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The Road Rage Thread - would you have pulled off?


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#21 Wolford6

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 01:10 AM

My other half and me often comment that people who wear hi-vis jackets are compelled to do so, not out of H&S concerns, but so the rest of us know who the idiots are.


You're partially right there. I wear high-viz quite a lot and like many wearers, get the stuff dirty at work. Therefore, I never wear a high-viz coat/vest or my overalls when driving because they would filthy my driving seat. I always have a sweatshirt on the back seat to put on over a dirtied high-viz polo shirt.

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#22 Ackroman

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 07:37 AM

I know it's moving off topic a bit but I've found that people who wear high viz all the time are partial to Yorkshire flagstones off my patio, any white goods removed and left for disposal, quad bikes and Landrovers

#23 Wolford6

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 08:13 AM

I know it's moving off topic a bit but I've found that people who wear high viz all the time are partial to Yorkshire flagstones off my patio, any white goods removed and left for disposal, quad bikes and Landrovers


Just for the record, that's not how get my high-viz gear dirty. ;) :D
Though I do work in the waste disposal industry and at one time drove a pick-up truck.

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#24 Griff9of13

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 04:38 PM

Maybe this is the best way to deal with it:



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#25 terrywebbisgod

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 04:59 PM

You did the right thing.I tend to blow them a kiss. :lol:
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#26 Gary Coyle

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 05:25 PM

Waggle your little finger at them, it pisses em off no end

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 05:34 PM

Maybe this is the best way to deal with it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pexIwT39m5Q

:rolleyes:

If he wanted to be over to the right he should have planned it earlier and not tried to push in.

To stick up for him suggesting it's karma shows how many poor drivers we have on the roads.

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#28 Severus

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 06:10 PM

If he wanted to be over to the right he should have planned it earlier and not tried to push in.

To stick up for him suggesting it's karma shows how many poor drivers we have on the roads.

Glad I'm not the only one to think the guy in the SUV was the one being the jerk. I hate it when people try to push in like this.
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Posted 17 October 2012 - 07:18 PM

Glad I'm not the only one to think the guy in the SUV was the one being the jerk. I hate it when people try to push in like this.


I thought that as well TBH, but just though his revenge was quite amusing and quick thinking.
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Posted 18 October 2012 - 09:53 AM

I thought that as well TBH, but just though his revenge was quite amusing and quick thinking.


Same here. The SUV driver thought "I'm bigger than you so let me in". Real Karma would be if the SUV snapped a spring bouncing down the verge.

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 09:56 AM

I see some really odd behaviour when I'm out on my bike. For some reason some drivers really have a problem with cyclists. The other week I was cycling down Deansgate when a taxi over takes me and tries to force me into the kerb. I slow down and he goes in front of me kerb crawling slowly. I overtake on the outside and then he tries to block me and force me into on coming traffic but I managed to accelerate away. He then gives me a long blast of his horn. I haven't a clue what his problem was, just baffling.

A couple of years ago we had a patient in the anaesthetic room, in a major London Teaching Hospital, for longer than usual due to a delay in theatre, so I got talking to him, & I asked him what he did for a living, "Black Cab driver" he tells me, oh really? I reply, I'm a cyclist, at which point he paled and said "Oh (Poo), I'm F****ed, aren't I?".

I think I had been knocked off my bike by Cabbies about once a year on average in 20 years of living & Cycling in London, usually pulling in late for a fare or cutting across bus lanes.
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#32 Saintslass

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 07:28 PM

So in the cold light of day did I do the right thing and carry on or should I have pulled off the motorway to confront Audi man? What would you have done? Was it you?


I think you did the right thing. He was clearly a nob of the highest order and although he acted hard man - in charge of a killing machine, scary thought - I'm sure that in the dark recesses of a brain even as small as his he will have realised that had he actually connected with your car during his moment of extreme nobness he would just as likely have killed or injured himself as you. You were safer all round staying in your car and just battling on as you did. Must have been stressful though to have someone bugging your ass for miles like that.

Given that this is about road rage, has anyone else heard about the white van man in Cardiff? One killed and eleven injured (including children) in a series of hit and runs. Van driver arrested for murder.

#33 Saintslass

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 07:36 PM

For some reason some drivers really have a problem with cyclists.

Frankly, some cyclists are a problem! On my way to work and back on a daily basis I pass probably six or seven cyclists on average (when the sun is out and it's warm - a rarity, I grant you - I may pass a dozen or more of the critters!). I have been making this particular commute for two years. I can count on one hand the number of cyclists who actually suggest that they know what to do on a road and/or obey the rules of the road. Most of them appear either oblivious to such things as hand signals (so suddenly they'll swerve out in front of me or something) or deliberately choose to flout not only the rules of the road but common sense, like riding straight through red lights or wandering out into the middle of the road, which not only causes mayhem (tailbacks are never good during rush hour) but is also really, really dangerous. I almost got ploughed down as a pedestrian this morning when a cyclist just zapped through crossing lights on red just as me and a couple of others were crossing. A couple of weeks ago I hit my horn hard when a total prat decided to cycle towards the traffic. I got the finger for my efforts but I couldn't care less.

I give cyclists a wide bearth when I'm overtaking them but when they behave like those I described above do then they basically just get on my nerves. Alas, so many of the cyclists I come across on my commute behave like those I've described above.

#34 Severus

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 08:16 PM

Frankly, some cyclists are a problem! On my way to work and back on a daily basis I pass probably six or seven cyclists on average (when the sun is out and it's warm - a rarity, I grant you - I may pass a dozen or more of the critters!). I have been making this particular commute for two years. I can count on one hand the number of cyclists who actually suggest that they know what to do on a road and/or obey the rules of the road. Most of them appear either oblivious to such things as hand signals (so suddenly they'll swerve out in front of me or something) or deliberately choose to flout not only the rules of the road but common sense, like riding straight through red lights or wandering out into the middle of the road, which not only causes mayhem (tailbacks are never good during rush hour) but is also really, really dangerous. I almost got ploughed down as a pedestrian this morning when a cyclist just zapped through crossing lights on red just as me and a couple of others were crossing. A couple of weeks ago I hit my horn hard when a total prat decided to cycle towards the traffic. I got the finger for my efforts but I couldn't care less.

I give cyclists a wide bearth when I'm overtaking them but when they behave like those I described above do then they basically just get on my nerves. Alas, so many of the cyclists I come across on my commute behave like those I've described above.

That's odd, I commute by bicycle and car and most of the cyclists I see are fine. You must be unlucky. I will admit that the most common fault that cyclists do us go through a red light, it really winds me up. I often 'take the lane' in places where cycling close to the kerb would be dangerous e.g., by traffic islands. Cyclists are well within their rights to do so and is recommended in the Highway Code.

Pedestrians are worst than drivers on the whole. Stepping out in front of you without looking and crossing the road when there isn't a green man. A cyclist is a vulnerable road user, that's why sometimes they tend to get a bit angry when people don't pay attention and drive dangerously.
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Posted 19 October 2012 - 09:31 PM

Frankly, some cyclists are a problem! On my way to work and back on a daily basis I pass probably six or seven cyclists on average (when the sun is out and it's warm - a rarity, I grant you - I may pass a dozen or more of the critters!). I have been making this particular commute for two years. I can count on one hand the number of cyclists who actually suggest that they know what to do on a road and/or obey the rules of the road. Most of them appear either oblivious to such things as hand signals (so suddenly they'll swerve out in front of me or something) or deliberately choose to flout not only the rules of the road but common sense, like riding straight through red lights or wandering out into the middle of the road, which not only causes mayhem (tailbacks are never good during rush hour) but is also really, really dangerous. I almost got ploughed down as a pedestrian this morning when a cyclist just zapped through crossing lights on red just as me and a couple of others were crossing. A couple of weeks ago I hit my horn hard when a total prat decided to cycle towards the traffic. I got the finger for my efforts but I couldn't care less.

I give cyclists a wide bearth when I'm overtaking them but when they behave like those I described above do then they basically just get on my nerves. Alas, so many of the cyclists I come across on my commute behave like those I've described above.

Please be tolerant with cyclists, from what I've heard recently, they're all on drugs.

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#36 Kenilworth Tiger

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 10:09 PM

A couple of years ago we had a patient in the anaesthetic room, in a major London Teaching Hospital, for longer than usual due to a delay in theatre, so I got talking to him, & I asked him what he did for a living, "Black Cab driver" he tells me, oh really? I reply, I'm a cyclist, at which point he paled and said "Oh (Poo), I'm F****ed, aren't I?".

I think I had been knocked off my bike by Cabbies about once a year on average in 20 years of living & Cycling in London, usually pulling in late for a fare or cutting across bus lanes.


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Posted 20 October 2012 - 11:29 AM

Nothing to do with you being over the limit then?



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Posted 20 October 2012 - 11:36 AM

Driving up the A1, Friday evening, busy motorway. I had an Audi in the outside lane sat on my shoulder for a good mile or so while I was in traffic in the middle lane over taking HGV’s. As expected a HGV pulled out in front of me and behind it a little silver Peugeot. At this point I looked in the mirror and the Audi was still there with a line of cars behind it so I made the decision to speed up and indicated to enter the outside lane. At this point the Audi also sped up, so I had to go faster and, as manoeuvring into the outside lane the little Peugeot did the same without indicating, making me hit the brakes and forcing the Audi to hit the brakes hard. I could see this old Audi squirming about although to be fair, I though he deliberately tried to keep me in my lane and was therefore far too close to react properly.

So things eventually settle down and having returned to lane 1 Mr Audi suddenly appeared along-side me and kept his speed very deliberately at my speed. Once he'd got my attention he then started waving his fists and pointing to his muscly arms bulging from his fluorescent jacket. I told him to F. off, although I don’t know why as he wouldn’t have heard me.

When I realised this I simply nodded my head and carried on. He however took major offence at my lack of interest and swerved his car at mine. In a split second I decided not to react and didn’t move. He did it again, trying to push me onto the hard shoulder. I didn’t react, I just nodded my head. What ensued was a five mile face off. Him going apoplectic, swerving about, me looking steely ahead.

At the next junction he papped his horn and pointed to his muscles again, then pointed to the exit. He then sped up and indicated to leave the motorway. I watched him go because frankly it’s a long drive home. However he drove through the junction and back onto the motorway. He pulled alongside me again. Another 5 miles of rage on his part and steely resolve on mine. Eventually he got bored. He realised I wasn’t going to be baited, so with his arms making exaggerated chicken flapping motions, he sped off.

So in the cold light of day did I do the right thing and carry on or should I have pulled off the motorway to confront Audi man? What would you have done? Was it you?


You should have called the police and give a running commentary of what is happening.

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 11:46 AM

Nothing to do with you being over the limit then?


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#40 Gary Coyle

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 12:24 PM

Its that time of year again, dark mornings and 6 knobhead cyclists to pass before i get to work with no lights and black clothing, i have actually hit 2 in the last year, broke the wrist of one of them, tossers.




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