So yesterday I was involved in extreme road rage whilst having a lesson...Watch
So I was on the roundabout about to get on to the dual carriageway and drive me and my instructor back to central london. It was a 2 hour lesson and it pretty good lesson, I barely made any mistakes and was really driving like a boss the whole time.
So I was entering the dual carriageway and the road was merging to one so I switched lanes in front of some car that was now behind me, there was absolutely no mistake being done at this point, but the car was beeping at me. So we go into the dual carriageway, 50mph, and this guy drives by my side, horns at me, and when I look the guy starts showing the middle finger. I wasn't worried or anything, i usually get more excited in road rage incidents rather then scared or worried, I gave him the ****** sign and swore back, but I kept it calm very soon after to stay respectful to the instructor. My instructor recognized him at that point, he was some crack head with aggresion issues who once assaulted him a few years back and pleaded guilty on it at court, he was a huge psycho guy with some kind of drug problem. He recognized the learner car and took the opportuinity, which explains why the sudden beef when I didnt make any mistake or put him in a any sort of danger.
So the guy was beeping and what not, then disappears into a junction.
After a few minutes his car comes speeding back from behind, still in the dual carriageway, he drives beside me and screaming his head off, telling me to pull over and everything, the road was bending and we was still driving quite fast at 50mph so I didnt give him any attention. He persisted for a good 5 minutes or so. So it was pretty much harrasment for a while. I started to get worried at that point, palms started to sweat, his car was coming close to mine and he went in front of me and started braking. Bare in mind I'm a learner driver in a car that has learner plates and all that learner stuff.
Eventually he went, and my instructor was quite shaken, we drove to the police station to report the incident. We waited two hours only to be told that it was a road traffic incident and a letter should be sent to the road traffic cops or whatever. Absolutely nothing was done and nothing was noted down. I feel genuinely really **** about it, not really because of me but because there are pricks like that who become threatening and harassing to humble and genuinely good and dedicated men like my instructor. As for me, I was told by my instructor and the police guy that my driving was really good and I handled it perfectly where other students most likely wouldn't have. I have been dedicated towards driving and cars since I was 4, the incident in some way got me more confident about my driving. But really it was a ****ty situation that reminded me of all the scumbags that we have to share the world with and that road rage really could get pretty dangerous, and also that the police can be very very half assed.
Reminds me of an aggressive driver during one of my lessons when I was on dual carriageway and I needed to change to left to exit, checked my mirrors, got signal going and started moving to the left. About half way done to changing lane and this van driver suddenly starts accelerating on purpose and the next thing I know is that he's next to me in the lane I was trying to change to (I saw him in my mirror before changing lane but he was far away).
So I swerved back into the lane I was changing from because I didn't want to hit him and then changed back to left after him. Left the dual carriageway and there was a light controlled roundabout and the light just turned RED and I was kind of shaken at this time because I knew stuff is going to go down at the lights because the roundabout had 3 lanes and I was in middle and the van driver switched to left and drove next to our car. So the van driver and my instructor in our car opened the window and started arguing to each other about his poor driving and why he did that. After that, my instructor just told him that he would report him to his company for poor driving (he was driving work van) and he left after that.