These nicknames for bad drivers aren’t insulting enough: Roadshow

Q: Why give clever, catchy names to people who weave in and out of traffic at high speeds? They might think those monikers are cool. Just call them what they are: SCUM or stupid clueless unsafe menaces.

Clare and Marilyn Keeney, Campbell

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A: And …

Q: I’m disappointed with most of the suggestions for dangerous speeders. They’re getting cute names that overtly encourage them, such as Rolling Stones, Lane Zippers, Zip Zoomers. How about Speed Killers? The evidence is incontrovertible that they are contributing to increased crashes. It’s not cute.

Richard Powers, Los Gatos

A: It’s definitely not cute. Research shows that shifting lanes repeatedly is not only frustrating to other drivers who have to slow and duck out of their way, but it also triples the chance of an accident— yes, triples.

Studies from the University of Toronto and Stanford show that jumping into the lane you think is moving faster winds up, in the end, rarely getting the driver to his or her destination even seconds earlier.

Q: I suggest calling these crazy fast drivers Death Vaders. … I hope “Dive Bomber” makes it on the list somewhere. Just watch the southbound Interstate 680 to the south 101 interchange anytime. Patience, people, patience.

Dan Pitts, Jason Higashi, Marge Apel and others

A: Patience behind the wheel is a good thing and may make the difference, one way or another, in whether you get to your destination or not.

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Q: Freeway fools, insane idiots, impolite imbeciles, rude rovers, crude cretins, miserable morons, crazy ninnies.

 Pierre Messerli, Pacifica

A: Time to stop pulling punches.

Q: The one who terrorizes others on the road is nothing but a Road Terrorist.

Not a creative or imaginative name, but it’s the truth. … Traffic Terrorists immediately popped into my mind. They terrorize others with their vehicles.

Eileen Fujikawa and Susan Peterson

A: And …

Q: I don’t think we need a new name for people speeding, tailgating, and making unsafe lane changes. Just call them criminals.

Jim Linder, San Jose

A: A little cursing may be needed.

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Q: When my nephew was a new fourth-grade teacher, I asked him, “What motivates a fourth-grader?” He replied, “Oh, that’s easy. They all want to be first in line.”

So when I see drivers weaving in and out of traffic, I suspect those drivers never outgrew their fourth-grade mentality. So I …read more

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