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8th March 2006

More car angst or is it just ignorance. @ 11:59

Current Grassiness: bored bored

In Liverpool (at least) I've noticed a growing trend of sticking the front of the car over the give way line and stopping the traffic.




I'm using lorries because I can't find my car autoshape but you get the idea

Let us assume we are travelling in the yellow lorry. The Highway Code says that the red lorry should wait behind the Give Way lines until his way is clear. However I've noticed more and more drivers sticking out like the red lorry in my diagram and ever edging out until they hold up the traffic coming from the right then turning right because the blue lorry can see what a pest the red lorry is making of itself.

Sometimes you'll be happily tootling along and approaching a junction like in my diagram with no sign of vehicles but then out of nowhere someone drives upto and over  the give way just that little bit too far forcing you (in the yellow lorry) to swerve out of the way and possibly into the path of the blue lorry who is carrying toxic substances such as marmite or cold custard.

Now as Ken-in-work says, sometimes when you are driving the red van you might have no choice but to stick out because of parked cars or squished squirrels or something. But I've never driven a red van so I wouldnt know.

Another example of  people not giving way is illustrated below:-


I would like the pink van please Bob Like I explained earlier....I only use vans/lorries as an illustration because I have misplaced my car autoshape.

Let's say you are travelling along in the yellow van and you have passed the parked white van on your left when the red van pulls up to the blue van. There isnt enough room for both vans to pass. By rights the red van should wait and give way to the yellow van. However, another thing I've noticed is the likes of the red van not giving a shit about their paintwork and mirrors and trying their best to squeeze between you and the parked vehicles.

To me this feels like driving courtesy is dying on its feet. The reason why the Highway code (in the UK at least) has been so successful in the 60 odd years its been about IMO is because people are supposed to be courteous. This also applies to pedestrians.



Let's say you are the pink girl intending to walk to the top of the image.However the bus has unloaded most of its passengers (the waiters) who have decided to fill the pavement thus not affording you a safe passage. Sometimes they do this forcing you to the edge of the kerb and onto the road. You then get squished by a passing red lorry. Which is no fun.

Why? Why do people think if they don't look at you you are not there? Another annoyance happens crossing the road at crossing just down from where I work. It is a heavily used crossing and often you will be faced with a wall of people when trying to cross the road.



So when, like in the above picture, you are attempting to cross the road you can't get passed the blue waiters because they stubbornly won't get out of the way. Fuckers! Or worse. You cross the road while they stand there waiting for the green man. But you've noticed it is safe enough for you to cross yet by the time you get to the kerb of the other side the blue waiters just stand there....waiting...looking gormless. Oblivious to the fact you are about to get squished by a red lorry. They then get pissy with you because you elbow them out of the way while muttering "Shift your fat fucking arse cockwipe" like you're at fault for using your incentive to cross the road.

The same could be said for those irritating  pricks in supermarkets who idly wander round daydreaming...picking up this and that....reading the back of the packet like its War and Peace. Or refusing to move out of your way when you try to get past. Or worse still they see the empty checkout and pretend to not see you heading there with your basket and push in front with their trolley chock full of unhealthy bollocks for their darling little shitbags.

Oooh it makes me fair mad it does and people that ask pointless questions....ooooh that gets on my tits too....

User: Hello Can you help me with <application>
stegzy - Ok what problem are you having?
User: **silence**
stegzy - **silence**
User: - Hello?
stegzy Yes you're having a problem? With <application>?
User: yes **silence**
stegzy - And the problem you are having....is??

I know some users have this bizarre idea that we can see every click and keypress they do. Like some have this bizarre paranoia that we know their passwords, their wifes name and what their little Johnnie did in kindergarten. We don't! Well...I don't...maybe the others do...but I couldnt give two fucks what you do.

I believe this post had a point once....but I went off on a ramble and somehow its lunch time....</font>
 
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From:billzy
Date:8th March 2006 04:15 (UTC)
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OMFG!!! What a post!!!! So funny... I know EXACTLY what you mean on all your points... Ive noticed that about traffic.. Also that crossing - by blackwells - is a bitch when its busy :/

This is so the leading contender for post of the month for March :D
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From:stegzy
Date:8th March 2006 05:35 (UTC)
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heh...my description must have been good as that is the very crossing I'm talking about. Even this lunch time I was almost splatted by a 79 because some student in a seethrough blue mac wouldnt shift their spotty bum.

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From:billzy
Date:8th March 2006 05:40 (UTC)
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lol A see through mac and a spotty bum is a bad combination :O
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From:think4yrself
Date:8th March 2006 04:20 (UTC)
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Driving courtesy - what's that?! ;P
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From:stegzy
Date:8th March 2006 05:38 (UTC)
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The same as hens teeth...only rarer
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From:poggs
Date:8th March 2006 04:35 (UTC)
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Stegzy's Highway Code

It would be a best-seller.
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From:stegzy
Date:8th March 2006 05:39 (UTC)
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Hmmm...I think so too...But the section "Stegzy has right of way over everyone" might not be too popular.
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From:reynard52
Date:8th March 2006 04:44 (UTC)
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Blue militia-men waiters! Hehehe, you should print and post these on the road sides! Guaranteed to make many not only giggle maniacly but maybe take notice of their own habits! Wouldn't work here...words and simple pics are waaaay beyond the scope of most of our drivers' comprehension... including mine on occasion ^_^

Send this to an editoria!! Maybe you have a future in drive education pictography/satire! *hugs*
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From:stegzy
Date:8th March 2006 05:45 (UTC)
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I think even a big pole with a pointy end might not rouse some from their ingrained habits. If it wasnt so damn expensive I'd probably let them smash into me and shock them into rehabilitation.
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From:wimble
Date:8th March 2006 04:59 (UTC)
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I have to do turn right onto a main road to get to work. I do it properly. It sometimes takes 5 minutes for the traffic to clear. It's not helped by the fact that there's a mini roundabout about 30 yards to the left, which reduces both my visibility and that of the oncoming traffic (eg, they can't slow down to give me a chance).

Further down the road, once I've got out, there's another turning, where people turn right, exactly as you describe. I specialise in trying to drive as close across the front of their intrusive car as I can (while leaving room to avoid them), and watching them slam the brakes on in suprise, as I tootle merrilly on my way.

I just hope that somebody behind me then starts honking, and getting annoyed at this stupid car that's simply blocking the road...
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From:stegzy
Date:8th March 2006 05:50 (UTC)
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When I am in the red lorry's shoes (so to speak) I wait and wait and wait and wait until there is a break in traffic or a kind motorist lets me out.Thing is people are too damn impatient these days.

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From:wimble
Date:8th March 2006 05:02 (UTC)
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Oh, and zebra crossings: pedestrians get right of way (I know your diagram is of a light controlled crossing). So pedestrians can legitimately walk along the pavement, turn through 90 degrees, and straight out into the road.

Car drivers should therefore be prepared for such actions, by slowing down and being ready to stop. They shouldn't be whizzing along so blithely that the pedestrians actually have to stop and wait for a break in the traffic (although, obviously, that's not a bad idea, since pedestrain legitimacy isn't going to win out against motorist speeding-lump-of-metal).

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From:celticblissy
Date:8th March 2006 10:12 (UTC)
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I blame the pope.

Now if you had a Brian Blessed strapped to the front of your car there would be no problem.

He would shout and all would be cleared out of the way.
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From:stegzy
Date:9th March 2006 03:38 (UTC)
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Think of the noise though. You'd never get any sleep!
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From:celticblissy
Date:9th March 2006 07:05 (UTC)
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True.

And there really is no way to muffle your Brian Blessed'd :(
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From:storm1jet2
Date:8th March 2006 10:52 (UTC)
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You have WAY too much spare time on your hands!
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From:stegzy
Date:9th March 2006 03:39 (UTC)
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Sadly I am confined to a 20ft x 15ft room.
From:feelingvacant
Date:8th March 2006 13:45 (UTC)
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as per, another fantastic amusing and enlightening post

thank you
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From:stegzy
Date:9th March 2006 03:39 (UTC)
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Pleasure

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