Why can nobody overtake?

Why can nobody overtake?

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tarquin274

Original Poster:

113 posts

51 months

Thursday 27th August 2020
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Maybe is a lost art nowadays but what is it with sitting in a queue of 20-30 cars doing 15-20 mph because the muppet at the front is incapable of safely overtaking a slow moving cyclist or tractor despite perfect visibility and a long straight wide road with minimal oncoming ??

The queuing cars never seem to leave much room between them either leading to excited reactions when you have to “make room” in order to queue jump, or just wait in line forever like a pleb.

If you can’t overtake safely you shouldn’t be driving. Oh I’ve read enough threads to know the long established tradition of attacking the OP so no worries there, crack on... laugh

S2r

681 posts

81 months

Thursday 27th August 2020
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Presumably they're waiting for the car 3 back to go flying past so they can flash their lights while wildly gesticulating and pointing at their dash cam...

anonymous-user

57 months

Thursday 27th August 2020
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You're dammed if you don't and you're dammed if you do.

warch

2,941 posts

157 months

Thursday 27th August 2020
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AJ5641 said:
You're dammed if you don't and you're dammed if you do.
What do dams have to do with overtaking?

mac96

4,014 posts

146 months

Thursday 27th August 2020
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Overtaking is not compulsory- but why do they drive 2 feet behind the slow vehicle? Both stressful and inconsiderate if not actually dangerous.

markymarkthree

2,373 posts

174 months

Thursday 27th August 2020
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Its rarely a problem on a motorbike. biggrin

TGTiff

420 posts

187 months

Thursday 27th August 2020
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Try living in Cumbria
They won't even overtake a dead sheep!

2 GKC

1,962 posts

108 months

Thursday 27th August 2020
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I share the frustration but I think the people you’re referring to don’t mind pottering along slowly as they’re mostly doing something else anyway. It’s amazing how rarely you see a driver really gun an overtake.

anonymous-user

57 months

Thursday 27th August 2020
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The simple answer is because 99.9% of drivers are simply paying no attention what-so-ever to the task of driving.

Modern cars are extremely easy and comfortable to drive

Modern cars include a raft of distracting technology

Modern drivers simple follow whatever is immediately infront of them.


Thats it, really.......


Strudul

1,596 posts

88 months

Thursday 27th August 2020
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Overtaking would distract them from replying to snapchats.

mybrainhurts

90,809 posts

258 months

Thursday 27th August 2020
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TGTiff said:
Try living in Cumbria
They won't even overtake a dead sheep!
Hell no, you must shag it first...wobble

mybrainhurts

90,809 posts

258 months

Thursday 27th August 2020
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This has been going on since Blair scared the average driver to death .

fozzymandeus

1,050 posts

149 months

Thursday 27th August 2020
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They’re worried someone will smash into the back of them in a Bugatti Chiron.

M4cruiser

3,835 posts

153 months

Thursday 27th August 2020
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It doesn't save much time. And it costs money.
For me the benefit doesn't outweigh the risk (on a single carriageway I mean).



TarquinMX5

1,977 posts

83 months

Thursday 27th August 2020
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They normally don't overtake for one of several reasons:

They can see something directly in front of their Hyundai i10 but can't actually see what it is, so just follow 'it'

They're too busy chatting on the phone to realise why the traffic is moving slowly

They can't find the 'overtake assist' option on the touch screen

The above tend to be age-related.


Or, they simply can't drive and overtaking is now a long-lost skill and is seen as 'yobbish', arrogant, environmentally unfriendly, harmful to some sort of toad etc. etc. and, in any event, I thought that the speed limit was now 40mph everywhere. Has that changed?


TarquinMX5

1,977 posts

83 months

Thursday 27th August 2020
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M4cruiser said:
It doesn't save much time. And it costs money.
For me the benefit doesn't outweigh the risk (on a single carriageway I mean).
What risk? If it's clear and safe, what's the risk?

Or does your user-name sum it up? Overtaking is fine on a motorway or dual carriageway, otherwise it's a non-starter? Please tell me that's not correct.

I wasn't aware that you had to pay to overtake, is that a new Rishi Sunak tax that I've missed? Big Brother biggrin

Drive it fix it repeat

1,046 posts

54 months

Thursday 27th August 2020
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I share your pain. Personally I love a good overtake, especially if it's a pleb I'm overtaking, NA car is the best, scream past at 7500rpm to what I assume to be congratulatory light flashing. Boosted cars are also fun, brake boost then fly past making OTT whooshing noises biggrin

Even when I'm not being a yob I find dawdlers and indecisive drivers infuriating, just make a decision and carry it out without crashing into something or inconveniencing everyone around you. People who sit behind tractors on clear, wide, fast A roads 'because 25 is plenty' should be strung up. Christ this is better than therapy laugh

Boosted LS1

21,190 posts

263 months

Thursday 27th August 2020
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I love a well executed overtake, the more fkwits I pass the better. I'm also happy to be overtaken by somebody else and I'll leave space in front to allow it.

mybrainhurts

90,809 posts

258 months

Thursday 27th August 2020
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M4cruiser said:
It doesn't save much time. And it costs money.
For me the benefit doesn't outweigh the risk (on a single carriageway I mean).
You've never been stuck in a convoy behind a combine harvester in Norfolk for half an hour, have you?

If you think it's risky overtaking a slow moving agricultural vehicle, it might be time for you to undertake further driving instruction.

donkmeister

8,546 posts

103 months

Thursday 27th August 2020
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markymarkthree said:
Its rarely a problem on a motorbike. biggrin
Until the clueless dolt at the front moves out without checking their mirrors biggrin