Tuesday, February 03, 2009

People are stupid when they drive.

Holy crap some people ought not to be let behind the wheel of a car. I had to drop Puddy at the vets for her ear cleaning earlier, a journey of less than five miles. And as I returned home it occurred to me that there are a few things which should be pretty obvious to most drivers.
If weather conditions are poor, fog, swirling snow/sleet, that sort of thing, put your bloody lights on.
If the ENTIRE windscreen of your car is covered in snow take it off before you drive. Do not put your hazards on and do it just before you enter a round about, you absolute idiot.
Slush can be slippy, drive slower.
Slush can spray small school kids if you drive through it quickly, don't be a prick.
Your journey is probably going to take longer in bad weather, leave earlier and be prepared to drive slower.
Don't fucking text while driving. Especially -ESPECIALLY -while driving on a busy road in poor weather conditions.
No, you don't have x-ray vision, clear the snow from your mirrors and windows.




Anonymous AM in Brussels said...

It's the same here. Had to do a 50km trip before work yesterday (very annoying since I live 3km from work).

I don't know how many cars I saw with no lights, or the windscreen, mirrors, etc covered in snow, flying down the motorway (which hadn't been gritted and salted yet). And tailgating. This is all too common here and bugs the shit out of me, but on slippy roads, it's madness.

Once such car tailgating me was a company car. With the name of the company plastered all over it. I moved in, let it pass, told me wife to take the number, and when I got to the office, I sent the company an e-mail saying that idiot employees shouldn't be allowed to drive. Or words to that effect.

10:11 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

I can understand your frustration, tailgating is annoying the best of times, on a motorway it's so stupid. Why the hell didn't he just pass you by?
I couldn't believe it when I saw your woman this morning pop her blinkers on and get out to clean the snow off her windscreen, having driven the entire way down the road with the whole thing covered. I mean WHY? Why would anyone do such a thing?

10:26 a.m.  
Blogger JL Pagano said...

Thank you, FMC, for saving me the trouble of writing a post. It's not driving tests people should take it's IQ ones.

10:55 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

It's staggering JL, how people don't seem to realise weather conditions need special considerations.

11:19 a.m.  
Blogger Conan Drumm said...

Never mind the silly drivers, why are you hogging all the snow?

11:47 a.m.  
Anonymous Babs said...

The no lights thing really pisses me off. I started to drive around the time of that "lights on - daytime" campaign that the RSA did so I always have mine on, rain or sunshine, daylight or night time, I have been told on numerous occasions things like "do you know you have your lights on, in the day time hahahaha" I think people think that it wastes petrol or something stupid.
AM - I did that before, the reporting someone in a company car, it was a Mariott employee in a new VW Beetle who was up my arse for about 20 mins and then tried to overtake on a bend etc, so I pulled in and called them there and then, got myself a free dinner in the restaurant out of it, I hope they took the money for it out of yer mans wages though and didn't just comp it!
FMC - I think a lot of people don't use their mirrors, ever, or just see them as some sort of decorative ornament on their car, like ears or something, and the lights are eyes, aw!

12:04 p.m.  
Blogger daisy mae said...

oh FMC, you would go nuts out here with the driving! i've got enough bad driving observations to write some sort of novella - and that's saying a lot because i'm not the greatest driver. however, i grew up in the land of snow and ice (buffalo, ny) and at the very least people know how to slow down and use a little common sense!

12:20 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Babs, that dusk and dawn lack of lighting is irritating to me too. If you want to be seen, light up. I think some folk just need a refresher course in how to drive and under a variety of conditions.

Conan, dunno, but it's patchy and not terribly delicious any more, probably when you DO get snow it will be a winter wonderland, like London appears to be, the lucky suckers.

12:22 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Sorry DM, we criss-crossed. Yep, the slowing down thing would be my main concern. Then lights. Like you say, common sense things.

12:23 p.m.  
Anonymous Cate said...

To the ass who ran me off the road yesterday and drove off... you truely are an ass and your SUV is ridiculous. You must indeed have a huge ass to require such a big ridiculous vehicle. You might learn how to drive it some day.

2:36 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Atta girl!

2:54 p.m.  
Anonymous Cate said...


3:04 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

WOW! big flakes, my garden is completely snow white again. Hah, the bigger of the cats has just come running. It's so pretty.

3:30 p.m.  
Blogger PI said...

NO lights- maybe they think they are helping the environment. Doh!

3:59 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

They should go by Shank's mare if that's the case Pat.

4:06 p.m.  
Anonymous Babs said...

I spent an hour digging my driveway clear of the snow (about 8" deep) so that I could drive out this afternoon, it was probably the most fun I have had all year apart from the frozen toes that I had afterwards, it's still lashing down outside my window. Yeeeeehaw!
I was driving on slippery country roads, about 30mph, people were beeping and flashing and overtaking me dangerously, I would have pulled in to let them past if there was somewhere to do that, but instead they did the dangerous thing and went insane, it bothers me so much.

I had a small crash last year on the ice, dropped a gear and went skidding down a hill, car turned around twice and then went sideways and then backwards down the hill into a wooden fence, I was alone, it was minus a million degrees, I got out of the car, torch on, hazards on, another car stopped, same thing, you could see us quite clearly and could see there was an accident so the ice was obviously quite bad, people were still flying past, one of them skidded as well, missed us by about three feet and into the fence as well, and still people flying past, it's like they have NO sense, though you are not tested on ice, in rain, on motorways, on country roads or in the dark in your driving test so it's no wonder, I think they think because the speed limit is 80kmph they must drive at this speed no matter what the driving conditions.

Another thing that really bugs me now that I live in the countryside is assholes who drive along with full beams on all the time, it's like they don't know how to dip their lights, therefore dazzling you, also misaligned fog lights that blind me, bastardos!

5:35 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Driving with full beams into oncoming traffic or right behind someone is so fucking dangerous. I nearly crashed last year because some twat in a jeep drove up the arse of my car with not just two but four headlights blaring like he was trying to go lamping.
That sounds like quite a spill you had Babs.

6:22 p.m.  
Blogger Medbh said...

Walking the streets here is dangerous. You would think the folks warm and dry in car would be more gracious to those of us on foot. Bah!

7:45 p.m.  
Anonymous Babs said...

It was scary at the time, but now I realise how lucky I was, if someone had been coming the other way or if I had gone into a wall rather than a wooden fence (which broke on impact) I could have been really badly injured and my car would have needed a lot more work than just a new wheel hub! (To cure my shock I had about 4 brandies and a hot bath and slept for about 13 hours somehow, and a few self applied steri-strips cured my cut head! Ow!)
The full beams wrecks my head so much, I drive a car which is very low to the ground (a classic Mini) so the 4X4's (which there are a lot of around here) always blind me when they are behind me or on front, and they seem to have some sort of delayed reflex going on as well (the drivers) in that they wait AGES to dip lights if they are going to it at all, very annoying, and super dangerous!

9:45 p.m.  
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