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Old 25th Jun 2020, 13:28
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Originally Posted by Cornish Jack View Post
He stopped in the fast lane???!!!
Which one is that? I understand that he was in the outside lane or if you prefer, lane3 (or 4) The driver, much like yourself, mistakenly thought there was such a thing as a 'fast lane' and owning a shiny new adolescent's 'wet dream' motor entitled him to lane 3 occupation. It appears. however, that he had forgotten about 'White Van Man's predilection for taking root in that part of the motorway and that latter's innate incompetence did the necessary! 2 silver linings can't be bad.
Without knowing the full facts, I think you are being slightly unfair to the van driver. Travelling at 70mph or so in the outside lane, when the car in front if you suffers a mechanical malfunction and comes to a rapid stop, doesn't give you many options.
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Old 25th Jun 2020, 13:43
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Originally Posted by Paultheparaglider View Post
I bet that resulted in a lot of paperwork.
Probably including some of the "loo" variety?

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Old 25th Jun 2020, 13:44
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Can anyone explain the two vertical beams that appear to have penetrated the rear window area?
Ejection seat rails?
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Old 25th Jun 2020, 14:21
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I've never had a mechanical malfunction on a road that has caused me to come to a rapid stop right in my tracks.
All four brakes could simultaneously seize. Engine or transmission could seize or blow up I suppose, but highly unusual in a new, high-end vehicle.
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Old 25th Jun 2020, 14:40
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when the car in front if you suffers a mechanical malfunction and comes to a rapid stop, doesn't give you many options.
The law here says if you rear end someone then it's your fault - not leaving sufficient room in order to make a safe stop, I'd suspect UK rules are no different. Tailgating is a popular pastime, but fraught.
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Old 25th Jun 2020, 14:46
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Originally Posted by meadowrun View Post
I've never had a mechanical malfunction on a road that has caused me to come to a rapid stop right in my tracks.
All four brakes could simultaneously seize. Engine or transmission could seize or blow up I suppose, but highly unusual in a new, high-end vehicle.
What happens in a Lambo if you inadvertently select 'Reverse' while doing 70mph ?

I know what happens if you do that in a Hillman Hunter
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Old 25th Jun 2020, 15:00
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Originally Posted by megan View Post
The law here says if you rear end someone then it's your fault - not leaving sufficient room in order to make a safe stop, I'd suspect UK rules are no different. Tailgating is a popular pastime, but fraught.
The law would say the same in the UK. However, how many of us can honestly say that we always drive sufficiently far behind a a vehicle at 70mph on a motorway, that we could stop if the vehicle in front of us suddenly stopped unexpectedly?
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Old 25th Jun 2020, 15:26
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I rode a motorcycle into the back of a Daf Variomatic, on the A40 at Hillingdon, whilst riding home from work. The Daf had suffered a catastrophic transmission failure, the belts broke/came off in the transmission and locked up the wheels. Wrote my bike off and put me in hospital for a few days, but the accident was deemed to be my fault. To be fair it was, but it was in heavy traffic, moving at around 40mph, so pretty much everyone was driving/riding too close to the car in front.
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Old 25th Jun 2020, 15:34
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Originally Posted by Paultheparaglider View Post
I bet that resulted in a lot of paperwork.
Lucky not to have rubbed himself out. 🤣
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Old 25th Jun 2020, 16:08
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Originally Posted by Paultheparaglider View Post
I bet that resulted in a lot of paperwork.
Originally Posted by ShyTorque View Post
Lucky not to have rubbed himself out. 🤣
I should have had a sharpener to outwit you guys. Did I mention he drove into the back of a W H Smiths van? Could have resulted in a spell in the cl-ink...
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Old 25th Jun 2020, 17:07
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Originally Posted by wowzz View Post
The law would say the same in the UK. However, how many of us can honestly say that we always drive sufficiently far behind a a vehicle at 70mph on a motorway, that we could stop if the vehicle in front of us suddenly stopped unexpectedly?
If you do, you end up going backwards as some other t**t will always end up cutting in. Reading the road ahead and being ready to ease off before the car in front slams his brakes on too late is one thing, in this case there is no guarantee that the brake lights came on, which really doesn't leave the following driver much option, even if he has left a space, the realisation that the car had stopped would take up most of the available time
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Old 25th Jun 2020, 17:12
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I remember one of these 'new registration' incidents some years ago involving a senior couple going for a water-side pub lunch after picking up their brand-new car from a dealer. Apparently a rainstorm led the driver to believe that everything wet and glistening was actually the car park when they went to leave. Unfortunately the water level was on the high side and their pride and joy soon found that water had less support than tarmac. They were lucky to get away with a ducking.
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Old 25th Jun 2020, 17:21
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In about 1985 or so, I was on the M^ around Spaghetti Junction when an 1100 had first the offside rear wheel drop off and about two seconds later, the near side one did the same. It cam to a very rapid halt in a shower of sparks. It didn't catch fire but how both wheels came off almost simultaneously, I have no idea.
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Old 25th Jun 2020, 17:57
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Possibly the same reason my late father's car rolled over when the wheels started coming off, literally, after he had collected it from a service a few minutes earlier! No guesses why!!
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Old 25th Jun 2020, 19:50
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Originally Posted by CAEBr View Post
If you do, you end up going backwards as some other t**t will always end up cutting in. Reading the road ahead and being ready to ease off before the car in front slams his brakes on too late is one thing, in this case there is no guarantee that the brake lights came on, which really doesn't leave the following driver much option, even if he has left a space, the realisation that the car had stopped would take up most of the available time
Exactly! Leave enough breaking distance, and you will be undertaken time and time again. Which is why I have sympathy for the van driver.
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Old 25th Jun 2020, 19:52
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Cheaper vehicle - barely made it out of the showroom!

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Old 25th Jun 2020, 20:17
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Originally Posted by treadigraph View Post
I should have had a sharpener to outwit you guys. Did I mention he drove into the back of a W H Smiths van? Could have resulted in a spell in the cl-ink...
So he was almost rubbed out by driving into the back of a Stationary van carrying Stationery...
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Old 25th Jun 2020, 20:18
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My father was a passenger in a military jeep when they wondered why a wheel suddenly rolled by.

"Where did THAT come from?"

Moments later, question answered...
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Old 25th Jun 2020, 21:02
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I did see the aftermath of a brand new car being driven off a transporter. The delivery driver was reversing it down the ramp with the door open whilst he looked behind, making sure he came off straight. As he reached the bottom, a car drove past and took off the door. Not even delivered and It was totalled!
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Old 25th Jun 2020, 21:09
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200,000 would buy you two detached houses in Osset.
with kenelling for how many whippets ?
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