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Stopping at empty rooundabouts!

Is this a trend that I've failed to catch on to?

Why do people stop at roundabouts when its blatently obvious that theres nothing coming? On three occasions today I nearly drove into the back of people doing exactly that. What the **** are these people waiting for? And it wasn't just old people in Japanese phonebox cars, one of them was a young lad in a souped up Vauxhall product(yuk).

I am in no way an aggressive driver. I like my speed as much as the next man but keep my distance when theres no overtaking opportunity and do not sit on peoples rear bumper when they get in the way. But this is causing me to smoke even more behind the wheel(and yes, I know thats illegal now too) but thats not half as dangerous as grinding to a halt to allow the surrounding air to get round a roundabout.

Is it just me thats unlucky or is this something we need to address? I reckon stopping these people in a safe place and setting fire to them would be a start......
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Highway code says

"check whether road markings allow you to enter the roundabout without giving way. If so, proceed, but still look to the right before joining"

Some roundabouts you may need to give way, which strictly speaking means come to a halt put your handbrake on mirror signal manoeuvre *Yawn* (well that's how I was taught to drive).

I'd re-check the roundabouts your talking about because some people may just be following the code to the Nth degree.

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im afraid i learnt about these people the hard way when i was just 17 bumped into some bimbo at a roundabout. funny thing is i was behind the same woman about a year ago and guess what completely stopped at two roundabouts for no reason lucky i was prepared this time.
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Re: Stopping at empty rooundabouts!

I see where you're coming from but in 14 years of driving I have never been conscious of this problem before now.

The roundabouts in question had excellent visibility in all directions and it was obvious on the approach to them that nothing was coming. But these half-dead apes still insist on grinding to a halt! Its all wrong I tell you.
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Pet hate and I always ask are they waiting for me send an invite so that they can move.

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im afraid i learnt about these people the hard way when i was just 17 bumped into some bimbo at a roundabout. funny thing is i was behind the same woman about a year ago and guess what completely stopped at two roundabouts for no reason lucky i was prepared this time.
I think some people aren't too happy driving although they may need to so they cling strictly to the rules taught them by instructors.
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I think some people aren't too happy driving although they may need to so they cling strictly to the rules taught them by instructors.
arent happy or comfortable driving and yet simply because of their age they pay cheaper insurance than me. and they probably do more miles per annum than me also.
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give way, which strictly speaking means come to a halt put your handbrake on mirror signal manoeuvre *Yawn* (well that's how I was taught to drive).
You've just described a stop junction, not a give way junction.
Give way is simply:
"You MUST give way to traffic on the main road when emerging from a junction with broken white lines across the road."
No need to stop if there's no traffic.
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I think some people aren't too happy driving although they may need to so they cling strictly to the rules taught them by instructors.
Lets stop and think about that.

If these people lack confidence, ability to read the road ahead, awareness of whats going on around them then surely they have no place on the public highway?

If you're not confident about doing something, then chances of failure are higher and the chances of making a reasonable, quick and correct decision in the event of an emergency are lower.

Get these dithering fools off the roads and on to the empty buses we see every day in life. It'll sure as hell be a better place without them.
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Lets stop and think about that.

If these people lack confidence, ability to read the road ahead, awareness of whats going on around them then surely they have no place on the public highway?

If you're not confident about doing something, then chances of failure are higher and the chances of making a reasonable, quick and correct decision in the event of an emergency are lower.

Get these dithering fools off the roads and on to the empty buses we see every day in life. It'll sure as hell be a better place without them.
here here.

but im afraid no matter what your ability if you can afford to run the car you can go on the highways
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Lets stop and think about that.

If these people lack confidence, ability to read the road ahead, awareness of whats going on around them then surely they have no place on the public highway?

If you're not confident about doing something, then chances of failure are higher and the chances of making a reasonable, quick and correct decision in the event of an emergency are lower.

Get these dithering fools off the roads and on to the empty buses we see every day in life. It'll sure as hell be a better place without them.
The answer (as always) is in regular retesting, (every 5 years, for example) but we'll never see it introduced.
 
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Lets stop and think about that.


Get these dithering fools off the roads and on to the empty buses we see every day in life. It'll sure as hell be a better place without them.
You are bragging now! Bus service.?
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You are bragging now! Bus service.?
Now Now John dont have a go at the bus service
 
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Re: Stopping at empty rooundabouts!

I always stop at 'raceabouts'. The eyesight is failing, and that chap with a red flag in front of my car, waves me to halt! perhaps I really should give up driving, or just keep annoying these fastards for a while longer?
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arent happy or comfortable driving and yet simply because of their age they pay cheaper insurance than me. and they probably do more miles per annum than me also.
I`M KNOCKING ON ,
44plus years driving,One claim.
7yrs ago, young man in a nova,
his fault,should I pay higher ins,prms?
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Now Now John dont have a go at the bus service
still see those pensioners in the rain,yesterday Ray.
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You've just described a stop junction, not a give way junction.
Give way is simply:
"You MUST give way to traffic on the main road when emerging from a junction with broken white lines across the road."
No need to stop if there's no traffic.
Gimme a break, it;s been 13 years

Is Stop a solid one then?

I'm no looking it up, can;t be arsed now and feel foolish
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The answer (as always) is in regular retesting, (every 5 years, for example) but we'll never see it introduced.
That'd be a great money spinner for the government though, might even bring down taxation in other area's???

Probably not though
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If you hit 'Em Up' the crape' 'ole, your fault. Barsteward, I know, but that's the way the cookie crumbles, and you're stuck with it!
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Why do people stop at roundabouts when its blatantly obvious that there's nothing coming?
My mother does that... drives me fecking nuts

And then she complains that people are 'Driving In her boot' and I then have to remind here that I'd be doing the same if she was doing 15mph in a 30 in front of me !!

Dual carriageways are fecking scary at 35 - 40 mph too I can tell you
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My mother does that... drives me fecking nuts


Dual carriageways are fecking scary at 35 - 40 mph too I can tell you
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My wife does too, I must admit, and it irritates me. Takes no notice of my hollering " Go, Go, Go", slows down even more!
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My wife does too
So does mine.

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Re: Stopping at empty rooundabouts!

maybe they have had a bad experience in the past ? I for won have approached a roundabout, and working in Milton Keynes you could say we have a few !!!! when approaching their was no traffic in sight, So i joined the roundabout and in a split second a car came racing towards me from the right. They must have been doing 60 ish on the approach !! and this isn't the only time it has happened.

The problem is alot of people race onto the roundabout without due care and attention for other road users.

So when you always need a 2nd glance.

just a thought......
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it has happened.

The problem is alot of people race onto the roundabout without due care and attention for other road users.

So when you always need a 2nd glance.

just a thought......
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