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Would you stop for a pigeon??

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BigGreenApple Tue 25-Oct-16 19:37:28

So, driving along today, pretty wide country road which I know very well. Driving within the limit. I came round a band and there were several pigeons in the road. I braked, a couple flew up, one was too slow and I hit it.
Damaged the front grill of the car which is apparently going to cost £££.
There was a car behind me, and I was taught that it was better to hit something small than stop suddenly (unless it's a person, large animal) and risk being rear ended. And PIGEONS NORMALLY FLY OFF.
DH is pissed off. I have in the recent past kerbed the car (twice blush) which I admit was my bad judgement.
But today I think I was right to do what I did.....yes?
Also, I had DC in the car! Surely better to hit a bloody bird than do more than slow slightly and risk a bump??

FuzzyCustard Tue 25-Oct-16 19:40:47

I would always stop for anything living. Living things all matter. The person behind you should be far enough away to stop if you do (although I acknowledge that's his/her problem, not yours)

ohfourfoxache Tue 25-Oct-16 19:44:49

Without question, I would stop. Every single time.

UterusUterusGhali Tue 25-Oct-16 19:45:08

The children in the back of my car and the people in the car behind matter more than a pigeon, I'm afraid. So while I break, I certainly don't slam on the breaks or do an emergency stop like some twats do.

I'd take evasive action for anything larger than a muntjac, as they can go through the windshield.
My dad lost a student, and the passenger was paralysed after swerving for a fox. A bloody fox.

So, no, YANBU, and if you'd been rear-ended it would cost a lot more to fix.

BigGreenApple Tue 25-Oct-16 19:47:00

I agree that all living things matter. And I did break.....but not as much as I would have done for a person/something bigger. It's a farming area and pigeons, birds etc are on the road all the time. Normally they fly off in plenty of time 😔

AuroraBora Tue 25-Oct-16 19:47:42

I was taught you don't stop for anything smaller than a dog (yes I know some cats are larger than tiny dogs...).

I would slow if I wasn't being followed to give time for the pigeon to fly away, but if you brake for a bird and the person behind you goes into you and you get whiplash you'd feel a bit silly.

harderandharder2breathe Tue 25-Oct-16 19:49:00


Of course all living things matter but birds do usually fly away in time, and protecting your children is more important.

myyoyo Tue 25-Oct-16 19:49:15

I'd have stopped.

BigGreenApple Tue 25-Oct-16 19:52:00

THAnks for the replies. I agree, if I had no dc in the car, or hadn't had a car behind me I may have acted differently.

Bettybooop25 Tue 25-Oct-16 19:52:05

YANBU it's a pigeon ffs.

mostlyslowly Tue 25-Oct-16 19:52:07

You and your child/children are of more importance than pigeons. Had you slammed all on and caused a serious accident, the flying vermin would have flown off. Never swerve or stop unless it's bigger than the vehicle you're in.

peggyundercrackers Tue 25-Oct-16 19:52:51

I wouldn't brake for pigeons.

BigGreenApple Tue 25-Oct-16 19:54:39

to clarify, Dh is pissed off about the damage and the cost rather than the pigeon.

Mishegoss Tue 25-Oct-16 19:55:58

No I don't stop for pigeons. They fly away or get hit. I'm not risking someone running into the back of my car carrying my children, for a pigeon.

UterusUterusGhali Tue 25-Oct-16 19:55:58

Anyone who'd endanger themselves, their children, or other road users for a pigeon ought to retake their test and give their head a wobble.
And I say that as someone who got laughed at at work for refusing to squish a stray ant.

DubiousCredentials Tue 25-Oct-16 20:10:44

I had to stop today for a dozen pheasants who were sauntering across the road. Quite a charmingly rural sight I thought. I wouldn't have stopped for pigeons unless the road was very quiet, mainly because they normally fly away in time.

NavyandWhite Tue 25-Oct-16 20:11:51

Wtf at people not braking for poor old pigeons.

NavyandWhite Tue 25-Oct-16 20:12:51

Uterus how is braking wrong ffs if it's safe to do so?

StStrattersOfMN Tue 25-Oct-16 20:14:00

We had an accident at some traffic lights when DH didn't go when the lights had changed to green. We were rear ended, and the passenger behind broke their wrist (hanging onto one of those stupid strap things). The reason? A dog, which was off lead and with children, ran out in front of us, and DH made the split second decision to not go in case they ran out after it.

The people behind tried to take us to court on the basis that we'd stopped for an animal.

Temporaryname137 Tue 25-Oct-16 20:15:01

If you could have caused an accident YWNBU. If you could have stopped easily safely - say you were setting off from traffic lights or something - it would be vile to hit them.

ConvincingLiar Tue 25-Oct-16 20:17:02

DH hit a seagull on the motorway, it cost about £250 to get a new grill. He was v pissed off. I don't think you have time to carefully weigh these decisions. I would expect birds to get out of the way.

Temporaryname137 Tue 25-Oct-16 20:17:45

Also is anyone else now singing this?!

Spudlet Tue 25-Oct-16 20:19:48

If you can stop or avoid them safely, you do. If you can't, you don't. But you should stop, if you can, to finish off anything left flapping around. I have necked several birds that other drivers hit and left to suffer.

Pigeons aren't noted for their brains. I had one try to land on top of my car once as I was driving along. confused

ArmySal Tue 25-Oct-16 20:20:19

Not unless it was absolutely safe to do so, especially with my children in the back.

No1KnowsWhatTheyreGettingInto Tue 25-Oct-16 20:23:21

No way would I stop for a fucking pigeon.

If someone caused me to rear end them, meaning I damaged my car and potentially myself and passengers because of a stupid bird, I'd be livid.

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