Who are the best/worst drivers on the road?

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

Postby thirdcrank » 26 Jun 2018, 6:06pm

By coincidence, just after I posted, I walked to pick up my grandchildren from school. A van driver who would have otherwise ignored a red light was forced to stop by other traffic setting off at green and then rode the clutch until he got red + amber and immediately set off driving with one hand because he was eating an iced lolly with the other. HIGHWAY MAINTENANCE signs front and back.

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

Postby robing » 26 Jun 2018, 8:10pm

Highway maintenance definitely some of the worst drivers. Having just ridden the length of the country I have found hgv drivers to be the best - give nice wide passes could teach most motorists a thing or two .

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

Postby Sweep » 29 Jun 2018, 9:34pm

robing wrote:Highway maintenance definitely some of the worst drivers. Having just ridden the length of the country I have found hgv drivers to be the best - give nice wide passes could teach most motorists a thing or two .

interesting. A lot of truth in this I think. Tend to think that it might be because before being put in charge of such an expensive item with potential to wreak real havoc, the drivers go through some serious training. Also, the fact that those vehicles often have the branding of a big company on them that wouldn't want its image tarnished.
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Postby robing » 8 Jul 2018, 12:26pm

Sweep wrote:
robing wrote:Highway maintenance definitely some of the worst drivers. Having just ridden the length of the country I have found hgv drivers to be the best - give nice wide passes could teach most motorists a thing or two .

interesting. A lot of truth in this I think. Tend to think that it might be because before being put in charge of such an expensive item with potential to wreak real havoc, the drivers go through some serious training. Also, the fact that those vehicles often have the branding of a big company on them that wouldn't want its image tarnished.

I could be cynical and say that if they didn't give you a wide berth they would probably just squish you, but I think it's more than that. Many times I will hear an HGV driver changing down the gears and waiting patiently behind me until it is safe to pass. If I can find a safe place to pull over, I always do and wave them past. I always get a hoot to say thank you.

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Postby Bowedw » 8 Jul 2018, 12:36pm

The best drivers are those with Xray vision enabling them to see through hedges, otherwise how are they able to do on a single track road, what I would estimate to be well over 30, this around a blind bend. Mere mortals like myself have to slow down to about 15mph and then I have my foot poised on the brake just in case.

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Postby Paulatic » 8 Jul 2018, 12:47pm

HGV drivers have been the best on our E2E
A lot of car and motor home drivers need to go to Specsavers
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Re: Who are the best/worst drivers on the road?

Postby londoncommuter0000 » 18 Jul 2018, 10:41am

robing wrote:I think most lorry drivers are excellent. Many times I'll have one patiently waiting behind until it's safe to pass, and when they do they give me a very wide pass. Could teach other drivers a thing or two. (However in France I had a number of very close passes by lorries where I almost got sucked into their slipstream.) Worst drivers? Hard to say - wvm, mini cabs, 4x4s all candidates.


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

Postby robing » 27 Jul 2018, 3:33pm

Highway Maintenance vehicles. I think they are sub contractors employed by the council. I had two run one with these yesterday.
First was one I was on the main road and he entered from the right, right in front of me. This happens quite a lot. I honestly think they just don't care because you are a bike, or think it doesn't matter because the bike is on the left side of the road so they can just pull out in front of you anyway.
And it wasn't a smidsy, he definitely saw me.

Second was one who came through a traffic calming chicane, even though I had priority.

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

Postby tykeboy2003 » 30 Jul 2018, 11:38am

Worst
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Boy racers.

Last week on a completely empty road with plenty of width, had one of the aforementioned types in a souped up hatchback, pass within a foot at something over 60mph. Obviously deliberate and designed to intimidate me.

Old people.

I'm oldish (62), but I know to leave plenty of room for cyclists, most in my age group or older seem not to know.

Best
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Can't think of any.....

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

Postby reohn2 » 30 Jul 2018, 11:42am

According to some the worst drivers are those with the better brakes :?
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Re: Who are the best/worst drivers on the road?

Postby Cugel » 30 Jul 2018, 2:06pm

reohn2 wrote:According to some the worst drivers are those with the better brakes :?


Sadly, it can be the case. Long ago my father-in-law acquired a new Audi (!) with the then novel ABS. He often drove like a fool and would dismiss expressions of doubt concerning his behaviour with a reference to the ABS, which he believed would not just stop him skidding but also enable him to get his great clumsy foot off the deck and on to the brake pedal in no time at all - assuming he was looking out of the windscreen to see the approaching hazard, which he often wasn't.

No, the prangs and bangs did not disabuse him of this notion concerning ABS. Luckily, he never harmed anyone. Pure luck, to be exact. Or perhaps the compensating avoidances of his potential victims as they saw him careening down the road?

Did he drive like a fool before the ABS? Yes. So perhaps the point is moot after all?

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Postby reohn2 » 30 Jul 2018, 5:00pm

Idiots will be idiots even if driving sheep :wink:
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Re: Who are the best/worst drivers on the road?

Postby brynpoeth » 28 Jan 2019, 6:29am

Pizza delivery drivers are particularly bad at driving and parking, likewise pizza delivery cyclists on e-bikes, one undertook me yesterday
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Re: Who are the best/worst drivers on the road?

Postby tykeboy2003 » 28 Jan 2019, 6:41am

3putter wrote:School run mums. Their minds are often on anything but their driving and they are usually in a rush. Inattentive, lacking anticipation, selfish parking etc. etc.......

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

Postby Cugel » 28 Jan 2019, 8:39am

This thread revival prompts me to emit a comment about stereotyping, which seems to be all the rage hereabouts recently.

Might I suggest that the worst and best drivers are defined not by their age, gender, class, appearance, role or any of the other categories employed as favourite stereotypes by various posters who have had a singular instance or two in which a bad driver happened to be in a taxi, aged 19 and male or whatever.................. but by their behaviour. My own experience is that every kind of age, gender, appearance, class etcetera has it's share of good drivers and bad.

Of course, the longer you ride a bike (or drive yourself) the more instances of good and bad driving you will have observed. Thus being an ole scrote should give us wrinkles a better sample. But some of our members seem only to remember the last instance of bad driving they saw (perhaps the last three) and extrapolate into a stereotype from that/those.
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PS I think people in white cars, especially SUVs with personalised number plates, are the worst. (Sample of two in the last 5 years).