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The reason Britains roads are clogged

#2
Nah, the reason is mindless selfish b@astards driving along for miles in the middle lane when the inside is clear to the horizon, mostly in BMWs...........

Oh, and the Feds for not nicking them for doing it - its the only way they'll learn.........
 
#3
Agree with both, plus w****ers doing 45mph in the rain without thier headlights on so you cant ever get past the b******ds!!

Feel better for that!
 
#4
Having been a weekend commuter (bean stealer) for some time now, the hours I have spent watching the traffic up and down the M1 has led me to a number of conclusions as to why the traffic appears to move much slower than it could (not in any particular order - they all annoy the sh1t out of me):

Overtaking lorries. One lorry overtaking another lorry at a speed diference of less than 10 mph takes up two thirds of the available carriageway therefore forcing the much faster car/van traffic into one lane.

F*cking dimwits (no - not always women or the aged) sitting in the centre lane at 65mph no matter what. Again, this forces the rest of the traffic into one lane as well as giving an excuse to the tw*ts who undertake.

Tw*ts who sit in the outside lane when the inner lanes are almost empty and will only swerve into the centre lane when the outside lane comes to a full stop due to the weight of traffic - almost taking out Mr F*ckwit who is still sitting in the centre lane or Mr Tw*t who is undertaking everybody. (Yes you - you with the short grey wearing a combat jacket driving a sh1t-coloured Astra estate on the M1 last Friday near Loughborough - did you not see that the majority of the traffic was going past you on the inside and THEN moving out to the outside lane - you w*anker). I especially liked the 800m gap in front of you - were your brakes shot? F*cking t*sser!

Rubbernecking- be it at an accident or a Police car who is sitting at the side of the motorway givng either Mr F*ckwit or Mr Tw*t a ticket for undertaking/speeding/etc. What do you expect to see?

Mr BMW/Mercedes/Suberu Imprezza - who think because their car can do 150 mph - they must try and achieve that speed at every opportunity and at 5m from rear of the car in front thereore preventing anyone from changing lanes. I especially like it when you make sure that your ABS works by stamping on the brakes because you were only observing traffic 5 metres ahead.

W*nkers who leave 200m+ gaps in front of them whilst sitting in the middle or outside lane. Why?

As ever in life, it's not one single reason for something that happens, it's a number of intertwined and related reasons that result in the traffic on Britains roads moving much slower than it could. The volume of traffic doesn't help either.

I'm going for a lie down.
 
#6
according to the local plod, 1 in 4 cars are on the road illegally, either no driving licence / no tax / no MOT / no insurance or a combination thereof. Solution, get them ALL off the road, draconian fines (£1K for each offence) and vehicle made into razor blades. Result, loads of room on the motorways, loads of revenue for the government so that can stop milking us
 
#7
Come out here and drive on the motorways of Eastern Europe! Most are new roads so the surface is excellent and the volume of traffick is very low. I normally cruise at 120+ mph. If you do get stopped by the Hungarian/Serbian/Croatian/Slovack/Czech police it is possible to either talk your way out of it or bribe them. Twice I have let a copper drive my car to see its top end and been let off with a 'please drive more slowly, and be careful, there is another speed trap in 20km'

The worst drivers in the region are Austrians; technically they are good, but refuse to let you pass if they are doing the speed limit. Hitler was Austrian. Romanians and Albanians are so bad it is comical, but you expect them to do stupid things as soon as you recognise the country sticker.

British roads would be a lot better if the thieving gypsy tax-man put a small percentage of fuel duty and road tax receipts towards maintenence, and the train companies were forced to charge realistic rates for cargo transportation (it is cheaper for a HGV to drive from Aberdeen to Southampton, including an overnight stop, than to put to load onto a train) as this should remove a large part of the HGV traffic from the motorways. Also hippies who object to cars and new roads should be forced to enter a register, and if they are ever found driving on a motorway, and driving anything but a Prius or other hybrid car, then they should be shot.

Plod should also get off the motorway and only be there if there is an accident; too few people have the balls to overtake the cop car, resulting in a rolling roadblock of 65mph when everyone normally does 85-100.

I have the joys of this to look forward to in May on the '06 Gumball; rozzers will be all over London and the M20 to the Tunnel :(
 
#8
One thing that really gets me is

People who drive with fog lights on for no reason.

In Germany there is an easy cure. Using fog lamps means visibility is less than 50m thus maximum speed can be no more than 50kmh (30mph) because of the safe braking distance. Any faster than that and you get done for dangerous driving! Simple.

An inability to realise that unless you are overtaking you belong in the inside lane.

I am how ever all for safe braking distances to the vehicle in front. Kinda makes sense...

Just saw dreads post. All Austrian coppers are utter cnuts who wait for the tourist to tootle past before pulling them over for speeding. No speed camera or laser necessary. Why? Because they get to estimate your speed! They fecking guess and there is zilch you can do about it.
 
#9
bobos said:
according to the local plod, 1 in 4 cars are on the road illegally, either no driving licence / no tax / no MOT / no insurance or a combination thereof. Solution, get them ALL off the road, draconian fines (£1K for each offence) and vehicle made into razor blades. Result, loads of room on the motorways, loads of revenue for the government so that can stop milking us
Good point about the insurance. My insurance costs 2k per year. What would happen if UK plod catches me without it? I end up in a magistrate's court and get a 150 quid fine.

Chances of being stopped by the police more than 10 times a year = 0. So where is the incentive for a cnut to pay for his insurance? Fair enough, I would soon loose my job as my employer would be peeved with my lawbreaking, but it is no deterrant to the average chav wnaker (chavs on roads in crappy astras should also be shot on sight).
 
#10
Red Nissan Micras are the Devil's cars. I am convinced that there is some sort of 'grey conspiracy' amongst old people to put these wretched roller-skates on the roads to obstruct everyone else.

Just try it - next time you are held up in a queue of traffic, see what's at the front - it's always a red Nissan Micra driven by a geriatric!

It's getting so bad I'm thinking of lining my car with tinfoil.
 

Legs

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#11
Dread said:
Good point about the insurance. My insurance costs 2k per year. What would happen if UK plod catches me without it? I end up in a magistrate's court and get a 150 quid fine.
WTF are you driving? (or do you have a bad record?)
 
#12
Old people should take a reflex test every year and if their reaction time is worse than someone over the drink drive limit they should have their licences permanently removed.

Edited for semantics and mong spelling!
 
#13
I think the big wide roads with the blue signs are great. I have lots of room in my lane, and I use the lanes to my left and right as a saftey zone in case I wander a bit.

I do get a bit upset when the big trucks come past me in the lane on my left, are they really allowed to do that? Thanks to all of the people that flash their lights at me to say hello before they over take, some even take the time to wave as they go past, again thank you.




Wah . . . . In fact this year I made a new years resolution to stay calm and not get frustrated I will also try not to nudge such pr@ts out of the middle lane, or swerve accross them from right to left having just overtaken. My resolution lasted until I was on the M3 on 03 Jan. The whole f'king road was empty apart from about 5 cars and one pr@t still sat in the center lane - -W@nker.

Fog lights on because its raining W@nkers
Center lane club W@nkers
Queing behind a lorry on the inside lane of a motorway because they do not know how to change lanes W@nkers
Doing 40 along a 60MPH 'A' road because they never go above 40 W@nkers
Caravans - -nuff said W@nkers
Tractors on the raod between 0700 and 0900 and then again between 1600 and 1700 W@ankers
Waiting at roundabouts and other Give Way lines, when its clear to go W@nkers
Not using indicators W@nkers
Mothers taking kids to school in a 4x4 they cannot dive above 30 MPH Tw@ts
Motor cyclist without lights W@nkers

As fo me - well I am Mr Perfect of course . . . . . W@nker for getting caught by a camera !!
 
#14
Im in court myself 1st march, because I let the poilsh guy i work with try our roads. 11.30 at night, no ****** on the road, except for plod who stops us because hes driving in the hedge almost. End result, ill probably lose my license, as I already have 6 points. What does everyone reckon?

Sure I'll plead poverty, because I'm skint. I'm aiming to set up a business in March, if/when I get the funding, without a car I'll be stuffed.

I thought it was a £200 quid fine? Or does it depoend on area? Dyfed-Powys are but-raping me at the moment.
 
#15
Legs said:
Dread said:
Good point about the insurance. My insurance costs 2k per year. What would happen if UK plod catches me without it? I end up in a magistrate's court and get a 150 quid fine.
WTF are you driving? (or do you have a bad record?)
2002 Lotus Esprit V8 and a 2005 Maserati Quattroporte

:)

Never had a claim. Cover is high as they are Guernsey registered cars but I keep them in Eastern Europe.
 
#16
Dread said:
Legs said:
Dread said:
Good point about the insurance. My insurance costs 2k per year. What would happen if UK plod catches me without it? I end up in a magistrate's court and get a 150 quid fine.
WTF are you driving? (or do you have a bad record?)
2002 Lotus Esprit V8 and a 2005 Maserati Quattroporte

:)

Never had a claim. Cover is high as they are Guernsey registered cars but I keep them in Eastern Europe.
Tell the truth Dread. You are reallya 23 year old male driveing a hand painted Mazda complete with sound system that cost more than the car is worth and an addon exhaust the size of a dustbin. Thats why it costs 2k to insure you.
 
#17
Constant driver-skill updating would help, much like the BFG series of things done in the 80's for Snow driving,fog,wet weather,distance keeping,how to integrate into traffic flow.
Mind you mongs who drive 10-15% under the max speed make my blood boil.The limits there USE IT.
Or the MPV driving school-run brigade will have us all doing 15 mph everywhere.
 
#19
Have add my two pence worth here: The ******* that are in the right hand lane at traffic light where you can go straight on or turn right, no indicator on, you pull up behind them lights change they move two feet forward and start indicating leaving you trapped behind the *******!
 
#20
Steven said:
Tell the truth Dread. You are reallya 23 year old male driveing a hand painted Mazda complete with sound system that cost more than the car is worth and an addon exhaust the size of a dustbin. Thats why it costs 2k to insure you.
I wish I was 23!

I am 34 and a Director of KPMG Central and Eastern Europe. Previous jobs were Army (Capt RA), Regional boss of an insurance company (here in Budapest) and a year with the UN (which is why I hate the UN so much). As for proof, have a look at some of the Gumball websites and look for car 72 in the 2005 rally. I am the bald one!

Exhaust add-ons do not work; I did it on last year's Gumball because the ends were looking tatty. It came off in Germany and hit my mates 911 Turbo. The big hole in the front bumper and cost me just over 1,000 euros to repair (and no, I didnt claim it because of the effect on my no-claims).
 

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