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Dangerous overtaking manoeuvre on narrow roads

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Every week day morning I drive a journey of approximately 12 miles along a single carriageway. There are speed cameras on some stretches of this road; two sets in 30 mph built up zones, and a set in a 40 mph zone.

I’m fed up with people driving dangerously and attempting stupid overtaking manoeuvres on this stretch of road.  The road has 30 mph signs, which appear at regular intervals along much of the route.  Also, part of the road is very narrow and winding, enclosed by high hedges, sometimes necessitating vehicles travelling in one direction to stop to allow a large lorry or single-decker bus to pass.  Incredibly, this stretch is a 40 mph limit, which to my mind is absolutely crazy.

I have had idiots in cars and idiots on bikes overtake me on this part of the road causing me to brake to let them back into their rightful lane lest they hit an oncoming vehicle.

Overtaking on an A class road, fortunately this one is wide enough and not so dangerous Note that by the time they get to the speed camera, their speed is under the limit anyway.  It’s just downright dangerous and stupid.  In the 30 mph limits where there are signs but no speed cameras, but potentially there are school children crossing, cars, or people on horses emerging from tree-clad junctions, I still regularly have people overtake me.  It’s absolutely insane behaviour on the road and someone is going to get seriously hurt one day.

When I drive on this road, I keep to the limits and if you find yourself overtaking me in future you will have to put up with a blast from the very loud horn which I am about to have fitted.  I really hope that it gives you a tremendous fright and makes you swerve off into a ditch, not hurting anyone else of course.

There, I feel better already!

By: Xercised


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Speedkills

Speedkills

Two vehicles severely damaged in head on collision. A146 near Hellington, south-east of Norwich.

" I'm driving a big BMW, GET OUT OF MY WAY"

" I'm driving a big Ranger Rover Sport, GET OUT OF MY WAY"

A very straight stretch of road!!!!!! Unstoppable force meets an immovable object at speed.
And as two are put off the road, there's thousands more to take their places.
Speedkills
27th Oct 18 12:44

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Sk8kid

Sk8kid

I was driving behind an oversize lorry (1 1/2 lane width) at just under the speed limit. Yet, several cars, insisted on passing, forcing the lorry well to the left off the road. Had there be a crash, usually the lorry driver gets the blame...
Sk8kid
15th Jan 14 13:04

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david

david

the worst examples of dangerous overtaking ive seen is probably in sussex on the A272. The road is very bendy and people routinly overtake on blind bends and on double white lines even in poor weather conditions or at night! The other bad example was on the A4 near Salisbury. The speed limit was 60mph but because there were parked cars on both sides of the road in order to see the torusit attractions most lowed down to about 40mph. One vehicle overtook (without signalling) a queue of aprox 6 cars despite the fact id walked on to the road to walk past a vehicle that had parked on the pavement. I was nearly run over!!! (had to frantically get off the road!)
david
16th Sep 11 16:34

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ajp

ajp

I have known a number of young lads who complain about the extortionate amount of insurance they have to pay. However, the idiots who cause accidents are usually some boy racer in a Golf. The only accident I have ever had was being shunted by a boy racer. I was stationary at the time behind two other cars who were letting out a vehicle from the right on a busy road.

His defence - I stopped too suddenly. This crumbled when I pointed out that a) I had been stationary, b) however I may or may not have stopped would make no difference had he kept a proper distance from me (I did not shunt the car in front, having left a good distance between us) and c) did he not see the other two cars ahead of me which had also stopped or was he imagining I would simply continue driving and, somehow, miraculously pass through them?
ajp
30th Oct 10 23:38

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Generalist

Generalist

I was driving in Wales near Presteigne, it was harvest time and the road was windy single-track with high hedges and passing places. There were ample signs of intense agricultural activity. We heard some idiot in a hot hatch approaching from behind, pedal to the metal and the scum was desperate to pass and I let him, because I thought it would be fun. True to form, he roared off in a a cloud of rubber smoke and exhaust and then came the screech of rubber on tarmac. He'd only gone a few hundred metres or so when he encountered a tractor and trailer round a blind bend. He only just avoided a Darwin award, but I'm sure he must have discovered that the colour of adrenaline is brown.
Generalist
25th Oct 10 17:30

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VMturbo

VMturbo

What a lovely road, that would be a top class A road in Cornwall where I live. A few years ago I was driving on a similar road that had a straight portion in it. The speed limit was 60 mph and I was doing about 55 mph in my Audi 100 Estate. In the opposite oncoming lane there was a combine harvester with six cars behind it. Suddenly I saw a glint of light reflecting off the windscreen of a seventh car that had pulled out and was now accelerating towards me in my lane driving into the sun. No chance of him getting by with the "door" closing at 90mph, Formula One power would be needed for that. Now whilst an Audi 100 would probably marmalise a yob in a so called hot hatch, what about my No Claims Bonus and my car? I slammed on the brakes which smoked the tyres and with this "defensive driving" I kept the "door" open long enough for the lout to carve-up the combine harvester. We've got a lot of shrines on Cornish roads, wonder if he's now one of them?
VMturbo
22nd Aug 10 23:38

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John

John

Nikki,

You aren't much better by stereotyping boy racers as being from cities. Of course due to population density there will be more boy racers from the city, but it wouldn't surprise me that on a per capita basis, small towns will have more boy racers as a percentage of the total population than the big cities do. That's certainly my experience.
John
1st Apr 10 02:26

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Congo

Congo

'Chris' said:

"Lol, people that do this regularly find that my car will accelerate faster than theirs. I love to sit with them on the side of me pulling off the lights, approaching the lights/central reservation and watching them brake and try to rejoin."

I am sure your exhibition of equally dangerous and selfish driving really impresses other drivers, by forcing someone to take evasive manoeuvres, probably in the face of innocent oncoming traffic. Admittedly the other drivers actions are also wrong but what possible excuse can you offer for behaving in such manner by indulging in the wholly illegal practice of road racing?
Congo
18th Mar 10 12:22

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Chris.

Chris.

2. Going into a right turn lane to cheat the queue while waiting at traffic lights and going straight ahead

Lol, people that do this regularly find that my car will accelerate faster than theirs. I love to sit with them on the side of me pulling off the lights, approaching the lights/central reservation and watching them brake and try to rejoin. Of course, It's usually responded to about 200 meters down the road where the driver cuts up and dives around the road to pull up beside you and show you how unhappy he is at you thwarting his illegal manouver.
Chris.
17th Mar 10 23:29

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Slippy

Slippy

R581HNA
Red Mazda 323 GXI

At approx 25 to 5 pm on Sunday 7th Feburary on the Wolverhampton Ring Road this nutcase of a driver was undertaking, weaving in and out between lanes and barging his way between vehicles to cheat the queues.

Does he come from somewhere near The Snake Pass in The Peak District?
Slippy
8th Feb 10 00:19

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Leyland Duck

Leyland Duck

It appears that Audi drivers are taking over the reputation that BMW drivers used to have.

Lately, I have noticed more courtesy from BMW drivers but the main disrespect to other motorists and bad lane discipline now goes to Audi drivers.

Today, three Audi drivers drove dangerously when overtaking or passing me in addition to speeding or going through a red light and driving with harassment.

1. Overtaking by crossing continuous double white lines and doing at least 70 in a 50 zone;

2. Going into a right turn lane to cheat the queue while waiting at traffic lights and going straight ahead;

3. Going through a red light into traffic flowing at right angles causing some to slam their brakes on as he crossed two lanes to turn right.

The registration of the one who went into the right lane to go ahead was A4PTK and the vehicie is a Blue Audi A8 TDI QUATTRO Auto which happened about 21:30 on 18/01/10 at the junction of Chain House Lane and Penwortham Way on the A582.

Is he the owner of a graphics tablet firm?

I observed the number while the lights were red and to my belief he did what I suspected he might.

Why do they think they deserve preferential treatment over other motorists? If this is their mentality and are they managers or bosses? If so then they have probably cheated their way there and bullied their colleagues - but then that is the new breed of elitist yobs for incompetence in management - be seen by your status and wealth and use your car as a status symbol to treat other motorists as less important.

People who think they are elite because of their status are mostly evil and inferior - take Tony Blair as an example.
Leyland Duck
18th Jan 10 23:43

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PC 49

PC 49

Rocky Robin

Spare a thought for these obsessive drivers - they are so unhappy with the truth of their internal capabilities being way below that of many they become obsessed in trying to make themselves look better and will go to whatever length their assets will take them to.

They don't care how they win as long as they come out on top, but then their success is often tainted.

Their behaviour is a symptom of rage and envy of those who are genuinely more capable than them so they try to make up for this.

If you are a decent driver and want to be seen by what you are and not what your car can do then please be grateful that you are not perverted by such an obsession these drivers have. You are a better person but don't let your frustrations take control, just let these morons commit themselves to an early grave with the stress they bring on into their lives due to not accepting the facts of their weaknesses.
PC 49
9th Nov 09 10:27

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Rocky Robin

Rocky Robin

M2TEC

Silver BMW Coupe

About 7.30 pm on 8th Nov somewhere between A446 (Belfry) and A38 for Lichfield this backside sniffer was so close he was obviously eager to overtake.

The cars in front of me and I were at the speed limit but he saw an opportunity to overtake on double continuous white lines.

Shows how power and money goes to the head of those who don't have the intelligence to be what they want to appear like. E.g. A manager who is corrupt and a bully because he hasn't worked his way up - like a Tony Blair.
Rocky Robin
8th Nov 09 20:55

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PC 49

PC 49

KD03TXW

Red BMW 318 TI SE Compact Hatchback

9 pm 10th Oct 09

Liverpool Road/Green Hey

Dangerous and aggressive overtaking and cutting back in when there was insufficient space to make the manoeuvre safely.

All this pertained to impatience and contempt of the law as well as poor lane discipline.

Something of the 'I deserve more than you so get out of my way' arrogance here.

He enjoyed snogging the car in front with how close he was to it.
PC 49
10th Oct 09 21:18

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Bill the Artist

Bill the Artist

Mr S

How can a photo show the progress of a manoeuvre to determine whether it was legal or not when it is a snapshot?

Ignorance is bliss which you should be more aware of.

You weren't that muppet in a small white car which out of impatience and contempt of the law dangerously overtook my BMW when I was doing 30 in a 30 zone along Ballam Road between South Park and Green Drive Golf Club?

Typical of youngsters trying to make their boneshakers which is all they can afford look better than bigger cars.

I don't know what it is but the smaller cars with immature drivers who have inadequacy complexes are the biggest threats on the roads today. They take every opportunity to overtake me illegally just because I adhere to the speed limit.

They make fools of themselves and most people can see through them as they are like cowards on The Weakest Link.

Most of them will get their comeuppance in the not-too-distant future and then it will be too late. I take down their registration number and find out more about their driving history by means of which I cannot divulge on here.
Bill the Artist
3rd Oct 09 23:08

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