From: Steve Firth on
John <Who90nospam(a)ntlworld.com> wrote:

>
> Why don't these good natured drivers use their rear view mirrors before
> changing the priorities of the road?

Dunno, I sometimes sit waiting for a queue of traffic to pass before I
turn right into my drive or, at another location, into the place where
I'm working. Usually the last car in the queue stops and the driver
flashes at me and gestures for me to turn.

Nothing behind them.

They tend to get really aggressive if I refuse to cut across the front
of them, but to my mind they are unpredictable, unobservant and hence
dangerous.
From: Mike Barnes on
Steve Firth <%steve%@malloc.co.uk>:
>John <Who90nospam(a)ntlworld.com> wrote:
>
>>
>> Why don't these good natured drivers use their rear view mirrors before
>> changing the priorities of the road?
>
>Dunno, I sometimes sit waiting for a queue of traffic to pass before I
>turn right into my drive or, at another location, into the place where
>I'm working. Usually the last car in the queue stops and the driver
>flashes at me and gestures for me to turn.
>
>Nothing behind them.

There's a similar situation here when I want to turn right at the T
junction at the end of our road. Traffic turning right into our road
will stop and flash me. There's never more than one as it's a quiet
road.

I take no notice. Sometimes for what seems like several minutes, but
probably isn't. The bottom line is, they want to cut the corner. There's
loads of room, and a centre white line which I'm correctly positioned to
the left of. But we're both pointing downhill so they have to go down
and up a bit to get round me, and it's just *too* much trouble.

>They tend to get really aggressive if I refuse to cut across the front
>of them,

IME agitated, yes, but not aggressive.

>but to my mind they are unpredictable, unobservant and hence
>dangerous.

I also consider the "crash for cash" scam. By pulling out I'd be laying
myself *wide* open.

--
Mike Barnes
From: Mr. Benn on
"ChelseaTractorMan" <mr.c.tractor(a)hotmail.co.uk> wrote in message
news:e1uhu5h7jefevi86ib5drn9iajbps7dop4(a)4ax.com...
> On Mon, 10 May 2010 18:01:15 +0100, Harry Bloomfield
> <harry.m1byt(a)NOSPAM.tiscali.co.uk> wrote:
>
>>You should always leave an adequate gap ahead of you. If none of the
>>drivers do and the one at the front stop sharply, you get sharp braking
>>throughout the line of vehicles. If just one leaves a sensible gap he
>>and those behind him can brake much more gently.
>
> you are going to have to leave a lot of space in a lot of queues to
> allow following cars to brake gently when the lead car makes "a near
> emergency stop".

You should leave sufficient space to be able to stop safely in the distance
which is clear. Inevitably cars will have to brake if head of the queue
suddenly stops completely unless as you say, they are a significant distance
apart. I thought that would be obvious to all but apparently not.

From: Man at B&Q on
On May 11, 7:25 am, ChelseaTractorMan <mr.c.trac...(a)hotmail.co.uk>
wrote:
> On Mon, 10 May 2010 18:01:15 +0100, Harry Bloomfield
>
> <harry.m1...(a)NOSPAM.tiscali.co.uk> wrote:
> >You should always leave an adequate gap ahead of you. If none of the
> >drivers do and the one at the front stop sharply, you get sharp braking
> >throughout the line of vehicles. If just one leaves a sensible gap he
> >and those behind him can brake much more gently.
>
> you are going to have to leave a lot of space in a lot of queues to
> allow following cars to brake gently when the lead car makes "a near
> emergency stop".

A "queue", to me, implies slow moving traffic in which case the gap
doesn't need to be so large. There's even less excuse for sharp
braking in such circumstances.

MBQ


From: John on
snipped:
" why people can't reverse in and then come out forwards I don't know
(another winge), from their drive way on my right. "


Whilst this is best, it can be difficult on a busy and narrow road to do
this because of traffic coming up close behind you. In such cases I find it
easier to swiftly drive on forwards. For getting off it is up to me to wait
for a clear space and not rely on someone making room for me. Reversing on
can leave the front of the car swinging out into the path of cars on the
opposite lane - or risking being hit by cars overtaking whilst reversing on.


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