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PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2013 2:36 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

I'd say that getting your lunch from a petrol station is pretty selfless to begin with!

Reminds me of Clark Griswold in National Lampoons' Vacation: "Crack open those sandwiches we got at the gas station. I'm so hungry I could eat a sandwich from a gas station."
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PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2013 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was only part of my lunch - Mrs Tim made me sandwiches but I needed some sugar so I went for a bottle of coke and some Maltesers  
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2014 5:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, fifteen months on from the last post, a Fester van which had pulled out to turn right across my lane into the oncoming one saw me crest a rise and reversed out of the way.  I waved a pointed thank you, but he was too busy laughing away with his passenger to see...
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27, 2014 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Walking along a rural road and an RAC van hoves into view, driven by a young bloke.  He slows (even though he's not speeding and on the other side). accepts and returns a wave of thanks and warns a car he encounters around the next bend that there are pedestrians and gormless dogs in the road by a brief toot of the horn.

Sir, I salute you.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2015 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Guy in an old Corolla who had started to reverse out of his drive only to see us and mutts approaching.  Rather than looking at us as though we were a monstrous inconvenience (as is usually the case when cars encounter dog-walkers), he moved back onto his drive and beckoned us to pass.  He got a wave and thanks - even though I'd have been happy to stop and move out of his line of sight.

What does it say about me, us as a forum or the standard of driving in the UK that there have only been three additions to this thread since May 2013?


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2015 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had a guy in a late 80s Jaguar XJ40 Sovereign see me come up behind him and indicate to let me overtake just this afternoon.  I was going anyway but the fact he was paying attention was nice.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 4:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A thread so little visited I'll add some pedestrianism, even if it's only me.

Following a slightly rough-looking young couple for a while with the muttleys today, when I spy a twenty on the ground.  I choose instantly to ask them if it's theirs, delayed only by having to pick up shittingtons from both dogs.  When I ask them if they've dropped any money it becomes clear that they are a) Polish, b) Skint, and mercifully c) the rightful owners.  'He's got a twenty' was what she said, and clearly he no longer had it.  They were pleased, to put it mildly.

It still makes me happy an hour down the line!
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 17, 2015 1:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oi, that was mine!
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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2016 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Long overdue a non-villain piece.

Took the T5 out for a blat last night, just for the hell of it. I'd seen a motorbikist coming up through the traffic and as he came up behind me I moved left slightly. This eased his overtake and let him know that I had seen him and knew he was there. I ended up following this guy for a few miles up a good, quick and moderately twisty A road. He wasn't really pressing on but kept a decent pace and was riding nicely so I just sat a safe distance behind him and followed him. However, one long straight opened up and he wanted to sit at the speed limit and I didn't, so I rattled past him. That seemed to gee him up a bit so on the next decent straight, once I'd overtaken a dawdler, he shot past me, giving a thumbs up on the way. I then followed him for the next 3 or 4 miles until he turned off.

I like that kind of mutual respect / safe enjoyment of a good road and I so rarely find it but when I do it really is a mood enhancer.
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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2016 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And good to see a copper advocating disobedience of the speed limit  
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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2016 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

gooner wrote:
And good to see a copper advocating disobedience of the speed limit  


It was a momentary increase to enable a safe overtake  
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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2016 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Roadsterstu wrote:
gooner wrote:
And good to see a copper advocating disobedience of the speed limit  


It was a momentary increase to enable a safe overtake  


Is that allowed as a defence?

Years ago at my Motorsport Club we used to get speakers along and we got a really surly Traffic Policeman one night who basically warned that we would vaporise and disappear forever if we exceeded the limit by 1mph.

I asked him if there was any leeway if an overtake meant a brief breaking of the speed limit, to which he basically replied "no chance". He told us that we shouldn't overtake if it meant we had to break the limit to get past - that became a bit of a lively session afterwards especially when our local driving instructor (who has a motor racing cabinet with Scottish, British and European championship and race trophies so big it fills a room) stated that in his opinion the safest overtake was the one which required the minimum amount of time on the wrong side of the road and that frustration being stuck behind someone who perhaps sped up on straights but slowed excessively for corners was a greater risk to road safety than momentarily speeding to pass the offender. Mr Traffic thought that was a very dangerous way to think.
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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2016 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JohnC wrote:
Roadsterstu wrote:
gooner wrote:
And good to see a copper advocating disobedience of the speed limit  


It was a momentary increase to enable a safe overtake  


Is that allowed as a defence?

I asked him if there was any leeway if an overtake meant a brief breaking of the speed limit


How would you get booked for that anyway?
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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2016 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

PhilD wrote:
JohnC wrote:
Roadsterstu wrote:
gooner wrote:
And good to see a copper advocating disobedience of the speed limit  


It was a momentary increase to enable a safe overtake  


Is that allowed as a defence?

I asked him if there was any leeway if an overtake meant a brief breaking of the speed limit


How would you get booked for that anyway?


Yes, it's a funny one that. I was once travelling behind a row of slower cars on the A697 and overtook them, briefly exceeding the 60mph limit, before turning left off that road some half a mile later.
I was followed by a marked police car who pulled me over and the officer asked why I'd overtaken those cars, only to pull off a short while later. I'm always polite to the police as there's no point in starting off these encounters on the wrong foot and the only answer I could give was that it was a safe overtake and if I could do it why not - to which he had no reply and merely mumbled before returning to his car and driving off.
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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2016 12:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PhilD wrote:
[quote="JohnC:552066I asked him if there was any leeway if an overtake meant a brief breaking of the speed limit


How would you get booked for that anyway?[/quote]

A scamera van, roadside speed gun or a following car I suppose.
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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2016 12:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JohnC wrote:
PhilD wrote:
[quote="JohnC:552066I asked him if there was any leeway if an overtake meant a brief breaking of the speed limit


How would you get booked for that anyway?


A scamera van, roadside speed gun or a following car I suppose.[/quote]

I was thinking there would be another vehicle in the way if roadside but I guess if it's a long way down the road it would see you. Can modern scameras multitask and do a few cars at once?
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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2016 12:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting question, what's the range of these things?
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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2016 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Martin wrote:
Interesting question, what's the range of these things?


I was told years ago by a Black Rat that the range of the hand-held laser guns they were using at the time was over a mile! Practical range was considered as half that due to possible "shake", but I would imagine the relative stability of a van would preclude that.

Scary.
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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2016 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PhilD wrote:
Can modern scameras multitask and do a few cars at once?


I thought the scamera vans laser had to be pointed at a specific car which then took a photo and measured the speed, so unless Cyclops is operating it I don't think so. However if it is like shooting ducks at the fair, they could cover a lot of cars in a short period of time.
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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2016 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know the range or how the van based cameras operate to be honest. I've got no lawful excuse for overtaking the biker. If I'd been nabbed then so be it.

I always tend to be of the belief that a safe overtake to get past lumbering vehicles can be a safer option than staying in nose to tail traffic that bunches up as you are then left with much more space and a lot more visibility.
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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2016 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the old and sensible rule was that to go over the speed limit to complete a safe overtake was generally OK. As a police car had to see it and would know why you did it.  

Now with radar and vans, crawl past at 59mp because that makes the roads so much safer.    
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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2016 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PG wrote:
I think the old and sensible rule was that to go over the speed limit to complete a safe overtake was generally OK. As a police car had to see it and would know why you did it.  


That is exactly what I was told to do when going for my Advanced Test many years ago, and reaffirmed by my examiner - an ex-traffic cop, as they all were (and still are, I think).
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To the seriously attractive mid to late 30's female driving the rust/red metallic Clio who gave me a massive smile and blew me a kiss after I let her in when she got in to the wrong lane. It has made my day.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2016 7:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cyclist who registered that we were holding back from overtaking because we couldn't see far enough ahead, and who clocked us, checked and indicated clearly that we were OK to pass.  Not enough of this around, but that makes it all the more appreciated when it happens.


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