weird driving behaviour – is this a thing?

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  • ferrals
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    Pretty early yesterday morning, I was driving along an A road, turn coming up on my left. I noticed two sporty cars coming towards me at a rapid rate, one in front has his indicators on (as if to turn right) and is vigourously flashing his lights, then the second one flew across the road an into (their) right turn and sped off. No lights or indication from the second car and if I hadnt slowed to work out what the first car was doing it would have driven right into me.

    Couldnt help thinking they were working together to try and set fast times along the road – perhaps there’s some kind of strava for cars? Though obviously it would be pretty dumb as the police could have a field day with using it to identify speeders.

    Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    Meh, I passed a happy commuter on his bike this morning doing the ‘carvey sweepy swoopy slalom all over the road’, clearly just enjoying themselves.

    Cars = does sound like times being set….

    Premier Icon DezB
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    Dicks who think the road is for playing their games.

    rene59
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    I seen someone overtake someone else who were in the middle of overtaking someone else themselves. Three cars wide on a single carriageway.

    Premier Icon kcal
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    I’ve been in that scenario some many years ago. The A9 is thankfully quite wide at that point.

    doris5000
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    i was on my bike waiting at a T junction (in a suburban housing estate) to turn right.  I.e., I was positioned roughly in the middle of the road.

    A car came from my left, wanting to turn into the road I was about to leave, and instead of going all the way around me, just went onto the wrong side of the road, cut up the inside and went past on my left! Fortunately for her there was no-one coming the other way….

    Premier Icon richmtb
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    I seen someone overtake someone else who were in the middle of overtaking someone else themselves. Three cars wide on a single carriageway.

    That’s standard driving practice in some parts of the world

    Best bit of total dick driving I’ve experienced is being overtaken at the lights as they change. Only ever seen that once.

    The newest shit driving trend seems to be hogging the outside lane when there is nothing else on the motorway.  Hogging the middle lane is like so last year grandad

    doris5000
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    The newest shit driving trend seems to be hogging the outside lane when there is nothing else on the motorway.

    I don’t mind that one so much – am happy enough to undertake if there’s a clear empty lane between us…

    Premier Icon ChrisL
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    Best bit of total dick driving I’ve experienced is being overtaken at the lights as they change. Only ever seen that once.

    I was riding in Edinburgh a while ago when the lights ahead of me started to change to red. I stopped. The car behind me stopped. The car behind them overtook us both and went through the light, which was red at that point.

    andy8442
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    Pah! Try driving around Bradford at night. Then you will see some pretty hairy driving. I hate it. I stop at every junction/lights to check and double check there’s no-one racing through the lights, but I’ve had plenty of close calls.

    Premier Icon funkmasterp
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    Best bit of total dick driving I’ve experienced is being overtaken at the lights as they change. Only ever seen that once.

    That happened to me twice last week. Never happened before that. Some people are just massive dickheads aren’t they?

    whitestone
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    At a set of lights waiting to turn right. Lights turn to green and the car behind overtakes to go right and bounces over the traffic island protecting the lights pointing along that road. The car was actually a taxi with a fare!

    Premier Icon Drac
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    Probably advanced drivers.

    Premier Icon jam bo
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    hogging the outside lane when there is nothing else on the motorway

    Is it really hogging if there is nothing else on the motorway?

    TurnerGuy
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    Is it really hogging if there is nothing else on the motorway?

    driving lane is on the left so what the hell was he overtaking ?

    I just keep to the left now until I need to overtake something in front of me – if I pass stuff sitting in lanes on the right of me then thats just tough – I am not performing an undertaking move just using the lanes as I should be – left lane unless overtaking.

    If I was in the outer lane and then went left to pass then back out to the right lane you could say that was an undertaking move.

    Premier Icon jag61
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    @andy8442  to be fair its no different in daylight, there are no rules in Bford

    like you i hate driving in and around the place.

    Premier Icon theotherjonv
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    Best bit of total dick driving I’ve experienced is being overtaken at the lights as they change. Only ever seen that once.

    Hate that.

    Current favourite which seems to be becoming a ‘thing’ is along my road in the morning, which has two bus routes with buses a couple of minutes apart, kids walking to and being ferried to school, and rush hour traffic, but to complicate has (allowed / marked bay) parking along one side.  Which means that someone has to give way to allow cars through. ie: It’s a busy road. At the end of the road are traffic lights.

    If the cars with ‘priority’ (their side of the road is clear) pile on through, the lights stop them progressing and if the queue at the lights gets more than about 6 cars long, then it starts to run up against the parked cars and block the road.

    At which point the oncoming line of cars backs into the TL junction and that blocks…. which stops the cars going over the junction and clearing the blockage, and so on.

    So…. the priority cars go through in dribs and drabs and then wait back before the narrowing, so the junction keeps draining, and occasionally you miss a turn at the green light but it just works.

    Until recently where it seems to be reasonable that if cars are waiting clear of the narrowing, it’s OK to overtake and block the road anyway*. It can’t be lack of awareness, why do you think I’ve stopped here instead of going through? It is pure just DGAS about being fair and sensible.

    Until last Friday where I stopped for the bus to come through and then in my rear view some nob in a van comes racing past, straight into the oncoming bus. The bus can’t back up – it’s got other cars behind which by now are back into the junction too. But Van Man is out and shouting how it’s his right of way (er: it wasn’t, it was mine before you overtook and I was happy to share it) And he’s not backing up either. All in front of a load of bemused primary school kids learning about how to behave in public. Quality work.

    * failing that they can squeeze past by mounting the pavement, if only the kids walking to school weren’t having the temerity to also want a bit of space.

    allthegear
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    Seems to be a bizarre love of wanting to race me at traffic lights in my home town at the moment. I mean, if I was going to race (I’m not that interested tbh), they wouldn’t stand a chance. So why even try???

    Rachel

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    from relative safety of 3 m retaining wall ,watched car at T junction trying to turn R get undertaken on Left by car that then  turned right… also same junction exact opposite Car waiting to go R overtaken on R.. said dickhead then went Left.. same site had newly finished retaining wall cladding destroyed by car overtaking a car overtaking a car hitting a parked car stuffed that back fast enough to break 150mm thick stone facings. (new  Aldi at allerton rd bradford for those in the know) weird driving is a thing and here to stay

    Premier Icon bikebouy
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    The newest shit driving trend seems to be hogging the outside lane when there is nothing else on the motorway.

    I don’t mind that one so much – am happy enough to undertake if there’s a clear empty lane between us…

    Indeed, that separation clearly defines morons from normal people.

    Best bit of total dick driving I’ve experienced is being overtaken at the lights as they change.

    Saw a pizza delivery car do that in Edinburgh at the weekend!

    Lights went red, car two in front of me stopped. Car in front (pizza delivery) overtakes and goes straight across the (wide) junction. Cars were already starting to move across from the now-green lighted directions as he sped across. Mental.

    My favourite dick driving move (apologies if you’ve read this on here before) was when someone overtook me at a traffic island and blew up their tyre when they hit the island kerb 😀

    Premier Icon dannybgoode
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    Best I saw was two cars – one on the slow lane and one in the middle – driving down the M1 at 20mph or so passing a spliff between them. Took me several seconds to work out what was going on exactly.

    I was in a queue of cars waiting for lights to change, about 20 of us, there is a t junction to the left and I have left a gap for oncoming cars to turn into it .I always keep an eye to the cars behind as before now people have overtaken and thrown their cars into the gap.

    On this occasion however dickhead in a 4×4 goes one better, there’s and almighty racket and he’s mounted the kerb and driven on the pavement thrown himself into the left  turn. In doing so he has just missed a car turning right, narrowly avoided a kid on a bike and put the shits up a woman with a buggy. On the bright side he must have saved a minute off his journey .

    globalti
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    The fear of a random catch has disappeared. It’s why drink and drug driving are increasing in rural areas.

    doris5000
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    watched car at T junction trying to turn R get undertaken on Left by car that then turned right… also same junction exact opposite Car waiting to go R overtaken on R.. said dickhead then went Left..

    I see this latter manoeuvre sometimes on my commute home – the traffic going R is usually slow, while going L it’s fairly free.  So cars who want to go left overtake, drive down the wrong side of the road then turn left across the queue at the front. Really annoying if you’re trying to go the other direction on a bike.  The ****.

    philjunior
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    I’m genuinely confused by the OP’s description. I’ve travelled in convoy where we’ve tried to help people get past slower traffic safely, but that doesn’t seem to be the case here.

    I see all sorts but it’s much less frustrating now I’ve learned to just accept it and plan to avoid colliding with it (though there’s only so much you can do).

    Last weekends doozy was a dodgy 4 vehicle overtake. Downhill long sweeping left turn to a bridge with traffic lights.  But if you start to overtake 3 vans and a lorry you can’t see the traffic lights until you notice the lorry braking  for the lights. Thank god nothing was coming on the green.

    CountZero
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    It’s always been my understanding that if vehicles are parked at various places along one side of a road, traffic approaching on their side of the carriageway are expected to give way to other traffic going in the opposite direction where there are no obstructions. Twice recently I’ve been driving along one of the estate roads from our remote vehicle storage with a clear unobstructed run and had large trucks coming towards me with large artics parked on their side, and without indicating or attempting to slow they’ve just swung out around the parked truck and trailer straight into my path. One forced me to swerve into an access turning then slag me off for not giving way when I had right of way, then today an artic tractor unit, following a bloke on a cycle, suddenly swerved out straight at me, forcing me into an emergency stop.

    There does seem to be a certain disregard for give and take among truck drivers, a couple of weeks ago a truck, pulling out of the same company access I’d been forced into, hit the front of a brand new fire engine for London Fire Brigade, out on its very first run, knocking it onto its side and writing it off. Apparently it’s £500,000-worth of vehicle, and then there’s the almost certainly written off tractor unit of the artic.

    How could the trucker not see a bloody fire engine approaching on his side of the road at around 40mph?

    Premier Icon jam bo
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    How could the trucker not see a bloody fire engine approaching on his side of the road at around 40mph?

    Watching porn

    Premier Icon funkmasterp
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    How could the trucker not see a bloody fire engine approaching on his side of the road at around 40mph?

    One of the following:

    Earing a belly buster sandwich

    Eating a block of lard

    Restraining a prostitute

    Strangling a hitchhiker

    Premier Icon burko73
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    None of this is weird driving behaviour, it’s all bad driving. No chance of gett8ng busted for it thesedays so people just do what they think is most convenient for them. People are just selfish thesedays, or at least a good proportion are.

    Premier Icon garage-dweller
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    This is the new normal.

    My new personal favourite is swerving out from behind cars turning left onto a minor road in suburban areas to overtake at a speed vastly in excess of the limit.

    Usually from a position where you have no hope of a clear view of the junction and what might be coming out of it .

    bigyinn
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    Going back to the OP, it could have been some sort of security personel or the like. My boss used to be a police close protection driver and the manouvre described sounds like the sort of thing they’d do. Yes its a dickish move, but if you’ve got somebody important (like senior politicians or royalty etc) then thats what they do. Or they could have just been dicks.

    Premier Icon kilo
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    Could be a surveillance team making ground, sort of manoeuvre we’d do on occasion to get the more important cars in the team back in range in a covert manner that or dicks.

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