Icy?? What, outside the car? - Rob C
Shouldn't laugh really, but it was sooooo funny.
My next door-but-3 neighbour bought a bug-eye Impreza a few months ago after another neighbour left her handbrake off and her Pug 106 rolled into his old car.

This morning he drove his 4wd rally proven car off into the snow.

My wife and I drove off a few moments later, only to find said neighbour has parked his Impreza through a garden wall about 300yds down the road. Straight road mind you, straight.
He was sheepishly knocking on the door of the house.

Perhaps a little over-confident in the cars ability.
Icy?? What, outside the car? - J Bonington Jagworth
Presumably, he also hasn't noticed that rally cars use different tyres...
Icy?? What, outside the car? - peterb
Or that he isn't Richard Burns....
Icy?? What, outside the car? - 3500S
Halfway through the village on my way to work, there is a mini-roundabout in quite a dip. Now you can actually turn your wheel and get around it that way or not bother on approach and straddle it. This is dangerous and lazy as you exit part on the other side of the road.

There was quite a queue this morning to get there. Once there, there was a BT transit van wearing a streetlight on the front. The driver must of straddled the roundabout and encountered ice in the dip either side of it and lost control but only by going straight on into the 'island' that's meant inform drivers which side of the road to stick to.

Oops
Icy?? What, outside the car? - borasport20
Now you can actually
turn your wheel and get around it that way or not
bother on approach and straddle it. This is dangerous and
lazy as you exit part on the other side of the
road.


not only dangerous and lazy, but illegal under the road traffic act 1988 and Traffic signs regulations & general directions 1994.

Never heard of anybody being prosecuted though, possibly because in our part of the world, all mini roundabouts are designed to (a) ensure that the risk of accident is NOT minimised or (b) use up budget surplus at year end

Is there a standard for these things ? To get off my estate I have to use a mini roundabout which was previously a T-junction, and the give way lines are put so far back that traffic approaching from either of 2 directions cannot see traffic approaching from the other direction (if you get my drift)


I have to grow old - but I don't have to grow up
Icy?? What, outside the car? - BrianW
How interesting to find that it's acually illegal.

One mini roundabout that I come past is so badly positioned that out of the traffic coming from one direction one third goes round it clockwise, one third straddles it and one third goes completely the wrong way round.

The wrong way round is actually the safest.
Icy?? What, outside the car? - John S
No doubt said neighbour had been watching the current, stupid, Jaguar advert that appears to indicate that 4WD gives the driver complete immunity from snow covered roads, and decided that the Subaru must be even better because of how it performs in rallies. Trouble is it still obeys the laws of physics, and obviously his mechanics didn't fit the studded tyres this morning!

Regards

John S
Icy?? What, outside the car? - Rob C
>>Or that he isn't Richard Burns....

He has got the 555 Team Jacket though

Still, there but for the grace....
Icy?? What, outside the car? - Dynamic Dave
He has got the 555 Team Jacket though


999 would be more appropriate if his driving is anything to go by.
Icy?? What, outside the car? - Blue {P}
Some Mini roundabouts were put in a nearby area to me, but they are so far off-set, that to get around it comfortably I often have to drive in an anti-clockwise direction. Really, it's a sort of mix of driving straight over the middle if there's oncoming traffic (driving over the middle actually lets you exit onto the correct side and position of the road), or, to reduce suspension wear, going anti-clockwise, or if there is a police car around, slowing down, going round and only straddling it with my right side. Don't know why I bother doing that though, the Police cars just drive straight over...

Blue
Icy?? What, outside the car? - borasport20
Brian, Blue -

yes, the biggest problem with mini roundabouts round our way is they are placed to facilitate traffic flow at T-junctions (fair enough), but are placed that the roundabout fills the whole of the left hand carriageway, thus

1 - the give way lines on the 'stem' of the T are so far back, traffic coming down the stem cannot see or be seen by traffic on its right until its crossed the give way line (*)

2 - if you drive round the roundabout as per the legal requirement, then irrespective of your use of indicators, traffic will (a) pull out in front of you assuming you are turning off (b) drive straight over the roundabout and overtake you

3 - if you are driving along the crossbar of the T and indicating to turn right down the 'stem', oncoming traffic driving straight down the crossbar simply tries to drive straight through you

(*) - happened this morning - car in front of me approaches roundabout, crosses give way lines (which are 5-10 yards away from the cross of the T), BMW 3 series (wouldn't you know it) appears from right, flashing lights, sounding horn and travelling at a speed that suggests he was not observing the 20 mph limit he has just exited


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