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To act like a bit of a twat on the motorway

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ViviPru Thu 18-Oct-12 10:56:19

When there's a long 'queue' of cars moving along in the outside lane patiently waiting in line to pass whoever is clogging up the middle lane miles up ahead. Then some selfish cretin decides they are too important/late to observe the highway code and speeds past inside on the middle lane and tries to cut back in further up. That is my biggest peeve.

So AIBU to wait until I draw level with the cretin who is feverishly looking for their opportunity to pull back out into the outside lane, and ostensibly block them in by maintaining the same speed as the person in front of them in the middle lane?

I admit to a fission of power and satisfaction watching as the car in front of me gradually pulls away, leaving a tempting tiny slice of space in front, but not enough for the cretin to pull out. I usually wait until the vehicle behind me is suitably positioned to pass the cretin without letting them out either, then I floor it. Haha. I'm a shit and I know it. The cretins drive me to it though.

lurkedtoolong Thu 18-Oct-12 10:59:22

Yes YABU. I don't understand the obsession with not undertaking when there is plenty of free space in one lane and a massive queue in another. Although I do make it a rule only ever to undertake while obeying (or going slightly slower than) the speed limit.

Zalen Thu 18-Oct-12 11:03:26

YADNBU This is one of my biggest pet peeves, when one lane is obviously closed or disappears ahead, everyone sensibly moves into the remaining lanes in good time and then a few entitled idiots decide that they are far too important to queue and shoot up the closed land until they cannot go any further when some dim-witted fellow idiot will quite happily let them in to the flow of traffic again.

ViviPru Thu 18-Oct-12 11:09:06

I'm not talking about people who are minding their own business meandering up the middle lane at 69mph though, Lurked. I'm on about those who deliberately leave the outside lane to speed up the inside with the sole intention of cutting back in further up.

procrastinor Thu 18-Oct-12 11:09:37

Do it. Nothing irritates me more than people who have seen the lane closure signs for ages, belt down the side and then force people to let them in.

Oh and lurked undertaking is dangerous and against the highway code.

<not sure why I am in such a grumpy mood>

ViviPru Thu 18-Oct-12 11:12:56

The lane closure thing is slightly different. I drive a car that a lot of people would assume a middle aged mid life crisis male twat would drive, so I'm pretty guaranteed not to be let in if I speed up the lane about to be closed in the hope someone will let me in. They just wouldn't. I piss off the Audi Drivers people behind me by slowing to a near stop and indicating left thus thwarting their racing-up-the-about-to-be-closed-lane plans.

eurowitch Thu 18-Oct-12 11:14:25

YABU. That kind of vindictive driving is dangerous and could cause an accident. The person really at fault here is the middle lane hanger (although I don't approve of undertaking and only ever do it when I have moved into the left hand lane to turn off and it is moving faster than the middle lane so it would be completely impractical to cross two lanes of traffic twice just to pass the idiot who cannot use motorway lanes correctly).

DesperatelySeekingPerfection Thu 18-Oct-12 11:18:05

I don't understand the point really. Just let them in. Why does it make such a big difference? The real culprit are the ones at the front that want to do bang on 70 (yes, I know, I know) with a huge queue behind them and refuse to pull in.

ViviPru Thu 18-Oct-12 11:18:29

I accept it's vindictive (and not nice, I don't like myself for it) but I don't agree it could cause an accident. I would never slow abruptly or inconsiderately so as to inconvenience the person behind me. The only person being inconvenienced is the cretin. I don't necessarily think the middle lane hanger is necessarily always at fault either, (if by that you're talking about the original person clogging up the middle lane) as often they are simply overtaking whoever is in the inside lane (albeit irritatingly slowly)

Edofthe13prams Thu 18-Oct-12 11:20:42

Motorway games are for sh*theads.

why do you care so much?

Edofthe13prams Thu 18-Oct-12 11:21:22

and please don't use the word 'cretin'.

sorry - just awful.

Blu Thu 18-Oct-12 11:22:53

It's as well for the rest of us to know, I suppose, that the roads are full of people who, in criticism of OTHER people's driving then adopt dangerous and stupid tactics.

Undertaking, playing competitive games - it all causes knock on irritation for other people. You are part of the problem. And makes you a bad driver, however self-congratulatory you are, and scathing of other people's bad habits.

AKissIsNotAContract Thu 18-Oct-12 11:23:19

YANBU I like you for it and do it myself. DP has a phrase for it, something to do with cockblocking but I can't remember what.

ViviPru Thu 18-Oct-12 11:24:11

I know Ed, I said I'm as shit, I know it sad. I guess its just the injustice of a whole load of people observing the highway code and driving carefully and safely having to let someone else who thinks they're more important undertake illegal, unsafe manoeuvres to get ahead of them.

ViviPru Thu 18-Oct-12 11:25:48

I must say I apologise for my use of that word, I honestly had no idea of the implication until now and I won't use it again.

Edofthe13prams Thu 18-Oct-12 11:26:05

Keep it as a fantasy Vivi.

Edofthe13prams Thu 18-Oct-12 11:26:27

smile

Blu Thu 18-Oct-12 11:27:51

But it isn't your job to take it on to police them. By adopting your tactics you could well provoke them to try a risky manouvre just to thwart you. Tit for tat is self perpetuating. Aggressive driving IS dangerous because you are concnetrating on outsmarting them and not on the road conditions in general.

And 'cretin' is a medical ter for people disabled by a congenital thyroid condition. Adopted as an insult. Not nice.

MissPerception Thu 18-Oct-12 11:28:06

You are being unreasonable and a twat for playing games on the motorway. Cars are killing machines. Get a grip.

Blu Thu 18-Oct-12 11:29:07

AKiss - yes cockblocking is a good term for your DH - the cock blocking the outside lane.

ViviPru Thu 18-Oct-12 11:29:23

Thanks for the lecture Blu. I do have google, thanks, and I had already acknowleded and apologised

Blu Thu 18-Oct-12 11:30:59

Sorry, cross posted, I had not finished my post before I saw you had apologised.

You really are quite uptight, aren't you?

ViviPru Thu 18-Oct-12 11:32:54

Ok then, sorry for my snippy retort. No, I'm not uptight in the main, but just bored this morning which is probably causing me to look for a bit of sport.

AKissIsNotAContract Thu 18-Oct-12 11:38:24

I don't actually see what's wrong with it, surely we are just driving safely and it's the person who undertakes who is dangerous.

Edofthe13prams Thu 18-Oct-12 11:39:36

What's wrong with it is that you're concentrating on upsetting someone else, instead of your own driving.

And it risks counteraction by someone you already KNOW is a twat

what is the point?

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