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Drivers who push in at the front of a queue of traffic

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We're all in a hurry to get somewhere during the rush hour, for example going to work, dropping the kids off at school, shopping or returning from any of these places.  But what really annoys me are those individuals who think that their journey is far more important than yours.  Well judging by their behaviour that's what they think at any rate!

Picture this if you will.  You've just come off an exit at a roundabout and you've joined what appears to be a very long line of traffic.  In the distance you can clearly see signs indicating that the dual carriageway has had a lane closed and traffic is moving in single file.  The line of cones tapering towards the single lane would leave drivers no choice as to how to proceed...  or at least you would think so.

You've seen what's up ahead so you do the decent thing and you move over into the lane as soon as you can.  Sometimes the traffic has already started to queue up but at this point most drivers are courteous enough to let you in.  You get the odd pillock who drives on the tail of the car in front determined not to let anyone in, but that's their problem.  After a little while you're crawling along the road with all the others and suddenly you realise why the traffic is moving so slowly.

A queue of traffic with lane closed.  Drivers that push in at the front of the line Perhaps it has something to do with the selfish prats who come flying down the lane that is being closed only to push into the queue at the last minute, no doubt bullying their way in because they think they're better than everyone else.  Their journey is far more important so why should the join the queue at the back like everyone else.  Oh but it isn't really a queue is it?  We're all lining up here because we're really not in a hurry to get to work after all.  Go ahead, don't mind us...  we'll just wait here while you push in and get to where you're going first.

You see a lot of stupid selfish behaviour every day on the roads but this is one of the things that really winds me up the most.  I'm pretty sure these people wouldn't do that to others standing in the checkout line at a supermarket (or maybe they would), so why is it that they feel they can get away with it when they're on the road inside a metal box?  If anyone can answer me that I'd love to hear why because I just can't comprehend their behaviour.

By: Considerate Driver


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We command respect

We command respect

And prey, what do you expect us to do, wait in a queue like the rest of you little people?
We command respect
25th Dec 13 10:12

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Alf Red

Alf Red

Two days ago, a Range Rover drove into a LEFT ONLY lane at a roundabout and went straight ahead, to avoid the big queue in the AHEAD lane. at the next traffic lights he went into the RIGHT TURN lane and again sped straight across as the lights changed to green, avoiding the queue in the AHEAD lane. What a complete moron!
Alf Red
25th Dec 13 12:12

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ChangesAreAComing

ChangesAreAComing

Sorry ‘peed off’ it isn't the slow driver who causes the accident, that’s simply not true, its the impatient driver that causes the accident.

The ability to drive is not governed by the propensity to put your foot down, push in front, cut up and generally drive badly on the roads. Its being very aware of those around you and ensuring your actions do not cause others to become injured or distressed by your actions.

With every greater numbers of road users being on our roads we can no longer leave it to individuals to drive in a safe and efficient manner.

Luckily we are now working on technologies which will stop idiots causing problems on the roads (in fact much of the technology has been sorted we just need to start progressively implementing it). For example right behind adaptive cruise and sat navs are IP based solutions which manage vehicles in a uniform and safe manner. In other words all traffic on the roads can be controlled by computers. We already do it with aircraft in 3 dimensional spaces. These capabilities will be coming into service in the near future and eventually you will not be able to speed, cut up others, jump the queue or generally feel you’re more important than others on the road.

The IP networks will do that for you. Your car will always by running at its optimum efficiency and will not speed to catch up with others in front of you causing you to push in and distress other motorists.
ChangesAreAComing
11th Dec 13 08:12

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tinsel

tinsel

JohnnyB, you pretty much said exactly what I was going to say. People just cannot, or will not grasp the concept of "merge in turn". In a town near me, we have two lanes up to a set of traffic lights which merge back into one lane. This clearly, is to prevent traffic building up down the road and blocking entrance to the train station and car parks. However, "everyone else" likes just use the left lane. When I dare to use the right hand lane, cue a barrage of head shaking, scowling sometimes horns and people trying to race me in the left lane. I've even had people try and force me out into the right hand lane when the merge is closing up. To them, queuing like the rest of the plebs is more important than human life.
tinsel
22nd Oct 13 05:10

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peed off

peed off

its is the slow drivers that cause the accidents!!
if drivers were capable of using their common sense when it comes to speed there would be no need for speed limits- its hard not to break the speed limit when getting stuck behind a slow idiot in the fast lane then having to undertake the slow driver only for this 'slow' driver to then decide to play games and speed up just to antagonise the other car even more!! its people like this that need to be banned!
peed off
13th Sep 13 11:09

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peed off

peed off

seriously it's hard not to push in when half the time i am stuck behind that idiot in the soft top cruising along doing 15 to impress his new bit of stuff when im on my way home from work racing to pick my son up!! every day this happens!!
if people stop acting stupid and actually attire to the conditions of the road when it comes to speed then people wouldnt feel the need to skip ques etc!
peed off
13th Sep 13 11:09

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QueuePoker

QueuePoker

The slow speed of many on the roads does indeed suggest that their journey is less urgent than mine.
QueuePoker
8th Sep 13 04:09

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You

You

@Maple Leaf
Would be better to ban those day people plodding along at 30mph on a motorway when there's no traffic.
You
5th Sep 13 02:09

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silverfox

silverfox

I think you will find that they are already late in getting to their next accident.
silverfox
3rd Sep 13 11:09

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Maple Leaf

Maple Leaf

Ban BMW, Jaguar, AUDI and all 4x4 drivers. That'll fix it.
Maple Leaf
3rd Sep 13 10:09

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JohnnyB

JohnnyB

The Highway Code is very clear on this, Rule 134 states motorists should stay in lane, follow road signs and markings and 'merge in turn' when the lane closes.

Unfortunately the British, with their queuing mentality, just cannot get their heads round this fairly simple concept.
JohnnyB
3rd Sep 13 10:09

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Ben`s Nonna

Ben`s Nonna

I fully agree that bad mannered drivers who think it is their God given right to force their way in in front of everyone else should be taught a lesson. I have seen it on a number of occasions where a quick thinking lorry driver has driven down the white line and turned the road into a single lane, thus keeping the road hogs in their place..at the back of the queue!!!
Ben`s Nonna
3rd Sep 13 05:09

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Mr Average

Mr Average

They are important in their lives, but why inflict their importance into our lives expecting us to bow down to them.

Everyone is more important than anyone else in their own world so they should keep this importance to themselves, not expect others to see them as having more importance.

If others did to them what they did to others, would they like it?
Mr Average
3rd Sep 13 04:09

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J2R

J2R

I would like to see two lanes of merging traffic coming together in turn like the teeth of a zip. That way the queues will be about the same length without someone pushing all the way to the front of the outer lane. Make two queues and this will stop the queue jumpers.
J2R
3rd Sep 13 01:09

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grumpyoldwoman

grumpyoldwoman

Unfortunately, Marc, it just doesn't work like that. If you leave merging until the last moment you just and up with a jam and a tailback.

The only way is for everyone to get into order a few hundred yards before the merge point and then they can flow through smoothly.

The idiots who let the queue jumpers in at the front annoy me nearly as much as the queue jumpers themselves! Usually the queue jumpers have big new expensive cars; why do they seem so willing to almost drive into others to jump a queue?
grumpyoldwoman
3rd Sep 13 12:09

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