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Worst overtake I can remember.....

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by LOGAN 5, 21 Feb 2008.

  1. LOGAN 5

    LOGAN 5 New Member

    The other morning I'm aware of a diesel pick up truck trundling behind me which seemed to be content to stay behind whilst I negotiated a roundabout etc and approached a pinch point - traffic island - which is fairly narrow and where I always try to get into the middle to stop overtakes etc.

    I'm in a position where I think he can't possibly overtake - wrong. I hear the engine revs go up and turn to see him pulling out (slightly) to overtake. I stick my arm out to ensure he's aware that i'm pulling further over and also sey "hello" in a loud voice. Still no response as he carries on. Well the gap is never going to be wide enough for us both to through it so I'm forced to pull over into the kerb as he passes really close then swings left to line up with the gap. The whole width of his truck takes up the entire road between the bollard and the kerb so there was no way we were going through it together.

    He had absolutely no idea what he was doing.

    Just goes to show that even in the right position if idiotic morons in charge of motor vehicles choose to drive dangerously and overtake when there's no room then there's not much I can do about it. My positioning at that particular pinch point prevents the vast majority from getting past but there's always one isn't there?

    Can't remember the last time I was forced to stop to avoid being squashed because of a bad overtake.

    On another thread somebody mentioned that drivers are getting bolder now the mornings/evenings are lighter and he's experiencing more bad overtakes. Must say this is what I've found too. Been cut up several times this week already. The other evening just lost concentration on the last 300 yards before home and got buzzed by another two cars, damn! You can't afford to let your guard down for even a moment without being undertaken by other cyclists, overtaken by motorbikes in the bus lane, swooped on by taxis, squeezed in by buses, buzzed by motorists and the usual with pedestrians stepping into the road who don't look.

    Fell off the other morning too after 3 "incidents" with motorists in 20 minutes and after which I lost concentration only to find my front wheel then slipped on a greasy patch throwing me off - ouch! Hole in jacket and trouser leg, nursing sore elbow and knee. Not a good week on the roads for me.
     
  2. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    The primary argument will say you should have got into primary in good time to leave the truck no choice
     
  3. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
    Unlucky mate, and glad you're OK! Tynan, Logan's right in that primary still won't deter some nutters, but overall you're better off as more drivers are deterred from stupid manouvres, and you at least have the room to duck left and stop.
     
  4. magnatom

    magnatom Guest

    Nasty Logan! As Mike says, it is rare that they will muscle through like that, but it can happen ;).

    Sorry to hear about the fall. Have a virtual whisky from me :thumbsup:.
     
  5. andygates

    andygates New Member

    I got run off the bloody road this evening by a eurotruck. Blared the horn and yeah, intimidated me off the road with "I'm not slowing down sunshine" driving. Foul little scrote (alas, couldn't catch up, pesky half-term, no traffic jams). ;)
     
  6. Jacomus-rides-Gen

    Jacomus-rides-Gen New Member

    Location:
    Guildford / London
    Has anyone else noticed the sudden spate of really bad driving thats been reported on here? its as if the less wet roads and sunshine have turned people into a whole bunch of steaming morons (again).
     
  7. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
    It does seem that drivers don't deal well with changes in season. We get the same sort of lunacy every time, and also during autumn.
     
  8. frog

    frog Guest

    You think this is bad? Wait 'til the clocks change and the little sods are suffering from a whole hour of 'bed lag'. Usually takes them a week to get over it here ;)
     
  9. LOGAN 5

    LOGAN 5 New Member

    Thanks Mag....gulps gratefully with shaking hand......!
     
  10. CotterPin

    CotterPin Senior Member

    Location:
    London
    Primary position is usually sound advice but it takes nerves of steel to maintain it when you hear an engine revving behind you. In my experience caution is the better part of valour.
     
  11. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
    I agree, caution is *always* the better part of valour, but there are regular situations in cycling where primary is the most cautious place to be, at least until you can pull over and let the nutter past!