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Woman drivers. The Chinese have got this right.

Old 29th Dec 2009, 06:39
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....and male drivers are just so fantastic that they think they can stop their little Audi/BMW in a shorter distance than I can stop my car and therefore driving six inches from my bumper will make me drive faster or even, will make the car in front of me go faster.

So, why do they drive so dangerously close? Aggression and intimidation? Envy that my car is faster than theirs? Ignorance of distance? Or they just want the phone number of the dealer from whom I bought the car?

Of course, I have never seen a man read a newspaper while driving or fiddle with his satnav or, indeed, use a mobile phone?


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Old 29th Dec 2009, 09:12
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and male drivers are just so fantastic that they think they can stop their little Audi/BMW in a shorter distance than I can stop my car

especially when drving past a shop with a sale for handbags/shoes/shiny things
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Old 29th Dec 2009, 10:49
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How very witty and droll

Surely Mr. Wayne, using your stereotypical logic of female behaviour, I would be braking very heavily indeed outside such a shop and therefore my braking and deceleration would be even greater.


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Old 29th Dec 2009, 11:52
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yer right there has been a heightened level of " achtung!" in germany for years....



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Old 29th Dec 2009, 11:55
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I am retired and drive every day for a charity and have done for three years. That takes me out at all times of the day (not much evening). It is currently said that using a mobile phone when driving is one of the most dangerous things one can do. Every day I see many, many incidents of this but most by far are by mums doing the "school run." They seem to drop their kids off and immediately get on the phone whilst driving away from their parking spot outside the school. Yes, there are many men too, but I see far more women as stated.
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Old 29th Dec 2009, 12:03
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Just to add some fuel to the fire

(for the record I dont think women are better or worse drivers than anyone else, but then I'm an under 25 male so apparently I should get off PPRuNe and start doing donuts on the neighbours lawn while hurling obscenities at the retirees across the road )
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Old 29th Dec 2009, 12:31
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Two of the best drivers that I have been passengered by were female.
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Old 29th Dec 2009, 12:38
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Try to negotiate a useful deal with her for taking the points. Maybe a complaint free household for the next x months (x= number of points).

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Old 29th Dec 2009, 15:03
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i quote...

I would be braking very heavily indeed outside such a shop
Case closed !

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Old 29th Dec 2009, 15:10
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Don't misquote me Bruce


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Old 29th Dec 2009, 15:25
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With that girlie hair cut you should be ok using them Flash.

I believe tunten are allowed to use them as well.

When I worked over there we had a by invitation only, works car park. After about 2 months working there you were approached and given the gold pass swipe card, which meant your car doors didn't get dinted by the admin staff.

To be fair there were women allowed the pass, but all of them drove performance cars and wern't your typical office ladys. On of the accountants broke her leg coming off her fireblade at the Nuremburg ring she was back 1 month later in her 944 turbo. The CEO's admin was also a bike nut and was the main driving force about keeping the gold car park free of duffes blondie frau.

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Old 29th Dec 2009, 16:14
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For all the usual suspects on here.....life's naturals if you like.... please note the name and gender of the name synonymous with an inability to park.....

Reginald Molehusband - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

In one's less than inconsiderable experience, stupidity is not gender specific...although on second thoughts, the male of the species is probably ahead on points in most areas....which probably doesn't endear me to those of my gender who think with their "anatomy" of course....

And yes, I have been known to express "my sentiments" to ladies when driving, such as the one on Princess Parkway ( Manchester ) who elected, in the rush hour, to have a cigarette, then a slurp of coffee, then make a call on the mobile and then condescend to notice the 100m gap in front of her and the person behind making "gesticulations"......I think she could probably lip read as well.
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Old 29th Dec 2009, 16:44
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Let's face it folks, supermarkets and all they entail can be stressful for everybody irrespective of sex or parking!

Why do I find this clip therapeutic?
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Old 30th Dec 2009, 05:03
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Cos you know they'll find each other wildly attractive and they'll throw themselves onto the back seat of one of the cars and . . .
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Old 30th Dec 2009, 10:00
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couldn't resist that !

As an aside, one thing i have noticed with multi story car parks in the UK is that they are designed in such a way that the structure is constructed with the supporting pillars for the above floors are placed exactly where the car door opens; no matter if you park head on or tail on, leaving the only only option in many cases to exit the car :

1. using the sunroof
2. kicking the windscreen (windshield for our colonial cousins)
3. embarking on a three month adventure of bulimia and anorexia to end up with a three inch waistline.
4. buy a convertible.

conversely, in the US parking structures are designed so that the parking space available is maximised and if parking with an SUV the size a house, bingo, you can still open all the doors !

any other countries specialise in p*ss poor parking structure design or is it just a feat of british construction ?
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Old 31st Dec 2009, 04:27
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Neighbour of mine who is always incensed when he sees people driving and using a mobile 'phone carries an old but working Mecablitz flash gun for cameras, fully charged. When he sees a driver, in either direction, using a mobile 'phone he points the gun in their general direction and clicks the button the back of the flash gun, which gives off one photographic style flash . Neighbour says it is most rewarding to see the offending driver almost always immediately put their 'phone down.

Probably illegal but I like the idea.
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Old 31st Dec 2009, 20:34
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Mecablitz flash gun
Where do I buy one ?

Gotta be quick tho, and I have this picture of everybody driving with flashguns at the ready, more hazard than the telephones I guess that would be !

Could always stand at the side of the road I guess, get plenty of 'hits' then.
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Old 1st Jan 2010, 06:56
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Is this Britain's worst parker? | The Sun |News
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Old 1st Jan 2010, 09:33
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My wife is a good driver overall (when driving forwards), if a little underconfident. However, she sees motorways as something akin to death alley. On one regular journey, instead of using the local motorway (two junctions worth) she will divert for many, many miles along narrow, hedge lined, slippery and poorly cambered single track country roads. This journey takes me, using the motorway, about thirty five minutes. For her it's an hour and a quarter to an hour and a half. She's had a few narrow escapes, especially in the recent slippery road conditions.

Parking? For her, a bit of a problem....

I have paid for five, yes FIVE repairs to the back of her cars in the last six years.

On one occasion, it was wheelie bin / rubbish collection day and the full wheelie bin was placed in it's usual position, outside the gates, off to one side. Inside a period of two hours, she twice drove onto the driveway forwards, then successfully reversed out again. On the third occasion, same morning, she drove in forwards, then reversed out smack into the bin, knocked it flying across the road, spilling its contents everywhere, completely smashing her rear lights on one side and knocking the rear bumper well out of line.

Apparently that was my fault because I had put the bin out. I did the repairs myself. A few months later she did a similar thing, not quite so bad a bump, again I repaired it.

She has reversed into things three times in her present car. The first involved a respray, the second was less damage so I didn't completely repair it as I thought some paint damage was a reminder to be careful. The most recent involved a new rear light unit and an expensive, professional bumper off rear end respray. One bump also involved a neighbour's car. We aren't allowed to talk about any of this, as it's not her fault.

It's the driveway's fault, which is apparently the wrong type/shape (?..It's completely straight and fourteen feet wide at the gates). It's my fault for putting out the wheelie bin on bin day, and the neighbour's fault for driving near our frontage when she is reversing out. (I reverse IN, btw, not out).

I think this is why many women have a good insurance rating. They just get their husbands to take the blame and repair their cars for them.

But you should have heard the tut, tutting when I got a speeding ticket....
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Old 1st Jan 2010, 12:18
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I'm surprised no one has picked up on the "different sense of distance" and equated it to the fact that due to what their menfolk claim, women don't actually know how long six inches really is.
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