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I’ve really ballsed up

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Quandary2018 Sat 16-Mar-19 16:48:54

This morning I had to drop my son at football at an unfamiliar ground and then shoot off to get my daughter. I used my sat nav as didn’t know the area, followed the instructions and ended up on tram tracks- usually ok as the tram runs on the road, didn’t think anything of it until a tram hooted me
Sat nav was not saying I was doing anything wrong and I hadn’t seen any signs
Have just looked on google maps and it seems I shouldn’t have been on that particular section, that the left turn I took should have been a wider bend and I should’ve been further over as it’s a one way road- something I didn’t notice
The way I went then cut onto a one way street at a mid point so, again, didn’t see any signs but I’ve now realised it means I’ve inadvertently driven the wrong way on a one way street

I’m going to get a fine aren’t I? What an idiot

ghostyslovesheets Sat 16-Mar-19 17:14:50

Possibly yes - Sat Navs are fine but no substitute for looking where you are driving!

Frenchmontana Sat 16-Mar-19 17:16:46

So you missed 2 lots of signs?

Yeah probably a fine.

starfishmummy Sat 16-Mar-19 17:17:34

Frankly for being totally unaware if your surroundings, you deserve a complete ban and not just a fine.

Sirzy Sat 16-Mar-19 17:20:53

Hopefully it gives you a kick up the backside to pay attention and not blindly follow a sat nav

Lwg87 Sat 16-Mar-19 17:22:50

Oh god I hate driving new places and could totally imagine this happened. As long as nobody is harmed I’d try to forget about it 😬

Isawthesignanditopenedupmyeyes Sat 16-Mar-19 17:26:27

I’m a shit driver and in my time have driven down a one way street the wrong way. Never had a fine.

shouldiorshouldinot Sat 16-Mar-19 17:27:24

My husband did this too, he got a fine .

NoArmaniNoPunani Sat 16-Mar-19 17:28:28

You'll only get a fine if you were caught on camera.

thisismeusernameything Sat 16-Mar-19 17:30:36

Why be so bloody holier than thou starfish . You’ll probably get a fine OP. Try not to beat yourself up about it. Everyone makes mistakes

TatianaLarina Sat 16-Mar-19 17:32:19

Why do people follow satvnavs blindly and not read street signs?

QuitMoaning Sat 16-Mar-19 17:34:04

It would appear that starfish has never made a mistake and is a perfect driver so we should take heed of her (or his) pronouncements.

picklemepopcorn Sat 16-Mar-19 17:34:28

To be fair, at a complex junction it's not always easy to see which line you should take.

Were you in Nottingham, OP?

Quandary2018 Sat 16-Mar-19 17:38:57

At the point where I turned left, there were no signs saying you couldn’t, there was an arrow on the road showing I could turn left. I’ll admit, finding myself facing 3 different sets of tram lines and no discernible different route to take, then getting hooted by the tram did throw me and I just kept going until I could turn off.

Looking at the map, trams can go down the one way street as they access it a different way- like a cut through- so that would be why there wasn’t a no entry sign as I was inadvertently on the bit the tram uses.

I feel awful, I’ve never had so much as a parking ticket and can’t believe I did it. I’m going to go back down there, on the tram to have a look for myself at where i went wrong

Quandary2018 Sat 16-Mar-19 17:39:24

Yes, pickle, I was in Nottingham

PeeGreen Sat 16-Mar-19 17:41:32

all the cameras are online on the local Safety Camera Partnership website.

If there was a camera you should have seen it (unless you weren't paying attention to that either)

Chances are there is not.

savageswimmer Sat 16-Mar-19 17:42:15

I am from Nottingham and cars get stuck on the tram tracks fairly regularly. I bet it was near the Dunelm, always seems to happen around there.

Miljah Sat 16-Mar-19 17:42:36

Cut to the end- there's been a recent court case in Chelmsford about an underpass under a railway line that only buses can use; but sat navs gaily lead you down there; however a woman just won her case against the fine stating that the signage was overwhelming, and she just didn't spot the 'buses only' signs in the mad jumble of other signs, but once you were committed, thee was nowhere to turn to get out of it.

GiantKitten Sat 16-Mar-19 17:46:22

Quandary2018 going by some other posters the fault is not yours so don't beat yourself up flowers You might or might not get a fine but if you do the only hit is financial.

(I hate driving on strange roads which are only easy for those who are familiar!)

Casiloco Sat 16-Mar-19 17:48:04

MN saints and judges out in force I see.

There are worse things, OP, don't worry flowers

Userplusnumbers Sat 16-Mar-19 17:50:27

I was going to ask the exact same question as @pickle - I wouldn't worry too much, happens fairly regularly. When I first moved to Nottingham I did it about three times in different places!

Thankful I've never caused an accident, who knows what punishment @starfish ould be braying for? Three generations of my family executed perhaps?!

Quandary2018 Sat 16-Mar-19 17:51:55

This is the left turn whilst waiting at the lights and then what I saw after I turned left.
There were cars parked up along the right hand side of the tram stop to the right and I didn’t see the road was there and not where the tram runs
It’s not unusual to be able to drive on the tram lines here so I just thought that was the way to go

Quandary2018 Sat 16-Mar-19 17:52:38

Hopefully the pics have posted but I can’t see them!

Stripyhoglets Sat 16-Mar-19 17:53:54

Ah that sort of thing happens to me in new places - I've accidentally driven down a few bus only roads and luckily not had a fine so hopefully you won't!

TooStressyTooMessy Sat 16-Mar-19 17:53:55

I thought it would be somewhere like Nottingham. Terrible signage! Hope you are ok OP.

Userplusnumbers Sat 16-Mar-19 17:54:47

Oh! At the forest rec!! I used to live opposite there, happens all the time, and yes, it's a bit unclear if you're turning left as you actually have to cut across both sets of tram tracks then turn left (whereas if you're turning right you'd just drive along the tram track)

Leeeeemon36 Sat 16-Mar-19 17:55:05

SatNav are cunts. I refuse to use one now due to all wrong directions given including telling me to turn right on dual carriageway.
Now I check the route before I set off and take a screenshot of the route in case

Userplusnumbers Sat 16-Mar-19 17:55:27

Also, there's CCTV at the tram stop, but I don't think theres any enforcement cameras.

Stripyhoglets Sat 16-Mar-19 17:59:14

Yeah that's confusing - and if thread markings are as worn as they are on street view that won't help either!

Stripyhoglets Sat 16-Mar-19 17:59:35

The road markings!

oneforthepain Sat 16-Mar-19 17:59:44

So you were supposed to drive down the bit on the far right where the arrow is? <makes mental note not to drive round Nottingham> That looks confusing.

Quandary2018 Sat 16-Mar-19 18:01:46

Yep down the far right where the arrow is, but I didn’t see it

Bunnybigears Sat 16-Mar-19 18:03:22

I hate driving in Sheffield because of the tram, it is very confusing even with the signs!

topcat2014 Sat 16-Mar-19 18:05:56

You will only get a fine if there was a camera.

I was waiting to turn right off a busy urban route, and didn't realise until I was making the turn that I was pointing into oncoming traffic.

I sorted myself out and got on the right track.

I couldn't quite realise how that had happened, and ended up looking on google maps when I got home to see all the signs.

TBF some of them were unclear, and possibly placed too early. There were lots of confusing concrete islands too.

The road planners don't always get it right.

Justonemorepancake Sat 16-Mar-19 18:07:37

If there were cars parked on the right on the second pic that obscured your view you might be able to appeal as that's all double yellows so they were there illegally covering up the arrows. This would be visible on the cameras.

ThatFalseEquivalenceTho Sat 16-Mar-19 18:09:23

OP That’s very near to me. Happens regularly, loads of complaints about the signs over the years.

Quandary2018 Sat 16-Mar-19 18:10:09

There’s a lay-by they were parked in, it looks far up on the picture but in real time it wasn’t that far

I just feel so utterly stupid for getting it wrong, will be on edge for the next few weeks waiting to see if a fine comes

Quandary2018 Sat 16-Mar-19 18:12:00

But they still haven’t done anything about it- it certainly isn’t clear when you’re at the lights waiting to turn left that the road is actually going to be the equivalent of 2 lanes over and by the time you realise you’re stuck on the tram side, which is why I kept going and then ended up on mount hooton road going the wrong way!
Like I said, I feel so utterly stupid

Joebloggswazere Sat 16-Mar-19 18:12:01

I drive down a one way street, realises half way down, got to the end and a police car was turning up the street blush
I pulled along side, apologised for my mistake, they were understanding and drove on. Mistakes happen.

GiantKitten Sat 16-Mar-19 18:13:13

Don't feel stupid - it's clearly a very confusing junction.

ThatFalseEquivalenceTho Sat 16-Mar-19 18:13:39

OP No they haven’t and it’s rrallt frustrating. There’s a few areas of the tram route like this.

BlueSkiesLies Sat 16-Mar-19 18:13:43

That’s totally confusing!

I went down a bus only road a few months ago, realised as I was pulling off the roundabout and there was nothing I could do except proceed down it as it wouldn’t have been safe to slam on the brakes and reverse back onto the roundabout! Got a fine but no points or owt.

Justonemorepancake Sat 16-Mar-19 18:15:04

Someone signalled to turn the wrong way up a one way street outside DS' school yesterday. I stopped (on foot) at the junction. Locked eyes with her. Pointed at the no entry sign and mouthed 'one way' and she looked away, continued indiciating and turned up it anway. Twat. I know there's no camera though. Bet she did too.

Justonemorepancake Sat 16-Mar-19 18:15:45

So don't worry, there's prob no camera and at least you didn't do it knowingly!

gamerwidow Sat 16-Mar-19 18:30:50

You might get a fine and I'm sure you're kicking yourself now but no harm is done.
Yes you shouldn't go the wrong way down a one way street but sometimes it's easy to miss signs when you are somewhere new and unfamiliar with the road.
I don't know anyone who has never made a mistake while driving.

DuckbilledSplatterPuff Sat 16-Mar-19 18:37:18

Easily done and I agree with GamerWidow, don't beat yourself up about it. At least you are analysing it, and thinking how to avoid that mistake in future. It really depends on whether there was a camera there or not. No one is a perfect driver and this will probably make you a better one in the long run. Good luck x

amusedbush Sat 16-Mar-19 18:38:24

These things happen. A few months after I passed my test I was driving in a city centre and ended up on a bus-only road along the side of a bus station. I was mortified and convinced I would get a fine but nothing happened.

A few months later my brother was visiting the city and did the exact same thing! I didn’t feel quite so silly after that blush

jade9390 Sat 16-Mar-19 18:39:36

You might not have been caught on camera. You have learned a lesson, please stop beating yourself up.

Letsnotargue Sat 16-Mar-19 18:44:31

I live in Nottingham and I’ve only ever done this once. In this exact place. I only noticed when I was driving past the raised platforms and it didn’t feel right.

This was a couple of years ago, but I didn’t get a ticket or anything. It’s terribly signposted in places - especially here and around Dunelm as a pp said.

Don’t eat yourself up about it, you’ve learned and will be that bit more vigilant from now on. I’ve never done it since (but that doesn’t mean to say I never will 😳)

At least you didn’t need to get removed from the tram- only bridge...

picklemepopcorn Sat 16-Mar-19 18:50:36

Yes, the bridge is a regular where people actually get stuck. My non driving husband is full of criticism for people who do this. My take is that something clearly isn't right if so many people are doing it.

EssexGurl Sat 16-Mar-19 18:51:46

I am so old and useless with technology that even though we have Sat navy in the car, before I go somewhere new I look up the journey on a map. Sometimes I even go on google maps to “drive” the route as I am paranoid about this happening.

So, every sympathy to you.

My FIL always goes wrong when he comes to our house. We have lived here 14 years. His sat nat shows a right turn at a mini roundabout 2 mins drive from our house. He should go straight on. He knows this. He always follows the sat nav and moans about getting lost when he arrives. He relies on technology even when he knows better.

couchparsnip Sat 16-Mar-19 19:00:52

It looks really difficult to see where you're supposed to go! I bet it happens regularly.

TooStressyTooMessy Sat 16-Mar-19 19:07:40

Totally pickle. If people consistently make the same error then the system needs to be looked at to see how it can be reduced.

LifeBeginsNow Sat 16-Mar-19 19:11:28

Most days I drive somewhere new for work and as lovely as it would be to say I'm perfect, I do get confused by some of the road signs. Plus traffic, people stepping out in front of the car, pouring rain - they all contribute to making errors.

I've driven around Nottingham twice. First to find the hotel and the second day to get to the supplier. Oh my days that's a confusing city! Even by the picture the OP has attached, it's tricky to see what's right.

bumblingbovine49 Sat 16-Mar-19 19:22:50

I.migjt have made the same mistake even if.not following a sat nav. That junction is crying out for better signage.

Quandary2018 Sat 16-Mar-19 19:52:26

I do feel less stupid now so many of you have agreed it’s confusing, thank you!

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