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Ignorant motorists

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by Robster, 3 Jun 2008.

  1. Robster

    Robster New Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    Yesterday I was coming down the hill towards my house, which is quite long so I get up a fair bit of speed. Its quite a busy road and there was a bus on the other side of the road waiting to turn right. I thought he would carry on waiting, but he just pulled out in front of me causing me to brake fairly sharply.

    Then this morning I was going just about to pass a side road, when a white van which was waiting to pull out just pulled out in front of me, closely followed to my shouting an obscenity. It seems even if you don't think you are the kind of person to get annoyed easily, road rage can easily take hold.

    I bought an Airzound compressed air bike horn a while ago, but have not fitted it so far, I should definately get round to doing that. It's REALLY loud!
     
  2. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Location:
    Auld Reekie
    Welcome to the world of commuting...
     
  3. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Invest in firearms.
     
  4. upsidedown

    upsidedown Waiting for the great leap forward

    Location:
    The middle bit
    The trick is to assume that they will pull out, then if they do it's no great surprise, and so no rage, if they don't it's a pleasant thank-you-for-not-trying-to-kill-me nod and smile and on you go !
     
  5. Crock of Gold

    Crock of Gold Guest

    Location:
    London
    I am determined to stay with Zen.

    A mate of mine (non cyclist) I wa sout with on Sunday told me how him and his wife saw me comuting home the Friday before.

    I just thought thank goodness they didn't see me swearing, gesticulating or looking agitated.

    THAT, I thought, would not have been the kind of image I want to portray to non-cycling friends.

    I am DETERMINED to stay ZEN.
    I will keep my mouth shut. Or if I utter something it will be done smiling, inaudibly, even if my curses are causing Satan Himself to cover His ears.
     
  6. hackbike 6

    hackbike 6 New Member

    Location:
    The Mile End Road.
    Met 3 ignorant motorists tonight at Carpenters Road Stratford.All three went through the red at speed.Lucky there wasn't a crash.I reckon it was unintentional though.
     
  7. Somebody on the forum suggested pseudo pedaling down hill (keeping the axles moving instead of freewheeling but not actually pushing). I've been doing this lately and it seems to be effective, along with correct road positioning in reducing the number of cars that pull out in front of me.
     
  8. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Honky

    Location:
    North Somerset
    I've just done that going downhill. I was knocking 40 and was still overtaken on a blind bend by a BMW.

    Saying that though, drivers do seem to be more accommodating generally in the evenings than when they're rushing around in the day.
     
  9. swee'pea99

    swee'pea99 Legendary Member

    Excellent tip - and one with wider application. Assume they will open that door, turn left without signalling, suddenly pull a u-ey, etc etc, make allowances; if they don't, you're ok, if they do, you're ok.
     
  10. Keeping the pedals moving is a useful tip for when you're approaching a car waiting to pull out of a side road. Slow down while pedalling against the brakes: my theory is that if the driver sees you freewheeling he may assume you're slowing to let him out.
     
  11. byegad

    byegad Guru

    Location:
    NE England
    I want to invest in a helmet camera before the inevitable happens. I use a series of lanes near home for pootling and generally enjoying the countryside. I have lost count of the number of overtakes on blind bends and blind crests. I really want a video of the inevitable head-on that must come. I'll particularly enjoy it at the trial!!
     
  12. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
    Ha, that's wishful thinking. The police won't bother to prosecute, because motorists aren't criminals and should be allowed their freedoms.
     
  13. Robster

    Robster New Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    I've been cycling to work for about 5 months in total and have not really suffered any seriously ignorant driving until this week. I had another one this morning.

    Going south on the A38 in gloucestershire, there's a right turn with a dedicated lane for turning off, so that cars going straight on don't need to slow down or stop if someone is waiting to turn off. I signalled and moved into the right-turn lane, and a car overtook me on the outside far too close when I was in the middle of the right-turn lane, and he wasn't even turning off!

    Must be my lucky week!
     
  14. hackbike 6

    hackbike 6 New Member

    Location:
    The Mile End Road.
    That's normal.
     
  15. LLB

    LLB Guest

    Was this the Rockhampton turn off ?