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post #1 of 16 Old 01-07-2017, 02:57 AM Thread Starter
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Obnoxious drivers

Wow it sure didn't take long. I've had my escape for a week, and within the first 2 days since I traded my pickup truck I noticed an immediate change in people's road manners (or lack thereof would be more accurate). All of those people who would think twice before tailgating or cutting me off have all come back with a vengeance now that I'm back in a smaller vehicle. I'm really going to miss that. It's a pretty pathetic portrait of people's manners in general when the only thing that inhibits them from being obnoxious jerks behind the wheel is the fear of getting crushed if they drive recklessly around a large vehicle.

I'm already looking into ways to encourage people to have better road manners, and so far I think I'm going to go with a dash cam along with this in my rear window:
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FWIW two lighting mods that IMHO help with perhaps some of the situations you're experiencing ....

1. Converting my front fog lights to always-on (with no other lights in daylight) seems to reduce the tendency for oncoming drivers considering a 'left-turn-cut-off' to execute that ill-considered maneuver. Same for side-road and parking-lot exit situations. Sure, there's still occasions when wheel angle, driver sight-line and other 'cues' prompt me to flash the high-beams in anticipatory defense of a bad situation - but since activating my 'Canadian style DRL' more drivers seem to hold-their position 'voluntarily'.

2. With the conversion of my rear in-bumper reflectors to European-spec rear red fog lights (wired only to work as brake lights with the supplied very bright 'fog' bulbs) the 'left-foot-touch-the-brake warning' (while maintaining throttle and speed) seems a much more effective 'back-off' device for tailgaters compared to only the OEM taillights. I've considered adding a convenient brake-light activation push-button to my steering wheel for that purpose.

There's threads on both mods but I don't know if they apply to '17 Escapes (it's time to add your car info to your sig-block ;-)

I also still drive an F150. In my area where pickups and big SUV's are very common I don't see an appreciable difference in other driver behavior between that and my Escape.

Major urban and surrounding areas in Texas have grown to have a terrible rep for driver behavior/aggression in the last decade +. I-35 from Mexico to Oklahoma through San Antonio, Austin and Dallas is a terror it's full length at any hour of day or night.

Good luck, drive defensive !
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FWIW two lighting mods that IMHO help with perhaps some of the situations you're experiencing ....

1. Converting my front fog lights to always-on (with no other lights in daylight) seems to reduce the tendency for oncoming drivers considering a 'left-turn-cut-off' to execute that ill-considered maneuver. Same for side-road and parking-lot exit situations. Sure, there's still occasions when wheel angle, driver sight-line and other 'cues' prompt me to flash the high-beams in anticipatory defense of a bad situation - but since activating my 'Canadian style DRL' more drivers seem to hold-their position 'voluntarily'.

2. With the conversion of my rear in-bumper reflectors to European-spec rear red fog lights (wired only to work as brake lights with the supplied very bright 'fog' bulbs) the 'left-foot-touch-the-brake warning' (while maintaining throttle and speed) seems a much more effective 'back-off' device for tailgaters compared to only the OEM taillights. I've considered adding a convenient brake-light activation push-button to my steering wheel for that purpose.

There's threads on both mods but I don't know if they apply to '17 Escapes (it's time to add your car info to your sig-block ;-)

I also still drive an F150. In my area where pickups and big SUV's are very common I don't see an appreciable difference in other driver behavior between that and my Escape.

Major urban and surrounding areas in Texas have grown to have a terrible rep for driver behavior/aggression in the last decade +. I-35 from Mexico to Oklahoma through San Antonio, Austin and Dallas is a terror it's full length at any hour of day or night.

Good luck, drive defensive !
I might look into #2 for night time. I hate being "that guy" but in daylight I have a piece of tin in my wallet that gets rid of every rude tailgater when I show it out the window.

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Or you could mod your Escape

Lol! I saw a funny prank mod somewhere a while back where a guy rigged his tailgate to open even while driving and a phoney rear facing cannon was inside
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Have you considered not driving like an old lady?
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Have you considered not driving like an old lady?
Seriously? you're joking I hope.

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I am a strong advocate of dash cameras. They're cheap insurance (<$100) for when someone crashes into you and lies about it. I've got multiple youtube vids of all the stupid people i film.

Also, not on the Escape, but on my Focus i install LED driving lights in my grill, wired to my highbeams, ostensibly for hwy driving, but i am finding they are great for "lighting people up" when they do something stupid in front of me. (most often cutting me off, or not getting out of the fast lane)
Its really hard to ignore someones highbeams when they are brighter than the sun. Also if you give them really quick blips to the high beam switch, its almost like a camera flash.


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