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    Default Driving -- Again

    Twice in the past week, I have the identical fright..
    thinking about it, I now remember that it can happen often.
    But getting so close twice in a week really imprinted it in my feeble head.

    Turning left....

    In both cases to reach the destination I needed to cross over a double 'no passing' line... no rebase.

    That doesn't preclude you from turning into a driveway...
    just for passing/overtaking other vehicles.

    In both cases, I put on the left turn indicator.... click, click, click

    Twice, the car behind passed before I had a chance to turn.
    Once in Cabarete, and just now in Cabrera

    Today was a mild miss..... passing car swooshed by me well before my turn but still startled me.

    Last Tuesday in Cabarete, was way too close.

    The car passed at the last minute and had to swerve further left to avoid hitting me.
    Unluckily, a pedestrian was walking alongside the opposing lane towards us.

    He barely missed being killed or maimed.

    The passing driver had words with him and then followed me into the driveway (to which I had turned)

    A German (apologies to those countrymen)... he was belligerent from the start.
    Started to instruct me that the double solid lines meant that I couldn't cross them.
    Says he who had crossed them to pass me... clearly out of bounds!!

    I gave him my opinion about the double line in no uncertain words.....
    which were opposed to his thinking.

    We got nowhere , but there was no damage/harm done.... luckily.

    You need to be so careful
    I have my mirrors adjusted to avoid side blind spots on both sides.... but whew !!
    this was close.

    Just reporting what happened and , as I said, I now remember having this 'sneaky quick pass' before a left turn a few times before.

    Either ignorance or disregard for the rules of the road - IMO.

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    They dont know the reasons for the lines here. Just decorative...

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    You have lines on the road where you live...wow!

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    WW: this is the first time in my life, since I was sixteen, that I've not driven nor had a car, nor any ntention of having one. After having some words and confrontations with drivers here, while a pedestrian just trying to cross the street safely, I've come to realize that the road rage that one sometimes seamlessly adopts while driving Southern California highways, is not conducive to a long and prosperous driving experience here. I might mellow out a bit and reconsider, but, I don't see it anytime soon.

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    KateP
    oftentimes you're right..
    but our German friend tried to educate about the stripes.... wrongly

    The Dominicans pay little attention to any rules of the road..
    turns, speed, courtesy....long list

    Every driver for himself...

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    Coincidentally, Mr AE and I had the painted lines discussion yesterday, coming home from delivering baseball equipment to two towns.  He says most Dominicans are clueless as to the meanings of the different lines. 

    We live near a major cement factory (Domicen), so always huge trucks on the beach road. They regularly cross double lines, especially on curves. Last week, a massive truck carrying, we were later told, 1,000 bags of cement, took a turn near our corner too fast and rolled over on its side. We saw the wreck not long after it happened, and as we inched past it all we saw were Dominicans and Haitians filling bags of all types and sizes with cement. They hit the lottery. 

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    I always worry about the big trucks...
    brakes , steering, suspension

    Rattle traps - buckets of bolts

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    Quote Originally Posted by william webster View Post
    Twice in the past week, I have the identical fright..
    thinking about it, I now remember that it can happen often.
    But getting so close twice in a week really imprinted it in my feeble head.

    Turning left....

    In both cases to reach the destination I needed to cross over a double 'no passing' line... no rebase.

    That doesn't preclude you from turning into a driveway...
    just for passing/overtaking other vehicles.

    In both cases, I put on the left turn indicator.... click, click, click

    Twice, the car behind passed before I had a chance to turn.
    Once in Cabarete, and just now in Cabrera

    Today was a mild miss..... passing car swooshed by me well before my turn but still startled me.

    Last Tuesday in Cabarete, was way too close.

    The car passed at the last minute and had to swerve further left to avoid hitting me.
    Unluckily, a pedestrian was walking alongside the opposing lane towards us.

    He barely missed being killed or maimed.

    The passing driver had words with him and then followed me into the driveway (to which I had turned)

    A German (apologies to those countrymen)... he was belligerent from the start.
    Started to instruct me that the double solid lines meant that I couldn't cross them.
    Says he who had crossed them to pass me... clearly out of bounds!!

    I gave him my opinion about the double line in no uncertain words.....
    which were opposed to his thinking.

    We got nowhere , but there was no damage/harm done.... luckily.

    You need to be so careful
    I have my mirrors adjusted to avoid side blind spots on both sides.... but whew !!
    this was close.

    Just reporting what happened and , as I said, I now remember having this 'sneaky quick pass' before a left turn a few times before.

    Either ignorance or disregard for the rules of the road - IMO.
    You're second guessing yourself and heading into the downward spiral of self doubt. That might be a good thing in North America and/or Europe to stand down, retrench and pay more attention to the rules of the road. However, in a country without rules, it can be deadly.

    I've seen this before where somebody just kept getting more cautious and before I knew it, they were nearly killed. They got smart and parked their car after that. It's cheaper to have a driver with a car anyways.

    I respectfully recommend that you get your mojo back and get back in the game. Close your eyes and drive like everybody else. Or, hang it up (at least for a while).

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    Rubio
    I can push with the best of them ... to the chagrin of my pasajeros !!

    It's just that two close calls so close together reminded me of the recklessness here.

    Stupid is as stupid does.... Tom Hanks movie I think

    I haven't lost my nerve... yet.

    and yes, thank you... I have a very good driver...

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    I had a person slam into the left side of my truck as I turned left into a driveway and as they were passing; with my blinker on. I always look in my mirror and over the shoulder now. He had no license, no papers for the motorcycle, no helmet, no insurance. Amet did nothing, and I saw him the following day blow through a stop sign. This is the wild Wild West. You are on your own and can expect nothing with regards to reimbursement from the guilty party.

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