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Re: Who are the best/worst drivers on the road?

Posted: 27 Apr 2019, 2:16pm
by DaveGos
Horse box trailers and lorries with horses seem the worst to me and its ironic that they when not in vehicle are the most vulnerable road users. Last week I was travelling on a b road and one pulled out of a minor lane , they saw I was there but pulled out regardless, so close I had to apply brakes or i would of piled into the lorry. The other dislike in this area are the trailers wider than the vehicle and they pile past you and then when the trailer passes you loose another 6 inches. After that its got to be range rover drivers , something deranged with a lot of them , often very aggressive towards cyclists

Re: Who are the best/worst drivers on the road?

Posted: 29 Apr 2019, 9:14pm
by pwa
DaveGos wrote:Horse box trailers and lorries with horses seem the worst to me and its ironic that they when not in vehicle are the most vulnerable road users. Last week I was travelling on a b road and one pulled out of a minor lane , they saw I was there but pulled out regardless, so close I had to apply brakes or i would of piled into the lorry. The other dislike in this area are the trailers wider than the vehicle and they pile past you and then when the trailer passes you loose another 6 inches. After that its got to be range rover drivers , something deranged with a lot of them , often very aggressive towards cyclists

Having towed many trailers, it is best if the trailer sticks out a tiny bit wider than the body of the towing vehicle but not wider than the mirrors. That way you can see the trailer in the wing mirrors when you are reversing and provide steering inputs more accurately. You do, of course, have to remember the trailer is there when passing something or someone. I've had a caravan come sideways at me before!

Re: Who are the best/worst drivers on the road?

Posted: 2 May 2019, 9:00am
by peetee
Anyone who struggles to assess or ignores the relative speeds of other road users. Specifically:
Drivers that think there's enough space to get in front before a junction/obstruction.
Those in a side road that only give a cursory glance your way, see a 'slow' cyclist, look the other way then pull out.
Those on a slip road that don't look for a gap early and adjust their speed to match the traffic.

Re: Who are the best/worst drivers on the road?

Posted: 2 May 2019, 9:21am
by hemo
From a 49 mile ride yesterday I would also say the Bell End/prick driving a van who was impatient/narked by having to be behind me on a narrow country lane out in East Sx /Kent borders of Cowden/Marks Beech. Having got by me he deliberately decide to kick all the dust/crap up by driving in to the n/s edge, for my part I was able to stop and pull in to a filed gate/entrance until the debris/dust settled.


I believe in Karma and no doubt it will come to bite him somewhere/somewhen in his life.

Re: Who are the best/worst drivers on the road?

Posted: 2 May 2019, 6:53pm
by brynpoeth
Bus drivers, I could not steer one of those monsters :?
They are the worst too, I thought buses had an automatic brake that was applied when the vehicle stops so it cannae creep forward while tickets are being sold
But I saw one today stopped at the lights by the train station, it moved off again and crawled over the line on red, that does not happen through absent-minded-ness, it's worth a few points, second time I have seen this recently by chance without specially observing
Ten points, no licence!
Could we send the driver to PurgaTory?

Re: Who are the best/worst drivers on the road?

Posted: 4 May 2019, 9:18pm
by BrightonRock
Agree with the above, horse box drivers are nice concerned with the condition of their contents than other road users

Re: Who are the best/worst drivers on the road?

Posted: 22 May 2019, 2:35pm
by robing
One thing that seems to be on the increase is drivers stopping anywhere - and I mean anywhere often in inconvenient or downright dangerous places. A lot of it is phone related. But instead of finding a safe place to pull over they stop anywhere they like.

Re: Who are the best/worst drivers on the road?

Posted: 22 May 2019, 2:44pm
by Bonefishblues
A tragic and sadly topical case in point.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-englan ... rash-death

Re: Who are the best/worst drivers on the road?

Posted: 22 May 2019, 3:23pm
by brynpoeth
Courier drivers are bad
I think they are told to reverse into parking spaces where necessary and safe
Observed several recently reversing where there was no need to, maybe they need to learn when reversing is appropriate and when not :?

Re: Who are the best/worst drivers on the road?

Posted: 22 May 2019, 3:33pm
by Mike Sales
I cannot tell one make of car from another, so it's easy for me to resist this invitation to generalise.
I find that the worst are those with a motor.
I would not want to base my reaction to an approaching vehicle on their bonnet badge. Treat 'em all as suspect until proved otherwise is safest.

Re: Who are the best/worst drivers on the road?

Posted: 29 May 2019, 9:44am
by Sloth
Buses and taxis where I live.Bus drivers with their "you have no right to the road attitude" it seems