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Old 21st Dec 2019, 12:32
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For years I rode motorcycles daily. Naturally to stay alive I learned fast. One thing I noted was the gender differences.

Generally if the behaviour is aggressive, stupid and ignorant. It's a man. If it's unbelievable, a woman.

An example, I saw quite often, a driver would miss joining the queue for an exit lane. A man might simply go to the front and rudely barge in ahead of the first car. But I've seen women stop level with the first car because of course it would be rude to do that. So they sit in the traffic lane with cars dodging around them. Unbelievable as I say.

Only the other day I saw a woman turn right at a junction where it's not allowed then unbelievably drive the wrong way up a one way road at speed. If she'd driven a few metres further she have found a proper exit lane.

Crazy stuff.
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Old 21st Dec 2019, 15:48
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I disagree with K 'n' C that gender isn't a factor. It is, but not in the way that one is faultless or exempt. Steepclimb sums it up well:

Originally Posted by Steepclimb View Post
Generally if the behaviour is aggressive, stupid and ignorant. It's a man. If it's unbelievable, a woman.
I agree. I walk or cycle past an awful lot of stationary or slow moving traffic daily. Females between their early 20s and late 30s, especially if they're driving Fiat 500s, Audi A2s, BMW 1 series, and Minis will (almost without fail) be on their phones, guaranteed, something about that demographic makes them addicted to the phone. They won't be calling anyone, they'll usually be using the phone as a computer, texting via Whatsapp or checking / updating Facebook. Literally every time the traffic slows down they're on the screen. That demographic may also be doing makeup. Or hair. Or eating their breakfast from a bowl. (Yep, I've seen that).

If you see a powerful car ripping up the high street and endangering pedestrians, or tailgating aggressively in a bigger Audi, or cutting up other traffic, that'll be a man. Men driving lorries (especially skip lorries) also seem to be able to combine the twin talents of aggression and phone use.

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Old 21st Dec 2019, 15:50
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Yes, my sister-in-law drove up an Edinburgh one way street the wrong way, met a bus head on, and solved the problem by blasting her horn at the bus.
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Old 21st Dec 2019, 15:59
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Yes, my sister-in-law drove up an Edinburgh one way street the wrong way, met a bus head on, and solved the problem by blasting her horn at the bus.
Pfft, amateur! My wife went nose to nose with Herc on the taxiway back to the maingate at Odiham after dropping me off at 33Sqn. By the time she caught on and reversed out of the way, there seemed to be about 18 faces peering out of the flight deck windows! Oh how the crewroom laughed. Mainly at me!

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Old 21st Dec 2019, 16:12
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Old 21st Dec 2019, 21:30
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Laarbruck, spot on. Round here Fiat 500 and Corsa or Fiesta, then Audi or BMW.

We do regular speed checks. Speeds are the same, between 40 and 60 in a 30 zone. Our Corsa driver had slowed to 44 after her first police letter. Now that maybe coincidence as she was writing on a notepad on her steering wheel.

The Fiat driver scored nil points as she never even saw us so busy was she talking to her pax. Good tip; if you are going to speed do not have a personalzer number plate, especially if it like FIAT 500
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Old 21st Dec 2019, 22:12
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Originally Posted by charliegolf View Post
Pfft, amateur! My wife went nose to nose with Herc on the taxiway back to the maingate at Odiham after dropping me off at 33Sqn. By the time she caught on and reversed out of the way, there seemed to be about 18 faces peering out of the flight deck windows! Oh how the crewroom laughed. Mainly at me!

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Reminds of a chap who drove an oil truck. He told me a story of how he was driving a tanker down a narrow road. He met a woman going the other way. No room to manoeuvre. She indicated that he should reverse using hand movements. He picked up his newspaper, no doubt the Daily Mail and his coffee and settled in.
She got the message.
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Old 22nd Dec 2019, 06:06
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She got the message.
We live almost at the end of a narrow bit of one lane, gravel "road" ( I use the term loosely, like the gravel ! ) A lot of locals are demanding a boat launching ramp be provided at the very end, and I have already advisd the Mayor that should that happen, God Forbid, and I meet a millionaire towing his cruise liner head on as I go to town - i won't be the one backing up !

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Old 22nd Dec 2019, 08:19
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When I as young (?) waiting at a bus stop to commute to work, so rush hour, a lorry went past with the driver reading a newspaper spread out across the steering wheel!
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Old 22nd Dec 2019, 09:01
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Originally Posted by Laarbruch72 View Post
I walk or cycle past an awful lot of stationary or slow moving traffic daily. Females between their early 20s and late 30s, especially if they're driving Fiat 500s, Audi A2s, BMW 1 series, and Minis will (almost without fail) be on their phones, guaranteed, something about that demographic makes them addicted to the phone. They won't be calling anyone, they'll usually be using the phone as a computer, texting via Whatsapp or checking / updating Facebook. Literally every time the traffic slows down they're on the screen. That demographic may also be doing makeup. Or hair. Or eating their breakfast from a bowl. (Yep, I've seen that).

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Bit unfair to say they're using the phone as a computer - you do realise that phones have an excellent selfie camera mode, which doubles up as a very effective mirror!!
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Old 22nd Dec 2019, 15:41
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I was once in a taxi in Firenze where the driver was reading the newspaper as we went along.....For pure driving like maniacs, Istanbul taxi drivers are the worst I've been driven by.
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Old 22nd Dec 2019, 17:42
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Sad to say this concerns a man. I had turned off a main road into an estate. There were two cars parked in the other side. This idiot approached on my side and indicated I should reverse. He had no cars behind him. I switched off, got my paper out, avoided eye contact he was livid.
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Old 22nd Dec 2019, 22:01
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Istanbul taxi drivers are the worst I've been driven by.
Agreed. Tho' it must be 50 years since I experienced them !
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Old 23rd Dec 2019, 09:44
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Originally Posted by Pontius Navigator View Post
Sad to say this concerns a man. I had turned off a main road into an estate. There were two cars parked in the other side. This idiot approached on my side and indicated I should reverse. He had no cars behind him. I switched off, got my paper out, avoided eye contact he was livid.
Similar situation: I live on a private street, a cul-de-sac, which has a narrow exit with a restricted view, just wide enough for two cars to pass. The junction is on the main road adjacent to the village post office. Cars are often parked (illegally) right up to the junction as drivers "just nip in" to the PO. The problem then is that drivers on the same side as the junction and the PO have to wait for cars wanting to turn right but at the same time, if waiting too close to the parked cars, block the junction, resulting in grid-lock. A few weeks ago cars were waiting. The driver at the front of the queue sensibly allowed the car in front and mine to turn right down our private street, taking the cork out out the bottle. Those cars then began to move along again, their way now being clear to drive around the parked cars.

However! Just as we both turned in, the brake lights on the car in front of me came on, followed by its reversing lights! The driver obviously wanted to do what a number of others do, which is to use the junction entrance to "three point turn" and reverse out onto the main road (a totally stupid, dangerous manoeuvre), which would force me to do the same. As the vehicle reversed back towards me I sounded my horn and flashed my lights. The result was angry arm waving from the other driver (a woman who I then recognised as the post mistress)!

She seemed to think that I should reverse out onto the main road (view restricted by those parked cars outside her shop), then allow her to do the same thing. All she had to do was drive ten yards further forward, allow me to pass, do her three point turn on the cul-de-sac then drive out of the junction forwards. I stayed where I was and made her do that. Because of that incident, she no longer speaks to me!
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Old 23rd Dec 2019, 10:31
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Well I read a few but really here in Thailand replace the word car for motor bike and that's the norm only a car full of passengers is usually on the bike .This weekend is the exodus from those working in the big cities back to thieir villages for the new year holiday.Over a six day period expect at least 400 deaths ….yes that's correct and every year the min of transport says we must do something about it!!!!Most will be teens and most will be drunk.Stay of the roads at this time!!!
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Old 23rd Dec 2019, 11:07
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Some years ago we took a family holiday in Thailand. We had a local minibus transfer us from the airport to the hotel, in the dark. The driver obviously thought he was a Grand Prix driver and his aim was to drive as fast as possible. After 45 kilometres, on arrival at the hotel, because of the totally erratic way he drove, we still didn't know which side of the road it was customary to drive on! He had overtaken slower traffic at very high speed on both sides of the road and along both grass verges, at one stage almost colliding with an elephant!
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Old 23rd Dec 2019, 11:16
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at one stage almost colliding with an elephant!
Ah, must have been a trunk road...
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Old 23rd Dec 2019, 11:42
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I remember a road in Istanbul, solid two lanes of cars and buses going slowly down the street. Only thing for it was to drive out. Got plaudits from the locals even though I had Cyprus plates.
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Old 23rd Dec 2019, 12:38
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Originally Posted by radeng View Post
.For pure driving like maniacs, Istanbul taxi drivers are the worst I've been driven by.
i take it you’ve never been to Kuwait then!
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Originally Posted by Laarbruch72 View Post
Females between their early 20s and late 30s, especially if they're driving Fiat 500s, Audi A2s, BMW 1 series, and Minis will (almost without fail) ...
Used to do some truck driving. When I did, I had usually several incidents with this target group per day, when they would come on the ramp with approx. the same speed I was going (85km/h). Having the choice of either accelerating and pulling in before me or braking and pulling in behind me, they would choose the obvious and just continue driving next to me with the same speed. As the end of the ramp was coming closer you could observe the panic rising in in their faces in the back mirror. Full stop braking would follow just before reaching the crash barrier. Sometimes I wonder how many actually hit it.
Now the male species of the same morbidity group (usually 3-series BMW, tuned VW Golf or Ford Focus) would sharply accelerate pull through my lane before me, directly on the 2nd or 3rd lane thereby endangering traffic from behind, also resulting in some serious braking and honking action. However I would only see that once or twice a day. Traveling salesmen in their A6es and Merc. E-Classes with company Shell-Card would continue that behaviour until pension age.
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