Q How is it that when you are driving and encounter lane divers passing on the right at high rates of speed, cutting in and out of lanes, using commuter lanes illegally, etc., you don't encounter these people in a grocery store? Have you ever had someone dive into your lane while waiting for a checker? Just a thought.

Danny Richards

Benicia

A And here's another ...

Q I'm waiting in a long, slow line to get onto Highway 85 at Camden Avenue before the metering light when a guy cuts me off and screams something at me. Well, a few miles later we pull off at the same exit and he rolls down his window and begins screaming at me again. Why do people act this way? I'm really a nice person. I bet if he knew me, he would not have been such a jerk.

Mary T.

San Jose

A Traffic shrinks have analyzed this behavior for some time. They say the reason is simple. In your car, you feel invisible to other motorists, like the highway space is your own personal space, so "get out of my way" attitudes are more common. Outside of your car, in a place like a grocery store where you can see other shoppers, we are far less likely to act aggressively and cut other people off.

Q I cannot accept the claim that drivers who hit a couch dumped on the freeway at night could be held liable for not stopping in time, as you wrote about recently. It was dark, traffic was moving at the speed limit, blah-blah-blah. Where is common sense? The driver is to blame? Ridiculous.


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Bill Scott and others

A Most everyone else who responded to this issue agrees, but here is what Dave-the-Insurance-Man says: "If a driver hits an object that is stationary in the roadway, they are at fault for the collision. The Department of Insurance gives companies nine determination of fault codes we can associate to an at-fault party and have a point assessed on their license for either failing to maintain a proper lookout or traveling at an unsafe speed.

"Now here is the wrinkle. If the object was in motion at the time the vehicle impacted it, the driver would not be at fault. The damage to the vehicle would then be handled under their comprehensive coverage, same as a collision with an animal."

Q I'm in the fast lane on Interstate 80 near the Cordelia Junction. Cement barrier separates east and westbound traffic. All of a sudden I see a huge box headed for my windshield. It hit the roof and scraped the paint on my brand new car. I had no time to react. Do I assume this is one of the dangers of driving along with flying rocks that crack windshields? I have a $1,000 deductible so I would guess that I'm out of luck.

Ed Vasquez

Sacramento

A Perhaps. This should be covered under your comprehensive coverage since the object was in motion when you hit it.

Q It is that time of the year, right around Halloween, when Highway 92 jams all the way from Interstate 280 to Half Moon Bay for the pumpkin festival. Any plans to go to Half Moon Bay will take an hour plus. There needs to be a warning and alternate route for people who just want to get to Half Moon Bay. Maybe a sign right on Interstate 280 that said Hwy. 92 westbound delay up to an hour and an arrow for alternate routes.

Danny Chan

Sunnyvale

A Caltrans has an electronic sign on westbound 92 east of Foster City Boulevard listing the time it takes to get to Half Moon Bay. But there are no plans to list alternate routes because there are no good ones. My advice: Call 511 to get travel reports ahead of time and leave early to miss the long line of cars bound for the festival.

Q Can I borrow your Prius until these high gas prices blow over? You can take my pickup anywhere you want.

Dennis Cole

Morgan Hill

A Trade a pickup for my Prius, with gas selling for around $4.60 a gallon? Nope.

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