Coronavirus = empty roads

Coronavirus = empty roads

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OSHB47

Original Poster:

7 posts

2 months

Saturday 21st March
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What with the current global situation and government advice to stay at home, surely if you wanted to get in your car and go for drive, or go for a motorbike ride, is there any risk? The roads are empty, wouldn’t this be a great time to take advantage of it, and relive the boredom at home.

Mark V GTD

109 posts

76 months

Saturday 21st March
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Roads as busy as ever here... S Lincs/Northants.

DailyHack

821 posts

63 months

Saturday 21st March
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OSHB47 said:
What with the current global situation and government advice to stay at home, surely if you wanted to get in your car and go for drive, or go for a motorbike ride, is there any risk? The roads are empty, wouldn’t this be a great time to take advantage of it, and relive the boredom at home.
If your on your own in your car, on your bike and don't get out in crowded areas, this is not an issue imo - it is if you start picking your mates up or family members and are within close proximity in the car.

I'm thinking of doing this when I come out of precautionary quarantine (1 more week to go) WFH, just won't be stopping, need to fill car up mind, and will be strictly on my own in my highly disinfected car.

bristolracer

3,263 posts

101 months

Saturday 21st March
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Don't crash
Not a good time to rely on the availability of an ambulance

TheRainMaker

4,141 posts

194 months

Saturday 21st March
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It’s not about the risk of the virus, what happens if you crash?
Do you really want to be in the hospital system right now?


DailyHack

821 posts

63 months

Saturday 21st March
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TheRainMaker said:
It’s not about the risk of the virus, what happens if you crash?
Do you really want to be in the hospital system right now?
+1 this, think of the bigger picture "what if'

Pothole

28,619 posts

234 months

Saturday 21st March
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I'm going to get out on my bike occasionally. We have a few pay at pump petrol stations nearby. I'll take sarnies and a flask if I think I'll be out over lunchtime. Not stopping to talk to anyone - standard anyway. I'm thinking we shouldn't take too much advantage of emptier roads...a hoon gone wrong puts unnecessary strain on ambo and hospital etc.

Mercutio

90 posts

114 months

Saturday 21st March
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Traffic sounds about 70% of what it normally is here in NW surrey

People are still out for whatever reason

Ardennes92

305 posts

32 months

Saturday 21st March
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It all sounds fine in theory, what with petrol now down to £1 a litre by me, but the roads by me are the busiest I can remember for a long time and as has been said what if you have a problem whilst out

gred

300 posts

121 months

Saturday 21st March
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Be careful what you. wish for, I'm stuck in Spain and the lockdown is more stringent that you are currently experiencing. Here you can only use your car to go the local supermarket or pharmacy, only one person in the car, and it is being policed stringently by the Guardia with 100 euro fines. Key workers have permits to travel to work.

Maybe coming to you soon?

Pothole

28,619 posts

234 months

Saturday 21st March
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gred said:
Be careful what you. wish for, I'm stuck in Spain and the lockdown is more stringent that you are currently experiencing. Here you can only use your car to go the local supermarket or pharmacy, only one person in the car, and it is being policed stringently by the Guardia with 100 euro fines. Key workers have permits to travel to work.

Maybe coming to you soon?
Nobody's wishing for anything, doommonger!

Dyl

1,067 posts

162 months

Saturday 21st March
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The commute is certainly much quieter - my 17 mile each way is typically 35 mins in rush hour. Last few days I've been doing it in 23 mins.

I have noticed that some are taking advantage though, lots of people now sat at 80+ but I'm sticking to my usual commute cruise control of 65mph.

I wouldn't say driving has to be eradicated altogether, but the destination should be the consideration. We are heading out to the local park shortly to walk, fresh air and negligible risk of crowded spaces.

Venisonpie

600 posts

34 months

Saturday 21st March
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Blimey it's not a police state, well not yet.

Of course going for a drive is fine, as is any other activity that doesn't involve prolonged close interaction with others. It's the elderly a d vulnerable who have to be shielded.

A group of 4 of us heading our for a walk this afternoon, non confined environment and we'll probably be about as close as 4 friends would be normally. Which will be more than 2 metres but we won't be anal about it.

OSHB47

Original Poster:

7 posts

2 months

Saturday 21st March
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TheRainMaker said:
It’s not about the risk of the virus, what happens if you crash?
Do you really want to be in the hospital system right now?
To be fair, chances of a bad crash on one journey is pretty remote I’d say

vikingaero

4,524 posts

121 months

Saturday 21st March
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Significantly quieter on the roads around us. I live a couple of mins from a Tesco and traffic is much more muted. Rather than a constant hum of cars, there's long periods of silence between them

TheRainMaker

4,141 posts

194 months

Saturday 21st March
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OSHB47 said:
TheRainMaker said:
It’s not about the risk of the virus, what happens if you crash?
Do you really want to be in the hospital system right now?
To be fair, chances of a bad crash on one journey is pretty remote I’d say
They are, but the downside if you did would be horrific.

delta0

1,255 posts

58 months

Saturday 21st March
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Roads are more busy as no one wants to walk/bus/train etc.

Teddy Lop

2,584 posts

19 months

Saturday 21st March
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Had to drive to Esher a few times this week, normally would take over 2 hours in rush hour, taking around 1hr10/20. The western section of the M25 which is normally a gridlocked car park in the morning you only have to slow down for the cameras.

Court_S

2,038 posts

129 months

Saturday 21st March
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Roads around me are really quiet at the moment.

I’m heading out where I can within reason including getting out on the bike this afternoon. A few hours on my own in a forest will do me the world of good right now. It’s been a funny old week.

Anything is better than being stuck inside getting bombarded by the doom mongering press.

Zoobeef

4,467 posts

110 months

Saturday 21st March
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Trackdays are still going on round the country.