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to think that it is a spiffingly marvellously wonderful idea and you should all partake in it?

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Because it's all the rage round these parts.

Firstly park your car on a busy main road. One with a speed limit of around 40mph+ should suffice.

Secondly ensure your car is a BMW or Porsche 4x4 for maximum style points.

Thirdly. Open the back door (the one that opens into the road naturally) to its maximum stick your arse in the air and slowly remove/load baby and car seat into the back seat whilst you leave the pushchair/pram in the middle of the road. Preferably with a child still in it.

Brilliant idea isn't it and I cannot for one moment think why AIBU grin

blackeyedsusan Sat 22-Oct-11 12:05:53

the variation round here is to do that at school poick up time on a road with cars parked both sides so that there is only enough room for a ccar to pass if the doors are closed

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

squeakyfreakytoy Sat 22-Oct-11 12:13:42

Seen it happen round here.... and dont forget, the finale is to glare and gesticulate rudely at any passing driver who happens to beep their horn to warn you about it too!

Anniegetyourgun Sat 22-Oct-11 12:14:02

It's a class thing. Driving a shiny car gives you more rights over the road, cos they are thirstier so you pay more road tax innit. A scruffy little Fiesta doing the same would of course BU. Likewise large shiny cars have right of way at junctions and roundabouts, and different speed limits apply. It's a clause in the Road Traffic Act, although I cannot at this moment recall precisely which one.

Or maybe you're just jealous and hate babies.

Don't forget they don't have to use headlights and/or indicators.

SmethWitchBelle Sat 22-Oct-11 12:27:25

A scruffy little fiesta could have all three doors inc the boot flapped out and you could still squeeze a NORMAL car past.

I used to take pride in my car's SMALLNESS. I had an old three door Corsa (I drive a Skoda now) but I could get two babies and a weekend's worth of stuff in it no problem.

TheMonster Sat 22-Oct-11 12:34:13

It must be a woman driving the shiny car. A thin woman.

Anniegetyourgun Sat 22-Oct-11 12:34:47

A thin shiny woman.

In lycra. Thin shiny woman in lycra about to go to the shops gym

Anniegetyourgun Sat 22-Oct-11 12:36:58

Oh, indicators, that's another thing. You can park anywhere you like on any road at any time of day as long as you put the hazard warning lights on. This is a very handy rule because it applies to any vehicle, even non-shiny ones.

TheMonster Sat 22-Oct-11 12:37:06

Yes, lycra or branded sportswear.

Is there a whole new highway code that gets issued when you drive a big car then? Do you find it in the glove box?

CuntryManner Sat 22-Oct-11 12:50:37

Does the road have yellow lines?

TheMonster Sat 22-Oct-11 12:52:58

Yes, general. It's laminated so you don't ruin it with spilt champagne.

ZombiesAteYourCervix Sat 22-Oct-11 12:53:37

even mmore points if you can do all the above with an iphone wedgaed under your chin.

AurraSing Sat 22-Oct-11 12:58:00

A variation round here is to mount the pavement and open your car doors, hopefully hitting passing pedestrians in the process. Your 'why are you all looking at me like that' glare needs to be good to pull off the whole manoeuvre.

The hassard lights are called the 'park anywhere' light here.

Anniegetyourgun Sat 22-Oct-11 12:59:12

Ah, but the most talented practitioners hold the iPhone in one hand whilst loading/unloading everything else with the other. It's an art.

rhondajean Sat 22-Oct-11 13:01:39

Oh goodness me you are all being unreasonable and obviously hate children! Its a well known fact that if you have a child with you all laws about driving/parking are revoked in respect of your special status because NOONE in the history of the planet has ever had a child before or been able to cope with it without other people going massively out of their way for them.

<deep breath>
<goes back to thinking about loading dishwasher>

Salmotrutta Sat 22-Oct-11 13:02:20

Don't forget that the big shiney posh cars have right of way on an obstructed narrow road. Even when the obstruction is on their side. You have to pull in and stop to let them proceed.
I'm surprised more of us don't know this.

purplewerepidj Sat 22-Oct-11 13:16:22

"Oh, indicators, that's another thing. You can park anywhere you like on any road at any time of day as long as you put the hazard warning lights on. This is a very handy rule because it applies to any vehicle, even non-shiny ones."

You forgot the caveat: Posh shiny cars can blink but not wink. So, while the indicators are clearly in full working order whenever it's necessary to unload small children into oncoming traffic, they are an optional extra when it comes to only using one to show those measly, pathetic other drivers which exit from the roundabout you intend to take...

mycatsaysach Sat 22-Oct-11 13:17:32

i spotted two people walking around a bend on our road in the road pushing their pushchairs
- i wanted to tell them to get out of the (deceptively fast) road but was actually speechless so just stared - open mouthed.they were having a lovely chat.

Anniegetyourgun Sat 22-Oct-11 13:19:20

But is it that they can't wink... or that they shouldn't have to? (Because it's everyone else's job to watch where they're going, of course.)

NearlyMrsCustardsHardHat Sat 22-Oct-11 13:20:45

mycatsaysach are they same types that bimble through car parks at an alarmingly slow rate?

purplewerepidj Sat 22-Oct-11 13:28:05

I've found that the newer the car, the less likely it is to indicate.

So, in a convoy of old VWs, there will be many and varied variations of indicators, hand signals, semaphores etc 50 yards before a junction.

In a line of brand new Range Rovers (other twatmobiles are available) there will be nary an orange light in evidence.

I wonder if there's a link between indicator light usage and the Summoning of the AA, who also have flashing orange lights? Is it voodoo?

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