on my tail, he swerved right and left while being only inches from my rear bumper. He couldn't pass me, and I couldn't really pull over to let him pass either. He eventually took another road, while honking his horn furiously and almost clipped the drivers side of my car.

As I said in the beginning, I am not a fast driver. People who drive recklessly, who tailgate, who believe the speed limit is not for them drive me crazy. I know a few of my fellow agents speed and tailgate, I often wonder if they do this with clients in the car. And I wonder how they afford all those tickets!

I just had to get this off my chest. If you are a tailgater or speeder, there can be young children in the cars you are harassing. And if you hit me from behind you can bet your bottom dollar you are going to pay for it, in more ways than one.

Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County Real Estate

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Comment balloon 20 commentsAndrea Swiedler • August 18 2010 08:49AM




They are going so fast - they can't read the blog!


Posted by Richard Shuman, Real Estate Broker - Orlando Area - Love Referrals (The Only B.S. I Have is from the University of Massachusetts) over 8 years ago

My daughter and granddaughter were involved in an accident just yesterday because of a tailgater.  A car pulled out in front of my daughter going well below the speed limit and she had to brake hard to avoid hitting them, the car behind her wasn't so lucky -- they went across 4 lanes of traffic twice before flipping, going up the curb and landing on a fence.  Luckily, the driver and her passenger were not seriously hurt, but the car was totaled.  The policeman that interviewed my daughter was surprised she had stopped -- seems this is unusual these days -- and told her that since she was able to avoid hitting the first car she was not at fault and it was clear the other driver had been tailgating.  It's scary out there folks -- keeping a safe distance is imperative.

Posted by Tish Lloyd, Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches (BlueCoast Realty Corporation) over 8 years ago

Andrea ...  I know Rte. 109; my parents live on the corner of Sterling Dr.  A tough road to travel in any weather, especially with a speed nut on your tail. Drive carefully.

Posted by Rick Cignoli, Sr. Mortgage Loan Officer (Norcom Mortgage NMLS# 71655 Equal Housing Lender) over 8 years ago

It's getting worse every day. I have to say that I hate speeders and tail gaters. Unfortunately, with the lack of money to put more police on the highways it won't get better.

Posted by Bill Travis, Broker/Owner (Captain Bill Realty, LLC) over 8 years ago

Andrea, They're everywhere, and it will continue to get worse as more are on the roads!  Seems like every teenager in the area has their own car now!

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 over 8 years ago

Andrea...I'm with on this  one. I'm not a speeder either. It's practical logic to help avoid tickets and possible accidents, then don't do things that can make them happen.

Posted by John Thomas, EcoBroker, MSEE, MBA (E3 Green HOMES) over 8 years ago

Andrea, seems everyone out there is in a hurry.  If they would just stop to realize that the sum total of time they are saving is just minutes, they wouldn't be as quick to jeopardize their lives and their wallets.

Posted by Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528, Real Estate Salesperson (Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956) over 8 years ago

I believe that speed is the cause of 90% of road accidents. 

You did the right thing.  They can't make me go any faster either.  If there's a place to pull over, I might, but then again, might not.  I get tired of enabling them. 

I believe that there is something sick about folks who must speed.

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 8 years ago

These drivers are every where and it is hard to figure them out. Nothing is more important then staying alive. Thank you for driving responsibly.

Posted by Glenn Roberts (Retired) over 8 years ago

I was the first person on the scene of a horrible wreck long ago. I ended up being the medic and, according to the EMS folks who showed up after a while, I saved some lives that night.

The crash was determined to be the result of excessive speeding and tailgating. No one was wearing seatbelts (it wasn't a law at the time).

From that day forward, I never tailgate and I always wear my seatbelt. And when I see people tailgating or speeding, all I can think of was that wreck I witnessed...........

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) over 8 years ago

Andrea, We are kindred spirits.  I received three tickets over a several year period on one of our country roads.  I now refuse to speed and I constantly have people on my rear.  They can just get over it as I have enough of taking defensive driving.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 8 years ago

I am with you 100% on this one.  I had some clients following me from house to house and the husband couldn't stand that I was going the speed limit.... so I let him lead the way... It is important that we stay safe... and when people speed, they take unnecessary risks... both to themselves and to others.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 8 years ago

Andrea, I have to confess, I go a tad bit faster than 30 if that is the speed limit :)

By the way I bet there isn't any honey in those honey wagons :) :)

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 8 years ago

I'm with you on this, Andrea! This is the kind of driver I'd love to watch speed around a blind corner and get buried in huge pile of hay. No real damage, just something to slow them down and get them to think a little bit.

Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) over 8 years ago

Andrea ~ Wow, some drivers need to slow down! Guess you always have to be on the lookout.

Posted by Carra & Shae Riley, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 8 years ago

Keep a soda bottle in the passenger seat for this one...

Next time someone tailgates you, open your window and pretend as if you are going to throw the bottle out of your car.

Works every time.

Posted by Dan Quinn, Dan Quinn (The Eric Steart Group of Long & Foster Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Andrea - People who know me, think I am a calm, non-violent person.  But during a scenario that you describe with the guy behind you tailgaiting and acting the fool, I always wish I had the Terminator sitting in the passenger seat, pointing his WMD out the window to the rear, and saying something profound like, "See you later."

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 8 years ago

Oh, great ideas, the soda bottle, the Terminator, I was thinking of a James Bond car with oil and nails that drop out of the back of the car. It makes me crazy! I am in a new vehicle, no more Wrangler, now I am driving a couch on wheels, so I was too deep in the seat to see his license plate. I will try harder next time.

Love to see them on the side of the road with a police car behind them a few miles down, you know?

I was in an auto accident when I was in my late teens, got hit from behind. That cured my need for speed.

Thanks for all the comments! I love to answer each and every one, but this post just got away from me.

Drive safely and .... the speed limit!!!!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 8 years ago

Andrea, I was thinking of you this morning as I was driving.  ONE OF THOSE DRIVERS got on my rear as I took out.  I saw he was turning right which would put him behind me on a windy country road so I ducked in to the gas station and came out behind him.  My trip down the windy country road was much more relaxing without him on my tail.

I don't even know why we have such windy roads here as we are flat, flat, flat but with lots of trees.  I am not sure if it goes to where the trails were or way back to the haciendas.


Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 8 years ago

Andrea, I must confess that I do hit the accelerator a bit heavy from time to time, but the only 'toll' I paid within the past 20 years was because I was going to meet a fellow ActiveRainer. Maybe I'll pay another 'toll' when I come over to meet you.

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 8 years ago