- Idiocy on the roads this week – what have you seen?
people on phones, right up my arse, wheelspinning manically in the snow to climb very small inclines, overtaking with no room, driving with snow on the screen, driving far too quickly in the snow, a bus sideways in the road, lack of indicator use – the clue is in the name; they indicate what you are going to do, cos no love we can’t work it out from the blank look on your face!! grr!!
not all snow related.Posted 9 years agocaseMember
Guy in a Jeep Cherokee doing a 4 wheel wheelspin in about 2cm of snow while I cruised past him on my Mountain bike.
That or the guy in the office across the road from us who didn’t seem to be able to grasp that if he parked his car on an icy slope and it slid down revving his engine a lot wouldn’t make it stick. Took him about 10 minutes of constant engine revving, sliding, engine revving, sliding to figure it out.Posted 9 years agoFunkyDuncMember
“This week I have been overtaken by an articulated lorry on a road that was white with snow.”
How covered with snow? You see lots of people who see the slightest bit of snow and slow to a crawl.
I bet some lorry driver is on a lorry driver forum asking the same question, why do some car drivers drive so slow that you need to overtake them.
Also the most numpty thing I saw in Sheffield was people driving too slow up a hill, so eventually they lost momentum and could get no further causing huge que’s behind.
IMO if you dont feel confident with the fact that you car will slide on snow, then just dont bother drivng on it!Posted 9 years ago40mpgSubscriber
Driving up the M3, fast lane closed on matrix signs and covered in deep slushy snow. Other 2 lanes quite busy, but moving steadily at 30 to 40 mph.
Some twunt decides its ok to use the outside lane at 60, then everyone else follows him! I mean WTF cant people a) follow guidance from the people who control our roads b) make a judgement themselves and not follow like sheep to the slaughter.
I stuck to the inside/middle lane, quite safely and comfortably.Posted 9 years agoaPMember
Probably me losing it with a VW Polo driver who despite me wearing a hi-vi, having 2 flashing front lights, having reflectives ‘n’ shit ‘n’ stuff (TM Armstrong and Miller) thought it was perfectly acceptable to pull straight out across me forcing me up the kerb, and then after she’s turned up the next road and pulled up and parked said, “I didn’t mean to do it”Posted 9 years ago
“SO WHY DID YOU DO IT THEN”theotherjonvSubscriber
loads of stuff but the best was a traffic light crossroads. LH lane for straight on and left, RH lane for right and officially allowed for straight on but since the right turners are usually stopped by oncoming traffic, hardly ever used for going stright on as you just have to stop and wait or try to move back over again.. Just after the junction, drops back to single lane again.
So the traffic is moving through the junction OK and some twunt behind me sees the outside is clear (no right turners). Pulls out and speeds down the outside with the intention of jumping back at the junction. Except, where it’s hardly been used except for right turns, the cleared surface stops abruptly where the rt turn is, and the straight on is still snowed up. So he hits a foot of snow and ice at about 40mph and needs now to move over to the left abruptly into a lane of moving traffic to avoid crossing the white line into the oncoming stream.
Totally loses control , ends up sideways, clips the kerb of the traffic light island hard with the rear wheel which somehow throws the back round again and onto the cleared part of the road where he regains grip sufficiently to avoid a total wipeout. The cars behind all have to drop anchor but thankfully because we’ve taken account of the conditions we’ve left enough space.
Hopefully he’ll have learnt something. i doubt it.Posted 9 years agoGary_MMember
Driving up the M3, fast lane closed Idiots on the motorway who seem to think there is a fast and slow lane. People with postage stamp sized area to look through on their windscreen, audi tt driver with about 4 inches of snow on his car and didn’t have a clue what was going on around him.
Idiot on a bike riding across an icy moor road in the dark, lights on but a stupid and dangerous place to be.Posted 9 years agomolgripsSubscriber
People driving down a steepening icy cul-de-sac at the top of which they live, to turn around and then not being able to drive back up, and abandoning their cars outside our house.
See that glassy or white stuff on the road? It’s called ICE and it’s a bit slippy!
Pillocks!Posted 9 years agodjgloverMember
This week I have been overtaken by an articulated lorry on a road that was white with snow.
I was overtaken by a lorry doing about 80 through a foot of snow in the Rockies a couple of years ago, managed to get into the track he left behild and get some speed up. I think we would have got stuck had it not been for the lorryPosted 9 years agolungeSubscriber
I’ve found out this week that the apparently the best vehicle for driving fast in the snow is a white Transit.
M40, yesterday morning, eveyrone doing 45mph in the inside 2 lanes as the outside lane was covered in snow and ice. I only saw 2 vehicles in the outside lane, a snowplough and a transit. The latter was first.Posted 9 years agogoonMember
In the last batch of snow I saw a car waiting to turn right at a junction. Somehow the driver had made it there with about 2 inches of snow on every window bar where the wipers sweep. I’m guessing the penny had finally dropped and he wound the window down to be able to see. Whereupon a huge amount of snow fell in on his lap.
I just about swamped my self laughing.Posted 9 years agooldgitMember
Saw a suit in an Audi TT who had totally lost it and was reving the bolio’s off it and going nowhere whilst the world and his dog pootled past.
Lots and lots of people flooring it, thinking that’s the way to start on an icy hill.
Annoyed mostly by the lady in the Freelander whilst on the phone driving up hill on the bypass in the wrong (oncoming) lane.Posted 9 years agocoffeekingMember
3 cyclists without lights, at night.Posted 9 years ago
Dozens of cars with fog lights on in daylight and snow conditions.
Dozens of people creeping along at 20mph in a 60 because there’s snow in the fields to the side.
People getting all upset and flashing me when I’ve overtaken them on said 60mph limit road despite it being safe and clear to do so.
Innumerable taxis and buses taking the wrong lane across great western road and then forcing their way across without indication.piedi di formaggioSubscriber
emac65 – you do know that you only need to stop for red lights when it is safe to do so don’t you?
If that is the case why is it an offence to go through a red traffic light and why do we have red light traffic cameras?
I always understood that there are no mitigating circumstances for running a red lightPosted 9 years agocoffeekingMember
Red light cameras only go off if you’re about 2 seconds late – 2 seconds is a LONG time at driving speeds, you’d deserve to be ‘ad!
Got to agree though, shifting out of the way to avoid a rear-end makes sense, but I’m not sure theres a need to run the light completely and certainly you’d be booked for it regardless of cause if the police saw you.Posted 9 years ago
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