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But it's OUR drive...

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amammabear Tue 22-Nov-16 12:11:13

Our drive is directly opposite the drive of the house opposite, it's a quite, dead end street so not much traffic. When I reverse off if, I turn as I do so that I'm facing the right way on the road and then off I go, the person who lives opposite however (in his perfect BMW with private plates...) doesn't do this. He instead reverses straight across the road, onto OUR drive, then drives off again.

Normally this only annoys me a little, but today, as I was reversing out of our garage I noticed he had his reverse logged on and then started moving so I stopped outside of the garage, on the drive. By the time I'd stopped, I noticed that he was fully back on his own drive. So because he saw I was going to be in his way, instead of reversing properly, onto the road instead of someone else's property, he went back out of reverse, and drove back on.

So being annoyed, I waited. And waited. And the insert name for irritating person here waited too. Eventually I had to leave, shaking my head at him, and watched in my mirrors as he priced he had been specifically waiting for our drive by reversing straight across as usual.

AIBU to be annoyed about this? It's our private property, that we have to pay to buy and maintain? I know it's quite a little thing and it doesn't usually bother me too much more than a minor irritation, but today it really infuriated me.

QuestionableMouse Tue 22-Nov-16 12:13:06

Handful of screws accidentally dropped will cure thus right quick. It would seriously piss me off.

SaucyJack Tue 22-Nov-16 12:13:20

Get a penguin bollard at the front of your drive.

Far more work for you, but you can't put a price on victory.

Getnakedorgohome Tue 22-Nov-16 12:13:39

It would annoy me too. I would get gates, or start parking at the bottom of the drive so he couldn't reverse onto your property.

DontTouchTheMoustache Tue 22-Nov-16 12:13:53

Have you asked him not to do it? I know you shouldn't have to as it's your property but some people are just wankers.

Seeline Tue 22-Nov-16 12:14:07

Leave your wheelie bin in the middle of the drive for a few days, or get a chain to put across.
It would be a pain for you, but would make the point, and hopefully after a few days wouldn't be necessary any more.

MrsHathaway Tue 22-Nov-16 12:14:33

Have you ever asked him not to?

I mean, I get why you're frustrated by it but I can equally see that many people wouldn't care at all as the wear and tear factor would be so minimal.

Maybe he thinks you ought to use his drive as he uses yours and can't think why you don't.

NathanBarleyrocks Tue 22-Nov-16 12:14:38

Install gates?

Goingtobeawesome Tue 22-Nov-16 12:15:26

Ask him if he'd like you to tell him how to reverse and turn at the same time so he can use the public road as opposed to your private drive..

Ahickiefromkinickie Tue 22-Nov-16 12:15:32

What a twat he is, waiting for you to leave so he can reverse on to your drive.

Maybe he is a shit driver and can't reverse and turn the wheel at the same time?

Could you put some cones on the end of your drive?

Nelleflowerpot Tue 22-Nov-16 12:15:56

Park your car at the end of your drive for a few days. Very petty but if you are really that upset by it, this will get the message across. Personally I don't see the issue.

NathanBarleyrocks Tue 22-Nov-16 12:17:49

Park your car at the end of your drive for a few days this

WeAreEternal Tue 22-Nov-16 12:18:40

grin at the penguin bollard suggestion.

I would simply get a gate on the end of my drive, but i do like the MN penguin bollard suggestion.

MangoBiscuit Tue 22-Nov-16 12:18:47

I'd knock and politely ask him to stop doing it. One of ours neighbours' DD over the road used to do this on our NDN's drive, until NDN got a new car and had 2 parked on the drive. The daughter didn't see it apparently, and smashed right into the rear corner. NDN was not best pleased! Would have loved to hear the conversation when it was reported to the insurance!

Trifleorbust Tue 22-Nov-16 12:19:50

I would speak to him and tell him I don't want him to reverse onto my drive anymore.

booklooker Tue 22-Nov-16 12:21:38

What's the make of car got to do with it?

Personally I am failing to see the issue as well.

mikeyssister Tue 22-Nov-16 12:22:27

Park at the bottom of your drive.

Get gates.

It would wreck my head too.

petitfromage Tue 22-Nov-16 12:22:56

I'd remember there are bigger problems in the world and tell myself to get out more often (whilst reversing on his drive next time to prove a point)

twilightcafe Tue 22-Nov-16 12:24:54

Put your wheelie bins on your drive.

FrankAndBeans Tue 22-Nov-16 12:25:55

Both of you should be reversing onto your drives anyway as it's loads safer.
I would let go. You sound very tightly strung today.

Aderyn2016 Tue 22-Nov-16 12:26:19

Can you get gates? Or parking bollards? You shouldn't have to because your neighbour is a tosser.

HeCantBeSerious Tue 22-Nov-16 12:26:25

Neither of you should be reversing off your drives. You should be reversing into them and driving our forwards.

HeCantBeSerious Tue 22-Nov-16 12:26:33


Sundance01 Tue 22-Nov-16 12:28:06

Strangely I do not think you are being unreasonable in being slightly annoyed about him doing this daily but I think you may be being unfair about his actions today.

From your description it could equally be that he realised you were there and returned to his drive to allow you to do whatever it was you needed to do without him getting in your way and he was actually going out of his way to be polite.

I would have a word with him and find out why he does it - you may find there is a reason. Maybe previous owner had said he could and had done likewise, maybe there is a blind spot you are unaware of from the other side.

He may of course just be an arrogant idiot but equally he may be wondering everyday why you do not simply reverse straight into his drive.

PookieSnackenberger Tue 22-Nov-16 12:33:33


'Get a penguin bollard at the front of your drive.

Far more work for you, but you can't put a price on victory."

That's just had me properly LOL'ing!

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