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Old 29th Jul 2003, 01:14
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Hazard lights......An excuse for ignorance?

I have read and read the Highway code, but there is one act I see on a very regular basis on English roads that I can't get my head around.

Does putting your Hazard lights on give you the right to park anywhere????

Some of the efforts you see are down right ignorant. Parked on double yellow lines.....it's ok, hazard lights are on. Across a drive way, once again hazard lights make it fine!!! A one-way system through a town centre, these hazard lights will make me invisible to everybody so I can park here in front of this shop with double yellow lines and leave the car! There's plenty of room between my car and the car on the OTHER side of the road doing the same thing. And when a Parking Warden turns up, the abuse they get for starting to write out a ticket...................but my hazards were on!!!!!

It boils my p*ss!
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Old 29th Jul 2003, 03:05
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They're very powerful. Twice as powerful in fact as an indicator (turn signal) and let's face it a turn signal is powerful enough to clear out a whole lane of traffic.

"I'm indicating, so you'll bloody well get out of my way thank you very much"
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Old 29th Jul 2003, 03:42
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Ah I always thought that they were used as an invisibilty cloak!

ie If hazard lights on the car is not really parked illegally.

Silly Me!!!
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Old 29th Jul 2003, 07:03
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They are closely akin to "Magic Lanterns" on buses, known on other vehicles as turn indicators.
I know in an ideal world we are "supposed" to give way to buses for the greater good of the travelling mass public, but the way bus drivers (?) around my kneck of the woods use them, I'm sure they think they are Magic Lanterns, that will just stop all and sundry on the spot.
They put them on and pull straight out without hesitation, and woe is you if you don't stop in time.
I'm trying to invent a system in which I have a remote control which activates a device fitted in the bus driver's seat that will crunch his nuts every time he does the "Magic Lantern" on me.
For "Lady" bus driveresses, I'll have to come up with something different!
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Old 29th Jul 2003, 09:23
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As Jack Dee said, hazard lights in London no longer mean 'Drivers caution - hazard in road', they mean:

"Just two minutes I'm picking up my dry cleaning"

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Old 29th Jul 2003, 19:09
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In my experience, some peoples use of indicators merely confirm what they have just done, not what their intentions are.

Truth is, had Moses owned a car the Red Sea wouldnt have parted unless he used his hazzards
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Old 29th Jul 2003, 21:52
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Hazard lights on motorways.....

If I switch on my hazard lights whilst on a motorway, this is ok for the following reasons:

1. I am stopping on the hard shoulder to read the map and therefore my hazard lights will give me a cloke of invulnerability.

2. I am reversing half a mile up the hard shoulder because I missed my exit and my hazard lights will give me etc....

3. I am driving up the hard shoulder when the motorway is blocked because I am an impatient SOB but that is ok because my hazard lights are on....

4. I will stab my hazard light button at even the slightest reduction in motorway velocity to advise all around that I am slowing down because the fact that my brake lights are illuminated does not give enough of a clue.......

All these pleasures and more are mine to keep from the 40,000miles a year I spend on our delightful road network
 
Old 30th Jul 2003, 02:36
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The clue is in the name: Hazard Lights You put them on when you believe that your vehicle is positioned so that it may be a hazard to other vehicles. As to why your vehicle is stopped where it is, well it's supposed to be because you've broken down or encountered some other emergency.
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Old 30th Jul 2003, 14:22
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And I only thought it happened in NZ........
To Noah Zark, I am glad I don't live where you do, as I have no wish to be on the receiving end of your invention.
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Old 30th Jul 2003, 14:29
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One is tempted to own a beater for the sole purpose of literally scraping by these idiots.
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Old 30th Jul 2003, 19:04
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RT.....that's not the first time I have heard somebody mention that! There was a car that had it's door taken off a couple of weeks ago down in our town centre....and sure enough, it was VERY illegally parked. I would hate to be the insurance company involved with that one!

And the only emergency some of these dolts have is they realise they have to park outside the shop they MUST go into to pick up those all important items on sale at the moment!
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Old 31st Jul 2003, 04:21
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Flyer 682,

I am glad I don't live near you, as I wouldn't like to be on the receiving end of your invention.
You're not a bus driver, by chance, are you?
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Old 31st Jul 2003, 13:04
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You're not a bus driver by chance are you?
Yes, my friend, I am. And after nearly twenty years "on the road", I could tell you a story or two.
If I have one regret, it is that I have not yet managed to "get" a car door.
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Old 1st Aug 2003, 02:57
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Flyer 682,
I'm looking for a test pilot, how are you fixed? Pay's non-existant, the job could be a real pain, but you're sure to make the headlines eventually.
If you haven't had any luck with car doors, you ought to come to my neck of the woods here in Blighty.
Here we are also "blessed" with the Supertram. Away from the hype it is still seen as a roaring failure by most of the local populace. In fact, it gained the appellation of "Yacht Fuel Transporter", due to its endless thundering up and down the tracks around town almost devoid of passengers.
But, when it strikes, it strikes. It has been in several collisions with cars (Don't ask me why, the tracks are plain enough to see in the road!) Must just be the odd one or two-ish totally lobotomised jerks who think they can scare it off if they chance to cross the tracks when it approaches.
Unfortunately, sixty tons x anything up to 50 m.p.h. doesn't scare easily, and it has de-animated a couple of individuals who were unfortunate enough to cross its path at exactly the wrong moment.
Don't give up on the car doors!
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Old 1st Aug 2003, 03:14
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1) Always let a bus pull out - does it matter that much? If you can't overtake a bus in the next mile or so, then it definitely didn't matter anyway.

2) I'll always "hazard" mark the end of a queue on a motorway, or anywhere that you wouldn't expect it, as I'm no fan of whiplash injuries.

3) Where I live, just about nobody uses indicators anyway. As proper indicator usage can actually ease your journey to work or wherever, why not give it a try?
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Round our way, the custom is to park with half the car on the pavement, which usually results in the left hand side being hidden from view behind post boxes, lamp posts, other idiots and so on. Then press the button and bingo! you can't tell if the hazard lights are going or they're going to pull out.

Now that's what I call a hazard.
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Old 1st Aug 2003, 15:48
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I'm afraid I will have to turn down your kind offer of employment, I'm on the wrong side of the world and I have no desire to meet your Supertram! Sounds like you have enough idiots there who have already done the testing!

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What a wonderful driver you must be! I particularly like your first point, closely followed by your third.
It never ceases to amaze me how much money people waste when they buy their cars - pay for indicators then never use them.

There is a section of road here which has just been reconstucted and widened from two lanes to four, and the new bus stops have been placed in the traffic lane instead of separate bus bays constructed as in the past. One of the reasons given by the Council for doing this was a reaction to comments by bus drivers of not being able to get back into the flow of traffic. I just love having to stop at these, and take great pleasure in watching the cars queue up behind me.
But lo and behold, a strange phenomenom occurs, indicators magically come to life! Then the best bit - traffic in the outside lane will not let them in, so they are forced to wait. Bus drivers revenge! Well done the City Council!

My apologies to Jerricho for getting slightly off topic, but I just couldn't help myself!!
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Old 1st Aug 2003, 16:34
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Flyer682 - Ahh it's you is it. I work the other way and don't let buses out.

Forget Hazard lights - how many people actually know that slip roads onto motorways are "Give ways" and not right of ways?
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Two. You, and me.
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Old 1st Aug 2003, 22:40
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You want it when, you are certainly correct, but don't you get p*ssed off by the idiots who stay on the inside lane denying access from the slip road even though the middle and outer lanes are empty. Why don't they move over to allow access then move back into the inside lane.

I believe in the USA it is the slip road traffic that has right of way and those already on the motorway have to adjust their speed to allow entry. I actually think this is a better system.
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