Will they or won't they - Marman
Why is it that I am travelling on a dual carriageway, I have just overtaken a vehicle there is a car approaching immediately behind me, I maintain my speed and move over leaving the car I had overtaken behind me. The car immediately following me then sits in the overtaking lane practically level with the back of my car. I am gradually approaching a car in the lane ahead of me and the clown will neither come past me or drop back behind me, he is too close for me to indicate and move out, he sits until I have to slow for the car ahead and then decides to overtake at the very last moment. No matter how you try to read the road ahead there is no accounting for drivers like this. There is also another scenario when I am travelling at a steady speed in the near lane another driver is in the overtaking lane he travels for a mile or two like that overtaking nothing. Just as I am approaching a car ahead and just as I am about to indicate to overtake he speeds up and starts to overtake me. Why do drivers drive a stupidly as that.
Re: Will they or won't they - Brill
Well, 'ignorance' comes to mind, and it's just as prevalant on motorways as you approach slower traffic, the guy on your right can see you'll both arrive at the same time but carries on regardless.
Re: Will they or won't they - careful driver
cos he is paranoid about driving to the speed limit because of all the cameras and stupid policing going on ?
Re: Will they or won't they - Martyn, Back Room moderator
careful driver wrote:
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> cos he is paranoid about driving to the speed limit because
> of all the cameras and stupid policing going on ?

Well, you could say that of course. Couldn't you. But then to say that would be merely to repeat the same tedious old dirge yet again. After all, if The Back Room's regular visitors haven't heard this line before, they really have not been paying attention, have they? Although, of course, new visitors need to be indoctrinated....

Instead, though, why not let's re-awaken another old faithful and say that it's behaviour that's typical of the @!#$-you society that exists everywhere today, not just on the roads, in which a sad number of people will act in a way that demonstrates a complete lack of care about what anyone else might wish to do, in spite of whatever danger it might cause.
Re: Will they or won't they - Darcy Kitchin
Had a bad day, Martyn?
Re: Will they or won't they - Martyn, Back Room moderator
Darcy Kitchin asked if I'd had a bad day.

No, but I did have much the same experience as Marman on my way into work yesterday morning. And it's not uncommon for that to be the case.

However, Darcy, every time the speed limit/camera/policing thing pops up to the surface again like something nasty that won't flush away, my heart sinks. Doesn't yours? Let's face it, there can hardly be anything left to say that hasn't already been said on that topic, over and over again.
Re: Will they or won't they - Andy
Marman

Know exactly where you are coming from... In that situation, I would just put on my indicator very early, so that if the driver "overtaking" you is simply absent-minded, he will have time to speed up, or slow down and let you out, before you are forced to put on the brakes. If, however, he subscribes to Martyn's !*^" you society...

Yours

Andy
Re: Will they or won't they - Peter M.
I've been in exactly that situation many times - sometimes you feel that they are doing it deliberately. If I'm in the outside lane coming up behind another car in the inside lane which is obviously going to need to overtake slower traffic, I'll indicate and pull in behind them so they know they're clear to overtake. Usually they do, and raise a hand in thanks. 'Every little helps', and it's nice when good manners are reciprocated.
Re: Will they or won't they - Brian
The one situation which worries me is when traffic in both, or all three lanes, is travelling at more or less the same speed.
I much prefer to know that I am overtaking, even if only by a small margin in congested traffic, the guy on my inside, and that the guy on the outside who has just disappeared into my blind spot is going to appear alongside.
Re: Will they or won't they - Darcy Kitchin
This morning on the A1, truck jusk finished overtaking another and about to pull in when his space is filled by a car flying onto the motorway from a slip road. How the car wasn't destroyed I'll never know, but overtaking trucker must have been especially vigilant with the nearside mirror.

What then? The car driver drove at 56 mph with the truck travelling alongside for the next 2 miles. Eventually slowing so the truck could pull back in.

Difficult to understand ...
Re: Will they or won't they - pugugly
Do you think you might drive a make/model/colour of car might be mistaken for
Old Bill.
Re: Will they or won't they - Marman
That is a distinct possibility pugugly as my car is a White Ford Focus, never thought of that. I will have to get a blue magnetic light (joke, of course). In reply to Martyn, at least this post is about motoring and seems to have attracted a fair amount of sensible comments and replies from motorists as concerned about this problem as I am.
Re: Will they or won't they - Martyn, Back Room moderator
Marman wrote:
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> In reply to Martyn, at
> least this post is about motoring and seems to have attracted
> a fair amount of sensible comments and replies from motorists
> as concerned about this problem as I am.

And as I am too, Marman. If, instead of justifying your contribution against an imagined adverse remark from me, you'd care to read what I put in my reply to "careful driver", you'd see I'm arguing against the re-revival of an entirely different discussion. I then go on to give a reasonable explanation for what may have been the cause of your experience (and mine -- see my reply to Darcy Kitchin).
Re: Will they or won't they - Sue
I regularly turn left onto a dual carriageway, out of rush hour. Even if there is very little traffic and no-one is overtaking anyone, it is very rare for anyone to move over into the right hand lane to allow me to pull out. I began to wonder if the junction was difficult to see, but have checked tonight and it isn't, especially if there is a car waiting to pull out!

So am I invisible? Or is it blind driver syndrome again?
Re: Will they or won't they - ian (cape town)
Sue, either blind, or on Autopilot...
The attitude (it seems worldwide) is such an annoyance.
I had to "undertake" some clown the other day on the freeway going out of town. I'd sat behind him for 2 kms, occasionally flashing lights to let him know I was there, but he was off in his little dream world, driving at 10km/h below the posted limit.
He was obviously off on holiday, and sat in the fast lane, pottering along...
Before you ask, Yes, flashing lights to warn drivers you are approaching from behind, and undertaking are both legal here!
Also, there IS a keep left pass right rule, but I've never seen it policed.
Re: Will they or won't they - Brill
> "Do you think you might drive a make/model/colour of car might be mistaken for Old Bill."

Does anyone here drive a white Volvo T5 estate, I was wondering if this had any effect on other traffic, do people slow down to the limit when approaching from behind, does it deter tailgaters, worried just in case you are a traffic car? A chequered hat on the parcel shelf may make them behave even better!

Curios.

Stu.
 

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