Another first - highly dangerous close call.

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by GrahamG, 28 Sep 2007.

  1. GrahamG

    GrahamG Veteran

    I hadn't even left for work, I was picking up a parcel from the local depot and returning home. 30 yards before my driveway (a right turn) I check behind and nearest car is a goo 30+ yards away so I just move over to right of the lane and signal, very clearly. A moment later, I'm just about to execute the turn when I do my last quick over the shoulder check. Thank god I did as the numpty mother in her MPV full of kids overtakes me at 30mph, as I'm signalling right and about to turn into my drive.

    If I'd been feeling a little more awake, I'd have chased her down but god that was close - I've been commuting in Birmingham for nearly four years now and that is the closest I've ever come to being very seriously injured.
  2. Cab

    Cab New Member

    But you see, she has to get her children to school in that tank, and she's in a hurry because she then has to get to work, and the entire trip on foot would probably be hundreds of yards.

    Ought to be locked up, drivers like that.
  3. magnatom

    magnatom Guest

    That's why they call it the 'life saver'!!

    Well done for avoiding the collision. You managed it because you did the right thing. As for school run mum.....:biggrin:

    (Please don't call MPV's tanks though, as we are about to pick a new one up on Tuesday :-( )
  4. OP

    GrahamG Veteran

    Not a tank at all - one of those Xsara picasso things.

    I'm particularly vigilant on our driveway as I had a motorbike do the same thing to me years ago when I was driving - two 'lifesavers' generally!

    Thanks god for cyclecraft; I'd have had a few mroe closer calls without bothering to read that, especially given that the city council (the largest single local authority in the country) doesn't offer cycle training.
  5. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    South London
    Gosh, what a careless and stupid driver! I'm very glad you avoided her actions so well!!!!
  6. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

  7. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    There's just no excusing that kind of driving, she should be banned for life.
  8. Maz

    Maz Legendary Member

    A lot of those MPVs are so symmetrical in shape, you don't know if they're coming or going. A bit like their drivers, really.
  9. There's definitely something I'm-not-stopping-for-anything-get-out-of-my-way-I'm-important in the mentality of a Picasso driver - either the car makes you drive like that, or that sort of person drives one.

    But my suspicion is that they're bought by people who aren't very interested in driving, aren't road-aware, just want a transport-box for their families and are utterly selfish and unconcerned about everyone else.

    The sort of people who push in front of you in queues, are rude and demanding to waiters, let their kids run riot in the supermarket or restaurant, etc.
  10. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    well done

    done 3 CBTs for the scooter and they drum the life saver into you over and over and over

    well done

    appalling driving, was there not space for her to pass you normally up the inside?
  11. magnatom

    magnatom Guest

    I should probably own up at this point. I am getting a Citroen C4 Picasso Grand delivered on Tuesday.

    I intend to change the perception of Picasso drivers:smile:
  12. PatrickPending

    PatrickPending Guru

    Close call indeed, similar thing happened to me, was about to turn into my road, 120metres left of the 35km commute home from coventry, looked behind stuck out my arm to signal right, was 3/4 of the way over to the middle of the road and a feckwit in a silver bmw attempts to overtake. Seems he didn't see the white van coming the other way either who stopped, giving me enough time to cross the road and giving the bmw enough space to pull back onto his side of the road..... some people are too stupid to drive methinks
  13. domd1979

    domd1979 New Member

    They probably ought to offer driver training.....

  14. JamesAC

    JamesAC Senior Member

    I was following a 'bus down the road .. I was in primary position, cos I thought I might overtake it when it stopped at the next stop. Bus stopped, I glanced over my shoulder, horrified to see a car trying to overtake me (where was he going? There was a 'bus parked ahead?) Car driver suddenly realises there is a bus in the waqy, and tries to overtake that, too. Unfortunately, there is a car comming in the opposite direction, so the daft b*gger tries to pull in on top of me!!! Fortunately, the other driver had the presence of mind to stop (he really had no obligation so to do, he was completely on the correct side of the road) and let the b*gger through.

    Some people are not cut out as car drivers.
  15. the reluctant cyclist

    the reluctant cyclist Über Member

    GrahamG, the exact same thing happened to me, in Birmingham too!

    I was signalling right and some sixth sense made me check behind. There was a bloke in a smart car overtaking me as I was trying to do it! I couldn't believe it! It's scarey to come so close but a good reminder to always look behind you - if necessary more than once!

    Glad you are okay!
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