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Old 12th Jan 2010, 21:29
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Are British Drivers thick?

Now first of all, I must declare an interest as a British driver myself. However, for crying out loud, for the second time in a week, we have hundreds of motorists stranded on a road despite over 24hrs warning of heavy snow. This time in a notorious spot outside Exeter, that most cars struggle up when it is dry?

Am I being unfair or are thousands of British motorists, thick, ignorant or just on another planet?
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Old 12th Jan 2010, 22:05
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If the ice had been thick, the car in Scotland would not be submerged in the Union Canal.
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Old 12th Jan 2010, 22:11
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No you are not being unfair to the British motorist, compared to European drivers the average British driver has no common sense and absolutely no idea of how to use a three lane motorway. Even Belgians have that one figured out.
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Old 12th Jan 2010, 22:17
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compared to European drivers
Does that include the Italians? And Parisians?

Maybe we should consider the pressure that some employers make on their employees - there are some who will dock a day's pay if staff can't get in because of snow. Sometimes there are misguided priorities all round.

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Are British drivers thick?

Yes. Next question?
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Old 12th Jan 2010, 22:21
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Compared to Torontonians , British drivers are actually incredibly good. I fear for my life as a pedestrian here.

Sidewalks aren't safe either as the cyclist seems to rule supreme.
 
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No you are not being unfair to the British motorist, compared to European drivers the average British driver has no common sense and absolutely no idea of how to use a three lane motorway. Even Belgians have that one figured out.
Not the one on the M42 at 19:05 this evening!
Lane 3 around 40mph!!!
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Old 12th Jan 2010, 22:36
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Thick? No.

Unused to driving on thick snow and ice? Yes.
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Old 12th Jan 2010, 23:04
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Actually I found the opposite. Most people who went out when the snow first fell seem to have done well. I drove all last week and only saw a handful of abandoned cars. Everyone I saw driving was taking it carefully, and when they encountered problems they worked their way out or people helped them. That help, neighbourliness, has been a characteristic of response to the conditions.

Today's drivers were the bad ones, creeping out over-cautiously after hiding from a bit of snow for a week, and driving far more slowly than the conditions warranted.
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Old 12th Jan 2010, 23:14
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Even Belgians have that one figured out
You've obviously never driven to Brussels from Oostende on a Sunday evening then? It becomes a four lane bumper track in the summer
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Old 12th Jan 2010, 23:19
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Are the British thick?

Mostly?

Eek!
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Old 12th Jan 2010, 23:38
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There is certainly a thick element amongst drivers here. My example from this morning: I had a routine visit to my GP. The surgery is halfway up a steepish hill. The hill is usually gritted as it is a bus route but it isn't a wide road and if you are facing downhill and need to turn round the safest thing to do is go down to the mini roundabout and drive round it emerging in the opposite direction. There is one side road to pass on the right. As I headed downhill [which was reasonaly clear and perfectly driveable] to the roundabout I indicated that I intended to turn Right. There was a car coming in the opposite direction [the road is level at this point] and it stopped to let me negotiate the roundabout. I continued to indicate Right and drove past the side road before indicating Left to head up the hill. The elderly Brightspark in the other car didn't watch what I was doing and as I passed him pulled out and almost drove into the side of my car. He had the nerve to honk his horn! Unfortunately for him a car further up the hill was having difficulty moving so we all had to stop. Eventually he managed to move and I drove off after him only to see Elderly Brightspark stationary on an area of the road which was snow-free so blocking the road to other users.
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Old 12th Jan 2010, 23:52
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Compared to Torontonians , British drivers are actually incredibly good
I drove in Toronto once when there had been an unseasonable freeze and the roads were icy. Couldn't believe how stupidly so many (and I mean many) of the local drivers were driving.

There were so many spin outs and cars straddling the lanes I lost count. I'd only ever driven on icy roads three or four times beforehand, but I seemed to be managing better than many of the people around me, perhaps because I was being ultra cautious, where others so many were trying to get out of dangerous situations by overrevving their engines, which seemed to me to be the totally wrong thing to do. Is it because Canadians put on special tyres when they're expecting ice?
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Old 13th Jan 2010, 03:05
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Some don't even need snow
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Old 13th Jan 2010, 04:59
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The people in the video clip must be pilots, as they opened the doors to act as speedbrakes. !!
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Old 13th Jan 2010, 05:19
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Most of the drivers in the UK aren't British!!
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Old 13th Jan 2010, 06:29
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British drivers are actually quite good i.e. there is very little machismo and most abide by the rules. If two lines of traffic are merging then both lines will sort it out between them with plenty of nodding and waving.

The Belgians have red number plates so the Dutch (very good drivers, on par with the Brits) can anticipate the unexpected and initiate avoiding action.

Go to Spain, Italy, Greece etc. and the accelerator is connected to the engine via the horn.
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Old 13th Jan 2010, 06:53
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It's just the old business of Brits "crying stinking fish in their own back yard". Hundreds of German motorists were stranded on the autobahn in heavy snow last week, despite warnings in the German media beforehand, the Belgians ran out of grit, and the Italians spaghetti mines closed down, but since nothing that happens abroad (except earthquakes) ever gets reported on Sky News, the Brits think it's "only in England" and flagellate themselves over "ain't we useless" !

Back to me Limericks.....
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Old 13th Jan 2010, 09:10
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The problem is more widespread. A large proportion of the population in general are thick.

I went in a taxi in Naples once, where the wiring from the horn was dodgy, and the horn sounded every time we went over a bump, or accelerated/decelerated. You can imagine how often this was, in Naples. However, given the way they all drive, this horn sounding was indistinguishable from normal use
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Old 13th Jan 2010, 09:18
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Confucius he say......Snow always causes problems for drivers.
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