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    I have to admit, I tend to hesitate crossing the lights when I'm not sure that there's space for me to get accross, and usually people cotton on there may not be space and tend to wait. If someone does end up stuck behind me I'd move forward as much as possible as there are some really nasty junctions around here and a lot of them a nightmare to see before you find yourself stuck, knowing there will be traffic coming round the roundabout and probably not expecting people in the box junction.

    Can you two keep it civil, please :p:
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    (Original post by py0alb)
    lol, you've basically just admitted to being a terrible driver, then realising that you've lost the argument, you've resorted to rather cliched ad hominems (keyboard warrior? could you not think of a more original insult?).

    Just for the record, I would normally leave a decent sized gap in front of my car, but I always try to be aware of potential situations developing behind me, and I would always move up in this situation to try and help the guy behind me out.
    I don't judge him for making a mistake, I go out of my way to try and make the roads safer for everyone.

    This is the difference between me and you: I try to be a considerate, attentive driver. As you have admitted, you are the opposite: selfish, aggressive, and a self appointed vigilante psychopath with little concern for other road users.
    Here's an idea, instead of proclaiming you're the most considerate driver on the planet on the internet, how about you join the police or something? In fact, if you are as you describe, what the **** are you doing on the internet when you could be out saving lives?

    If you are as considerate a driver as you describe, then good on you, but the sad truth is you're in a minority. There's a certain level of selflessness everyone needs to be at to coexist on the roads, but if someone can't plan far enough ahead to see a queue on the other side of a junction, I'd question their fundamental ability to drive safely at all!
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    (Original post by letsdothetimewarpagain)
    I have to admit, I tend to hesitate crossing the lights when I'm not sure that there's space for me to get accross, and usually people cotton on there may not be space and tend to wait. If someone does end up stuck behind me I'd move forward as much as possible as there are some really nasty junctions around here and a lot of them a nightmare to see before you find yourself stuck, knowing there will be traffic coming round the roundabout and probably not expecting people in the box junction.

    Can you two keep it civil, please :p:
    Precisely. You're obviously a normal, considerate driver. I can understand people who are just too inattentive to notice a possible problem developing behind them... but people who DO notice but then deliberately decide NOT to alleviate the situation because of some kind of bizarre idea of "teaching the guy a lesson he won't forget"... I just can't understand that. Surely we all have a duty to try to make the roads safer, especially if its something as simple as just pulling up a little closer to the car in front?
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    (Original post by letsdothetimewarpagain)
    If you do want to get an idea how accurate yours is, then sat navs help as they display speed as well and are more accurate. Mine is 5 out but the boy's car is only 2/3 out.

    Besides, you should drive in the left hand lane, there is no need to be in the right hand one/two if you aren't going any faster than those in the left.
    I am in the left unless overtaking. My sat nav also says the same speed as my speedo.
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    (Original post by Aack)
    I would second "not having their lights on" - there really is no excuse, other than stupidity, for that. If the lights don't work, you shouldn't be driving when lights are required.

    I can't stand people who drive right up close to the back of the car in front - not only is it dangerous, there's no reason to do it. I've been doing 90 in the fast lane and people still do it even when there is a long line of cars ahead of me. I usually slow down to 70 just to annoy them, as I assume they are doing it because they want me out of the way.
    This.
    Ive had cars do it to me in the past (one of them even hit me up the arse once). There isnt any need for it. It wont make me go faster/move out of the way and let you past. It will just make me stay where i am and go slower just to annoy you. If you want to go somewhere that fast then just overtake me.

    I also kind of agree with the lights thing. Although my annoyance is with people who blind you with their main beams. Please dont blind me with your main beams- please turn the main beams off when you see me coming the other way. Likewise- if you are driving behind me, then dont do it either- you can still blind me- every time i look in my mirrors- your lights are all i can see.
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    A lot of things, really.

    Like one of my mates at uni. When it came to spatial awareness and actual driving ability, he was brilliant. He had almost zero road sense. Went speeding everywhere, didn't pay attention to traffic, got right up people's arses, easily distracted. I could go on. Completely reckless.

    Then there are people like my sister-in-law, who has nothing. No road sense, no ability; nothing. Speeds in residential areas. Goes too slow on dual carriageways. Doesn't indicate, doesn't check blind spots. Can barely park and so on. But she didn't obtain her license through traditional means, though legal. I would never sit in a car with her.

    But, imo. People with little-no road sense and awareness are usually the types I'd label as bad drivers.

    I'd be lying if I said that I don't make mistakes. Fortunately, they're usually quite minor and only affect me. I always give them a little bit of thought as to how I could have done better afterwards. But we're only human, so everyone makes little mistakes here and there. It's one reason I've only ever gotten something resembling road rage once and that was due to some moron pulling out as I was going around a roundabout in the rain and almost causing me to crash as I swerved to avoid them. It was a fantastic 3 seconds of car control though and I was too busy trying not to crash my car to say anything other than a few expletives afterwards. I don't think I've ever beeped my horn at anyone either. Never thought I'd have been able to do something like that before it happened.

    (Original post by Emma:-))
    Although my annoyance is with people who blind you with their main beams. Please dont blind me with your main beams- please turn the main beams off when you see me coming the other way. Likewise- if you are driving behind me, then dont do it either- you can still blind me- every time i look in my mirrors- your lights are all i can see.
    My older brother does this. He's a distinctly **** driver and has zero consideration of other road users. There have been times where I've been a passenger in his car in the evenings and he'll just leave his full beam on for the entire journey... intentionally. Even when people flash him, he takes it as a joke and just keeps them on. He always boasts about how good he is because of this and that, but he's inconsiderate as hell.
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    (Original post by Emma:-))
    Please dont blind me with your main beams- please turn the main beams off when you see me coming the other way.
    I love how you worded that! What a polite request!
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    (Original post by ashleyp)
    I feel Im a terrible driver, Ive been learning for 9 months now, hour and a half every week. I just cant pick it up!
    Don't worry about that! It took me 9-10 months to learn. Look at it this way, you're getting more experience on different types of roads, in different weather and in different situations with probably the best person that could be sitting beside you in those circumstances.
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    People who drive recklessly and perhaps leave very little distance between them and the car in front. I also wonder why idiots in my city tend to stick too close to cars who are slowing down for a corner, over take dangerously as they turn then give them the classic stare outside the passenger window. It's like you wouldn't go round that corner at 40mph your self so why are you getting ****ed off at someone turning on a corner normally.
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    What would I call a bad driver?

    A woman!
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    (Original post by ashleyp)
    I feel Im a terrible driver, Ive been learning for 9 months now, hour and a half every week. I just cant pick it up!
    took me 12 months to get to the point of booking a test - you'll get there eventually
    maybe consider changing instructors, that really helped me

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