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A Certain Type Of Driver.

Discussion in 'Get it off your chest' started by Paul G W, Sep 5, 2019.

  1. sidney

    sidney Keyboard Hero

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    How do you know they wish to overtake if they're 20 yards behind you? The last action any driver does prior to overtaking is to tailgate. It cannot be avoided if you're about to perform an overtaking manouvre. Most vehicles these days don't need a forty metre run up to attain overtaking speed.
     
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  2. rich79

    rich79 Lovin the smell of cordite in the morning

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    "The speed limit is not a target Marjorie"
    Marjorie sits there in quiet resentment that she's never had an orgasm, she's got flower arrangement round the church hall at 3pm.
     
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    :laff::laff::laff:
     
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    I think that there is a huge misconception amongst impatient drivers about how much time they really save on a journey. I say this as someone who used to be a complete idiot behind the wheel so I do understand the frustrations.

    Fortunately age brings with it the experience of many journeys and that despite my frustration I have arrived within 5 minutes of the time it would have taken me if I had a clear run.

    A piece of single carriageway road I regularly travel suffers from a very high fatality count due to impatient drivers. It is 5 miles long so takes 5 minutes at 60mph (presuming you are not sensible enough to slow down for the junctions/crossroads) and 6 minutes if you do a steady 50mph.

    Hands up if you want to risk death to save 1 minute off your journey.
     
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    That's them!!!
    “Marjorie... Marjorie!...has that snotty little runt from the estate delivered my Mail yet? It's nearly 7am for Christ's sake! "
     
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    I don't think that time is the issue. Its the implication of the Bernard's of this world that their time is more precious than yours, their journey more important, and that any driver getting within 10mph of the speed limit is "bloody maniac, Marjorie".
     
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    rich79 Lovin the smell of cordite in the morning

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    Hope I don't end up like that, enduring beige monotony & the excitement of a free Parker pen if I buy a bath with a door on it from Michael Parkinson, until the sweet kiss of death releases me.
     
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    some people dont know the roads very well and some are more cautious on country lanes because you never know if some idiot doing 60 is coming round a corner from the other direction on a narrow road
     
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    Also along your line of thinking Peter and more importantly other's will live longer.
     
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    Explain to me then what it is, if not impatience, in this scenario. I am doing the speed limit along a straight piece of road with no junctions - some twit has to tailgate me?
     
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    Im sorry mate but your post seems out of place really and ill conceived. In reality in these situations you may be a few minutes late to your destination, does that matter? Rather that than not getting there at all, ending up in hospital being patched up, or worse, a financial negative impact on resources too.
    You obviously suffering from road rage. Think about others and their situation.

    KEEP CALM
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    ARRIVE SAFELY
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    KEEP CALM
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    LET OTHERS ARRIVE SAFELY
     
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    rich79 Lovin the smell of cordite in the morning

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    Hes talking about people doing half the limit.
     
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    rich79 Lovin the smell of cordite in the morning

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    I think you've all got it wrong, thee op isn't a baseball cap wearing hooligan in an imprezza weaving all over your boot trying to overtake, doing the speed limit isn't illegal or unsafe, he's talking about people doing half the limit in front of you.
     
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    If you're at, or near the limit there's no problem. It's those doing 35 on a 60. You know the sort, forever touching the brakes when passing oncoming traffic, staring rigidly at the spot in the road 2 yards in front of their bumper, knuckles white as they grip the steering wheel. Never deviating from 35mph, even in a 20 zone.
     
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    PW1 Shooting the breeze.

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    I am certainly not a dawdler, but anyone who puts me in a dangerous position as tailgaters do, will get a lesson from me that they have to slow down and not be such a prat and putting others lives in danger because they think they are a boy racer, late for an appointment or just have to pass every car in front of them. I would never deliberately hold anyone up other than tailgaters, so if you are a tailgater and the car in front seems to be slowing down then back off and you will get where you want to go much faster.

    Just because you come from a dysfunctional family shouldn't mean we all have to allow you to have your way and drive as you will, just take your time and you will get there. As someone else said, drivers will drive at a speed they are comfortable with, you have no right to force people to drive faster as tailgaters try and soon learn that they are not making much progress.

    Regards
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    Yep I know the sort, I made the decision to stop stressing over them a long time ago.

    There is no excuse for the 35 in a 20 zone though - I hope the police catch them doing this as they need a reminder before they run over a child - which they will probably kill or seriously injure at 35mph.
     
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    If they are 20 yards behind me, they are not tailgating and I would know they want to overtake because they will be indicating won't they, if they are not indicating who gives a monkey's what they want to do. If you tailgate cars before you overtake them you run the risk of slamming into the car in front if they have to break suddenly, which you may not be aware of. It sounds like you are trying to justify tailgating which is illegal and damned stupid.

    Regards
    Peter
     
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    It was just the thought process that fascinates me.
    Obviously drive at 35 down a national speed limit lane if you wish.
    However,
    What do you get from further obstructing me, when you could assist my overtake, and we can both have a wonderful day?
    I am 55 retired but sometimes need to take 15 minutes to get somewhere. Why should you go out of your way to make it take 30 minutes?
    Question:
    You are waiting at a side road, about to turn into a fast country lane ( 60 mph ).
    You spot a car approaching heading the way you wish to go.
    Do you wait 30seconds, maybe a minute and let him go, or pull out knowing it will lead to confrontation.
    Or
    Do you not see anything when you look?
    This isnt a witchhunt, I simply dont understand. Thanks
     
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  19. sidney

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    No, I'm not advocating tailgating at all. But there aren't many country roads long and straight enough to pull out 20 yards behind the car you wish to overtake.
    Of course, hanging on to someone's rear bumper mile after mile is stupid and dangerous. But having a runway sized run up just doesn't happen on the B roads, so you need to get pretty close before commensing the manoeuvre.
    And driving too slowly is also illegal and stupid.
     
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    Q.E.D.
     

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