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idiot bastard car drivers

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JoanByers Fri 18-Jan-13 12:01:06

Fucking hell.

We've got 1/2cm of snow on the roads, I just went out, within 2 miles of home a car coming out of the leisure centre drive overshoots the junction and nearly smashes into me as I'm driving past - he obviously didn't think to test his brakes on a snow covered, downhill slope (leisure centre drive not gritted).

Half-a-mile up the road went to pick something up off freecycle, but no, the road is blocked, so I get out and see what's going on, an idiot has gone into the back of a 4x4, impaled on the towbar.

It's not that hard. Either stay at home, or don't drive like a cunt.

Bogeyface Fri 18-Jan-13 21:38:10

Bureni its what prospective drivers of that new fangled horse-less carriage have to do before they are allowed their driving goggles and man with a red flag.

bureni Fri 18-Jan-13 21:40:08

LOL, I am in the U.K but have had my head stuck under car bonnets for far to long, you are indeed correct in what you said and my fault for not using the correct terminology as per the highway code, Sorry.

bureni Fri 18-Jan-13 21:42:44

Bogey[ grin], I took my first test in 1979 on a moped, my second in 80 on a bike then 81 in a car, the written test did not exist back then.wink

Bogeyface Fri 18-Jan-13 21:48:10

I had to take it as it had just come in, was not happy. Although when I was at the test centre a 50yrish woman failed hers for the 6th time with only 16 points out of 35. It wasnt hard, it is harder now I am told, and surely she should have known most of the answer off by heart? So I think its good she failed as I dread to think what she would be like on the road!

Fakebook Fri 18-Jan-13 22:12:29

Oops! It didn't even occur to me you'd taken the test a few (wink) years earlier, before the theory test came into action.

JoanByers Fri 18-Jan-13 22:31:01

The actual high gears are in fact higher - more gear teeth means more mechanical advantage and so higher speeds. A higher number gear has more teeth, and will go faster at the same rpm.

treesntrees Fri 18-Jan-13 22:33:44

I found pulling the buggy was easier than pushing in snow.

ajandjjmum Fri 18-Jan-13 22:40:03

But before the theory test, you still had to know the Highway Code - although in fairness, the three questions they asked you were hardly tough! Age giveaway! grin

bureni Fri 18-Jan-13 22:46:26

Bogey, not to worry, I have a proper driving license for practically everything that can be driven on the road except large buses. The theory test is a bit like the 11 plus exam so has little or nothing about the way people actually drive in the real world, perhaps if they forced people to change a wheel at the roadside or ask them to pop their bonnet it might be better because most would fail.

JoanByers Sat 19-Jan-13 00:12:23

They do ask people to open the bonnet

bureni Sat 19-Jan-13 00:31:36

could you do it or can you change a wheel at the roadside?

Bogeyface Sat 19-Jan-13 00:36:52

Bureni My mums instructor told her that he would teach her to pass her test, and then she would learn to drive, she pass in about 82 ish!

I think there was talk about changing a flat being part of the test, which I think is a good idea.

ajandjjmum Sat 19-Jan-13 09:40:26

Trouble is Bogey, most tyre are fitted using mechanical equipment, and the fixings are simply too strong for people to unfasten. So even if you know how to do it in theory, you can't in practise. The AA man carries a specially long tool to give him the leverage! grin

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