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    well living en route of the leeds fest ive encountered many out of towners today, mainly one, in the left hand lane at the roundabout coming opposite me, left hand lane leads straight on or left to tescos, seeing hes the only car there i keep rolling to the roundabout, thought id quickly glance round the blind spot, good job i did as the clown came all the way round

    had to jump on the brakes, stopped me really sharpish, was rather pleased acutally behind the all the effin this and effin that at this berk, really bugs me though how it would have been classed as my fault if he hit me

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    Yip them roads are a war zone these days, got to have your defensive head on all the time. Know what you mean though, some people seem to think because they've passed their test they can do what they like.

    I bet if you were to give them a re-test I bet a high proportion of them would fail due to generally bad driving, habits and lane discipline.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adz86 View Post
    well living en route of the leeds fest ive encountered many out of towners today, mainly one, in the left hand lane at the roundabout coming opposite me, left hand lane leads straight on or left to tescos, seeing hes the only car there i keep rolling to the roundabout, thought id quickly glance round the blind spot, good job i did as the clown came all the way round

    had to jump on the brakes, stopped me really sharpish, was rather pleased acutally behind the all the effin this and effin that at this berk, really bugs me though how it would have been classed as my fault if he hit me
    A lesson I learned many years ago is to never assume anything where other drivers are concerned. I agree with you that with him being in the left lane you may have assumed he was going into Tesco's or straight on, but I still would'nt have pulled out until I was sure of his intentions. However it also sounds like he was not going slow either if he managed to travel completely round the island sufficiently fast enough to warrant your braking hard.

    Its similar to assuming the car coming towards you with his left indicator flashing means he is going to turn left, but the wise driver would wait until he is actually making the turn before pulling out. Same for people waiting in traffic at islands, why do they keep looking at traffic coming round the Island when they still have cars in front of them. I never take my eyes off the vehicle in front, and only move when I'm sure he's gone.

    The number of times I've seen accidents where a driver has thought the car had moved off, but unknown to him the car in front had stopped again due to perhaps a fast car coming round the island and he's ended up hiting the cars rear end.

    Assume nothing, other than the fact that often drivers never do what you expect. Lesson One in my book ' How to avoid a accident' priced £2.50 at all good bookshops.
    We all make mistakes, and there's no such thing as the perfect driver, we can only try to be! and a good driver never assumes anything.

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    yeah at roundabouts and junctions i just stare at the car infront, like yourself ive seen it too many times people go into the back of other cars that they think will go

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adz86 View Post
    yeah at roundabouts and junctions i just stare at the car infront, like yourself ive seen it too many times people go into the back of other cars that they think will go

    Absolutely matey... its so easily done too, these days if you want to avoid bumps, you have to drive defensively, always reading the road, and trying to anticipate what's likely to happen.

    Even then, there's always the risk some idiot who is not so careful will ram you up the rear end, it happened to my son a few weeks ago when I was passenger in his car, we were stuck in stationary traffic, and this pillock on his mobile phone rammed into the back of us. He said he had not realised the traffic had stopped...we had been stationary for at least 2 or 3 mins when he hit my sons car, luckily it was not my sons pride n joy car, it was one of the older cars.

    Unlucky for the driver, there was a police car 3 cars in front of us, and he booked the driver for using a mobile phone, and careless driving, or undue care, or something like that, served the pratt right, at least we had a good witness...lol My sons been quite unlucky this year, as that was the second time someone has hit him in the rearend, though I'm not surprised when I see how close some drivers tailgate these days.

    I wish you safe driving Matey.... take care.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brifen View Post

    I bet if you were to give them a re-test I bet a high proportion of them would fail due to generally bad driving, habits and lane discipline.
    True, but I think most out of the many who fail would be better than a brand new 17 year old driver who may pass the test, but has no experience....

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    my biggest pet hate, people who think the call they are on is more important than other peoples safety, buy a hands free kit FFS, or use the one you get FREE with the phone!!!!

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    Totally agree.
    Taxi drivers are exempt from all rules of the road in Plymouth btw

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    One of the first things I did following being rear-ended at a roundabout a few months back (he admitted full liability thankfully, as in the middle of a busy town no-one saw anything ) was to get one of these little DVR cameras off the bay. It sits nicely behind the passenger side of the rear view mirror and records an excellent pic even in darkness.
    One or two people at work have questioned what use it is if someone hits my car from behind and I have pointed out that it independently validates my road position, my driving style/habits leading up to the incident, weather, road conditions, etc, etc. If that £60 saves me a few thousand in insurance costs then I think it's worth it.

    But to add to the sentiment one or two people have put forward already, I was taught something very simple, but very useful many years ago during some specialist driving training in the Army:
    'You have two eyes, both of which move in your head. That head moves on your neck. That neck moves on your body. Make use of all that movement to keep looking for the **** who's trying to hit you!'

    Seems reasonable to me

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