Men and overtaking

Men and overtaking

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Westblue

Original Poster:

48 posts

59 months

Friday 27th March 2020
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Serious question.

How many men can accept being overtaken? Does it matter if the overtaker is male or female, younger or older, driving a 'better' or 'inferior' car?

I have had several instances when I have overtaken someone and their reaction from the 'overtake' was to accelerate or flash headlights / wave arms / sound horn.

I'm female, driving a VW Golf (and on occasions a Porsche 914). I don't think I'm pushy or cheeky, just driving reasonably carefully but 'not slow'.

I'm interested - is being overtaken something that most men can't accept?

JP18

108 posts

23 months

Saturday 28th March 2020
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People in general seem to take offence to overtaking now, especially the 40 everywhere club. I don't really get overtaken as I can keep up with national speed limits but last time I did I had a good laugh with my passenger as a van absolutely flew past on a good road. Has absolutely no affect on you so its a mystery why people make such a fuss.

IanJ9375

1,310 posts

178 months

Saturday 28th March 2020
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The only time it annoys me is the one's who do one speed, might not even be 70 in the 70 zone but they'll keep at that speed as the fly through the 50mph section passing everyone, then as sure as eggs is eggs you come across them again 2 mins after the end of the 50 zone.

Shuvi McTupya

24,460 posts

209 months

Saturday 28th March 2020
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Doesn't bother me in the slightest if people want to overtake me. I will generally give a little flash of my left hand indicator if someone is gaining fast and the road ahead is clear. I very rarely get overtaken though as I drive at a sensible speed..

NNH

1,120 posts

94 months

Saturday 28th March 2020
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I think there's a certain type of man who has a chip about anything. They don't always drive a Zafira, but there's definitely a correlation.

RDMcG

16,191 posts

169 months

Saturday 28th March 2020
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Not bothered at all.

I drive reasonably sporty cars and I not in competition on a public road. I am quite happy to pull over if something quicker comes up in my mirrors.

It is very frustrating when someone else will not pull over ahead of me , no doubt, but not going to flash lights,/beep or the like. In Canada where I live undertaking is legal, and if someone does not pull over after a while I simply indicate and undertake at a civilized speed, not some tire-squealing nonsense.

Boosted LS1

19,620 posts

222 months

Saturday 28th March 2020
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I'm rarely overtaken but if somebody does pass I'm happy to let them get on their way. In fact I'm pleased they had the balls to do it. It matters not what sex the person is or if they were born a potato.

VonSenger

2,377 posts

151 months

Saturday 28th March 2020
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RDMcG said:
Not bothered at all.

I drive reasonably sporty cars and I not in competition on a public road. I am quite happy to pull over if something quicker comes up in my mirrors.

It is very frustrating when someone else will not pull over ahead of me , no doubt, but not going to flash lights,/beep or the like. In Canada where I live undertaking is legal, and if someone does not pull over after a while I simply indicate and undertake at a civilized speed, not some tire-squealing nonsense.
Slightly off topic but have I seen your car at the ring? Just looked at your pics and I'm sure it was your car. But then I also noticed you're in Canada??

RazerSauber

1,059 posts

22 months

Saturday 28th March 2020
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Doesn't bother me in the slightest. I chase economy on my drives at the minute (or rather did until the current situation) and am happy to sit at 67 behind a van for a little bit with all manner of things coming past at speed.

sociopath

1,061 posts

28 months

Saturday 28th March 2020
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I overtook someone in the Pennines last year, me in a Westfield him in some sort of old persons car (you know 1litre,10 years old, gets washed every Sunday whether it needs it or not, goes everywhere at 40mph).
National speed limit, open straight road, no other vehicles in sight.

He went absolutely mental, horn, flashing lights, gesticulating.

Luckily I only saw him for the next couple of seconds as he kept to his 40mph

stavr0ss

61 posts

90 months

Saturday 28th March 2020
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No complaints here Helen, if it’s any consolation I seem to get flashes/waves/hand gestures when I overtake anything too and I’m male. Have you don’t any pics or threads of your 914? I’m becoming very fond of these and keen to hear what they are like to drive and keep.

Pooh

3,406 posts

215 months

Saturday 28th March 2020
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I do most of my driving on country roads so I do a lot of overtaking, the Zoe is not particularly quick so people speeding up when being overtaken is an issue. Lots of people do it but young women seem to be particularly bad so it is definitely not just a man thing.
I always remember a young woman getting particularly irate and waving her apple at me when I overtook her perfectly safely in my Fiat Multipla.
I have no problem with people overtaking me as long as they don’t slow down and hold me up afterwards.

S0updr4g0n

142 posts

73 months

Saturday 28th March 2020
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No problem here either. A few moons ago I was in a merge lane with a Jazz a few car lengths behind in the lane I was merging into and the chap sped up and blocked me. People are people, some are idiots.

Cylon2007

354 posts

40 months

Saturday 28th March 2020
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As long as it's a safe overtake doesn't bother me in the slightest.

fesuvious

6,193 posts

203 months

Saturday 28th March 2020
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It's more a question of being overtaken properly.

What the car is, or who is driving doesn't matter. That the pass is safe, well executed and the drivers NVC is good, that's what matters.

RDMcG

16,191 posts

169 months

Saturday 28th March 2020
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VonSenger said:
Slightly off topic but have I seen your car at the ring? Just looked at your pics and I'm sure it was your car. But then I also noticed you're in Canada??
You did indeed...I had an M6 V10, 997.1RS,997.2RS,991.1RS and a Panamera ST Turbo there at various times there, some on Canadian plates and some on Euro delivery plates...

It just does not feel right for me not to have the fun of a few weeks in Germany, Ring, Spa and so on. If we ever get out of the mess we're in now I will hopefully do a 992RS, but who knows?....

Teddy Lop

4,437 posts

29 months

Saturday 28th March 2020
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Being overtaken doesn't bother me in the slightest, not that it happens that often.

Overtaking however, today seems to be a social taboo which people being otherwise safely passed increasing feel entitled to challenge and react to the point of creating danger and collision risk.

untakenname

3,503 posts

154 months

Saturday 28th March 2020
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Overtaking is hard in my RX8 as it makes a lot of induction noise so people can hear you but doesn't have much torque and needs it neck rung to make progress.

Used to be a lot easier when the average person drove a petrol car especially if a manual as you were usually past them by the time they woke up took offence and put it their foot down.

Nowadays turbo's in most cars combined with automatics means they can react a lot quicker, in the future it will be even harder when the average car becomes an EV.

People generally can't match my WRX for power so overtaking in that is a lot more of a pleasurable experience as they don't realise before your well ahead of them.

Oddest experience recently was driving a shopping spec Toyota and overtaking an old couple in a standard mini who took offence and matched me well into 3 figures before I dropped back, at the next set of lights I pulled ahead then went really slow for the next few hundred meters just to reenforce the point expecting them to overtake but they never did.

Pothole

32,309 posts

244 months

Saturday 28th March 2020
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I ride a bike. I rarely get overtaken.

wazztie16

1,119 posts

93 months

Saturday 28th March 2020
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Very happy to be overtaken, either driving my 1.2 Polo or the work van, if i drove a faster vehicle and wasn't pushing on it wouldn't bother me in the slightest.

The art of safe, legal and convenient overtaking is disappearing fast, so the more people that do it the better in my opinion.