How to deal with bad drivers.
February 13, 2001 12:47 PM   Subscribe

How to deal with bad drivers. Hmm, looks like a very effective means of eliminating tailgaters, but I wonder how cost effective it is? Price estimate anyone? (large image, ~140k)
posted by Hackworth (18 comments total)
Brilliant! Another reasonable interpretation of the second amendment.
posted by saturn5 at 12:54 PM on February 13, 2001

Gee, I really look to being on the road with this schmuck when he starts playing around with his little toy in traffic. Part of the solution, this guy isn't.
posted by harmful at 1:15 PM on February 13, 2001

Yee-haw! Let's go a-shootin' some chickens Jeb!
posted by PWA_BadBoy at 2:03 PM on February 13, 2001

That's nothing. Check out this Suburban. Not for public sale or use or sale, fortunately.Car Wars anyone?
posted by Mr. skullhead at 2:48 PM on February 13, 2001

With a heat sensitive HUD display and Retina postion tracking / targeting system this could be an amazing tool for road rage relief. But only if I get one and no one else does. ;)
posted by Jeremy at 3:51 PM on February 13, 2001

As a professional tailgaiter myself, I say, if you don't like me on your ass, GET OUT IF MY WAY. I suppose I'd have to point mine the other way, does it swivel?
posted by fiery at 8:00 PM on February 13, 2001

I think maybe the price is 10-20 in Leavanworth, with time off for good behavior.
posted by Steven Den Beste at 9:48 PM on February 13, 2001

For some reason, this makes me think of the TV show "Rat Patrol." Tailgaiters, enemies of freedom... whatever.
posted by trox at 7:35 AM on February 14, 2001

I don't think it is a real gun. How did you find the page Hackworth? I could not boil down the URL.
posted by thirteen at 7:44 AM on February 14, 2001

It was forwarded to me by a friend. Looks like real .50's to me, I've seen the type before. The legality is definetly in question, although he could have a Type III licence, but I don't know if that covers such large caliber weapons. And why spend that kind of money on something that you most definetly will never use (but then again, why try to reason with someone who would even build this in the first place)?

Could be fakes, though, like non-firing replicas, decomissioned ordinace, movie props, etc...
posted by Hackworth at 10:28 AM on February 14, 2001

tailgating is not bad driving. driving slow in the fast lane is bad driving. they don't call it the 'fast' lane because someone thought it would be cool.

those guns should point forward.
posted by donkeysuck at 10:51 AM on February 14, 2001

I think the reason for spending that kind of money on something you can't use is similar in mindset to modifying your car to port your powerbook in. It's done because it can be. :-)
posted by cCranium at 11:24 AM on February 14, 2001

Tailgating doesn't only happen in the fast lane(s). And those guns should swivel, to get rid of any "weavers" before they get too close.
posted by smeat at 1:37 PM on February 14, 2001

Hey to all you self-proclaimed tailgaters, if you're doing that to me in the slow lane it's you being the bad driver. Sorry, but that's a fact. I always drive the speed limit, and only in the righthand lane, yet some morons still tailgate me.
posted by Spirit_VW at 4:11 PM on February 14, 2001

Driving slow is the fast lane is bad driving. Tailgating is bad driving, too.

Regardless, I'd much rather have a car equipped with two special buttons labeled "oil slick" and "smoke screen", if just for the kitsch value alone. :-)
posted by youhas at 6:10 PM on February 14, 2001

It amuses me that going the speed limit is considered "bad driving" depending on what lane you're in. Hey, it's a limit, not a recommendation.

And my dream vehicle is still this.
posted by Jart at 7:43 PM on February 14, 2001

Speed limits are too poorly enforced to do much good. They should generally be raised and then strictly enforced. As they stand, they just encourage everyone to break the law... kind of like the drinking age.

I believe the vehicle in this picture would be called a "technical" in North Africa. They're used there as a cheap substitute for tanks. But putting them to use against tailgaiters is a good alternative.
posted by Loudmax at 10:50 PM on February 14, 2001

Hell, they should just declare highways DMZ's and let us commuters duke it out. I could see an autocannon and a flamethrower on my truck ;)
posted by Hackworth at 3:32 PM on February 15, 2001

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