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    Default Front foglights, new perspective

    So im driving to work minding my own business listening to Radio 2, I was surprised (being school half term and all) to find myself behind a lady in a brand new Land Rover Disco who keeps slowing down and speeding off, being on CC I end up getting quite close at times, then suddenly out of nowhere she starts slamming on the anchors on a straight road, but I can't see why as her car is sooo damn big!

    After the second time of nearly ploughing into her I decide poke my nose out and find out whats going on, only to find what I think was a yellow/gold Mazda 323 infront of her flashing his rear foglight, sounding his horn and slamming on the brakes....

    Me having no patience for this BS and wanting to get to work without incident, I don't brake and instead pull out and overtake the Disco the next time she brakes hard. The guy in the Mazda (?) now stops driving like a twonk and I then realise looking in my mirror just why he was playing silly games! foglights!

    After reaching dual track, I overtake the Mazda(?) and give him a short horn blast of disapproval, I then carry on driving to work feeling slightly irate at what had just happened and with the Disco trying to catch me (why?).

    Now she probably didn't realise the foglights were on and in my experience children especially like to (mess) turn them on and it can take weeks before most people realise! (the sort of people who drive with lights off in the dark because they never look at the dash when they're driving).

    None the less, the point is her driving with foglights caused another road user to drive erratically in heavy traffic and could have easily caused an accident with the people following behind. Who's fault would it have been?
    Yep, the guy at the back! me!
    Last edited by Birchy63; 30th October 2009 at 11:17.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Birchy63 View Post
    being on CC I end up getting quite close at times, then suddenly out of nowhere she starts slamming on the anchors on a straight road, but I can't see why as her car is sooo damn big!

    Who's fault would it have been?
    Yep, the guy at the back! me!


    Yes, you're right it would have been your fault - from what you've posted, you were too close to her, regardless of what else was going on.

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    After a while you get a bit sick of speeding up and slowing down, I admit I shouldn't have gotten lazy and set an average speed on the CC (instead of slowing/speeding with her), but I did and I think most people would too after 2 miles of this first thing in the morning.
    The car behind me was getting seriously close too, I figured that by going at an average I'd prevent everyone behind me having to speed/slow too.
    Last edited by Birchy63; 30th October 2009 at 11:28.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Birchy63 View Post
    Now she probably didn't realise the foglights were on and in my experience children especially like to (mess) turn them on and it can take weeks before most people realise! (the sort of people who drive with lights off in the dark because they never look at the dash when they're driving).
    Pity she didn't own a Vauxhall where they turn themselves off once the headlights or ignition have been turned off.

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    I thought they all were "ignition live". She may has switched them on as it "looks cool".Well to some it looks cool. To me I find it very anoying too.

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    At the risk of teaching you to suck eggs ...

    ... and I don't mean to sound as though I'm doing you down either!


    Quote Originally Posted by Birchy63 View Post
    After a while you get a bit sick of speeding up and slowing down

    Yes, agreed, but I'd start to wonder why the vehicle ahead was speeding up and slowing down. if I didn't already know what was in front of them, I'd slow, drop back and move sideways to obtain a (safe) view forward. I know you did this, but it sounds like you left it a while if it went on for two miles


    Quote Originally Posted by Birchy63 View Post
    The car behind me was getting seriously close too

    The you need to slow down and drop back even further from the vehicle ahead, as you need to allow yourself distance to slow down/halt and extra distance to allow for the fact that should you brake hard, the vehicle behind you will have less time to brake.

    (Which would be their fault of course, but that's slim consolation when you're waiting for recovery/an ambulance/a hearse.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Dave View Post
    Pity she didn't own a Vauxhall where they turn themselves off once the headlights or ignition have been turned off.
    the new disco 3's have ford style light switches
    so they do turn on and off with the lights meaning that she would have had to turn the lights on and then past that to turn on the fog lights .....
    the fords always have the rear fog lights come on BEFORE the fronts as all cars are fitted with rear and not necessarily front fog lights....suggesting that if you were behind her and no rear fogs on BUT fronts were on .....
    that she had a wiring/fault she wasnt aware of

    common problem on disco 3's is the nsf fog lamp wiring chafing on the bulkhead because of poor positioning at build - will start as fogs on then - eventually fogs off!! as they burn the wiring out

    i can understand your frustration - but sometimes its not driver error but a manufacturing defect thats behind the cause.....

    she would have been oblivious as her light switch would have been in the right position and probably just thought that it was another "well meaning"
    supporter of 4x4 drivers

    the correct thing to do on her part and yours would have been to slow down to allow the "nutter" in the 323 to move away - allowing anyone else to pass her (you if you so wished when safe to do so) and prevent a possible road rage/accident

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    Quote Originally Posted by deztroyer View Post
    the fords always have the rear fog lights come on BEFORE the fronts



    No, they don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fruit'n'nut View Post
    No, they don't.
    well maybe they dont - but they do have wiring faults
    as i process probably 5-10 claims a week for them

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    Quote Originally Posted by deztroyer View Post
    well maybe they dont - but they do have wiring faults


    Land Rover or Ford?

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