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Thread: What would you yell when a car or truck cuts in your lane?

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    Question What would you yell when a car or truck cuts in your lane?

    I was doing more than 30 mph downhill on Fairfax Drive, 22213 when a FedEx truck cut in my lane out of nowhere. I didn’t want to move over the next lane and get hit by another incoming car. So, I yelled YAHOOOOOO… The truck stopped on half of the lane and let me by.

    What is the best yell to get the driver’s attention? Sometimes, it happens so fast that I don’t have time to think a correct word and sentence.

    I need to practice it for cab drivers and drivers with texting. The FedEx and UPS drivers are most professional drivers on the road.

    Another beautiful day to ride.
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    Scream like a teenager in a horror movie maybe most effective?

    When I'm startled by a car I usually just end up with a shouted "Hey!"

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    "I LOVE YOU!" is my current fave. If I catch up to the guy/gal (which I often do), I continue professing my undying love for them. I tell them how awesome they are in such terms that they become seriously fearful that I am a psychopath. If given the opportunity, I begin singing to them.... The Captain and Teniel's "Muscrat Love" is my current favorite song to sing to the object of my affection. There's a semi traumatized dude in a Mercedes convertible out there that still has nightmares about this lunatic on a pink bike that chased him around for 20 minutes telling him how awesome he was. Our parting exchange (the 4th in a series of interactions) consisted of me standing next to him at the light repeating the word "AWESOME" with many different vocal intonations over and over again for the entire 20 seconds that we were next to each other. I think he contemplated running the light. He certainly sped away with quite all haste.

    Honestly, there is nothing I can say in a hostile tone, or in a tone of reason that will impact an aggressive or oblivious driver in any way. It is much better to instill fear in their hearts the way they do to the cyclists they encounter.

    Bottom line: Hostility does nothing. No-one wants to hear our well reasoned arguments. Fear and insanity gets results for me.

    Love, (not the fear and insanity type... well not the fear type.)

    Pete

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    Don't mess with Dirt.
    He stares at goats...

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    The guy might misunderstand you when you yell out "I LOVE YOU", especially from a pink bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RESTONTODC View Post
    The guy might misunderstand you when you yell out "I LOVE YOU", especially from a pink bike.
    I'm relatively sure that he had a clear understanding of me throughout the series of exchanges. That was evident by the "GET THIS GUY AWAY FROM ME" look on his face. Very, very few people who have ever met me take me seriously. I like it that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirt View Post
    Very, very few people who have ever met me take me seriously. I like it that way.
    The imaginary friends who pay for your dinner at restaurants only help to further that opinion...

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    Oh yeah, I use this in traffic to let motorists know I'm there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Kelley View Post
    Oh yeah, I use this in traffic to let motorists know I'm there.
    It works too. I just about produced alternative chamois cream when you snuck up behind me and let loose with it. (Sincere apologies for the imagery.)

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