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Does Watching A/c Make You A Bad Driver?  
User currently offlineMattg21iah From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 55 posts, RR: 1
Posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3139 times:

I was driving by the airport today and noticed a couple a/c on final and was just watching them fly over the highway. Next thing I notice is that I was swerving all over my lane. As my girlfriend tells me I am a terrible driving when a plane is flying over. Does anyone else have these problems and any interesting stories about it, maybe accidents caused by it?

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User currently offlineIairallie From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3124 times:

LOL been there. I ought to keep the sunroof closed.

User currently offlineCOEWRNJ From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 1065 posts, RR: 18
Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3118 times:

HaHa!! All the time. Especially when I'm driving on the NJ Turnpike by EWR. Don't even watch the road. My friends tell me I'm a bad driver because of it but i don't understand how you could pay attention to the cars when you have such amazing pieces of machinery landing and taking off right next to you.

User currently offlineCha747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 788 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3103 times:

This is so true! Just today I was driving back from a weekend in Long Island and we passed JFK - I saw 2 747's, 4 767's, and a handful of A320's while we were sitting in traffic on the Belt Parkway. I held-up traffic half the time and almost banged the car in front of me the other half. I stopped counting planes when my wife gave me a stern yelling.

Also, being in the truck lanes on the southbound turnpike near EWR is deadly as well...



You land a million planes safely, then you have one little mid-air and you never hear the end of it - Pushing Tin
User currently offlineNZblue From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 638 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3078 times:

Working at LAX, I must admit I pay more attention to the right side of the Westbound 105 Freeway after the 405 interchange than I do focusing on staying in my actual lane and watching out for the daily break-pushers trying to exit Sepulveda.

The worst part is that the LAX landing approach parallels the 105 nearly from the 605, so my entire drive on the 105 is constantly distracting as I look up at various AM flights coming in  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

I don't think the cops would like my excuse very much should I ever cause an accident!

-NZblue



It's an entirely different kind of flying; all together.
User currently offlineDouglas7Seas From United States of America, joined May 2004, 129 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3069 times:

Wow, I know where you're coming from. I drive the freeway under the approach to LAX every day, too and from work. It is very hard not to watch. Hey, back in the late 80's I used to watch a CV880 fly in every morning. Now, how am I supposed to NOT watch this?

See ya,

John



Be different; Be nice.
User currently offlineMark777300 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 388 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3067 times:

I told this story once, that while I was living in Miami, I was on the 836 and while watching a DL 777 in the Olympics color scheme at MIA, I accidently rear-ended my wife who I was following! Boy did I get an ear full. I almost did it again on the I-95 at EWR when the An-225 was there once a few years back. Although this time, my wife was with me and yelled at me to watch where I was going. No accident that time!

User currently offlineIowa744fan From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 931 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3052 times:

I hope not because I am definitely guilty of this too. Luckily it happens most often around Des Moines where the traffic is not bad, but I had to catch myself last week on I-405 when passing by SNA.

User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3048 times:

Absolutely - on the M25 near LHR, I'm hopeless ! When I worked at LHR, I'd sometimes drive round the M25 on my way places, and my car had a sunroof - I'd be watching planes through the sunroof rather than watching the road. Never had an accident, but still... not good.

User currently offlineWakeTurbulence From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1296 posts, RR: 16
Reply 9, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3040 times:

I am a horrific driver if I am near an airport. I live near SNA but if I go home to see my parents I drive by SNA, LAX, and can see Van Nuys from the different freeways. If my girlfriend is with me she know to keep a lookout on the road and keep me focused on driving. Sometimes I let her drive just so I can catch all the scenery.
-Matt



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User currently offlineAvianceGirlUK From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3022 times:

Totally Agree... Every day whilst driving to work (LHR) i have to drive along the peremiter Road over from T5. Well I nearly crash every day watching the damn things i work with flying over my head. One time i came into work and a Manager for BAA (a good friend i hasten to add) stopped me and told me that i drive very badly and whilst i was watching that BA 744 flying over my head earlier on, i nearly went into the Land Rover in front. Well i was rather embarrased that apart from nearly ending up in the drivers boot, someone else actually spotted me doing this..
But I cant help it  Sad


User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7110 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3013 times:

I don't have this problem, I take the bus. I say let someone else drive you around (especially near an airport). Big grin

SUJ


User currently offlineBurg400 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 36 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2986 times:

Get a motorbike wear a SHOEI "Syncrotec" crash helmet, pop the front of the lid up leave the cars standing at the lights gives you plenty of time to watch em at the next red.


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User currently offlineGerry From Australia, joined Jul 1999, 241 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2979 times:

I trained my girls. In the car approaching Melbourne, Australia they would call out.
"Traffic 10 o'clock low possible 767 left to right". We had it down pat No accidents, with 3 spotters in the car.


User currently offlineItsjustme From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2808 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2963 times:

How can anyone driving north on the 405 NOT look at those airliners passing right overhead as they head into SNA?

User currently offlineUnited4everDEN From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2932 times:

Me and a friend were out at DEN one day, he was behind me. We were going along the road along the 16s and it is very heavily used for trucks. All of a sudden an Alaskan 734 flies overhead, just perfect timing. I swerved to the right and thought a truck was side swiping me or something. I swerved more when I looked at what it was. Scared me badly!

User currently offlineOV735 From Estonia, joined Jan 2004, 918 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2936 times:

Every time when accelerating, I want to pull the yoke towards me... and then I remember, it's a Skoda, not a Boeing...  Sad

Yeah, I've had a couple of scary moments. Once when a Finnair MD80 was making a rather strange very low approach just over my head, I almost went off the runw... the road I mean. Now I drive extra carefully when near the airport.


User currently offlineCruzinAltitude From United States of America, joined May 2004, 415 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2914 times:

I trained my girls. In the car approaching Melbourne, Australia they would call out.
"Traffic 10 o'clock low possible 767 left to right". We had it down pat No accidents, with 3 spotters in the car.


Gerry, you inspire me! Know that I will use your proven method of cross driving/spotting in my future child rearing practices!


Oh, and yes, my Girlfriend thinks Im a horrible drive near any airport. She especially love it when we are having a conversation, and mid sentence (her's or mine) I cease all attempts of communication to enjoy the beauty of commercial aviation. The insult coupled with a few close calls gets me in trouble a lot!!!


User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 52
Reply 18, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2909 times:

Guilty as well, especially past EWR on the NJ Turnpike...definitely hard to stay focused there...I was also driving past JFK on the Belt Parkway yesterday, but that is like a parking lot with all that traffic so the danger was very low...saw a Song 757, CX Cargo 744F, and Gemini MD-11F as we crawled past...

Greg



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User currently offlineGoboeing From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 2725 posts, RR: 15
Reply 19, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2901 times:

I just drove from the PHL area to ACY where I'm typing this and I almost crashed twice watching planes, once near PHL and the Betsy Ross Bridge and the other was a Navy G-V landing runway 13 at ACY. At least the F-16s are in the pattern here today; I guess I'll just sit here and watch them from the hangar!

Nick


User currently offline7E72004 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3587 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2896 times:

I tend to go slow when driving by IND on I-465...the planes fly right over the interstate and i tend to slow down ot hte point where i am starting a line of traffic  Big thumbs up


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User currently offlineTristarenvy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2265 posts, RR: 3
Reply 21, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2874 times:

Gerry, that's the best! I will begin the proper aircraft identification lessons, to my two kids, soon!

I have to go near TPA, almost anytime I get in the car, so it's plenty of fun riding w/me!



If you don't stand for SOMETHING, you'll fall for ANYTHING.
User currently offlineBCAInfoSys From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2856 times:

See... all you guys have problems with just one line of air traffic to watch. Everytime I'm driving north on I-5 into downtown Seattle, I get horribly distracted by flights coming into/leaving both BFI and SEA! I'm telling you, with the approaches so low to the freeway, it can be a real danger!  Big thumbs up

User currently offlineAirman99o From Canada, joined Aug 1999, 980 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2842 times:

OH hell yes.
Driving on the 427 or the 401 here in Toronto is really bad for me. You can see the entire runway and most of the airport on both of these highways at certain points. I have had a few close calls when they are coming in for alanding.

airman99o



Safety is Everyones Responsibility.
User currently offlinePHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7557 posts, RR: 23
Reply 24, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2827 times:

A similar subject was discussed last April:

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/1533916



"TransEastern! You'll feel like you've never left the ground because we treat you like dirt!" SNL Parady ad circa 1981
25 Post contains images Caetravlr : No one wants to be anywhere near me when driving through southern Atlanta in the I-75, I-85 area, and parts of the perimeter as well. I am just plain
26 Post contains images BCAInfoSys : We've got about 20 a.netters coming in from all over the country in 2 weeks.. wouldn't it be a tragedy if we collectively stopped paying attention to
27 Stirling : The San Mateo bridge, Westbound towards the 101! The heavies on final into SFO coming in from the south. Especially fun between about 1030 and 1600 wh
28 Post contains images ConcordeBoy : YES! OMG, I'm so bad when anywhere near an airport with large mainline service.
29 StanstedFlyer : Definately! Sometimes when I'm driving by LHR on the M25 I'm not sure how I passed the last 5 miles without hitting anything! It's better because of v
30 Post contains images INNflight : Happend quite a few time when driving to ZRH.... in the early morning, all the heavies were coming in over the highway. In stunning light conditions,
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