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Hospital Driving- The worst?

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by magnatom, 30 Jul 2007.

  1. magnatom

    magnatom Guest

    Hi,

    I work in a hospital and so cycle through one every day. Has anyone else noticed how bad the car driving becomes when you get into the ground of a hospital?

    Here is an example from this morning

    This driver was oblivious to my existence and the existence of the oncoming 4x4.

    There is something about hospitals where drivers just seem to enter a daze, where is the ward I'm looking for, is that a parking space there etc and the forget to follow any rules of the road.

    Is it just hospitals or do drivers enter the daze elsewhere?
     
  2. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    you're off the road so you have to expect people to behave differently, their mind is clearly going to be on other things

    with all respect shortcuts through carparks etc are going to be dicey, main roads every time for me

    just watched, it, classic had the odd one lately like that where you can hold your ground and wait for them to realise what's happening, plenty of observation there fella
     
  3. OP
    OP
    magnatom

    magnatom Guest

    Eh? It's not off road it is quite a main through route along which buses travel. And it ain't a short cut, it's where I work:wacko:.
     
  4. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    'through a hospital'? 'the ground of a hospital'?

    smaller and less main a road is the more dicey it is imho
     
  5. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Location:
    Auld Reekie
    The driver seems to have forgotten which country s/he is in, going continental...
     
  6. des

    des New Member

    Location:
    Edinburgh
    Is that at the Western General in Edinburgh?
     
  7. OP
    OP
    magnatom

    magnatom Guest

    Nope. A virtual pint for the first correct guess!;)
     
  8. OP
    OP
    magnatom

    magnatom Guest

    I can just hear a driver using that excuse but officer it was just a little road so I thought I was allowed to drive over cyclists.....;)
     
  9. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Location:
    Auld Reekie
    For a clue look to the left, where it says Location...
     
  10. TimO

    TimO Veteran

    Location:
    London
    To be fair, the only occasion I can think of that I've driven to a hospital was a few hours after I'd heard my mother was in intensive care, and I'd spent the intervening time driving down the motorway to see her, I probably wasn't at my best as a driver by that point.

    I suspect that a hospital is possibly going to have more than it's fair share of distracted and poorly concentrating driver.

    As far as I know, I don't mow any cyclists down! ;)
     
  11. OP
    OP
    magnatom

    magnatom Guest

    Fair point Tim, although the vast majority of problems I've had were with people who work in the hospital looking for parking spaces. Things might be different when parking charges are introduced later this year. More cyclists maybe....;)

    Oh and I hope your mother was ok.
     
  12. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    well if you are going to crash, there are worse places i suppose ;)
     
  13. Cab

    Cab New Member

    Location:
    Cambridge
    Closer you get to wherever people are going, the dodgier their driving. So supermarket caroparks, shopping centres, hospital carparks, etc. are all nightmares, they're all intensely looking for parking spaces and barely even looking out for other cars, let alone cycles. Its sad, but carparks bring the idiot out in many motorists.