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To wonder why this driver beeped his horn at me?

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HangingBasketCase Wed 10-Dec-14 13:47:12

Driving home from work I decided to overtake a van in front of me that was going really slowly. It's a 60mph road but the van must have only been doing 40 at the very most, I was almost bumper to bumper with it and I was doing 40! So I waited for a long straight stretch of road that's known locally as the straight mile, indicated and overtook him. It was perfectly safe to do so, nothing was coming in the opposite direction, no double lines in the middle of the road, perfect driving conditions but for some reason the git started beeping his horn at me as I passed him! Then once I'd passed him I could see him shaking his head in my rear mirror!

Now I'm really questioning myself. I use this I road daily, I've been overtaken by other drivers on it myself, no problems. I was always under the impression that overtaking is perfectly legal as long as it safe to do so. Which from where I was sitting it was? What did I do wrong? I felt a bit intimidated if I'm honest, which probably sounds stupid. But there you go.

o0 Wed 10-Dec-14 13:48:49

Sounds like you were tailgating him. If you'd driven bumper to bumper with me I'd have beeped too I think.

BadtzMaru Wed 10-Dec-14 13:49:42

Were you tailgating him before you overtook if you were "almost bumper to bumper" with him, maybe that's what got him riled up.

GoodboyBindleFeatherstone Wed 10-Dec-14 13:50:42

"Bumper to bumper" sounds like you were driving aggressively and being intimidating yourself.

OHolyShite Wed 10-Dec-14 13:51:15

Why were you bumper to bumper with him? Haven't you heard of stopping distance?

My Dad drives up the arse of other motorists until he can overtake them. It's aggressive bullying behaviour.

ApocalypseNowt Wed 10-Dec-14 13:51:48

Yup. Probably getting beeped for the tailgaiting rather than the overtaking.

ApocalypseNowt Wed 10-Dec-14 13:52:12

tailgating i mean

OnIlkleyMoorBahTwat Wed 10-Dec-14 13:54:01

If it was a big van (more than 7.5 tonnes, I don't know what that looks like) he couldn't legally go more than 40 mph on a single carriageway road.

Tailgating is a big no no too - you could have been invisible to him.

If you link to the road in question on google earth, someone might be able to spot something you've missed.

Lampy Wed 10-Dec-14 13:54:07

If someone drives bumper to bumper behind me I slow down. It's not even a conscious thing really, it just doesn't feel safe so my speed drops accordingly.

december12 Wed 10-Dec-14 13:55:02

Yep, you were driving like and arse and he told you so.

FWIW, the closer someone is behind you the slower you're supposed to drive. If the arse drive behind you isn't allowing any stopping distance then you have to allow double stopping time yourself, to cover both your own and their stopping time.

Tsoukalosy Wed 10-Dec-14 13:55:04

You tailgated him then felt intimidated that he beeped you? Your not really equipt for driving are you?

BrereRabbit Wed 10-Dec-14 13:55:12

You don't know why he was doing 40, but it was clearly for a reason. He could have been able to see something in the road that you couldn't, on the way to the garage to get something fixed, have been carrying a really heavy load, worried about the weather (especially today). There are lots of reasons he might have been travelling slower. Yes you were being unreasonable to be almost bumper to bumper with him. I sincerely hope you did not have DC in the car with you because if he slammed on that would have been incredibly dangerous and not to mention you're fault for not leaving a stopping distance. If he was driving slow, you drive slower too until it's safe to overtake, but you need to leave a gap.

Chippednailvarnish Wed 10-Dec-14 13:55:18

I was almost bumper to bumper with it

There's your answer.

LennyCrabsticks Wed 10-Dec-14 13:55:48


HangingBasketCase Wed 10-Dec-14 13:55:50

If he didn't want me to get so close to him then he should have put his foot down and drove at the speed limit! I hate tailgating and always try and avoid it, but if you have a slow coach in front of you what do you do? Any slower and I'd have stopped!

SnowSpot Wed 10-Dec-14 13:56:02

Tailgaiters scare the crap out of me. It sounds like you were doing that and he was making you aware. Perhaps you need to revise your stopping distances?

LennyCrabsticks Wed 10-Dec-14 13:56:42

Oh you are taking the piss, surely?

How do you avoid tailgating people in a 30 zone?

HangingBasketCase Wed 10-Dec-14 13:57:33

It wasn't a big wagon, just a normal work van. Even wagons don't drive that slowly.

LennyCrabsticks Wed 10-Dec-14 13:57:39

Lorries and vans quite often have limiters these days meaning he couldn't go any faster.

You sound like the worst kind of shit driver.

Tsoukalosy Wed 10-Dec-14 13:57:43

Wow its actually agressive speed junkies like you that cause accidents not people driving 40.

QweenCnut Wed 10-Dec-14 13:57:45

OP, your last comment is ridiculous

BrereRabbit Wed 10-Dec-14 13:57:51

Really sorry if that sounds cross. But people that drive up people's back ends seriously don't realise how much danger they put the cars around him in. I wish people would realise it doesn't make people magically go any faster. I will drive however fast or slow I feel like is safe for the circumstances. And just because people like you are in too much of a hurry or are too thoughtless and impatient to leave a wide enough gap, others are put in dangerous positions.

SnowSpot Wed 10-Dec-14 13:58:08

Hangingbasketcase - from your last comment, it sounds like you were doing the very thing you say you hate - tailgating.
I guess in answer to 'what do you do' is that you drive safely, which is keeping the stopping distance, even if it does mean it feels slow, and overtaking when appropriate.
I sound like my mum.

HangingBasketCase Wed 10-Dec-14 13:58:48

Well Lenny, in a 30mph zone everyone is doing 30, or should be anyway.

isthisunfair1967 Wed 10-Dec-14 13:59:42

The speed limit is a maximum, not a fucking target.

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