AIBU to have asked this driver to move?

(8 Posts)
personoftheinternet Wed 09-Mar-16 11:19:00

I live in a narrow street with cars parked on both sides so only one vehicle can pass at a time. I park in a residents car park to the side of my house that is accessed via a lane that runs alongside my house.
Had been driving along today behind a recycling lorry waiting to turn right into the lane. I had my indicators on. The lorry was in front of me in a position where I couldn't access the lane as there was a car parked to my right but there was space to the right of the lorry where the lane entrance is iyswim.
Anyway, a taxi from the other direction drove around the lorry as there was space to pass from the other direction because there was no car parked on that side into the space to the side of the lorry, therefore blocking the lane entrance. The van moved forward, not enough for either of us to pass due to the position of the parked vehicles but enough for me to enter the lane if she moved back slightly. I gestured politely with a smile for the taxi driver to reverse back (there was a cars worth of space behind her) so I could drive into the lane and so she then could obviously pass and be on her way.
She looked at the lane shook her head, started shouting at me (although I don't know what she was saying as her windows where shut) and refused to move.
WIBU to ask her to reverse or should I have just waited it out? It just seemed common sense to me at the time as we both could have been on our way a bit quicker.

personoftheinternet Wed 09-Mar-16 11:19:59

It's a bit trivial i know grin

happystory Wed 09-Mar-16 11:22:36

Trivial in the scheme of things but irritating I agree. A bit more common sense and courtesy would make a lot of traffic problems so much easier. Some people think they own the road.

LaurieFairyCake Wed 09-Mar-16 11:23:59

I'd have waited.

jevoudrais Wed 09-Mar-16 11:28:01

Was it her right of way until she was in the lane entrance? It sounds like it was, which is how she could argue what she did was legitimate, eg. maybe you were indicating to overtake, therefore waiting for her.

Doesn't stop it being annoying though! I live opposite a junction. The amount of times people block my drive, indicating right, when I'm already in the other lane, indicating right. Screw them, when I am within spitting distance of my own property I'm not about to go round the block again in rush hour. Its surprising how many people just don't bother to look for indicators.

PandoesnotwearRaphaclothes Wed 09-Mar-16 12:03:00

Most car drivers think they own the road, and the road was designed for cars, and their journey is the most important thing in the world right now.

Binders1 Wed 09-Mar-16 12:12:11

I would have waited too, what's a few more seconds unless she was approaching traffic lights at red. It sounds like the taxi wouldn't have been able to see you or your indicators as you were behind the recycling lorry, so not intentional.

My gripe is people who block roundabouts for drivers turning right!!! To the driver this morning who held up all the traffic for a good 10 minutes (especially when you know the road ahead is gridlocked) - it make sense to just leave a small gap - simples!

jevoudrais - Wish some people would actually use their indicators!

personoftheinternet Wed 09-Mar-16 12:19:19

She had gone to the left where there was not a parked car to get past the lorry which was in the middle of the road, as was I due to the parked cars on either side of the road so, yes, she was on her side of the road.
I did think that it made sense at the time though as I said before we both could have carried on to where we were going and gestured it as nicely as I could.
Maybe I'm not to good at gesturing though and she misunderstood me, maybe she thought I was telling her to go into the lane grin which obviously would be unreasonable.
I think I'll wait next time, avoid the aggro, shouty lady and evil looks.

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