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The Road Rage Thread - would you have pulled off?

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

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Maybe this is the best way to deal with it:

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: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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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.

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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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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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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.

Nothing to do with you being over the limit then?

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Nothing to do with you being over the limit then?

Jeez you're all heart aren't you? :rolleyes:

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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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Nothing to do with you being over the limit then?

:D

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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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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.

How nice. Of course they are idiots for not wearing the right clothing and not having lights but there must be something wrong with your driving if you have had collisions with two cyclists. I hope you gave your details to the one who broke his wrist, I expect your car insurance premiums might take a hit.

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Of course they are idiots for not wearing the right clothing and not having lights but there must be something wrong with your driving if you have had collisions with two cyclists.

Do you drive? Do you drive in rush hour, when it's dark? Do you know just how you cannot see cycles without lights when it's dark and there are oncoming car lights? They are just invisible. So it is no surprise they get knocked over if they cycle in the dark without lights.

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Do you drive? Do you drive in rush hour, when it's dark? Do you know just how you cannot see cycles without lights when it's dark and there are oncoming car lights? They are just invisible. So it is no surprise they get knocked over if they cycle in the dark without lights.

How many unlit pedestrians crossing the road have you hit?

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How many unlit pedestrians crossing the road have you hit?

None but if a pedestrian crossed some of the roads I travel along during rush hour without wearing any reflective clothing I wouldn't be able to see them and if they timed it right, I would hit them. One of my worries about so many of the cyclists I encounter on my commute is that I will hit them because some of them are just outright stupid. They pull into the lane ahead of me, for example, which may be advised but to do it without signalling first is just idiotic, especially when they do it at, say, traffic lights and I'm accelerating. Of course not all of the cyclists are daft. Some know how to behave on the road but sadly, certainly where I travel, they are in the minority.

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.......or you could spot a potential hazard and adjust your driving to take it into account.

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I was once on the way home from a game. A guy had done his knee and was in the backseat and we were taking him to hospital. We were at the lights and the driver was a fraction of a second too slow (he had turned around to see if our mate, who was in pain, was okay). A car behind us beeped it's horn. Well, more like leaned on it for about 20 seconds. Of course someone in our car gave them the finger. This car pulled alongside us and started gesticulating for us to pull over. Two mullet-sporting bogans in tracksuits were in the car and we could see from their spittle flecked mouths they were a tad angry. We kept driving but these guys kept pulling in front of us making us slam on the brakes. This wasn't good considering every sudden movement made our mate scream in pain. After about 5 minutes, the driver said "Enough of this charade" and pulled over.

The look on the faces of the two guys in the other car when 3 rather large rugby players (and one weedy halfback, me) hopped out of the car was priceless. I even saw one of them say "Ohhh ######" as they jumped back into their car and sped off.

In conclusion, road rage is bad. People turn weird when they are behind the wheel.

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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.

I'm surprised you still have a driving licence, especially as it sounds from your attitude that you appear to be claiming these accidents with cyclists as some kind of trophies.

Were the police involved at all?

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Do you drive? Do you drive in rush hour, when it's dark? Do you know just how you cannot see cycles without lights when it's dark and there are oncoming car lights? They are just invisible. So it is no surprise they get knocked over if they cycle in the dark without lights.

Yes I do drive and yes I do drive at rush hour. I must be a good driver because I've never had a problem with cyclists. :rolleyes:

You might want to get your eyesight checked if you can't see a cyclist even without lights. Of course, that is if you are actually driving properly and using your mirrors.

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None but if a pedestrian crossed some of the roads I travel along during rush hour without wearing any reflective clothing I wouldn't be able to see them and if they timed it right, I would hit them. One of my worries about so many of the cyclists I encounter on my commute is that I will hit them because some of them are just outright stupid. They pull into the lane ahead of me, for example, which may be advised but to do it without signalling first is just idiotic, especially when they do it at, say, traffic lights and I'm accelerating. Of course not all of the cyclists are daft. Some know how to behave on the road but sadly, certainly where I travel, they are in the minority.

O Lordy you aren't doing yourself any favours with your posts here. It is perhaps inadvisable to overtake a cyclist from the lights until it is safe to do so. Of course you probably know that according to the Highway Code you should leave at least 3 feet of space when overtaking a cyclist because a cyclist may have to swerve to avoid obstacles, pot holes, drains etc. If you cannot leave 3 feet if space then it is not safe to overtake.

In my experience the majority of car drivers are courteous to cyclists. The ones that worry me are the aggressive drivers and the incompetent.

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Of course you probably know that according to the Highway Code you should leave at least 3 feet of space when overtaking a cyclist because a cyclist may have to swerve to avoid obstacles, pot holes, drains etc. If you cannot leave 3 feet if space then it is not safe to overtake.

The highway code does not state 3 feet.

Have a look here to check it out

As a driving instructor it would be impossible to teach that.

How would someone judge 3ft whilst driving a car?

Most young people have no idea about 3ft as they use metric.

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