: Have you Driving Habbits changed since you first started driving



ThumperPup
05-08-11, 06:29 PM
have you changed the way you drive over the years
do you find that when you where a kid you drove more wild when you first got your License
or did you always drive safe
are you still driving reckless or trying to have fun
do you still drive like you did back when you where a kid

ThumperPup
05-08-11, 06:34 PM
My driving habbit's have changed im a safer driver thats why my Insurance is so low compared to what it was years and years ago
even when i was 22 my Insurance was up to 1900 for a 6 month policy on one lincoln
that was deemed very road safe
4 door's
i used to get speeding tikets every month runing red lights not paying attention rolling threw stop signs not stopping if there was no one around
had my License suspended atleast 6 times for 12 point suspensions when i was between the age of 16 and 22
lost my License for 2 years got it back never drove the same since
have had 3 ticket sin the last 9 years

V-Eight
05-08-11, 09:24 PM
Sounds like you were a total douche back in the day. Props for calming down behind the wheel.

ThumperPup
05-08-11, 10:16 PM
Sounds like you were a total douche back in the day. Props for calming down behind the wheel.

yeah i was that for sure
lets see i drove since i was 13 i was taking mom or dads car when i was home from school and they would go out
on weekends
i never ones got a tiket not ones
then as soon as i got my license i stopped caring about weather i got pulled over or not cause i was leagile
then after i would get one ticket i figured what the hell doesn't matter
then get another ticket i had to be the only one that went into Juvenal court for traffic court every time with a layer for a speeding ticket lol
then ones i got my last ticket before each suspension i said the hell with it just keep driving who cares
well after about 5 driving under 12 point suspensions thats when the judge said your license is suspended indefinably
the only reason i got a judge to reinstate it was because i showed how calm i was first i got work driving privileges
then after a year of that i was given my license back fully

Submariner409
05-08-11, 10:59 PM
Reading strictly from the thread title only, I've never personally driven a Habbit. A Hobbit, maybe.....a Rabbit, certainly.

As with every driver on the face of Earth, my driving habits have most certainly evolved with age and experience. To question otherwise is uneducated folly.

hueterm
05-08-11, 11:02 PM
I've driven over a rabbit... I would drive over a Hobbit, if I ever saw one, and I was driving a rental car.

HAZZARDJOHN
05-09-11, 02:21 AM
I would say I am a better driver, but I ran two red lights in the last month, granted it was in the morning when no one was around and the lights were in locations you wouldn't expect them to be in, but still the first one I said, well that sucks but its just a fluke. The second one, I felt like, "maybe I am getting too comfortable behind the wheel for my own good".

77CDV
05-09-11, 04:04 PM
I suppose I've gotten more cautious with time, but since I've only ever driven Cadillacs, I've never been tempted to do silly things behind the wheel.

Submariner409
05-09-11, 05:10 PM
since I've only ever driven Cadillacs

You've never let it all hang out in the ETC or the DTS ???? Either one of those cars is a pleasure to push to the limit - because of the FWD, too much fun will cost you a lot of front tires, but the cars are quite nimble for what they are.

Put 36#, cold, in the tires and head for the boondocks. Live a little.

drewsdeville
05-09-11, 05:41 PM
My little keychain flashlight is pretty bright for what it is, but I wouldn't use it as a spotlight.

Indeed they are nimble for what they are, but hardly nimble when looking at the big picture. This sounds more like the role a sports car is supposed to fill, not a FWD luxury boat. If performance and driving excitement equates to living a little, sell the Caddy and buy a Corvette. :stirpot:

gdwriter
05-09-11, 05:50 PM
Indeed they are nimble for what they are, but hardly nimble when looking at the big picture. This sounds more like the role a sports car is supposed to fill, not a FWD luxury boat. If performance and driving excitement equates to living a little, sell the Caddy and buy a Corvette. :stirpot:Haven't you said in the past that you had fun driving that beater Escort? And that the attitude of the driver has more to do with it than the car itself?

For many of us, a Corvette is not practical as a daily driver. Jim, Jesda, myself and others enjoy driving our Cadillacs. And being very comfortable in the process.

drewsdeville
05-09-11, 05:55 PM
For many of us, a Corvette is not practical as a daily driver. Jim, Jesda, myself and others enjoy driving our Cadillacs. And being very comfortable in the process.

Perhaps for you, Sub, and Jesda, but clearly not for 77cdv. There are always sacrifices. Someone who gets their thrills off awesome performance is probably willing to make sacrifices, like your example of practicality for instance. Sort of similar to how you tell us you are willing to sacrifice some MPG's for luxury. It's no different.

You can love your Cadillac for whatever you want, it's yours, it's your experience. Don't get so defensive. I'm not putting you or anyone else down for why they love their Cadillac, but I understand 77CDV's comment. Someone who doesn't consider even the best 4000lb FWD luxury sedan to be the most exciting in performance isn't completely whacked.

I did have more fun in my Escort than any of my other cars, but it wasn't through performance driving...:devil: Some miles weren't even on pavement. My Sexcort, my experience, loved every mile of it.

Aron9000
05-09-11, 06:38 PM
I've always been a pretty good driver, but definetly no more drinking and driving after wrecking my Z28. That car was a handful to keep on the road sober, I don't know what I was thinking driving drunk.

As far as other driving habits, I tend not to speed on city streets anymore after about 3 tickets. Pointless since you're just going to catch the next red light. On the highway I do 80mph, cops will leave you alone at that speed. I will tend to push it a little on crooked ass country roads as well, once again nobody's around, no cops.

gdwriter
05-09-11, 06:50 PM
I did have more fun in my Escort than any of my other cars, but it wasn't through performance driving...:devil: Some miles weren't even on pavement. My Sexcort, my experience, loved every mile of it.Ewww. TMI. :thehand:

gdwriter
05-09-11, 06:57 PM
I'm not putting you or anyone else down for why they love their Cadillac, but I understand 77CDV's comment. Someone who doesn't consider even the best 4000lb FWD luxury sedan to be the most exciting in performance isn't completely whacked.Of course it's not the most exciting performance car out there. It's not supposed to be. I think Jim and I were merely pointing out that these cars can be plenty fun to drive and surprisingly capable for large FWD sedans. We both have fun backroads nearby where we've found that to be true. YMMV.

Stingroo
05-09-11, 07:10 PM
I can definitely say that I'm a lot less cautious than I was when I first got my license. I don't do any blatantly stupid things, but I do speed (excessively and frequently), and when there's nobody around I get a big ass grin on my face when I make the wagon get tail happy. I know it's not the best thing in the world for either of those activities, but 'tis fun. Actually... it may be one of the best for speeding. Nobody suspects the guy in the station wagon. :lol:

When I first got my license, I was that guy who waited until I had a million feet of clear pavement before turning, etc. etc.

billc83
05-09-11, 07:51 PM
Huey Lewis sums up my answer to this question in the first lines of "Hip to be Square."

I used to be a renegade.
I used to fool around.
But I couldn't take the punishment
And had to settle down

Submariner409
05-09-11, 07:52 PM
I have driven my fair share of Ferrari, Lamborghini, Corvette, McLaren/Elva/Chevy, Jaguar, Austin Healey and MG. All fun, all different. The Cadillac is none of the above. For what it is, it's fun, fast, and comfortable. If I truly wanted to go back in time I would find another Ferrari. But those days are gone; been there, done that. Doesn't matter whether the vehicle is high dollar or beater - the mechanical fun is still there, though. All my toys must "run right".

drewsdeville
05-09-11, 08:04 PM
I think Jim and I were merely pointing out that these cars can be plenty fun to drive and surprisingly capable for large FWD sedans.

I agree, for what they are. But that's where it ends. There are many (myself, 77CDV?) who demand performance that a large FWD sedan just cannot deliver. It can only do so much.

For some, it's not enough.

billc83
05-09-11, 08:24 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DlEYLt8TOSQ

thebigjimsho
05-10-11, 10:26 PM
I did have more fun in my Escort than any of my other cars, but it wasn't through performance driving...:devil: Some miles weren't even on pavement. My Sexcort, my experience, loved every mile of it.
Sex in an Escort, huh? You found yourself a winner there...

cadillac kevin
05-10-11, 11:01 PM
sexcort? is that even possible. are you a contortion artist or a circus clown?

anyways, I drive a lot less cautiously than I did when I started driving. I'm a lot less brake happy, and a lot less accelerator happy. however, I do like driving fast on occasion (when no ones around) and I love getting to class early and doing donuts in the parking lot. one of my friends said I'm "mario andretti in a minivan" (not quite sure what that means)

Destroyer
05-10-11, 11:06 PM
sexcort? is that even possible. are you a contortion artist or a circus clown?

I would imagine that it is possible. I have done the deed in Corvettes and Porsche 928's as well as Mustangs so an Escort is very possible. I imagine finding a willing participant in an Escort would be harder. At almost 40 I don't know if I could repeat those antics. Last time was in a '97 S320.

Stingroo
05-10-11, 11:12 PM
It's easy in a B-wagon. :shh:

drewsdeville
05-10-11, 11:15 PM
Someone could have managed. If you saw the window decals, embroidered seat covers, and tacky floor mats that were in it when I got it, you'd definitely wonder... I had "before" pictures from when I got it, but my whole automotive pictures file went missing, probably went away with my linux partition. All I have at this point is pictures of the '95 that I used when I sold it.

But, it WAS a hatch afterall. LX model. DEEEEELUX!

I~LUV~Caddys8792
05-10-11, 11:19 PM
The backseat of an S-Class was a nice place to lay some pipe. :lol: :quagmire:

ben.gators
05-11-11, 12:09 AM
It's easy in a B-wagon. :shh:

No argue about that... You are carrying around your bedroom my friend! :D

ben.gators
05-11-11, 12:11 AM
I imagine finding a willing participant in an Escort would be harder.

:yeah:

Stingroo
05-11-11, 09:37 AM
No argue about that... You are carrying around your bedroom my friend! :D

Another fun fact: a twin size mattress fits in there just fine, and the tailgate and hatch glass can close as well.


More comfort and what not. :lildevil:

Jesda
05-11-11, 03:39 PM
Yes, I'm more aware and alert. I watch for deer and keep a closer eye on tires and other mechanicals.

77CDV
05-11-11, 04:25 PM
I agree, for what they are. But that's where it ends. There are many (myself, 77CDV?) who demand performance that a large FWD sedan just cannot deliver. It can only do so much.

For some, it's not enough.

I fear I've been misunderstood. I'm content with the performance of all my cars. However, I learned early on that there are limits to what each one can do and that I have to respect those limits if I want to keep the car's body (and mine) in one piece. If I'm cruising along a wide open stretch of interstate at 80 (or 65-70 in the older cars) with good music and fair weather, I'm a very happy man. I'll leave the canyon carving and freeway gymkhana for the boy racers of the world.

orconn
05-11-11, 05:15 PM
I have done my share of "canyon carving" in my day and have been lucky to have been driving cars that for their, time and design, were among the best. But I have never really wanted to test the limits of "luxury" sedan doing the twisties. I can think of no less satisfying auto experience than a 1960 Cadillac taken to its' limits. When driving an expensive GT or sportscar, my own or someone else's, I have been known to test its' upper limits, but because of a well observed knowledge of the costs of putting one of these cars back together after it has exceeded its' limits and come to grief, I have rarely explored their ultimate limits.

I enjoy a spirited trip through the back roads of Virginia in my Seville STS, but would never confuse it with an excellent GT or sportscar. But neither would I confuse the ride and comfort of my old Jaguar E-type with the comfort and and freeway manners of my Seville STS.

Back when I just started driving legally on the road, when I drove any of the family cars my objective was to do it as smoothly as possible. Chauffeuring my dad and his associates in the '56 or '60 Fleetwoods I was looking for compliments on the smoothness with which I drove, not with what the cars would do full loaded and under full throttle. I will admit to laying some rubber in the '57 Olds 98 J-2, but to be honest there was nothing to spinning those 14 inch wheels with bias ply tires .... any idiot could do that ..... it was getting the thing stopped before disaster that took knowledge and skill!

I quess with maturity comes the ability to respect and enjoy the unique abilities of different kinds of cars and their design parameters.

Trapspeed
05-13-11, 08:35 PM
Yes I definitely have. I've always driven "safely" but what has happened is that I take fewer stupid chances than when I was younger. Although in general I think you'll find that true of most people. Now, I don't have to drive fast all the time. Just knowing I can if I want to is enough!

DouglasJRizzo
05-16-11, 01:35 PM
My driving habits have changed quite a bit, but they're inverse to what they were when I was 17. As a younger man I drove very fast around town, but slower on the highways. Now its the opposite, and I have to constantly watch my highway speed, where as my around town speed almost never ventures outside the limits.