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  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Sunday, July 18, 2021 9:50 PM

I was stationed at Fort Dix in Jan 1999-Aug 2001, back when the world was going to end on Jan 1, 2000. I don't recall the drivers being poor; I was also stationed a few times in Kentucky where the drivers are truly terrible.

  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Sunday, July 18, 2021 10:28 PM

Rob Gronovius

I was stationed at Fort Dix in Jan 1999-Aug 2001, back when the world was going to end on Jan 1, 2000. I don't recall the drivers being poor; I was also stationed a few times in Kentucky where the drivers are truly terrible.

 

 

At that time Fort Dix was and still my might be a somewhat unpopulated rural area with less traffic,not a true representation of Jersey driving.

I used to enjoy  going to  the air shows at McGuire AFB

  • Member since
    October 2004
  • From: Orlando, Florida
Posted by ikar01 on Sunday, July 18, 2021 11:14 PM

The first time my wife was in Jersey we were in my Father's car and she was uncomfortable with how close people drove to the person in front of them.

She was also nervous when in Okinawa, way too much traffic, especially scooters and motorcycles cutting in and out.

In Thailand there was a rule, biggest thing on the road had right of way.  That would have been a large double deck bus that stopped only for passengers.  They would yield for armored vehicles though.  If you were involved in a accident in something like a cab or baht bus, run!  Get as far away as fast as you can and stay out of site and hopefully make it back to base unseen.  The passenger will be held responsible since the vehicle would not have been there if it wasn't hired.  If there was a fatality the passenger would be responsiible for taking care of the driver's family forever.  Injuries were negochible, depending on severity.

  • Member since
    August 2014
  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Monday, July 19, 2021 12:02 AM

ikar01

 

In Thailand there was a rule, biggest thing on the road had right of way.  That would have been a large double deck bus that stopped only for passengers.  They would yield for armored vehicles though.  If you were involved in a accident in something like a cab or baht bus, run!  Get as far away as fast as you can and stay out of site and hopefully make it back to base unseen.  The passenger will be held responsible since the vehicle would not have been there if it wasn't hired.  If there was a fatality the passenger would be responsiible for taking care of the driver's family forever.  Injuries were negochible, depending on severity.

 

 

Do I ever remember that.  Was also told to throw whatever baht bills you had on the seat on the way out.

  • Member since
    October 2004
  • From: Orlando, Florida
Posted by ikar01 on Monday, July 19, 2021 7:33 AM

One time I was on the East Gate at U-Tapao and had just finished checking a bomb convoy a few minutes earlier when a cab ran into the back of a long truck trailing pipes.  The driver hit the pipes and was killed and the G.I. had enough sense to run to the gate and dive into the tall grass near the perimeter fence The local police showed up soon and started asking about the passenger.  By that time he had hidden himself in the tall grass on the preimeter fence and I imagine was looking for a way to get out of the area.  Very soon a armored vehicle appeared on the hill near the gate.  This was a heavily armed response team for that sector, probably alerted by a nearby guard tower that something was up.

As shook up as this guy was he managed to crawl up the hill toward the A.P.C. where they let him crawl past them and into the vehicle and then loaded back into it and headed back toward the ammo receiving area and fire department.

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Monday, July 19, 2021 8:59 AM

Tojo72
Rob Gronovius

I was stationed at Fort Dix in Jan 1999-Aug 2001, back when the world was going to end on Jan 1, 2000. I don't recall the drivers being poor; I was also stationed a few times in Kentucky where the drivers are truly terrible.

 

 

At that time Fort Dix was and still my might be a somewhat unpopulated rural area with less traffic,not a true representation of Jersey driving.

I used to enjoy  going to  the air shows at McGuire AFB

It's not like I stayed on Dix all the time. Being from Vermont, I drove north into New England, we also went to Philly (still driving in NJ), Cherry Hill, Burlington, etc. I had a cousin that worked in Red Bank.

Bad traffic on the turnpike or expressway was due to congestion. Like a million cars all trying to get on. I don't consider this bad driving, just a lot of people.

  • Member since
    August 2013
  • From: Michigan
Posted by Straycat1911 on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 5:57 AM

When I drove OTR, I used to hear drivers talk about how bad Houston drivers were but I didn't believe the stories. 

Then I went there. 

Never...... again. NEVER. 

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