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So, I've been the proud lessee of a Smart ED for a little over three weeks now and although I enjoy driving that little street-legal rocket tremendously I also hate what kind of a driver it has turned me into - again - in only such short amount of time.

I'm generally the impatient kind when it comes to my commute. Changing lanes almost constantly, whenever an opportunity/gap opens up, just to get ahead by a few car lengths. Even making right turns at red lights at certain intersections, only to make an immediate u-turn at the first break in the median, followed by a right turn again to continue on my hasty journey home (or to work).

I don't really know what's riding me.

Ok, I don't do this all the time, but probably more often than not. And don't get me wrong, I'm not a reckless driver. I stop at every stop sign and red light before turning, I'm very adamant about signalling lane changes and turns, so I'm not cutting corners when it comes to driving legally. I'm just not driving very defensively.

So, along comes the Smart ED and it seems my repertoire of, let me call it, tricky driving, is expanded by a whole new set of tricks. I can now press the boost button (aka kick-down) in my video game and am catapulted leaps forward to get ahead into gaps that I previously would never have envisioned. I suddenly fit between cars in traffic flow that I'd be uncomfortable to go into with a four-seater. I can make u-turns without crossing a lane. I'm already in that lane!

This is all fine and dandy, but almost every day, there's that voice in me that says, why are you driving this way? It's embarrassing. You're making an ass of yourself. It's like you're driving like a teenager again. But then, I probably never really stopped driving like one; I just have a bit of a more dangerous tool now.

So, I've restrained myself and got it better under control now, even though every once in a while I still use that boost button - it's so much fun.

Thank goodness the Smart ED doesn't go very fast too, then I'd be getting myself into serious trouble. Being from Germany, I've had my fair share of Autobahn-withdrawal. Gosh, you wouldn't believe how much I admire all these Mustang and Corvette drivers. The restraint they are exhibiting is incredible. Driving a high-performance car in a world that has speed limits that are somewhere between a third and a half of the car's top speed is like giving Viagra to Robinson Crusoe. Truly admirable.

But today, on my off-day from the Smart (I need to do that in order to keep odometer mileage under my lease allowance), I took the mini-van to work. It feels like a leisurely camel ride compared to that roadrunner. And, yeah, I can do slow just fine. Too much hassle to do those right-turn-u-turn-right-turn combos with my camel. Accelerating to get into that gap? Ah, what for? Too noisy, makes the engine rev too high.

Tomorrow I'll be with that seductress again. I will be strong... mostly.
 

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I'm generally the impatient kind when it comes to my commute. Changing lanes almost constantly, whenever an opportunity/gap opens up, just to get ahead by a few car lengths.

You're making an ass of yourself.
Yep, that is what the mature drivers on the road are thinking of you.

I see it all the time; multiple lane changes to get ahead by a car length or two. Total waste of time, and causes a pretty high percentage of accidents that slow everyone down at rush hour.

Relax and enjoy the commute, save the wear and tear on the car, and stop pissing people off.
 

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I deliberately take a longer route home along streets that are less well travelled to reduce my stress, and allow me to enjoy the quiet ride of the Smart ED.

But even then, I do enjoy my kickdown! 0-limit in 3.5 seconds. Just enjoy those initial few seconds and then easy does it till the next opportunity.
 

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You're in a car that, while relatively safe, is still pretty easily damaged. Consider that the next time you're bobbing and weaving and ducking through traffic. All it's gonna take is a single SUV that doesn't see you or feels like being an ******* back to kind of wreck your week, if not your life…
 

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I'm pretty sure the spirit of the OP's thread was missed. One can easily enjoy tossing around a smart and appreciate its torque without being foolish or dangerous. It's all about time, place, and circumstance. I enjoyed his post because he was colorful in describing his new experience, and trying to express the sort of pleasure he has found in an agile and fun small car.
 

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I'm pretty sure the spirit of the OP's thread was missed. One can easily enjoy tossing around a smart and appreciate its torque without being foolish or dangerous. It's all about time, place, and circumstance. I enjoyed his post because he was colorful in describing his new experience, and trying to express the sort of pleasure he has found in an agile and fun small car.
I disagree with your take.

Though it was self-deprecating, he was pointing out that he was an *** on the road and the Smart exaggerated it, so he is trying to tone it down. That is of course a good and noble thing, but he admits - repeatedly - that he's been a jerk.
 

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I'm going to butcher the translation, but Schorschi will understand the German phrase "Einsicht ist der Weg zur Besserung!" Something like once you recognize the problem, you can solve it. So he's made the important first step.

I'm sure he's not as bad as he says, simple because the real A** on the road wouldn't even notice that they are such.
 

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Your'e just trying to prove to the world that you have bought this tiny ED car with enough pizazz to never have anyone question its speed inadequacies.
By flit-zing around like a scalded cat in and out of traffic, you demonstrate its maneuvering capabilities to your fellow drivers that you really have a great means of transportation. I drive like this at times too and feel a bit foolish afterward. It's just as if I drive on the highway, after a while I go into the center or left lane and start passing others. Of course mine is just an ICE.
Is there a cure? Naw...
 

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My wife doesn't like riding with me in the Smart ED. She likes the way I drive in my truck, reasonably and safely. In my life I've never had a vehicle when any high torque or power (the truck yes, but that's towing, not racing power). And I was perfectly happy to have no power, having never known it.

But now I totally get it how the OP comments about the capacity to weave through traffic. However, I know all too well the dangers of such foolishness and even when accelerating quickly from a light, am weary of sudden lane changes by other drivers (who did not and couldn't have heard me coming).

From life experience, that of driving in heavy traffic, I've learned that if you want to get ahead, stick to the truck lane,... they don't like stopping so they tend to keep a good pace. While all the cars are doing the "inch-worm" act (speed up / slow down), the trucks plod along and get further with less hassle. Also good for people who drive manual tranny...
 

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Well there's enough people on the internet to judge others action and bring up laws.. Morals.. Etc... I personally also enjoyed reading the OP's post because it was fun to read, well described and I could visual that right turn, u turn, right turn.. lol...

I have a turbocharged smart but also a Tesla Model S P85+ and find myself plugging up holes on the freeway as well haha..

Everyone has their opinion but some of you are missing the point of why the guy posted this in the first place. And that's not to say any of your points (the naysayers) are invalid because it is true. Just saying.. this is the internet, it's entertaining even if it's video of someone doing something stupid and getting hurt.
 

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Well there's enough people on the internet to judge others action and bring up laws.. Morals.. Etc... I personally also enjoyed reading the OP's post because it was fun to read, well described and I could visual that right turn, u turn, right turn.. lol...

I have a turbocharged smart but also a Tesla Model S P85+ and find myself plugging up holes on the freeway as well haha..

Everyone has their opinion but some of you are missing the point of why the guy posted this in the first place. And that's not to say any of your points (the naysayers) are invalid because it is true. Just saying.. this is the internet, it's entertaining even if it's video of someone doing something stupid and getting hurt.


post a pic of it! :D
 

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Litto Devil, I sure wish you would give us a final update on the Mad Cow. :D
Sure have missed you.
Ah yea I've been away for the past few years.. market went down for the smart car's and life got busy.. but got lots to update.. still have my cow :).. In the process of trying to get it smogged in california.. it has to be literally back to stock to pass it.. new cars are exempt the first 6 years =P... then it has to be done very 2. Anyways I'll post back on my original thread when I get a moment hehe...



Actually.. Sparky (I named the Tesla sparky.. cuz u know.. sparks.. electricity.. lol!) came about after my brand new 2013 Porsche Cayenne Turbo got destroyed in less than a year of ownership by someone who ran a stop sign.. ;( but I came out of it alive so I live another day :).. a lot has happened in the past few years that I've been gone from this forum hehe...





post a pic of it! :D


Sorry Schorschi for hijacking your thread, I promise to stay on topic after this post :)...

-Larry
 

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I think he is really saying how much fun and nimble the smart is! It is so much easier to drive than the "grownup" cars. Lighten up people - he is jerking your chain.
 

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Instant assh...: just add Smart ED
Sometimes a person can come across like one without having to drive like one! :laugh:
Just sayin'.
 

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One doesn't have to be a reckless driver to be an a-hole driver. ;)

I've become an a-hole in the opposite direction... I try to maximize the ECO score, so I acccelerate slowly, anticipate lights/other drivers/stop signs, drive the speed limit, etc. I've been really pissing off other drivers this way.

Since getting my ED on Jan. 13, I have had quite a few close calls with the reckless a-hole drivers. In one case, I had someone pass me over a double yellow, as I was preparing to make a left turn and then Friday, I had someone make a left turn from a side street to head in the opposite direction... I was going the speed limit and came to a full stop within about three feet of them before they cleared my lane.

After Friday's close call, I finally went out and got a cell phone holder so I could start using my phone as a dash cam. I want documentation for when I do get into a collision because of an impatient and/or reckless driver.

Full Disclosure: With the ICE, I was one of the reckless a-holes until I had a few near misses the scared me. I really began to drive more cautiously after that and driving the ED, I've just become even more cautious.
 

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One doesn't have to be a reckless driver to be an a-hole driver. ;)

I've become an a-hole in the opposite direction... I try to maximize the ECO score, so I acccelerate slowly, anticipate lights/other drivers/stop signs, drive the speed limit, etc. I've been really pissing off other drivers this way.
Ah, so with the ED, you have to do the old school way of hypermiling?

I have two "modes" in Tucker:

- Hypermile - I moderately accelerate (accelerating slow in an ICE defeats the purpose as you're just lugging the engine), shift before 3K RPM, and take routes that don't have a lot of lights or high speed. Best so far was 53 MPG.

- Warp Drive - Let's see if I can get the needle to point on the Cereal Guy meme on my speedometer.

 
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