Q Why do people seem to ignore speed limits most of the time? I see it everywhere, but a place that is off the mark is the construction site for the new 49ers stadium on Tasman Drive.
A Let's be perfectly clear here. Your rant does not involve 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick racing down Tasman to the team's nearby practice facility. I am certain his bursts of speed are confined to the football field. Continue, Pablo.
Q The area is clearly marked "25 mph/construction zone" in both orange and white signs. Yet most drive at 40-plus on that stretch. A few days ago I saw someone pass me going at least 60 mph (not kidding).
I get honked at all the time for going 25 in that segment. What can be done to educate our population that a speed limit needs to be respected, no ifs or buts?
A Your concern is shared by another. ...
Q What is up with people? A few weeks ago I got a speeding ticket on Tasman Drive in the 49ers stadium construction zone. The zone started two blocks before I thought it did. So now I always drive 25 mph and stay in the right lane in that area.
But three times in one week I had irate people behind me as I drove the speed limit. The first was shouting and gesticulating at me from her position behind me. Two honked their horns repeatedly.
What is mind-boggling is that I was driving in the right-hand lane, and we were the only cars going that direction. The lane to my left was empty. I watched and none of these three cars turned to the right within the four or five blocks I remained on Tasman. Why not just change lanes and go around me?
I use cruise control to ensure I am not tempted to increase my speed. I did not hit the brakes, change lanes, make any gestures or do anything to intentionally incite the person behind me. Perhaps I was being a road boulder?
Russell Jones Jr.
A Going the speed limit in the far right lane is not being a road boulder. I've forwarded your concerns to the city and would not be surprised to see some more enforcement on Tasman. In the meantime, slow down, folks, for your safety and that of the 49ers heading toward their practice site off Tasman.
Now, onto someone who takes it slow for a reason.
Q You may have not heard this complaint before, but it's a regular complaint for those of us who own old collectible cars. I own an old muscle car, a 1971 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. It's loud, powerful and worth a lot of money. But when I drive it, especially on the freeway, I drive it like it's made of glass. I'm usually in the slow lane doing 55-60 mph.
Here's the problem. Other drivers understandably want to get a closer look. So, they drive right up to my rear bumper and stay there for miles and miles. I've had to pull to the shoulder many times just to get them to pass me.
Other drivers pull up next to me in the second lane and pace me for miles. Meanwhile, drivers behind them, going the speed limit or beyond, are swerving around their car giving them the finger.
If this wasn't so dangerous it would be funny. Don't get me wrong, I think it's great that drivers like my car. But, please, remember you're on a freeway, and while my car has 500 horsepower, that doesn't mean I want to use it on public roads.
A Let's all be on the lookout for John's Trans Am but give him wide berth. Now onto how one fellow handles tailgaters.
Q If there one thing I dislike about bad driving it is the tailgater. I am on the freeway and keeping up with other vehicles in my lane and some dude behind me is, yes, tailgating. All I do is put my legs up on the steering wheel to hold my car in the straight line and lift both my hands (only for about three seconds) and reach for the sky like it is a stickup. The tailgater gets the message real quick. I have used it well over a dozen times with a 100 percent success rate.
I know it might be slightly dangerous to take your hands off the steering wheel but three seconds is real quick. And I only do it when the tailgater is really close behind me and where the road is straight.
A Tony, Tony, Tony. I cannot recommend this, as three seconds can be a long time.