Worsening driving standards

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Re: Worsening driving standards

Post by Doggy » Sun Jul 01, 2018 12:04 am

I think road safety has much to do with making your intentions clear. No hard and fast rule for roundabouts, I straight line them in the car if no ones about, if it's busy I do it proper like.
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Re: Worsening driving standards

Post by steve_earwig » Sun Jul 01, 2018 7:17 am

I tend to do everything the right way, even if I can't see any other cars on the road, mainly because sometimes cars just do appear out of nowhere (especially if they're driving at an insane speed).

I picked up Max yesterday and took him home again, that's 4 journeys and nothing dangerous happened :shock: Apart from a couple of those idiots that can't be bothered to stop at a junction and carry on half a car's length into the road, probably in the hope you'll panic brake and they can launch themselves out in front of you.
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Re: Worsening driving standards

Post by stevewalsh » Sun Jul 01, 2018 9:10 am

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I see all the crap driving while out delivering these, Its amazing how many drivers dont see me coming till last minute or risk themselves pulling out in front of me.

Makes for an interesting ride :evil:

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Re: Worsening driving standards

Post by Doggy » Sun Jul 01, 2018 8:55 pm

That's a real eye-catching tractor unit you've got there, so much so you might not notice the odd metre of mobile home sticking out either side.
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Re: Worsening driving standards

Post by stevewalsh » Sun Jul 01, 2018 10:24 pm

Its not bad, A dream to drive and just enough room for 2 weeks away, That was a rather wide one from the ABI factory near Beverley UK, to just south of Calais, It was 4.76 metres wide, most of them I move are around 4 metres
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Re: Worsening driving standards

Post by stevewalsh » Sun Jul 01, 2018 10:29 pm

Cant get the hang of adding photos,
It makes my trailer look a bit small
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Re: Worsening driving standards

Post by Welly » Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:03 am

Doggy wrote:
Sun Jul 01, 2018 12:04 am
I think road safety has much to do with making your intentions clear
Definitely! I always remember my Cousins coming up to the Midlands from that London and they couldn't believe how indecisively and how slowly other drivers would change lanes; dithering about as it were. I remember them saying "if you're gonna cut someone up just facking do it properly" then there's no doubt and it's all over in a flash.

Like your photo's stevewalsh, although I think the tractor unit should say "DRIVER EXCEPTIONNEL" 8)
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Re: Worsening driving standards

Post by mjb » Mon Jul 02, 2018 7:59 pm

Welly wrote:
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I have a long running debate with Mrs_Welly, when I learnt to drive in 1987 :lol: the Highway Code clearly stated that if the roundabout was clear of traffic then you may take the easiest route through it (ignoring marked out lanes etc) now I still do this because I HATE the feeling of going 'around' the outside of the roundabout makes it feel like a bloody fairground ride so where possible I 'straight line' it. Mrs thinks this is wrong.

How does everyone do roundabouts on here?
For me, it depends. A nice straight dual carriageway roundabout I'll always straighten if there's nobody going the same way as me or waiting to join from the left. If there's someone in one of those other spots, or a pedestrian or something then I'll still straighten it a bit if I can, but not completely flatten it. It's about balancing efficiency and mechanical sympathy with the risk of causing someone else to misinterpret your actions

Similarly on country lanes, I'll completely ignore dotted lane separators and use all the road if I can see there's nobody else around

Also at the opposite end of driving, narrow residential streets with parked cars everywhere. Stuff the white line - I'm giving myself maximum separation in case something/someone comes flying into my path, opens a door on me, etc! Worst cases I've been known to throw cruise control on and rest my foot on the brake.
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Re: Worsening driving standards

Post by Welly » Tue Jul 03, 2018 8:47 am

Excellent reply 10/10 would read again. :D

No seriously, thanks.
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Re: Worsening driving standards

Post by teamster1975 » Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:54 am

Two words, school run. It's like running the gauntlet every morning and afternoon, they are imbeciles. If there is a car on your side of the road and oncoming traffic, you don't pull out to find that there is no room get back on the correct side. I just laugh at them now, hysteria is better for the nerves. People seem to be far less patient than they used to be and full of anger when they get behind the wheel.
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