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Old 9th Feb 2017, 17:27
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Then, there's the oblivious guy in the right lane (US here) who won't let a car in from the middle lane despite the blindingly obvious exit approaching and the signal means "I need to exit here, you dumkopf".
This would be the guy who is trying to get off the motorway in the last hundred yards before the slip road, instead of in the preceding mile when he had plenty of chances to move safely into the left (UK) lane but didn't take them because he would have had to slow down.
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Old 9th Feb 2017, 19:32
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Originally Posted by Fareastdriver View Post
I used to live in a house that overlooked the city's Main Ford Dealer's storage area. It was pretty busy with car transporters and suchlike bringing new Fords for delivery. They would then be picked up by the local Ford dealers in the area for sale or delivery.

A surprising number of them had dodgy clutches and would be pushed to a parking spot after unloading. Their delivery trip would commence with a juddering start in first gear and then out onto the road with noisy clutchless changes.

Presumably they fixed it before the owner saw it.
That brought to mind this item about Joe Lucas "The Prince of Darkness":
The Lucas motto: "Get home before dark."
Lucas is the patent holder for the short circuit.
Lucas - Inventor of the first intermittent wiper.
Lucas - Inventor of the self-dimming headlamp.
The three position Lucas switch - Dim, Flicker and Off.
The Original Anti-Theft Device - Lucas Electrics.
Lucas is an acronym for Loose Unsoldered Connections and Splices
If Lucas made guns, wars would not start.
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Old 9th Feb 2017, 23:38
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Re Lucas, oh yes, very amusing, but hardly appropriate to the company.
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Old 10th Feb 2017, 20:14
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The best drivers observe, anticipate and take account of those around them; this includes all aspects of driving.

And that includes the driver in the outer lane watching a driver on the inside rapidly approaching a slower moving vehicle and who is obviously going to want to pull out to maintain their speed. Adjusting yours to allow them to do so when indicated, is courteous and social driving. It's like we fly a/c, your eyes and brain are ahead of the action in a proactive manner.
The rush rush - push push type of driving, where the outer lane always has priority is not necessarily the best. In marine & aviation the overtaken vehicle has to give way; the fore-runner has right of way. OK cars have rear view mirrors, but a semblance of common sense and less law of the jungle makes for a more relaxing journey.
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Old 10th Feb 2017, 23:04
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Then there's the M23 southbound approaching Gatwick. A mile of slow traffic in the turnoff lane. Guaranteed you will find drivers speeding past in lane 2 as if they are going on to Brighton, and then at the last second slam on their brakes and force their way into the front of the queue.
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Old 11th Feb 2017, 07:56
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"Double clutching" this brought back a memory that made me laugh. Back in the 80's when water beds were all the rage I went to a bed shop to buy one, being a cheap bastard I eyed up the least expensive model. I asked the salesman the difference between the most expensive one and the cheap one, he explained the cheap version did not have internal dividers and was one big bladder which he said could present a problem when you were "on the job" as depending on your stroke timing you could be met by wave of water coming back at you when you were on the "in" stroke which he said would require me " to double clutch to maintain timing, not get thrown out and keep the show on the road"

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