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Motoring rant without frontiers

The idea of this is to give everyone the opportunity to air those issues which drive us motorists absolutely crackers.

This isnít the place to rant about specific bell-endery by fellow road users, I donít want to know that a dimwit in a Lexus is200 registration WD57BGH cut you up on the M40 for instance.

You don't have to discuss what is posted (unless you want to), you can post in the middle of a discussion, about something completely different, if you want to. When the thread has run its course, I shall paste it into a letter to the Transport Minister and tell him to ****ing sort it. I shall also send it to his shadow cabinet equivalent so that he knows what we expect when the time comes (please god).

To start us off, and give an exampleÖÖ.

Many small towns offer roadside parking which is either free or pay & display. The places where you can park are in marked white boxes and the rest is yellow lines. Increasingly, I find myself looking for somewhere to park and find that boxes which could accommodate 5 cars have, at most, 3 in them because whoever arrived first parked roughly where they thought the middle might be, then 2 other idiots arrived and parked either side, leaving half a car length each from the end of the box in which you can park. I donít know if this is because of concerns about getting blocked in or concerns about getting a ticket, either way itís stupid.

If you arrive first, park at the end with the nose of your car just inside the lines. If you arrive second, park behind the guy who arrived first (leaving yourself enough room to get out again). It really isn't difficult.

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Blue badge holders who park on double yellow lines without consideration for whether or not they are likely to cause an obstruction or make it difficult for other road users.
Prime example is outside our local hospital where they park just short of the crown of a hill making it difficult, to say the least, to see on coming traffic. Best bit is there is a carpark within the grounds so the disabled badge holder has to walk further than if they had used the car park but of course that would have cost. So the blue badge is more about saving money than making it easier for a disabled person to access facilities.

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Stop fannying about with allowing "unusual routes" on roundabouts, Left lane goes left or straight on, right lane goes straight on or right, not anything else, just causes confusion and allows "crash for cash insurance *******s" to get away with it
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if you're turning right off a relatively wide main road, for the love of god please nudge yourself over toward the centre of the road so that everybody can get past you, rather than have to wait half an hour while you sit there in your yaris at 45 degrees blocking the entire road.
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French Drivers:
On Roundabouts:
Use your f***ing indicators!!!
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that would indeed be a novelty


english drivers tend to be in the wrong lane at roundabouts, but at least they're making some kind of effort. french drivers just want to be in ALL the lanes all at once with seemingly no idea which exit they want to take
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they also get worse the further south you go
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Oh French + Roundabouts is a heady mix of incompetence and not giving a shisse.

No indicators, no lane discipline and a rule that says you can stay in the outside lane
if you don't know where you're going. Cutting everyone up and yet not being in the wrong.
****ing planks.

Never use the LH lane in France if you're going straight over on two/three lane roundabouts.
Always use the RH lane and then you've less chance of getting broadsided by some cigarette puffing pouffiasse.
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you've got to admit the one at the top of the champs elysees hilarious though...
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or at least it is in a company car
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Company car drivers! Bloody lunatics!



Errr....
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last time i drove round there it was like that scene from 20,000 leagues under the sea where the nautilus submerges and the captain orders 'ramming speeeeeeeeeed!!!!'

cue eyes shut, pedal to the floor and hope you come out the other side alive
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big bonus if you can wipe out a few french pedestrians in the process
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Roadsigns.

Giant, garish, multiply-redundant roadsigns. There are so many near us that they virtually obscure each other.


Oh yes- motorway matrix signs that simply state the bleedin' obvious. I was on the M4 yesterday in heavy rain and I doubt that many of us needed to be told, "Poor driving conditions".
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And yet the evidence indicates that we share the world
with many morons
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if you're turning right off a relatively wide main road, for the love of god please nudge yourself over toward the centre of the road so that everybody can get past you, rather than have to wait half an hour while you sit there in your yaris at 45 degrees blocking the entire road.
Happens here all the time
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Foreign middle-lane hoggers!!!!

UK, Italian, Belgian, Swiss. I'm point at you lot!
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One thing that drives me insane is how slowly people here would take a turn at a light. They slow down to a creep and wait and wait and wait. For crying out loud, take your turn and if you have to wait for pedestrians, do so where you are supposed to do it, right away. Don't creep on trying to keep momentum going so to spring forth when the pedestrians are gone.
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And one more thing, don't you hate those people who drive in front of you and all of a sudden pop their blinkers and park Often without evening moving closer to the kerb, just there, in the middle of the road.
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Oh yes- motorway matrix signs that simply state the bleedin' obvious. I was on the M4 yesterday in heavy rain and I doubt that many of us needed to be told, "Poor driving conditions".
Saw a couple of gantries warning of fog a few weeks ago. I almost struggled to see them due to the blinding sun
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Bloody roadworks...everywhere!!!

With roadworks and closures on the alternative routes too
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And one more thing, don't you hate those people who drive in front of you and all of a sudden pop their blinkers and park Often without evening moving closer to the kerb, just there, in the middle of the road.
Company car sorts them out.
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Got all our problems sorted in Leeds, signs on the M621, we are having another piece of "smart motorway"

Just need the drivers upgraded to use it.
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On a lightly to moderately trafficked motorway, I'll be in the inside lane even at slightly above the limit - almost certainly using cruise control. If you've been following on my rear quarter in the middle lane at a closing speed of 0.001mph for the last ten minutes and you see there are cars joining from the next slip road do us all a favour and pull out so I can too. Don't accelerate just enough to ensure I'm boxed in and have to brake as the sheep truck or Kia Picante trundle in front of me at about half my speed.


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When parking your car on most roads, before switching off and exiting your vehicle take two seconds to turn your head through 90 degrees. If you see a car parked on the other side of the road you have created an annoying, unnecessary bottleneck and you are a ****.
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