mattsccm wrote:Commercial vehicle drivers of any sort. There appears to be the general attitude that as they drive for a living they are more important than other road users as well as being better drivers. They seem to want to be everywhere to soon and are obviously far to important to wait for a few seconds. Indicators appear not to be fitted ti any form of commercial vehicle either.
Maybe city 4WD ers are suspect but frankly the cities and all in them can go and take a jump so I care not a toss. In the countryside 4WDs tend be be driven properly. Just decided that I can exempt the milk lorries from the commercial vehicle hate but I'll add tourists.
Generally I find commercial vehicle drivers to be exemplary when I'm driving or cycling,4x4 drivers are generally a completely different kettle of fish altogether.
Only yesterday driving on a singletrack country road with passing places,blind bends and blind summits aplenty,I pulled into a passing place to let the tailgating 4x4 driver pass only to watch him accelerate fiercely upto a speed well in excess of what was safe.
He or anyone else coming the other way wouldn't have stood a chance of avoiding a collision,such antics by 4x4 drivers aren't rare on country roads IME.
There is a tendency for a certain ilk of 4X4 drivers to be "entitled". They expect the lesser classes to get out of their way and to cater to their sometimes excessive speed and poor road positioning. Those in Range Rovers seem the worst, for some reason. Audi SUV-come-4X4s are also a bit that way. The driver is usually a gesticulating fat red-faced type inclined also to honk or even wind down a window and bellow.
Despite the ludicrous names of their vehicles, workaday 4X4s seem better driven. There is a "Barabarian" and a "Warrior" in the Mitsubishi range, for example. I have seen "Marauders", "Outlaws" and similar .... but they often behave quite well. Perhaps there is a "Raper & Pillager" or a "Bluddy-Minded Hooligan" also behaving well, despite the nomenclature dreamt up by the advertmen?
Some of the best drivers are mad old Welsh blokes on small and ancient tractors. They seem to use them as though they were a car, rather than as an agricultural vehicle. One often sees such a tractor parked outtside the village shop or on a neighbour's drive. They go slow and are very courteous.