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Road rage... [Dec. 1st, 2003|01:43 pm]
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(This post has been a long time coming...)

This is a special post, dedicated to drivers of:
  • high performance cars
  • souped-up cars
  • cars with personalised number plates
  • 4WD's & MPV's (SUV's)
... who have no care, nor consideration, for other road users.

I may only drive a humble Peugeot 206, but I have as much right to be on the road as you.

Just because you:
  • may have paid more on your vehicle than me
  • may pay a higher road tax than me
  • may be sitting at a higher altitude than me
... it does not give you any rights over me when we're on the road.

It certainly does not give you the right to zoom up to my arse at 110 miles an hour flashing your lights and hooting your horn demanding to get past.

You do not own the road. It's a fact. Deal with it.

[User Picture]From: grumpydave
2003-12-01 05:51 am (UTC)
I know how you feel Dave.

Did this guy have his family in the car with him too? That's something that always amazes me.
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[User Picture]From: kuzanagi_
2003-12-01 05:56 am (UTC)
But they do own the road Dave! Didn't you know that the value of your Car is directly proportionate to your right of way whilst out and about? They resolve disputes of cars of equal value by allowing the more powerful of the two to have the Lion's share of the road!

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[User Picture]From: stainsteelrat
2003-12-01 07:54 am (UTC)
I might drive a high performance car, but I like to think I have consideration for other drivers at the same time :-) I certainly get tired of the people that seem intent on trying to fit a gnats whisker between my back number plate and their front.
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[User Picture]From: gloi
2003-12-01 11:11 am (UTC)
M4 by any chance?
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[User Picture]From: vetinari
2003-12-02 03:14 am (UTC)
Yes I do own the road..... erm, sorry Dave ;o)
A good trick to play is to lightly place left foot on the brake and at same time slightly accelerate. Then pull out of the way after the idiot feels a fool and tries to speed again.
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From: popey
2003-12-11 08:38 am (UTC)

Playing devils advocate here..

I can see what you're saying, people who drive like nutters are a nuisance. However, what you've done is taken a point of view (yours) and try to implant it in their head, namely the "I own the road" statement.

You don't actually know what that person is thinking, where they've come from and where they are going. You've just found it an irritation that you happened to be impeding their "progress" and got the brunt of their bad manners.

Equally, when someone overtakes, let them, it doesn't matter to you. If they get to their journeys end 10 seconds earlier congratulations, they'll probably also have an ulcer and maybe have other stress related problems. Don't let their "issues" cloud your ability to drive.

From the other side, I drive a lot of miles a year, mostly motorway miles, and I often find myself possibly in the position of the "other driver" in your story. I'm not saying that I scream up behind people - lights flashing - horn blaring.

My biggest gripe on the road is that people have no idea about 2 things.

  • Correct lane selection - what can be very frustrating is cruising along a motorway (none specifically - it happens on them all) when someone up ahead is tootling along in lane 2 or 3 when lane 1 or 2 might be more appropriate (i.e. empty). If you're doing 60-65MPH and there is *nothing* in lane 1 or 2 for a good distance, then move over. There is no justifiable reason to be in lane 2 or 3. Remember the lanes are called "overtaking" lanes in the UK. If you aint overtaking - get over.
  • Spacial awareness - if you *are* pootling along in lane 3, at least check your mirrors once in a while. It's against the law for a driver to undertake you in lane 2 (or 1), so you are impeding the progress of another driver.

    My basic rules of engagement on the road are these.

    1. Assume all other drivers are idiots until they prove otherwise.
    2. Try to drive in such a way that you won't cause distress/anger or any other reaction from other drivers. That means, if you're in a lane and you want to change lane, don't just jump ship, indicate - for a while, *then* move over. Don't flick the indicator as your hand goes past it as you turn the wheel. Indicating means "I *intend*" to make a manouver. It doesn't mean "hey, look, I just changed lane - I'll blink my indicate once so I am kinda conforming with so-called laws!". Pulling out in front of people at junctions is another PITA which causes distress to other drivers.

    Then again what do I know.
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