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Inverted value right-of-way

Lower valued vehicles have priority over higher valued ones
 
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The rules for precedence at junctions could be amended to grant right-of-way to the lowest-valued vehicle. All vehicles would be required to display clearly their current value (or, alternatively perhaps, the price at which they most recently changed hands). When two or more vehicles simultaneously approach a junction, the vehicle displaying the lowest price has priority. Drivers of newer and more expensive vehicles would thus be encouraged to drive more courteously (and safely), and all motorists would be encouraged to view their vehicles less as status symbols, and more as merely a means of transport.
electro-flinch, Mar 09 2004

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       Penalize people who can afford to drive nice cars then? May I ask on what basis do you come to the conclusion that this is needed or helpful?
half, Mar 09 2004
  

       I don't have anything against anyone driving whatever kind of car they choose, but I've seen enough drivers of fast expensive cars behaving as if the rule of the road was actually the exact opposite of this idea to just make me think "what if?"
electro-flinch, Mar 09 2004
  

       sounds like a rant about rich people in expensive cars to me
jonthegeologist, Mar 09 2004
  

       I'd probably be safe in saying that there are plenty of cars worth more than those belonging to the "boy racers" who, by my observation, constantly change lanes, cut people off in traffic, emit horrendous amounts of often humorous tailpipe noise, run red lights, screw up traffic by coming to a complete stop at speed bumps, etc.   

       I've been run off the freeway by a severely battered old Ford pickup (BTW - a 1984 Thunderbird will stall if you try to power out of a spin...gutless piece of junk) and I've been run off the road by a Rolls-Royce. There are plenty of bad drivers out there.   

       I like the creative thought process of inverting the scenario to try to identify a solution. In this case, I don't agree with the "problem".   

       Welcome to the halfbakery.
half, Mar 09 2004
  

       This is sort of baked in crowded parking lots where everyone leaves at once (sporting event or concert). The drivers of beat up cars don't care if they get another dent, so they drive very aggresively. The drivers of newer cars don't want to get them damaged, so they yield to the beat up cars.   

       Also, I'm sure car theives will appreciate the fact that they have a good guide to follow as to which car in the parking lot is most valuable.
GenYus, Mar 09 2004
  

       Woo Hoo ! I get to go first always ! ['87 Nissan King Cab, 300,000 plus miles ]
normzone, Mar 09 2004
  

       Damn, my house is on fire and the $500,000 fire truck can’t get through an intersection near a school because all the little rich kids’ parents gave them cars for free. We need to raise the driving age.
Laughs Last, Mar 09 2004
  

       While my dodge shadow was alive (R.I.P) I always took right of way, not because of the value of the car or spite or aggressiveness, but because of how long it took to regain precious momentum and how bad the brakes were at shedding it. Once cars decay past a certain point this rule naturally occurs. Other drivers will maintain a safe distance for fear of falling car parts and to avoid the thick black smoke. A strong gust of wind one day turned my car into a pile of rust and tires in my driveway.
gabe, Mar 10 2004
  
      
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