to have been infuriated by this driver?

(235 Posts)
Gentleness Mon 01-Oct-12 01:22:04

Part of the route we were taking tonight was closed for roadworks and there was a long diversion. In the end it added 30 miles to the journey on winding single carriageway roads, almost all clearly marked as national speed limit. We soon ended up 3 cars behind a little car being driven at a steady 40 despite all the signs. 1 car managed to overtake quite early on on a rare straight stretch but it was rainy, dark, hilly and winding so much that there just weren't other opportunities. 20 miles we were stuck behind this fool who either didn't notice the long stretch of diverted cars stuck behind her, didn't notice the many places she could have pulled in, didn't know what the national speed limit sign meant or was too anxious to take it all in and respond appropriately to the situation. Or just didn't care. Who knows?

Eventually I managed to overtake ( which is how I know she was female) but I was so cross at her incompetence that I honked the horn at her as I did. Ok, I know that bit was unreasonable, but dh thinks it was unreasonable to be cross with her at all. I don't - pointless maybe, but justified given that however nervous, she could have pulled over rather than hold everyone up for so long. So, your opinions please - worthwhile anger or not, do you think her driving was enough to anger?

Chunkymumma Thu 03-Jan-13 16:50:47

YANBU people who drive like that are total twats and often the cause of more accidents. Someone should've run the bitch off the road!

Avuncular Thu 03-Jan-13 21:46:29

Unless it was your mum or grandma?

SlowlorisIncognito Fri 04-Jan-13 03:50:14

Lazy Girl Blog That can't have been his only mistake, as he would not have got a major for it. It was either one in a long list of minors, or he was driving drastically under the posted speed limit. I think he may have made a really stupid error, and not wanted to tell you, but perhaps he just misunderstood.

Avuncular Sun 06-Jan-13 00:23:37

A trainee Driving Instructor is expected on his/her 'Part 2' [advanced driving test] to drive in a 'brisk and businesslike manner'.

That's perhaps a bit too much to expect of a learner driver on test, but that's what I aim for when presenting candidates for test.

I agree this business of what is too slow can be a bit subjective (I've seen it first hand while sitting in the back on tests), but the learner is expected to make 'reasonable progress'.

So, for instance (as I understand it: I'm not an Examiner and it's not easy to get them to commit themselves anyway), driving at 50 on a dual carriageway with a 70 limit, just because the car in front is only doing 50, could well attract at least a 'driving fault'. The learner would be expected to demonstrate a safe overtake if circumstances allow.

Driving so slowly that most other drivers (i.e. you and me probably) would be a bit put out would be likely to result in a major fault.

If there is no-one else about to be inconvenienced then I think the situation is less certain, but I advise my pupils to at least show they know what the speed limit is (e.g. in a 40, do noticeably over 30, or even comment 'I know it's a 40, but I'm driving more cautiously because ...... <insert valid reason>'. (Driving noticeably over 30 in a 30 limit is not a good idea .....)

Any DSA driving examiners out there prepared to illuminate the debate?

Mspontipine Sun 06-Jan-13 00:32:51

"it was rainy, dark, hilly and winding"

all good reasons to slow down

Not meaning to be nasty, or anything, but avuncular, by my memory this is the second zombie thread about driving you've bumped in a few days - what's the appeal?! confused

FreudiansSlipper Sun 06-Jan-13 00:56:26

I feel pissed off for your op

unless it was exceptionally windy with heavy rain why was she driving so slowly if she is not confident driving on roads you are not used to in the dark then you should not be driving

Avuncular Sun 06-Jan-13 04:52:04

Still got MN 'L' plates on - sorry to be ignorant - what does 'bumped' mean please?

trixymalixy Sun 06-Jan-13 05:16:26

One of my friends at school failed her driving test for driving to far under the speed limit.

trixymalixy Sun 06-Jan-13 05:17:09

*too

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