I still kind of hold my breath at times. Sometimes I honk the horn hoping to bring someone back to reality. I've learned it's not uncommon to see almost accidents when driving the smart fortwo. Blue Belle attracts a lot of attention. It can be flattering. At other times it can be scary.

Today I was on the way home. I was minding my own business when I noticed a small pickup truck. It slowed and pulled behind me. It pulled left. Then it pulled right. Then it started to inch up beside me on the right side. Then I see that traffic is stopped in the left lane just ahead. I honked my horn. He snapped back to life in time to slam on brakes and miss rear ending someone.

Earlier this week I was taking an off ramp from the highway. There were two lanes. In the lane beside me was a motorcycle. The person riding the bike was looking at my car instead of the road. And he was drifting more and more to the right. {Though usually when riding one will go the direction they're looking.} I realized he didn't know he was about to hit the curb on the right. So I honked my horn and pointed. Thank goodness he didn't try to overcompensate!

And of course there are always the idiots who try to take pictures with their cell phones while driving and doing 80 mph down the highway. I've lost count of how many of these I've slowed down to avoid having an accident with. Hit the brakes when they're trying to take a picture and try to get their attention back to driving.

It's not just in Texas either. Had the same things happen in Louisiana and Mississippi. Maybe in some parts of the country where smarts are more numerous this is not an issue. But around these here parts I not only have to watch the road for myself, sometimes I have to watch for those around me too.

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Comment by angel on July 30, 2008 at 11:14pm
Good point HL. Still think I should be more aware of who is swerving, not looking forward, and drifting. Maybe it's also in part who we notice more often based on our sexual preferences?
Comment by HL on July 30, 2008 at 10:37pm
Maybe the gender of the "wanderer" depends on the gender of the driver. Women swerve toward men in Smarts and men swerve toward women in Smarts. Does it work that why?
Comment by angel on July 30, 2008 at 3:28pm
That's odd glsonn. Yesterday the person in question was man in his work truck. I say work truck because it had company logo on the side and ladders and such in the back. The motorcyclists on my way to the liquor store in Kennendale was male also. Maybe I need to do better at taking note of male vs. female and what they are driving to see who is worst for my experiences.
Comment by angel on July 30, 2008 at 12:35pm
Bob Parr: Too bad she didn't come back to reality before hitting another car.

moonhilda: Sometime a quick wave will help. By someone waving they realize they've been staring.

Kathryn VanNote: Yep. Get them on the right or left rear bumper at times taking pictures. Sometimes someone in the auto and many times the drivers themselves.

JohnnyD: You're right! Many of the SUV's are the same too. And come to think of it many of the other vehicles are as well. Funny how that is.

Bruiser: Yes Mike, they can be dangerous indeed.

Glad I'm not the only one to notice this phenomenon.
Comment by delaney on July 30, 2008 at 12:30pm
I wondered what the public reaction would be. That's scary. I'll be on the lookout when I get mine, because it'll be the first one in my part of the city.
Comment by Bruiser on July 30, 2008 at 10:54am
I had my Smart less than two weeks and caused an accident! I was sitting at a stop sign to exit my subdivision and a lady blew right through the 4 way and clipped another car. It was just a minor scrape. I pulled over and the lady that blew the sign was apologizing to the other driver saying "I am sorry, I was looking at his little car"

Last Friday I was on I-285 in Atlanta and a guy pulled up beside me on the left in an older Mazda fastback and gave me a thumbs up. As he was doing that, he drifted half a lane to his left and the guy in the far outside lane had to go onto the shoulder to keep from getting hit by that Bozo.

Dang, these Smarts are dangerous

Comment by JohnnyD on July 30, 2008 at 9:58am
I am way more alert drivng RC-1 because of all the eyes that drift in her general direction. I don't mind when there is more than one person in the car gawking at my car. At leas the xtra person can take pictures (which they do) while the other person pays attention, for the most part, to the road. My problem is with single individuals especially people in trucks...man they can't keep those things in their lane for anything nor can they brake properly!
I notice I am usually the first one to take off from a light becasue everyone is paying attention to my car and not the light...but again...there are the trucks that seem to think they have to gun it off the light to get in front of me...i just laugh.
Comment by moonhilda on July 30, 2008 at 5:28am
we almost had that happen this weekend. i never saw it, but my sister was commenting that a woman driving in the right lane was gawking hard and drifting toward the car. eyes on the road, folks!
Comment by Mr. Incredible on July 29, 2008 at 8:57pm
Hello angel,

I know exactly what you mean. I had first hand experience in "creating" an accident in early April. While I was waiting to exit from the parking lot onto the road in front of the Bloomfield Hills Post Office in Michigan. A line of cars were passing by me. Each and everyone was gawking at my smart. I was looking both ways.... and there was a traffic light to my right.
I saw finally saw the light turn red. Vehicles were stopping...but this one woman in an SUV that was gawking me.

Then SCREECH... SKID... BANG! She hit her brakes and rear ended a stop car in the line of cars waiting for the traffic light that was red. I felt bad, but it did stop traffic so I could make my left turn... and away I went.

I wonder if she was going to tell anyone how the accident happen?


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