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Title: Why do people behave like this?
Post by: a101960 on 04.10. 2015 15:13
Taking advantage of the still fine weather (although if the MET Office have got it right it is going to break later on today) I have just come back from a pleasant ride. But, however, some of the enjoyment is diminished by the behaviour of some drivers. As we all know an A10 is more than capable of holding its own in modern traffic conditions with one exception: the brakes! So, baring this in mind I always try to keep a reasonable distance between me and the vehicle in front of me, and it isn’t easy. There has always got to be someone  dives into my safety space cutting me up in the process more often than not. What is it with these people? It is not as if they actually gain anything because at the next set of traffic lights I am there right behind them, and while I am having a whinge, has anyone else noticed how modern cars seem to be equipped with ornamental indicators, indicating seems to be a thing of the past, especially at roundabouts.  When I learnt to drive my driving instructor told me that I should signal every time that I intended to change direction. Maybe its just me being paranoid. Still, I managed to get another ride in before the weather finally changes for the worse, so I will content myself with that.
John
Title: Re: Why do people behave like this?
Post by: RichardL on 04.10. 2015 15:57
John,

I think the only tactic at your disposal is to, then, maintain the safety distance from the new intruder. Glad you have managed to avoid getting pushed off the road or into other traffic. Hard to get into the topic of how you might change cultural mentality with regard to driving ettiquete when, over here, we're struggling with how to change the cultural mentality that leads to nut cases shooting up schools.

Richard L.
Title: Re: Why do people behave like this?
Post by: bsa-bill on 04.10. 2015 16:34
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my driving instructor told me that I should signal every time that I intended to change direction

Me too, his words "they are direction indicators not right of way indicators" still ring in me ears, however my missus who  passed her advanced driving test many years ago berates me for indicating too much, I wink on regardless.

The overtaking is damn annoying, you end up going backwards in relative terms
Title: Re: Why do people behave like this?
Post by: cyclobutch on 04.10. 2015 18:32
Well, it's down to any number of things as we know.

Main issue that I notice when I'm on older machinery, even when it is mostly able to keep up, is that folks now have no need or inclination to maintain momentum. They're all stop go in an instant, whilst we oldies are trying to keep an even strain.
Title: Re: Why do people behave like this?
Post by: chaterlea25 on 04.10. 2015 18:53
Hi John, and All
It seems the same way to me, no matter whether its the bike car or van I'm driving *angry* *angry* *angry*

Mercedes , BMW and chelsea tractors especially dont seem to have indicators fitted ??? or the so called drivers cant find the switch or be arsed using it  *razz* *razz* *razz*

John
Title: Re: Why do people behave like this?
Post by: sparx on 04.10. 2015 19:26
The cutting into my safety distance thing happens to me every day during my commute (by car) into and away from work. And I mean EVERY day. I can guarantee it's going to happen tomorrow morning.
  If I was in charge of road-side signs I would erect one on a local bit of dual carriageway saying

 "If you are taking the next exit why are you in the outside lane?"
Title: Re: Why do people behave like this?
Post by: RichardL on 04.10. 2015 19:28
There's a theory here that drivers of black Mercedes and BMWs are particularly rude or, unconscious.

Richard L.
Title: Re: Why do people behave like this?
Post by: RichardL on 04.10. 2015 19:34
The cutting into my safety distance thing happens to me every day during my commute (by car) into and away from work. And I mean EVERY day. I can guarantee it's going to happen tomorrow morning.
  If I was in charge of road-side signs I would erect one on a local bit of dual carriageway saying

 "If you are taking the next exit why are you in the outside lane?"

Good one.  How about a T-shirt that says: " GAP AHEAD FOR MY SAFETY. PLEASE DON'T FILL IT" maybe that would get a 5-10% reduction in intrusions. Better than nothing.
Title: Re: Why do people behave like this?
Post by: morris on 04.10. 2015 20:14
There's a theory here that drivers of black Mercedes and BMWs are particularly rude or, unconscious.

Like to add Volvo drivers for that matter... *roll*
Title: Re: Why do people behave like this?
Post by: Greybeard on 05.10. 2015 11:46
...How about a T-shirt that says: " GAP AHEAD FOR MY SAFETY. PLEASE DON'T FILL IT"...

On my car I've fitted a device to the inside of the rear window that displays a bright red scrolling text message. I have it programmed to say "You are too close, please drop back" but it would be great to be able to have a range of messages. I guess with one of those tiny processor cards, (Raspberry Pi etc.) it would be possible to change to one of a whole range of messages.  >:D Mind you, road rage might be the result!
Title: Re: Why do people behave like this?
Post by: bsa-bill on 05.10. 2015 13:56
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one of those tiny processor cards, (Raspberry Pi etc.) it would be possible to change to one of a whole range of messages.

UUMM sounds fun, just watch how you go with the messages and spelling >:D
Title: Re: Why do people behave like this?
Post by: muskrat on 05.10. 2015 20:11
G'day all.
Yes that safety space is handy when your driving a 40 ton truck as well. When the tin lids cut infront on the approach to a red light/stop sign. Remodeled a few rear ends. Lucky the cops see my side of the story and book the tin lid.
Cheers
Title: Re: Why do people behave like this?
Post by: edboy on 06.10. 2015 01:16
those selfish drivers are not drivers but automated mobile phone users wandering about the roads searching for a signal. i know as i married one. without gps they couldnt reach their destination which is normally a huge queue of traffic where they text madly. the best insult would be to pull alongside and show your new , singing , dancing, updated mobile and laugh at theirs. however you may draw a few laughs with the dynamo driven charger system.
Title: Re: Why do people behave like this?
Post by: larryc on 07.10. 2015 12:42
I used to be PCV instructor and I used to tell my learners that .....'The most unreliable part of a vehicle is the nut holding the steering wheel!'
Title: Re: Why do people behave like this?
Post by: muskrat on 08.10. 2015 10:01
This driver is smarter than most out there.
https://www.youtube.com/embed/fybch3DX8c8
Cheers
Title: Re: Why do people behave like this?
Post by: morris on 08.10. 2015 11:56
I used to be PCV instructor and I used to tell my learners that .....'The most unreliable part of a vehicle is the nut holding the steering wheel!'

Serves them right for not using BSC thread *smile*
Title: Re: Why do people behave like this?
Post by: RichardL on 08.10. 2015 12:43
I used to be PCV instructor and I used to tell my learners that .....'The most unreliable part of a vehicle is the nut holding the steering wheel!'

Serves them right for not using BSC thread *smile*

British (P)Sychiatric Care? *smile*

Title: Re: Why do people behave like this?
Post by: nimrod650 on 16.10. 2015 18:06
the thing i always ask myself when these things happen is would they have done that if i had been on a police  bike ??