To think that people who are bad buggy drivers...

(41 Posts)
crashdoll Fri 29-Mar-13 17:34:32

....should be forced to stand still while someone rams a buggy over their feet or just generally in their direction.

Before I get shouted at, may I point out that the majority of buggy owning people are considerate but I've had several buggy related incidents lately. Some of the pram-style ones are very heavy. I got my foot arthritic foot run over today. I wear sturdy boots too but it still bloody hurt!

honeytea Fri 29-Mar-13 17:42:18

I will be first to have my foot run over I am a really bad buggy driver, I am a daydreamer and I get distracted looking at my DS.

I was also very bad at "driving" my big pregnant tummy, I often forgot I was pregnant and would find myself stuck in small gap I thought I could squeze through.

HedgeHogGroup Fri 29-Mar-13 18:11:48

My friend used to say my babies would have 'shaken baby syndrome' from the way I drove my buggy - I was really bad at it grin

crashdoll Fri 29-Mar-13 18:14:04

I have to admit, I used to nanny and some buggies are really hard work. I think it should be buggy law that everyone test drives a buggy with a child sitting in it and shopping bags to test their ability.

HDEE Fri 29-Mar-13 18:14:44

YABU, just for using the word 'buggy'. It is a pushchair, or a pram.

crashdoll Fri 29-Mar-13 18:18:59

Actually HDEE a pram is something specific.

SecretLindtBunny Fri 29-Mar-13 18:19:33

The way I have seen some buggies treated would make you think a compulsory course on pram pushing should be included in antenatal classes.

The best way to get through an unlocked, but closed door is of course to ram it repeatedly at the doors. Then, when your wheels have got stuck going through yanking it back and forwards multiple times is not going to damage the wheels at all is it?

And looking in the direction you are pushing it is optional as well.

I have actually fallen over a stationary stroller to avoid being run over by a pram pusher coming at me at great speed with the pilot looking behind her while yabbering loudly on the phone.

I share your frustration.

Tiredmumno1 Fri 29-Mar-13 18:20:48

hmm Oh good grief seriously?

Call it what you want OP.

Yes some can be a bit distracted whilst pushing a buggy, I've had a few over my feet, I've never managed to run anyone over must try harder grin (Kidding)

I was a superb pram/pushchair/buggy driver - fast and effective grin Sometimes cornering on two wheels if in a particular rush.

Tiredmumno1 Fri 29-Mar-13 18:27:21

yy to cornering on two wheels northern, that's a must grin

catlady1 Fri 29-Mar-13 18:28:41

I'm a shit buggy driver. I haven't yet mastered getting the bloody thing on and off a bus, or going around a shop without bashing into people or knocking things over. It's harder than it looks!

Sirzy Fri 29-Mar-13 18:37:36

The only people I ever 'ran over' when DS was in a pushchair were idiots who walked straight out in front of it, or tried to squash past leaving me nowhere to go.

LadyBeaEGGleEyes Fri 29-Mar-13 18:42:04

When I first started taking my late mum out in her wheelchair, I was always banging her into things.
I remember getting out of a taxi once and getting her into it but forgetting to put the break on, only to see her careering into a bush.
I felt terrible and didn't piss myself laughing at all.

Tiredmumno1 Fri 29-Mar-13 18:42:53

LBE your poor mum grin

Hassled Fri 29-Mar-13 18:49:58

Oh that would have been me (years ago - my DCs are much older). I have really poor spatial awareness, am crap at judging the distance between things etc - I was a bad pushchair pusher. You'll be relieved to know I don't drive.

honeytea Fri 29-Mar-13 18:52:18

oh god, bad wheelchair drivers are scary, my dp had to push me and 2 hour old ds down to the after care ward when he was a newborn and he nearly crased multiple times.

FrustratedSycamoresRocks Fri 29-Mar-13 18:55:00

I had an incident a few years ago with dd2. When I was stopped, at the side of a pedestrianised area, not In the way of anything, with the break on, and a mature woman walked into the buggy and went flying. For some reason she thought fit to give me a torrent of abuse.

EndoplasmicReticulum Fri 29-Mar-13 18:56:50

My husband was crap at pushchairs. He once didn't put the brake on properly, and it rolled into a reservoir. Was very lucky that son was out of it at the time, feeding ducks. Saw pushchair rolling past.....we managed to fish it out though. And continued to use it.

Then there was the time he left another pushchair on the pavement and drove off. Never did get it back. I was supposed to be grateful that he'd remembered to pack the baby.

I'm not good at wheelchair pushing, according to my grandma, I go too fast.

Fraggle3112 Fri 29-Mar-13 19:00:07

I'm a terrible buggy driver always getting the wheels stuck I also tipped my lat grandmother out of her wheel chair whilst going down a curb! I always let my mum or DH push the buggy whenever possible!! smile

Can I run one into my mother who whenever she pushes my DS's push chair uses the phrase 'oops sorry learner driver' on every one of the billion times she hits someone (she had 4 children, I have 2 she has pushed a LOT of prams/buggys/pushchairs, how much bloody practice does she need angry)

Silverlace Fri 29-Mar-13 19:57:26

I've never forgotton the sour face a woman in the Post Office queue gave me when I scraped her ankle with the wheels of my pram. They just turned outwards at the wrong moment.

It was the first time I had taken my baby DS out into town and I felt awful. I apologised profusely but she didn't say anything, just scowled at me.

It did teach me to steer wide around people!

crashdoll Fri 29-Mar-13 21:43:05

Silver That's horrible. I mind a lot less if people apologise but the bad buggy drivers I've come across have not. Genuine mistakes happen. However, I've seen some buggy owners who think they are the next Lewis Hamilton. grin

iZombie Fri 29-Mar-13 21:48:31

Another here with bad spatial awareness. I'm constantly apologising >_<

Honeys comment reminded me of me. Three bumps in, I still regularly found myself wedged by the belly because I had forgot to factor in the extra room needed. Spacial awareness got so bad I would try for gaps not even my 10 year old self would fit in.

With pushchairs I can't stand it when you say excuse me, blocker of the aisle moves 0.0005mm and expects that to be enough. No I need actual space not a half-hearted token gesture.

I have run over toes of my own children try not to, but it happens.

Worse are the trolleys with the car seats on top. I have no hope in hell of knowing what any of the trolley is up to and end up bashing a selection of people/stands/ends of aisle every shopping trip. Thankfully I don't need them anymore.

merrymuzzie Fri 29-Mar-13 23:11:30


I am dyspraxic and cannot help being clumsy. I try to be aware of people around me and try my best to not bump into them, but I cannot help having poor co-ordination.

thezebrawearspurple Sat 30-Mar-13 00:05:06

I accidentally bumped very fast into a man once and knocked him to the ground. Mortifyingblush Thankfully he was a young, healthy one so uninjured but I still felt awful about it. Have been extra careful since!

thezebrawearspurple Sat 30-Mar-13 00:05:45

And I was very, very apologetic....

TheDetective Sat 30-Mar-13 00:12:58

11 years ago I used to get around with a pushchair just fine. I had loads of different ones. No problems.

In November I had my second baby. Well fuck me, the world has changed when going out with a pushchair. Places suddenly seem a hell of a lot smaller. Going out to a shop in December was fucking horrific. I just could not get around them. I would constantly get stuck everywhere. There were whole sections of shops I couldn't access.

It's not got much better since either to be honest.

I have a very light, very easy to move pushchair. And I'm pretty sure I didn't lose the ability to push one. But it seems much harder this time.

I've not got any toes yet. But I have got in people's way. Mostly as I'm jammed somewhere by the back wheels. hmm

iZombie Sun 31-Mar-13 11:14:44

Clutching I have a very high profile set of wheels for my smallest and the number of times I have sent my middle child flying is beyond the ability of my poor brain to calculate. He seems to not believe that if he stops dead in front of me I just cannot see him at all. He gets shunted at least once an outing. I even managed to divest him of a shoe earlier this week >_<

lovetomoan Mon 01-Apr-13 16:05:09

honeytea I had the same problem with my pregnant belly too. In my mind I was still slim and got stuck a couple of times.

I confess to being a very bad buggy driver and I am also very clumsy and I am blind as a bat.

BabyMakesTheBellyGoRound Mon 01-Apr-13 16:41:32

I am an excellent buggy pusher but I was hopeless with a bump and once knocked over a whole 2l of milk whilst reaching over the table blush all over my colleagues.

juneybean Mon 01-Apr-13 16:43:06

I crashed a buggy once, was waving at someone and walked right into a railings.

However since becoming a nanny I've passed Buggy Driving 101 grin

elliejjtiny Mon 01-Apr-13 17:02:28

merry I am dyspraxic too and I'm lethal with a buggy, haven't attempted to learn to drive yet.

I have DS2 in a wheelchair and DS3 in a buggy so it's mostly my 6 year old DS1 pushing the buggy. I didn't think anyone could be a worse buggy driver than me but I've been proved wrong!

sherazade Mon 01-Apr-13 17:16:56

I confess to having been a bad bggy driver. I used to get sworn at quite frequently.

CouthySaysEatChoccyEggs Mon 01-Apr-13 17:26:03

Craahdoll - I am probably one of those people you are complaining about.

However - I have arthritis all over, and Ian using a Baby jogger 3 wheeler as it's the only pram my hyperactive, probably ASD toddler can't escape from.

I can't steer the effing thing.

I've been pushing prams & wheelchairs for 15 years now, but a 3-wheeler is beyond me!

If I could find a cheap pram, with a high seat (DS3 is long), for £40 or less, that he couldn't escape from the straps of (which counts out all strollers and most other 'pram' type things too) to run in the road quicker than I can catch him, I wouldn't be!

I guess what I'm trying to say is that everyone has a reason for rushing / being inconsiderate / running your foot over - but they may have an invisible, GENUINE reason.

Not all of them can statistically just be arseholes for no reason! wink

Andro Mon 01-Apr-13 18:05:11

Pram/pushchair driving ought to be taught smile

I very much doubt though, that any amount of instruction would have stopped the mother who rammed DD today. She barreled into her at speed whilst looking in a different direction...she was then shocked when DD landed on her child! Her defence was 'how am I supposed to look where I'm going and look at clothes at the same time?'

I had to wonder if she was also one of those wonderful drivers who think indicators are optional/there for decoration only, they've been out in force today angry

KitCat26 Mon 01-Apr-13 18:16:45

Ah but some buggies really do handle terribly. <bad workman blaming tools>

Our poor handlers included a graco tandem pushchair, a £12.50 hauk 'bargain' in asda and also the maclaren buggy my parents kept from the late 70s which we occasionally use. All are ankle shearers.

Our other buggy is an absolute dream to use but it cost a hell of a lot more! I still manage to knock DD1 over with it at least twice a week though blush.

MiaowTheCat Mon 01-Apr-13 19:22:59

I've never hit a person - I do constantly catch the back sticky out side wheels on the corners of shop shelves and the stupid A board signs that every bloody shop has in our local high street blocking half the pavement though.

Managed to slide on ice, half fall over, save myself and continue pushing the buggy down a very steep hill though which I think redeems my pushchair manouvering skills somewhat.

iZombie Tue 02-Apr-13 09:07:40

Couthy I think statistical arsehole just became my new insult of the day, thank yougrin

iZombie Tue 02-Apr-13 09:08:12

Couthy I think statistical arsehole just became my new insult of the day, thank yougrin

iZombie Tue 02-Apr-13 09:08:33

Oops! Overeager android >_<

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