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PostPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2016 2:49 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

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Had the most horrific villain yesterday on the A1. Having pulled out into my lane and forcing me to brake, I gave a blast of the horn and full beams to be met with some braking and slowing down. Only he did this to a COMPLETE STOP. In lane 2 of the dual carriageway. This muppet, probably in his 60s, then got out and tried to open my door. By this point I am shouting at him to get in his car before we get rear ended by high speed traffic. It was so dangerous that it will be taken further.

It also pushed me into buying a dashcam. I just wish I'd had it at the time.

Talk about seriously dangerous shit. The stupid, stupid bastard.


Bloody hell.  That is seriously not funny.  I hope you are able to take it sufficiently further and he has the book well and truly thrown at him.  

Hope you're OK.


Totally agree, what an idiot. Regardless of whether he felt he had the space to move over and you were then the aggressor by sounding your horn, there's never a justification for deliberately coming to a stop on a dual carriageway. How did you end the altercation? I presume you had your warrant card with you.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2016 2:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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It's always tall, thin cars that have a very prominent dashcam and/satnav.

By "tall and thin" I mean the kind of thing old people always drive.


Like . . . Volvos?!?!    

Reading back the last bit of my post, it sounds very Clarkson-y!    
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2016 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Roadsterstu wrote:
Had the most horrific villain yesterday on the A1. Having pulled out into my lane and forcing me to brake, I gave a blast of the horn and full beams to be met with some braking and slowing down. Only he did this to a COMPLETE STOP. In lane 2 of the dual carriageway. This muppet, probably in his 60s, then got out and tried to open my door. By this point I am shouting at him to get in his car before we get rear ended by high speed traffic. It was so dangerous that it will be taken further.

It also pushed me into buying a dashcam. I just wish I'd had it at the time.

Talk about seriously dangerous shit. The stupid, stupid bastard.


Bloody hell.  That is seriously not funny.  I hope you are able to take it sufficiently further and he has the book well and truly thrown at him.  

Hope you're OK.


Totally agree, what an idiot. Regardless of whether he felt he had the space to move over and you were then the aggressor by sounding your horn, there's never a justification for deliberately coming to a stop on a dual carriageway. How did you end the altercation? I presume you had your warrant card with you.


I did but there simply wasn't time to start dealing there and then. He went back to his car and I drove round him as soon as I got a clear chance to do so. It's been reported now.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2016 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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It's always tall, thin cars that have a very prominent dashcam and/satnav.

By "tall and thin" I mean the kind of thing old people always drive.


Like . . . Volvos?!?!    

Reading back the last bit of my post, it sounds very Clarkson-y!    


Erm, no!  
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2016 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can't wait to hear what happens to this shitter, stu.
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A non-moving one today. It's icy cold here and some fucking twat with a drive that slopes towards the pavement must've washed their car. As a consequence the pavement was covered in black ice and yours truly just went arse over tit on it! Poor pooch got kicked by my suddenly airborne feet and I banged my hip pretty hard. Lucky I'm not older!
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A non-moving one today. It's icy cold here and some fucking twat with a drive that slopes towards the pavement must've washed their car. As a consequence the pavement was covered in black ice and yours truly just went arse over tit on it! Poor pooch got kicked by my suddenly airborne feet and I banged my hip pretty hard. Lucky I'm not older!


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2016 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I might walk back later tonight with a bucket of muddy water and chuck it over their car. If I get the dirt from the front garden it'll probably have some cat shit in it for good measure!
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Twat in a VW Caddy van who was clearly texting while drifting all over in a NSL at 20-30 mph. Put his foot down when I went to overtake. He must have been in the wrong gear as I managed to get past by some sort of miracle. The satisfaction of doing 30 through the next town with him behind me made it all the more enjoyable, as did the massive black cloud that engulfed him during the overtake.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2016 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Too many to list today - the morons driving around in thick fog with no lights on (worst offenders being those in black cars).  I don't know if DRLs are to blame - people presume that they have lights on so don't bother to operate the lights switch (even if their car does not have DRLs fitted) and auto lights don't seem to work in fog, only in the darkness of the night.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2016 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not sure it is DRL's, rather heavily illuminated (LED, TFT etc) instrument displays that mean the driver can happily see - annoyingly, the DS4's display dims when the lights are on which in fog mean that I can barely see it unless turning it brighter.

Auto lights sense light reduction and can't pick out fog.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2016 9:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree, it's a combination of auto lights and backlit instruments.

My headlights came on when I was driving in fog at 3pm and the dashboard lights work independently on a light sensor, which I really like.   I discovered today that when you turn the front fog lights on (a first in 2 years), the beam of the voodoo lights changes, they go lower and wider.  It does the same if you just turn the rear fog lights on as well.  Very smart.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2016 11:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There were so many drivers with no lights on, perhaps the thick fog today just happened to coincide with the annual moron conference. It is utterly astonishing how many people with silver, grey or light blue cars are completely unaware of how difficult they are to see in fog. It is perhaps auto lights that create a false sense of security but I didn't find it too difficult to override mine!
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Opposite to no lights, yesterday evening driving to Norfolk there were so many dtivers with ftont fog lights on and 5 or 6 with high beams on into on coming traffic.
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Opposite to no lights, yesterday evening driving to Norfolk there were so many dtivers with ftont fog lights on and 5 or 6 with high beams on into on coming traffic.


They were probably left on from the day before!
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It's snowing. There's nothing but water on the road. But 35mph is about as fast as we dare to go. Jesus, what a frustrating journey.
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Last night I had to go pick up my Mum 25 miles away, take her to hospital and then do the same in reverse. Two complete twats were seen: No 1 pulled out of Waitrose right in front of me in her Kia and proceeded to drive along 8 or 9 miles of unlit 2 way B road with only her DRL's on. I flashed (my headlights) several times only to be met with some heavy braking. The traffic was unfortunately too busy to overtake at her 35mph dawdle but the back of the car was completely unlit and I don't know how the hell she saw where she was going. It should be illegal for the instrument lights to come on without headlights!

Numpty No 2 was a few miles later as I was on a dual carriageway behind an A4 Avant who had his fog lights on. They were seriously blinding. The roads were damp with snow, ex snow and salt and it was difficult to keep the windscreen clear. It was even more difficult to see where I was going when stuck behind this pillock. I eventually got past when we got on the motorway, by getting the jump on him after the slip road. His front fogs were on too and nothing changed even when I switched my rear fog on and off several times.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 12:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Idiot probably thinks that they're supposed to be used in any adverse weather conditions, not just fog. Seems to be hundreds with the same mindset in Somerset, too. There seems to be a marked increase in the sidelights/front fogs combo round these parts, too, which drives me up the wall. I just main beam the twats now!
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I wasn't going to say anything but a black AMG A45 with large rear wing has just done his 4th full power sortie past the office (which is a 30mph limit).

The 3rd fly past was slowly past the speed camera and then flat out in 2nd, flat out in 3rd, change into 4th, then lift off - what's that about 80?

The 4th run was past my window at warp speed but I was at the finishing end of that run.

Some people! I presume it is a new car for one of the Kwik- fit fitters or one of their pals. The new shape white C63 saloon still does its daily fly past but it is such a wonderful noise I can't feel the same dislike towards him.
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I heard an A45 AMG being given the beans last summer and thought it sounded awful and buzzy with terrible fake pops on the gearchange.
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It seems to me that image and driver are nicely united on this one.  Saw one today with a baseball-capped yoof at the wheel.  He looked like a twat.
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You may or may not remember I posted on this thread (or maybe it was the rant one) about a road near the office where they built tank trap speed bumps which are about a foot high and 10ft wide and due to the massive white arrows they put on them, I had a guy with a dog remonstrate with me as he stepped out on to what he believed was some new kind of pedestrian crossing.

Well, I don't use this road anymore due to the massive hazards, unless the other roads are very busy and it looks the better option - this happened this morning on the way to work and I was very surprised to find all sorts of resurfacing equipment on the road (especially given the snow and ice). They were building what can only be described as ramps to help motorists get over these small mountains.

What I want to know is why the f*ck isn't the idiot who designed or passed these abominations now on the dole or being made to pay for this remedial work. They talk about a shortage of money in local authorities. It's a shortage of brains which is the bigger danger!
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Can you report the reg numbers of these cars to the local neighbourhood team? S59s await...
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I was very surprised to find all sorts of resurfacing equipment on the road (especially given the snow and ice). They were building what can only be described as ramps to help motorists get over these small mountains.

What I want to know is why the f*ck isn't the idiot who designed or passed these abominations now on the dole or being made to pay for this remedial work. They talk about a shortage of money in local authorities. It's a shortage of brains which is the bigger danger!


One of my pet rants is highways client engineers that have signed off roadworks as complete when the manholes are now minor potholer destinations because the contractor hasn't made the manhole up properly.
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Can you report the reg numbers of these cars to the local neighbourhood team? S59s await...


It shouldn't be difficult. I just need to get off my seat quickly enough to catch the plates.
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One of my pet rants is highways client engineers that have signed off roadworks as complete when the manholes are now minor potholer destinations because the contractor hasn't made the manhole up properly.



Probably because an envelope has changed hands! I'm amazed at the number of people in these kinds of position who are completely unaware of the Bribery Act.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2017 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JohnC wrote:
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One of my pet rants is highways client engineers that have signed off roadworks as complete when the manholes are now minor potholer destinations because the contractor hasn't made the manhole up properly.



Probably because an envelope has changed hands! I'm amazed at the number of people in these kinds of position who are completely unaware of the Bribery Act.


I doubt it. There will be a certain amount of level difference allowed with existing infrastructure up to certain speed limits, the budget and time constraints of a resurface scheme will limit the amount of work achievable if this needs to be changed - I am Fairley sure in the case of a manhole this work will need to be completed by the waste infrastructure supplier or under license by the authority undertaking road works at significant cost and complexity. Ultimately you can probably have 500m done properly or 700m done within the tiller next allows as with so much resurfacing to do authorities need to be pragmatic.
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Me, it seems.  

I'd been following a C-Class for a while, at a reasonable distance - dual carriageway, but hardly deserted.  Couldn't help but notice that my new-found friend never took the opportunity to use the empty nearside lane, and was something of the bully when he caught another car in his lane.

We both leave at the same junction, and I pass on the next stretch of dual, rather against his wishes it seems.  I get flashed twice.

Didn't enter his lane, tailgate him or lose control in any manner, so I assume that my crime is having the temerity to be faster than a C350D.  How very dare I.
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Warning you of a speed camera?
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There is one, about five miles down the road, and along which he didn't follow.
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This morning on the way home I was driving down a residential road with cars parked along the opposite side to me. There were about ten cars then a gap and then some more. A gap that the silly bitch coming the other way should've pulled into to let me pass, seeing as my lane was clear of parked cars and she'd have to drive on the wrong side of the road straight towards me to pass them. Did she pull in to that gap? There is then a stand off where neither of us can get past and she's not willing to reverse  back in her hideous shitbox of unknown make and model. After letting her stew for a minute and only because I wanted to go home I relented, reversed back and let her on her merry (non right of) way. She never looked at me as she went past, but no doubt heard my name calling over her radio!
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Yesterday,  the dickwad in a Panamera who just had to overtake to prove something.  

He pulled up behind me at a roundabout and we both turned left onto what is an NSL road, but not that wide and with lots of hazard points. He tried to close the gap to me very fast, obviously intending to overtake as we left the roundabout, but I was already accelerating up to the NSL so we got to the first bend before he could storm past. This clearly pissed him off. I then slowed right down as a tractor and trailer were pulling out of a side road to turn towards us.

And then he had his opportunity - 200 yards before a 30 limit he accelerated past me as I slowed. And then spent the entire village stuck behind the stream of traffic that I had seen ahead of us.

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BMW estate driver last night who did a roundabout overtake on a Defender and then sat at 14 mph below the speed limit holding it and everyone else up. Why bother overtaking if you're not going to go faster than the cars you overtake?!
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Joining the M1 the day before yesterday, followed by what turned out to be a C250D.  Had to slow a little on the slip road as otherwise I'd have been occupying the same tarmac as an HGV.  My friend then did the 'join after you but try to grab the overtake before you've had the chance' thing.  Sod off.
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Everyone - and there were many - driving around in thick but patchy fog today with NO lights on at all, not even DRLs in many cases.

I've given up flashing my lights at folk who don't use theirs, but today I would have worn the switch out there were so many! Where are the Black Rats when you need them, eh?        
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Today's special winner is the F10 520d driver who decided to pull out to over take a lorry on the M80 tonight, without indicating (natch!) at a whole 2mph faster than said lorry; i.e, all of 58 mph.

When I closed up on him once past the lorry, he appeared to feel put upon in some way, taking forever to pull back into the left lane and hanging his offside wheels over the dividing line for nearly quarter of a mile.

Son of Onan, karma awaits you!  
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Mine from yesterday was a small lorry that pulled out of a side junction into my path.  Then proceeded to keep glaring at me for being right behind him.  I wonder how good his lip-reading was.
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Where I come out on to the main road to turn left, there is a corner to my right about 150yds away which I can't see round. If I can see a car I don't pull out and if someone appears doing 30mph just after I pull out, there is never a problem because I am up to speed by the time they are close. This morning nothing was coming so I pulled out only to see a car round the bend very quickly and close right up on me. I glanced at my speedo which was just about 30mph, by which time the white Antara PE64 WVB was overtaking, considerably faster (40+) as we rounded another corner with someone coming the other way! I braked, he pulled in and then disappeared at light speed.

It's 30mph for a reason!
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I'd like to nominate the roads*.

We've had little/no rain for weeks but there has been plenty of salt spread around and the result is that they're fantastically greasy when they get slightly damp after dark.
I've had several unwelcome and unexpected slides in the last few days.








*Obviously it goes without saying that the general state of repair of the roads is another piece of villainy.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2017 3:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Twelfth Monkey wrote:
Joining the M1 the day before yesterday, followed by what turned out to be a C250D.  Had to slow a little on the slip road as otherwise I'd have been occupying the same tarmac as an HGV.  My friend then did the 'join after you but try to grab the overtake before you've had the chance' thing.  Sod off.


The car ahead of me did it this morning, as we joined the motorway. He was the 3rd car, behind a HGV at the front. He went over the chevrons and stopped the two ahead of him joining at the point they would have joined, on his way directly to lane 3. Whereupon his wheezy 107 wasn't able to pass the two he had tried to pass, who were now in lane 2 to pass the HGV. Needless to say, a large, red Volvo loomed large in his mirrors by this point...
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2017 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's nowt like a quick bully of the bullies, is there?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2017 10:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, two wrongs don't... oh fuck it. No. You're absolutely right.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 2:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was just entering a roundabout earlier when an Audi (R)S4 blatted up to the exit/entrance to my left at about 50 mph (in a 20 mph limit). I could just tell he wanted to enter the roundabout ahead of me, so I did what anyone else would do and increased my speed just enough that ensured he had to throw out the anchor. He then shot out behind me, even though there was another car just a few metres behind and went straight across the roundabout. As that exit only goes to the little parade of shops that are no more than a 5 minute walk from the 20 mph residential road he just sped along I can only come to the conclusion that he's not only a cunt, but a lazy cunt to boot!
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Never cease to amaze me how short a distance some people deem requires internal combustion.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fucktard in an Insignia, dawdling past a long line of traffic over a couple of miles, at something like 2 mph faster.  There are gaps, pull in to them.  But then we hit traffic lights, and you set off in your car's version of a scalded cat, and move over (to put it mildly) tardily.  Have some carbons.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tim wrote:
I'd like to nominate the roads*.

We've had little/no rain for weeks but there has been plenty of salt spread around and the result is that they're fantastically greasy when they get slightly damp after dark.
I've had several unwelcome and unexpected slides in the last few days.


The Green Hell has been bloody awful this week. Fucking farmers driving tractors along it, in combo with the dirty quarry trucks have turned it into an icy muddy death race. Couldn't see the cats' eyes, white lines or kerbs as everything was brown with almost zero grip. Look at my poor car!




Silver doesn't show the dirt in photos, but the grime is millimetres thick in places.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chris M, please breathe! Step away from the computer and have a bit of a lie down. While you do I promise Simon will go outside with his bucket and sponge. It's all going to be ok.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 3:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not today, I'm off up the pub in a minute!
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ssshhh
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's better to leave it than use a bucket and sponge.

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