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We've got idiot drivers on the road these days

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There are many different types of road users out there on our roads, some good, some bad and whilst none of us are perfect I have noticed that there are categories of drivers that may not be breaking the law but make life a misery for everyone.

I shall start off with one that most of us are familiar with and I like to call them middle lane merchants.  These people are incredibly frustrating and even when cars are undertaking them they are totally oblivious to their wrong doings and the world around them.

However they can be passed with a disapproving glare and shortly after the frustration fades away, they are history (until the next one).  Theres no point in getting mad at these people as they cannot be helped.

Then we have the safe driver.  These drivers can be spotted from a distance by the trademark fish on the boot of the car (you know the one).  They are usually wearing driving gloves as the steering wheel is obviously so hideously textured that they cannot bear to touch it and they have a dodgy Burberry style blanket on the back seat clearly a fashion statement.

They are usually driving a Volvo and its usually a really fast one such as a T5 ironically!  This person seems to think that by driving along at 50mph on major motorways they are the safest driver on the road.  Even though I have stereotyped this driver I have no prejudice as he or she is genuinely trying not to pose a threat to anyone; unlike your little idiot in his 1.1 Corsa with 18inch alloys and stupid loud exhaust (don't get me started on them).

VW Beetle Unfortunately in this rushed and busy world we now live in safe driver does present a hazard.  I have noticed that roughly 80-90% of cars on the motorway are doing at least 80mph where possible and in this scenario a vehicle not keeping up with the flow of traffic becomes an obstruction, obstructions lead to tailgating and congestion, tailgating and congestion leads to road rage and so on.  This isn't something I have just thought up for a rant.  I do a fair number of miles on motorways and I see it happen regularly.

So many times have I been behind one of these safe drivers and tried to overtake only to have a BMW or Mercedes approach rapidly in my rear view mirror doing at least 40mph more than me and staying dangerously close until I can get back up to speed.  We have HGVs that are travelling at about 3mph faster than these safe drivers, but the man with the gloves just won't slow down to let the lorry pass quickly.  He just looks at the guy in the cab like he is Beelzebub himself!

Then we have lorries overtaking other lorries, they drive parallel to each other for miles and miles like its a competition one lorry slowly gaining ground on the other.  I'm not going to elaborate on this because I don't know the cure and we've all seen it.

Next is the driver who sits in the slow lane insanely close to the driver in front waiting to overtake but cannot be bothered to indicate, why would you indicate?  That would be like asking for help and an indicator is clearly beneath your standards.  Why would you be asking for help in your Audi, BMW or Mercedes, you are clearly a superior being.  Well my friend, if you cannot be bothered to use your indicator then I cannot be bothered to let you out and you can look at me however you want as I pass you by!

Then we get off the motorway and onto roundabout monkeys.  I love roundabouts.  They are function in simplicity just like a biro pen and are there to make all our lives easier.  Why then are so many people are totally baffled by them?

I see cars sitting on the outside or left hand lane and they stay there all the way round to the third/fourth exit whilst the rest of are expected to know what their intentions are!

Even road markings and great big arrows aren't enough for these people, they just cannot grasp it.  They think that roundabouts were back engineered from crashed alien spacecraft and are a complicated technology far beyond their understanding.

I dont know how many times I have sat at a roundabout with my right indicator flashing in the right hand lane, when some Nissan Micra to my left that wants to take the first or second exit decides that to save fuel it will go in a dead straight line and into my lane causing me to either brake hard or mount the roundabout itself!  You people should open Google, type in roundabouts and digest!

Getting stuck on a roundabout? We next encounter The Constant Braker Its either stop or go for these people and nothing in between.  They constantly feel the need to brake and refuse to just ease off their accelerator to slow down for a slight curvature in the road.  They have to brake sharply every few seconds and then put their foot down again until they see the next 2 degree bend or bump.

These drivers suffer from a number of other afflictions such as width distortion.  This is when they believe that their tiny, reasonably priced car has the same proportions as a B52 bomber and will dive into a hedge whenever the road becomes narrower than the M20 and a car comes the other way.  Alternatively the may have sports car syndrome, where they seem to think that their bumper is a mere 5mm from the ground.  This causes them to come to a complete stop at speed bumps, like you would at the bottom of Everest before tackling it.  They then burn their clutches out with intense revving to climb over it at a snails pace.

Now finally ladies and gentlemen I bring you my number one rage inducing, door slamming, profanity-sparking pet hate.  It is of course parking.  When I park my car I ask myself a series of questions before I even attempt to get out and lock it up.  First of all, have I utilised the space I have parked in efficiently?  Secondly, have I parked in uniform so as to not cause other motorists to swerve out in the road to avoid hitting the front or rear of my car?  Finally, is it dangerous and have I parked somewhere that may put other peoples lives at risk?

Only once I have considered these three questions am I happy to leave my vehicle and if its a bit of a walk then so be it.  Am I right in saying that i am in the minority when I do this?  So many drivers do not even bother to think about anything other than how close they can get to Tescos door.

I am sick and tired of seeing cars parked smack in the middle of two parking spaces.  All too often I come home and find that three Chinook helicopters have taken all the space outside my house, no sorry they're not Chinooks they are just normal cars that have taken the same amount of space!  Theres two things that make this more frustrating; first is that they have driveways but don't want to use them in case they get oil on their expensive new block paving and secondly, when you ask them to move to accommodate you, they look at you as if you are a vicious dictator demanding to de-flower their daughters!  The result is, my van is parked a mile away out of sight where anyone can take a browse through the back to see whats on offer.

I am also fed up with having to suddenly swerve out into the middle of the road to avoid the front wing of a car, parked with the front end a meter away from the kerb, with the rear wheels touching it as if the driver has reverse parked, waited until they hit the kerb and thought to themselves, "that'll do".

And then you have car parks, look at the white lines, they are not there to tell you which way your car has to face, you have to park in the middle of two of them!  Some car parks fine people for parking across over these lines and I think that all car park operators should take note!  Even if they are robbing, mafia type organisations (don't get me started on these guys either).

I think that just about does it, it's been therapeutic writing this and even if it doesnt get published, no one reads it or agrees with me, I've got it off my chest and that felt good!

I conclude with this.  Why do i pay the same amount of tax on my car that I only drive to my mates house on a Saturday afternoon, as my van that I drive hundreds of miles in every week?  Nothing else is ever taxed like that.

Thanks for reading.

By: Jon F


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Guest

Guest

" The driving manner of the vehicle", This sentence is becoming more and more used in the press by the police after a fatal. They already know the cause but need backup evidence from an independent source at the inquest. There just seems to be lots of people these days that think they are F1 drivers on the UK roads. For every one killed through speeding there is a thousand to take their place. Too many cars, too many crazy drivers.
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2nd Jun 18 12:53

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Halford Boy.

Halford Boy.

It's not the police you have to worry about if you are using a mobil phone while driving, it's other motorists with high quality dash cams (sales of these have increased dramatically in our shop alone) that are handing the evidence to the authorities. There now seems to be a surprising number of angry people that are willing to shop morons who disregard the law.
Halford Boy.
10th Mar 17 13:16

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Bulldog

Bulldog

Eastern Europeans with no insurance , license & vehicle documents !
Another example of how these scum bags take the p155!!
Bulldog
28th Oct 14 20:20

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Samson (Delilah's too busy to post)

Samson (Delilah's too busy to post)

Working and Taxed wrote:-

"I think what makes it seem worse when these cyclists break the laws of the highway, is the fact that the cyclists pay nothing toward the upkeep of the roads."
Yes they do. They pay general taxation just like evryone else. There is NO SPECIFIC TAX FOR ROADS!.

"In addition they are riding illegally by having no insurance, tax or an mot certificate."
No they're not!. They are not required by law to have any of that. (Although I do think some form of insurance should be mandatory)

"They are also getting off scot-free by not paying the 'duty' on fuels such as petrol, diesel and what have you."
That's probably because they don't use any of those things! If they don't smoke or drink alcohol then they won't pay that duty either. Do you think they should anyway? It would be the same argument wouldn't it?

The roads are there for us all to use and taxation is the weakest argument you can use against a cyclist. Yes, they should abide by the rules of the road but then motorists are not exactly saints are they!
Samson (Delilah's too busy to post)
12th Aug 14 13:13

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collar

collar

Hey 'Working and taxed' I think that it is great that you have a job, I gather you do not bicycle to work. Collar is here to put you straight and hopefully loosening your harsh attitude to bicyclists, and that you have allowed your car-driving arrogance to do the same. Why not just live and let live at the start of the day and be more patient and more comfortable. Do you or any of the drivers on your commute in your drive-time go all-out against cyclists like you do in your shiny motor car and me, well me, I had a bike (motor) when a young, but to follow the fashion trends? I think not.
collar
12th Aug 14 06:54

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Working and taxed.

Working and taxed.

I think what makes it seem worse when these cyclists break the laws of the highway, is the fact that the cyclists pay nothing toward the upkeep of the roads.
In addition they are riding illegally by having no insurance, tax or an mot certificate.
They are also getting off scot-free by not paying the 'duty' on fuels such as petrol, diesel and what have you.
Working and taxed.
11th Aug 14 18:42

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Fred E

Fred E

The great advantage of the 20MPH zone of course is that when some idiot motorist knocks a child over and the police arrive, the motorist always says '"it wasn't my fault. I was doing 30MPH and the child just ran out". Now the police officer can arrest him for doing 50% over the speed limit.
Fred E
11th Aug 14 13:01

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grumpyoldwoman

grumpyoldwoman

You may not be able to see the logic but it has been shown to happen; as I said accidents have increased in some areas where inappropriate blanket 20mph limits have been set.

This is mainly because they are below the limit arrived at by using the 85th percentile rule (which gives the lowest accident rates); and the lower limit does tend to give pedestrians a false sense of security.
grumpyoldwoman
11th Aug 14 12:54

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Fred E

Fred E

I have a feeling that motorists will actually drive faster in a 20MPH area. They will say "too slow for me-I'll do what I want". Obviously if there were lots of cameras motorists would have to follow the limits. It will we interesting to do a freedom of information request - how many motorists have been prosecuted for speeding in a 20MPH zone? I just wonder if the government are hoping accident rates will increase and then say "lets abandon 20MPH zones as they don't work". I just think it's hilarious because motorists are always saying "those awful cyclists don't follow the highway code" as though motorists follow it to the letter.
Fred E
11th Aug 14 12:53

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Stalag14

Stalag14

"......the chances of a pedestrian being hit are unfortunately greater in a 20mph limit."
HUH?
Please explain I cannot see the logic.
Stalag14
11th Aug 14 12:01

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grumpyoldwoman

grumpyoldwoman

Well Fred, don't know about the M62, but the result of many 20mph limits has been that accidents have gone up. They should only be in force around schools at appropriate times; blanket usage is unnecessary and unsafe.

Too many speed limits are being lowered; drivers will suspect that they have been lowered to make money if the new limit is too low, not at an accident blackspot and enforced by cameras.

Limits set using the 85th percentile rule have been proven to be the safest; many limits are now lower, making the road more dangerous, but who cares if someone is making money?

Drivers should be encouraged to drive safely according to the conditions; not forced to drive by numbers.

You may come out with the "if you hit a child at 30mph...." etc. but in reality drivers usually have time to brake before hitting a pedestrian so won't be doing 30 at impact. It's far better not to hit them at all; and the chances of a pedestrian being hit are unfortunately greater in a 20mph limit.
grumpyoldwoman
11th Aug 14 09:38

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Fred E

Fred E

The only time that motorists take any notice of speed limits is if they think there are cameras there. There is a large section of the M62 at the moment with a 50 limit but no cameras. Quite dangerous as some are doing 50 and most their usual 80 or 90 so quite a mix of speeds. The latest 20MPH speed limits are being introduced with no cameras so they are a total joke. I am afraid that motorists will only take any notice of the highway code if they think they could be caught on camera. Then they will say that the camera has been put there to make cash!
Fred E
10th Aug 14 23:35

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ahjay

ahjay

We now have managed motorways. But judge by the M42 in the morning some drivers take no notice of posted speed limits. They dont realise they are contributing to making the traffic flow worse. Do they have some sort of speed dispensation form...if so where can i get one.
ahjay
10th Aug 14 14:00

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collar

collar

Someone caused a 6 hour delay after driving a passatt motor car like a sports car with huge mufflers on the back, as you would expect the car was in a noisy condition. Dropped everything and went to assist, the police were summoned to arrange to clear up the mess and the car had been damaged, dented and bashed on the rear door. I demanded the policeman take the oaf in charge, my patience running thin from the drivers attitude. He got back in his motor-car and backed out of the situation. The police was quite happy to tell me that they would give him a caution over this with something to think about, and sell the car on without delay. The police failed to notice the loud loud loud muffler on it until the fellow had driven off!.
collar
30th Jul 14 13:34

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Barthroom

Barthroom

I was approaching a mini roundabout let’s say at the 6 o’clock position with exits at 12 o’clock and 3 o’clock. I wanted to go straight ahead and there was a car at 12 o’clock wanting to go straight ahead with another car approaching the 3 o’clock position.

The driver at the 12 o’clock position had right of way over the 3 o’clock driver and as the 12 o’clock driver started then so did I, but the 3 o’clock driver didn’t wait his turn and barged in front of the 12 o’clock driver and consequently when I pulled out it looked as if I has pulled out in front of the 3 o’clock driver. If there was no 12 o’clock driver the 3 o’clock driver would have had right of way over me but as he was supposed to give way to the 12 o’clock driver I didn’t have to give way for him as he should have waited.

As a result of what appeared to be me pulling out in front of him, he hooted and flashed at me – what a hypocrite. He was the one who didn’t give way but pulled out in front of another motorist and caused this situation, so it is alright for him to barge out but when someone else does it (innocently as in my case as he caused it) then it is not acceptable and he treats me in the wrong for consequences of his wrongdoing.
Barthroom
30th Jul 14 13:00

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