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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.

Longdistance Sat 02-Mar-13 07:12:28

Are they not off skiing then???? Or is it out of season?

My brand new car got damaged in Harpenden by some fuckwit. The note left said the young lad did it, but then I contacted the number, the mum said she did it yeah right anyway, he left details. Had the cheek to ask me to search or a better deal. No fucking chance, it's going back to the showroom I bought it from. But, what a bunch of idiots.

I saw an old fella whack right into a Bentley with his Astra. He wasn't gonna leave a note shock til the woman who saw it started shouting at him.

Yanbu you're spot on Really.

mycatlikestwiglets Sat 02-Mar-13 07:13:13

Can't agree that it's the "mummies" who are the problem here in Harpenden - it's the fooking mahoosive potholes all over our roads. For an affluent area, the roads are surprisingly terrible - worst than in any place I've ever lived.

There do seem to be quite a few people here who don't know how to use mini roundabouts though!

comingintomyown Sat 02-Mar-13 07:36:26

Great charity shops there though

RocknRollNerd Sat 02-Mar-13 08:06:56

No idea about Harpenden specifically but I find driving in Italy far less stressful than driving in eg London. In London if I'm in the wrong lane no bugger will let me change and I get evils if I do manage to swap lanes, in Italy (am talking Rome, Florence etc) no-one is in the right lane in anycase so it's perfectly acceptable provided you have the bollocks to just swing across 4 lanes as chances are those in the other lanes will want to be where you were grin.

CruCru Sat 02-Mar-13 09:01:47

I think part of the problem is that people tend to move there from London because they want "large" families (>2) so they all have massive cars on roads that weren't designed for them.

ReallyTired Sat 02-Mar-13 11:55:16

I think that Harpenden attracts the very ambitious types who are go getters and used to having high powered jobs in London before children. Harpenden is a pretty place to live and has amazing schools. I agree that quaint Harpenden roads were not made for large 4X4s.

Certainly the Harpenden mummies who venture to Hemel for the better sports centre/ gymnastics/ cheaper music classes drive normally and experience less stress parking. Prehaps the magic roundabout in Hemel is enough to repell the mad Harpenden mummies back to Harpenden.

"Do they drive the correct way round roundabouts? "

marcopront, come to Hemel and there is a roundabout that you choose which way to drive round. Its enough to scare the sh!t out of little Theo or Rufus!

Longdistance Sat 02-Mar-13 12:30:03

Oh, I forgot about the magic roundabout in Hemel. Tis fun grin

EMS23 Sat 02-Mar-13 13:34:23

The day I passed my driving test my Dad made me drive his transit van around that roundabout for an hour.. Called it my baptism of fire!!

somewherewest Sat 02-Mar-13 13:42:47

Try Cairo grin.

Seriously, you have to love a place so posh it makes St. Albans look like Tower Hamlets.

youmaycallmeSSP Sat 02-Mar-13 16:26:14

YANBU, I hate driving in Harpenden. The Waitrose there weeds out non-classy shoppers by having the most evil carpark in the world. I nearly rolled back into a naice 4x4 last time I was there trying to get a ticket to make the barrier open blush

Hemel's magic roundabout was designed by someone on speed.

Glittertwins Sun 03-Mar-13 06:51:28

I love the magic roundabout from a spectator's viewpoint. Not so much fun when driving it and I have to constantly second guess who is in the wrong lane. It isn't hard, just treat it as a series of mini roundabouts rather than one single roundabout and it all becomes clearer.

Eastpoint Sun 03-Mar-13 08:06:47


GettingObsessive Sun 03-Mar-13 08:33:36

shock I grew up in Harpenden until I was 18 in the cheap bit at the top of the hill and the driving wasn't that bad. But, it wasn't posh enough for a JoJo Maman Bebe either grin

I learned to drive in St Albans. Until then I had no idea there were rough bits in St Albans [sheltered]

andubelievedthat Sun 03-Mar-13 19:14:29

Hatton cross,London >magic roundabout >rush hour , like no other !>>>Wonderful !!

thegraduand Sun 03-Mar-13 20:14:53

Never been to Harpenden, but having seen the drivers on the M25 near there, I can see your point.

Mind you drivers in Cambridge are a nightmare, they are all so dozy.

feelingdown3938 Sun 03-Mar-13 20:20:47

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

MurderOfGoths Sun 03-Mar-13 20:25:13

Glad I'm not the only one to not like driving there grin Slough isn't that bad really. I do hate driving through St Albans though, had so many near misses there!

MurderOfGoths Sun 03-Mar-13 20:26:15

Ah the magic roundabout is easy! You can always spot the people that are new to the area though when you are on it grin

OliviaAllOverTheSpamMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 03-Mar-13 20:26:46

Hello all ye brilliant and less than brilliant hErtfordshire DRIVERS
Get thee over to MN Hertfordshire for this rant, eh?!?
<end hijack>
And YY the magic roundabout is BONKERS

MurderOfGoths Sun 03-Mar-13 20:29:18

Right you are all coming in my car and I'm showing you how damn easy the magic roundabout is!

Oh yes, come over here!

youmaycallmeSSP Mon 04-Mar-13 10:00:02

Ah yes but I'm in Bedfordshire wink

SmiteYouWithThunderbolts Mon 04-Mar-13 10:04:58

Never been to Harpenden, but I live in Milton Keynes and the drivers here are maniacs. I don't know if it's because so many of the roads on the grid system are 70mph limits, but they just zoom everywhere, including on the residential streets where there's supposed to be a 20/30mph limit confused

DH wants me to learn to drive but I am terrified of doing so round here. London was a doddle in comparison.

TomDudgeon Mon 04-Mar-13 10:34:59

I'm from Harpenden originally. Neither I or my parent drive though so am ok
I will say though that those same drivers all extend their crapness to wheeling their extremely overpriced pushchairs around. I have never been rammed into or tripped over as many times as when I am visiting

hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman Mon 04-Mar-13 10:40:03

Oxford and Cambridge's drivers all went to the same school of motoring according to DS, they're as bad as each other.

OliviaAllOverTheSpamMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 04-Mar-13 11:14:35


Right you are all coming in my car and I'm showing you how damn easy the magic roundabout is!

Oh yes, come over here!

You should see if you can get a passenger to video it and post it on here grin

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