Cars overtaking and then slowing down.

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Re: Cars overtaking and then slowing down.

Postby MikeF » 11 Jan 2017, 7:40pm

[XAP]Bob wrote:
This is one place where hand signals are useful. When I see blue lights I generally make suitable accommodation on the road (as you did) but also signal to the vehicles following that that is what I am doing. In general they take the hint and stop behind me, then notice the blue lights as they fly past.
In this case it shouldn't have been necessary, as she should have checked at the give way lines that it was OK to proceed, but she didn't. I know I was just passed the lines, but I wasn't causing any problem for the ambulance and was watching its somewhat progress. She arrived after me by which the ambulance was just about to enter the r/a.
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Re: Cars overtaking and then slowing down.

Postby gxaustin » 16 Jan 2017, 6:01pm

Funny story. In the 70s they built some speed bumps at Nottingham University. They were deceptively long and low but were precisely designed as a sine wave and really upset the suspension of the cars of the day should they exceed the design speed of 20mph. I overtook a Citroen Dyane as it slowed for a bump. It then forged past me on the straight - but oh dear there was another bump a short way ahead. The Citroen braked hard but too late. I should point out that the Citroen had passengers in the back seat and a full rack (12x12) of eggs on the rear shelf. As the car hit the bump the eggs jumped in the air and as the car was still braking hard, they came back down one row in front. The front row therefore fell down the backs of the rear seat passengers who were leaning forwards under braking. As the driver released the brakes the passengers went back in their seats, squashing the eggs and causing me much hilarity.
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Re: Cars overtaking and then slowing down.

Postby reohn2 » 16 Jan 2017, 6:27pm

Nice story but why the shouty?
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Re: Cars overtaking and then slowing down.

Postby Bonefishblues » 16 Jan 2017, 6:42pm

Interesting failure, since that was the original design brief of a 2CV - to carry a basket of eggs across a ploughed field :lol:

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Re: Cars overtaking and then slowing down.

Postby gxaustin » 16 Jan 2017, 7:37pm

Nice story but why the shouty?


Capitals are SHOUTY - I just used a larger font because I prefer it to 8 point or whatever this is.

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Re: Cars overtaking and then slowing down.

Postby gxaustin » 16 Jan 2017, 7:39pm

Interesting failure, since that was the original design brief of a 2CV - to carry a basket of eggs across a ploughed field


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Re: Cars overtaking and then slowing down.

Postby mjr » 16 Jan 2017, 7:48pm

gxaustin wrote:
Nice story but why the shouty?


Capitals are SHOUTY - I just used a larger font because I prefer it to 8 point or whatever this is.

No, large font is also shouty. If you prefer a large font, reconfigure your browser: it's Preferences: Content: Fonts in mine. I can also change one website at a time by holding ctrl and pressing + and - or using the mouse wheel.
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Re: Cars overtaking and then slowing down.

Postby gxaustin » 16 Jan 2017, 8:18pm

OK, I'm waving a white flag in the face of overwhelming force

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Re: Cars overtaking and then slowing down.

Postby Redvee » 17 Jan 2017, 12:57am

What about when it's another cyclist?


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[XAP]Bob
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Re: Cars overtaking and then slowing down.

Postby [XAP]Bob » 17 Jan 2017, 3:07pm

Still MGIF.
A shortcut has to be a challenge, otherwise it would just be the way. No situation is so dire that panic cannot make it worse.
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Re: Cars overtaking and then slowing down.

Postby karlt » 17 Jan 2017, 3:51pm

Benefit of the doubt - he may not have known about the oncoming crossing at the point he overtook you.

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Re: Cars overtaking and then slowing down.

Postby [XAP]Bob » 17 Jan 2017, 4:34pm

Still a blind corner
A shortcut has to be a challenge, otherwise it would just be the way. No situation is so dire that panic cannot make it worse.
There are two kinds of people in this world: those can extrapolate from incomplete data.