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To think that Harpenden, hertfordshire has some of the worse drivers... in the world

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ReallyTired Fri 01-Mar-13 20:43:40

A long time I went for a job interview at a Harpenden School. It was scary! There were mad people in their 4X4s trying to drop their children as close to the school gate as possible. It was a miracle that there was no accident.

I thought this was a one off, but a couple of weeks ago my son did Grade 2 at St George's school Harpenden early in the morning and yet again there was 4X4s fighting to the death for a parking space.

Driving in Italy is calm and stress free experience in comparision.

MrsTerryPratchett Fri 01-Mar-13 20:44:48

You went to the wrong places in Italy then. My list... Varese in Italy, the whole and Vietnam, Nairobi.

MrsTerryPratchett Fri 01-Mar-13 20:45:09

That would be the whole of Vietnam.

TENDTOprocrastinate Fri 01-Mar-13 20:46:21

I don't know much about the driving- but have you seen how expensive the houses are around there?! I live in Surrey so not easily shocked by high house prices- but blimey!

SalopianTubes Fri 01-Mar-13 20:54:18


I once stopped at a roundabout as the car from the right was already on the roundabout and I would have had a collision if I'd continued. The tosser in the car behind me was so infuriated by being held up for all of 15 seconds, he stood up in his open top car, just so I'd get a better view of him flicking V's.


Xiaoxiong Fri 01-Mar-13 20:56:53

Harpenden may have some but the rest all live in Slough. We went to Nairobi in December and DH commented that Slough drivers could teach the Kenyans a thing or two about mad driving.

MrsTerryPratchett Fri 01-Mar-13 20:59:07

I'm staying away from Slough then.

NewGirlInTown Fri 01-Mar-13 21:00:26

I live v close to Harpenden and can only concur about the mad mummy driving. Everyone seems to have a massive 4 x4 and they all drive them like tanks! The Waitrose car park is another danger spot!

JacqueslePeacock Fri 01-Mar-13 21:02:32

Interesting that you say that. The worst driver I've ever had the misfortune to get in a car with does live in Harpenden.

chocolatetester1 Fri 01-Mar-13 22:06:48

Daaaaaarrrling! The ladies of Harpenden don't park, they simply stop.

NewGirlInTown Fri 01-Mar-13 22:14:57

Chocolate! Yes! Only to hurl out a small child then head off for coffee in the Lily Lounge!

chocolatetester1 Fri 01-Mar-13 22:22:23

New girl, you put it like that and I'm quite jealous! wink Coffee without kids? Ahhhh that's just a pipe dream round here grin
But at least I can park! gringrin

pixwix Fri 01-Mar-13 22:26:01

No - I live in St Albans, and hate driving through Harpenden!

ruledbyheart Fri 01-Mar-13 22:31:20

My cousins wife is always moaning on Facebook about the drivers in Harpenden, I just thought here we go again another moan but now its on mumsnet it must be a serious problem grin

kim147 Fri 01-Mar-13 22:32:56

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Sallyingforth Fri 01-Mar-13 23:02:15

Just try driving in Russia. You'll soon change your mind.

ReallyTired Fri 01-Mar-13 23:41:35

Harpenden has more than its fair share of pushy mummies. When these women are behind the wheel they are unstoppable!

Incase I am outed, most of the Harpenden mums I know in real life are lovely.

kim147 I expect that netmums is more popular with they pushy Harpenden mums who can't drive their 4X4s. They can have a hideous flowerly pink ticker saying that they have exclusively breastfed Theo for 168 days.

NewGirlInTown Sat 02-Mar-13 02:24:49

Lots of very witty posters on this thread! ReallyTired conjures up the army vision very well!

marcopront Sat 02-Mar-13 02:30:52

Do they drive the correct way round roundabouts? Do they drive in between the white lines? They don't in Egypt.
Do they see a gap a few centimetres bigger than their car and drive into it? They do in India.
Do they think their horn is an indicator? They do in a lot of places.

EMS23 Sat 02-Mar-13 02:36:41

It's not just the yummy mums.. My parents live there and as my Dad is getting older he is turning into a shocking driver!
I grew up there and when we were 18, 2 of my best friends wrote each others cars off crashing in to each other in a totally random accident.

Whilst I love Harpo and hate criticising the place for no reason, based on those two 'facts', YANBU!

ThinkAboutItOnBoxingDay Sat 02-Mar-13 02:51:53

Have you ever been to northampton?

Alligatorpie Sat 02-Mar-13 06:19:18

In the world?

I live in North Africa. People regularly drive the wrong way down a four lane motorway at 100 km an hour. Indicators are not used and most people do not bother getting licence's, meaning there is very little respect for other drivers / pedestrians.

Is it that bad?

Glittertwins Sat 02-Mar-13 06:27:04

I also live near Harpenden and hate going there because traffic/parking is dreadful. The only reason I tended to go was for the JoJoMamanBebe shop and I'd do a smash and grab at less busy times!

PanicMode Sat 02-Mar-13 06:37:14

I think Tunbridge Wells may just be on a par.....terrible driving here.

But Russia and Italy and Egypt are definitely more dangerous than anywhere in the UK....

marcopront Sat 02-Mar-13 06:54:45

Another favourite in Egypt: Drive the wrong way at night without your lights on.
And from Nairobi : Drive at night with lights on full beam.

I can't decide which was worse.

They might have the worst parking in Harpenden but lots of places have worse driving.

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