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to want to drive right into people who cut me up on roundabouts?

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ObsidianBlackbirdMcNight Wed 07-Oct-09 23:31:18

I mean obviously I don't really want to, and I do stop, (don't want to damage my car mostly, but not hurt anyone either) Buut why do people do it? Sometimes they are just arrogant and expect you to slow down, and sometimes they are just thick seemingly. Today an old fellow (I mean not really old) looked, saw me, waited, then pulled out just as I was about to pass his exit. Why? angry Why don't people know how to behave on a roundabout? They would fucking deserve it if someone drove into them (with no injuries of course)

AIBU to expect to drive round a bloody roundabout without having to anticipate idiots driving out in front of me?

kitkatqueen Wed 07-Oct-09 23:36:05

kat, Its very very simple only about 20% of the people on the road know what to do at a roundabout - the rest think they know but don't. I think every roundabout should have a sign stuck on it saying "give way to the right" yanbu it drives me nuts too...

paisleyleaf Wed 07-Oct-09 23:39:11

There's a roundabout at the end of my road, so I'm on it about 4 times a day.
This happens to me almost every time.
I pass an exit and often have a great big car bearing down into my side, like they have waited for me.
I always feel aware of how small my car is, with little DD on that side too.

6feetundertheGroundhogs Wed 07-Oct-09 23:45:42

YANBU, but then I'm just riled up about Plastic Pete.. see my AIBU... LOL!

Well if Peter Andre is shamelessly plugging, so will I!! grin

kitkat, is that in any way true 20%? LOL, they ought to do a day's driving around here.. We have Basingstoke and Bracknell, both known for their roundabouts..

You can always tell someone who doesn't come from around here, if they don't know how to get onto a busy roundabout.

The secret to getting onto one is to wait until the car you want to slot in behind is passing right in front of you, line up their car doors with your headlights, and hit the accelerator!

They will have passed you, by the time you get to where they are, and you slot right in behind them!

Agreed that guy stuffed it up, and you would have been well within your rights to blast your horn at him and give him a very hard stare, at the very least!

paisleyleaf Wed 07-Oct-09 23:48:31

"The secret to getting onto one is to wait until the car you want to slot in behind is passing right in front of you, line up their car doors with your headlights, and hit the accelerator!"

See I think that's what they're doing wrong.

6feetundertheGroundhogs Thu 08-Oct-09 00:05:09

yes, but i think he got his timing right, or you foxed him by slowing down.

The target road user on the roundabout is not supposed to see you drive at towards them.

6feetundertheGroundhogs Thu 08-Oct-09 00:05:41

Sorry, der, got his timing WRONG!! [sober, idiot]

paisleyleaf Thu 08-Oct-09 00:07:47

That might work for you in Basingstoke....the roundabout I'm on isn't even particularly busy, and they do this.
LOL at target grin

6feetundertheGroundhogs Thu 08-Oct-09 00:20:26

Ahh, he was LOST!!

Get yerself an AK47 mounted on your bonnet... that'd do it!

Tortington Thu 08-Oct-09 01:00:09

women on mini roundabouts do my head in - i know i have said this before on MN but seriously girls look to the right - suddenly a mini roundabout appears and the woman ( it always is) sudenly loses her brain.

we have a partic r/b on the way home from work - as in the op the traffic can see im coming but carry on - abart from their dumbshiteritis - the r/b itself is stupid - with a pedestrian crossing just off my exit which forms a queue of trafic right into the r/b

council highway idiots

PumpkinsCantDanceTheTango Thu 08-Oct-09 01:22:28

Im learning and I do the opposite - wait 874387439 hours to pull out. <makes mental note to book test at a QUIET time>

atworknotworking Thu 08-Oct-09 07:27:14

Thats why I don't drive

ArghhhhmazingBouncingSpider Thu 08-Oct-09 07:34:06

Im on my 6th driving lesson and so far every roundabout I have encountered has been clear. I dread the day im going to actually have to wait for traffic. grin

ObsidianBlackbirdMcNight Thu 08-Oct-09 08:19:54

No he wasn't trying to cleverly slot in behind me, he drove out in front of me! I did give him a good toot on the horn.


ShutUpandDrinkYourGin Thu 08-Oct-09 08:38:18

A guy did this to me and promptly got flashed by a speed camera once we got back onto the straight road

Justice, thought I

ChopsTheDuck Thu 08-Oct-09 08:42:10

Oh the number times I have wished for the speed camera thing to happen!

I got cut up at a traffic lights last week. I couldn't believe it. Waiting to turn right, oncoming traffic clears, and the white van man behind me puts his foot down to the floor and tears past me and squeezes in front. I nearly went into the side of him as he passed my blind spot. Fecker!

MarthaFarquhar Thu 08-Oct-09 08:47:28

YANBU to want to do so.

Crossing the 3-lane Hulme roundabout on the way to work has led me to the conclusion that there are only 2 kinds of driver in Manchester - idiots; and me.

kitkatqueen Fri 09-Oct-09 16:42:55

Hi 6feet, the 20% thing is true or I wouldn't say it. I can quote sources but can't be bothered need more sleep.

kitkatqueen Fri 09-Oct-09 16:54:00

Ah just realised you're working on the slotting between theory, trouble is that doesn't take into consideration that there must be a car behind the car you are slotting in behind, in order for you to be "between".

The rule is "give way to the right"

This means, if no-ones "on" the roundabout and there is a car at the road to your right they have right of way and you should not move onto the roundabout.

If there is a car on the roundabout and it is moving towards you from the right you should not pull out.

The only time the rule would cause a problem would be if 4 cars all pulled up at the roundabout at the same time and no-one moved in practise of course no-one is polite enough for everyone to get stuck. Also as only 20% give way to the right there's a good chance they would all pull out on each other anyway grin

GhoulsAreLoud Fri 09-Oct-09 16:56:11

My Mum does this on roundabouts, not pulling out when someone is coming, but she doesn't understand lanes so always drives in the left hand land. Which is fine if she's going left, but not so great if it's a three lane roundabout and she happens to be going right. Then it's terrifying.

I've tried to talk to her about it and her response is now to criticise every single aspect of my driving, as I'm driving hmm

lal123 Fri 09-Oct-09 17:00:59

I was turning right at a mini roundabout a while ago when a white van came in from the left and missed me by inches (he was going straight on - same exit as me). When I exited roundabout he'd stopped his van and had gotten out shouting that I was a stupid xxxxx etc etc. I was about to explain that it wasn't a case of whoever managed to get on first had right of way when the back door opened and one of his friends got out. I thought better of arguing with them and just apologised blush. It wasn't til after he'd gone I realised we wereparked just outside a police station - wish I'd bloody stood up to him!!!

My Mum doesn't have a clue about roundabouts/lanes/driving in general - she thinks the highway code is just general advice. Scary being in a car with her!

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