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Idiot jeep driver

Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by Cab, 9 Jul 2007.

  1. Cab

    Cab New Member

    Location:
    Cambridge
    Right... First effort here.

    Friday, pootling along home, decent enough pace, primary position, parked cars on the other side of the road. Jeep comes past with inches to spare, I flinch away as a result, and yell 'CAREFUL'. She then drives on and overtakes a cyclist who is indicating right; doesn't show in this footage I'm afraid, but that cyclist also gets bullied out of the way. The jeep then turns right, and of course gets stuck in traffic.

     
  2. magnatom

    magnatom Guest

    Close enough to hold on to his wing-mirror if you wanted a tow :rolleyes: :thumbsup: . Of course when a car gets that close your within your rights to hit it to let them know you are there. Any damage would be unfortunate..... :blush:

    You'll need to angle your camera up a bit but otherwise good stuff. The more camera users the better! :laugh:
     
  3. OP
    OP
    Cab

    Cab New Member

    Location:
    Cambridge
    Yeah, it was pointed down a bit that day. Still getting the hang of it :rolleyes:
     
  4. magnatom

    magnatom Guest

    It's surprising how much I need to angle my camera up! At a guess 20 degrees. I must be looking at my pedals the whole time..... :blush:
     
  5. Amanda P

    Amanda P The CycleChat user formerly known as Uncle Phil

    Had a similar situation last week. Slow moving traffic in town, everything crawling. I was in secondary, having just emerged from a cycle lane, with no gap to move across to the centre of the lane (it would have had to be a biggish gap as I was riding a 'bent and pulling a trailer). The car that had been behind pulled alongside me, then got closer and closer as the lane narrowed, pushing me into the kerb.

    This all happened with us both moving at walking pace. When I began to worry that the car was going to squash my trailer, I patted the bonnet in a freindly sort of way - I didn't even have to reach out to do it, just drop my hand off the 'bars.

    The car backed off. Hint taken.
     
  6. Amanda P

    Amanda P The CycleChat user formerly known as Uncle Phil

    Oh, and I do have a "helmet" camera - actually on the front of the bike (don't use a helmet), but I wasn't using it then - doh!
     
  7. OP
    OP
    Cab

    Cab New Member

    Location:
    Cambridge
    I think that we were both going a little briskly for tapping on her car. I'm happy doing that at walking, even jogging speed, but faster than that and I don't really want to be making contact if I can help it.
     
  8. magnatom

    magnatom Guest

    Very true cab. I've only ever slapped a car once and that was on it's back windscreen as it pulled out in front of me. We weren't going very fast at the time.
     
  9. Amanda P

    Amanda P The CycleChat user formerly known as Uncle Phil

    I wasn't suggesting it was appropriate in your case.

    Just trying to indicate that there's a range of possibilities: sometimes a shout is all that's safe or appropriate - as clearly in your case.

    I've banged on a few roofs and windows in my time - it gets a driver's attention like nothing else, although some get quite upset that you've dared to touch their car.

    Unless you really feel the alternative is death or serious injury, damaging the car is unlikely to help much - it's only going to make the driver aggressive if he or she wasn't already.

    In my example, there was no need to bang the car or shout. The fact that I could touch the car so easily seemed to make the point. Had the driver not withdrawn, I might have done something more demonstrative. (I suspect she was just being thoughtless, not deliberately pushy).
     
  10. Regulator

    Regulator Egregious Professor of Cruel and Unusual Geography

    I wear a large heavy ring on my right hand which is just right for 'tapping' on the roofs/sides of vehicles with... :?:
     
  11. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    is it just me or do you move to the right quite a lot as the car is about to pass you?
     
  12. Licramite

    Licramite Über Member

    Location:
    wiltshire
    I whish I had a camera, going round a round about, indicate early to the cars coming on I,m coming off, put my hand back on the handlebar and start to cross to exit, bloody woman in a people carer cuts me up from the inside, she must have seen me and just barged past. stupidly I swerved away, next time i,m going for a long scrape along the side
     
  13. Licramite

    Licramite Über Member

    Location:
    wiltshire
    admittedly I did pull out once from a bad junction and a cyclist crunched into my rear door.
    he was coming down a steep hill, i looked but had to pull out to see up the hill, saw him so stopped - didn,t realize by now i,m halfway across the road, he was tucked in by the curb.
    bang straight into my rear door, his headlamp was on because it when straight through my drivers side rear door window.

    lesson is , cyclist are bloody hard to see from in a car, - so in allot of cases they haven,t seen you.

    i hate cycling on roads. I go on tracks/bridlepaths as much as possible. - mind you you have to watch out for horse they go nuts if you pass from behind.
     
  14. mr_hippo

    mr_hippo Living Legend & Old Fart

    Why has a 5 year old thread been re-opened?