January 31, 2007

To drive this badly takes real skill

I’m not thinking about the “never had an accident seen thousands in the mirror” brigade here. Nope, this is an altogether higher evolution of driver. People who:

drive slowly because they are keeping the car a constant 1.5 feet from the left hand kerb. Not 1.4 and most certainly not 1.6, so they have to go along at 30 mph as any faster ruins their concentration…. you’ve got to be able to visualise where your car is on the road pretty precisely to do this.

wait ages in front of you at roundabouts while nothing is blocking them then spring out in front an oncoming car from the right at the last minute… without crashing… you have to have exceptional timing skills to pull this off as well as an understanding of tyre adhesion and how quickly the engine picks up for a given depression of the throttle pedal.

try to execute a u turn after pulling out from having parallel parked on the side of the road and blocking traffic in both directions, then waiting for someone to pass… not so much a driving skill though it does require good situational awareness skills to avoid a collision, and more planning is required to actually pull it off;

The thing is, though, these examples show that it’s not bad driving. It’s not a case of someone driving badly, they’re actually driving pretty well, if you think about it… but why do I end up behind them each morning?

Anyone got any other examples of driving so good it’s bad?


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  1. tom

    I particularly like people who’ll drive at 40 mph along a national speed limit road (even in perfect conditions) and then continue at exactly the same speed when they enter a 30 mph zone. It’s taking driving ‘within their ability’ to the next level where it superceeds legal limits! Awesome.

    31 Jan 2007, 13:34

  2. Mathew Mannion

    try to execute a u turn after pulling out from having parallel parked on the side of the road and blocking traffic in both directions, then waiting for someone to pass…

    Somebody right in front of me did this near the Union/Cryfield crossing last night. There’s a goddamn roundabout 40 yards down the road… Argh, imbeciles.

    31 Jan 2007, 13:38

  3. Allan Smith

    Whenever I’m on a slip road to join the motorway I invariably get stuck behind the person who doesn’t think that accelerating to the speed of the lane you’re joining before you actually join it may be a good idea.

    31 Jan 2007, 15:35

  4. Mathew Mannion

    Always the other way for me. Just how tempting is it to ram people who slow down before leaving the motorway?

    31 Jan 2007, 15:41


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