Biggest Fear About Driving?

Biggest Fear About Driving?

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crispian22

813 posts

156 months

Monday 5th April
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My throttle sticking wide open with 560bhp yikes

Rexii

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31 posts

1 month

Monday 5th April
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Chrishum said:
biggbn said:
trackdemon said:
Other drivers
This...
100% it's the one thing that is never in your control.
I mean if we all crash into the special drivers who don’t use indicators then they’ll learn soon enough

CoreyDog

307 posts

54 months

Monday 5th April
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Chrishum said:
biggbn said:
trackdemon said:
Other drivers
This...
100% it's the one thing that is never in your control.
This all day.

I can control my right foot and my arms so my direction and speed is all down to me...

What I can't control is other drivers.

How many of us have nearly been wiped out by some twunt changing lane without turning their head 3 inches to the side? How many of us nearly been taken out at a junction because someone just pulls out and "doesn't see" a ton and abit of metal, paint and glass?

Bluemondy

22 posts

45 months

Monday 5th April
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I get this very odd junction anxiety, but only specific ones. For an example; A14 Westbound at Woolpit. It's short and it's on a bit of a bend. Never ever had an issue, but I get this odd anxiety about it.

Another one would be the Hardwick roundabout in Kings Lynn (locally known, apparently, as the hardluck roundabout). I know where I'm going, I know the 'right' lane to be in to achieve this. But Jesus Wept, it can be a free for all!

sjc

11,701 posts

234 months

Monday 5th April
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fking potholes.

Ninja59

2,512 posts

76 months

Monday 5th April
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sjc said:
fking potholes.
I would agree with this one, I have been known to stop after hitting one or two to make sure my wheel and tyre combination has actually survived.

Captain Smerc

2,399 posts

80 months

Monday 5th April
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Never owning a Huracan Performante frown

BritishBlitz87

339 posts

12 months

Monday 5th April
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I admit I'm a pretty rubbish driver in many respects, so I am always scared of causing an accident through my own idiocy, especiialy in the following situations.

Multi-lane roundabouts. Always been terrible at them, never check my mirrors enough and I'm always in the wrong bloody lane. Nearly rammed a Nissan Micra in one case when I forgot the shoulder check before changing lanes.

After a hairy incident in which I properly cut someone up at 70mph after I forgot to factor in the effects of an uphill gradient on an overtake. I am now very cautious when overtaking and only do it when I know the road and am absolutely certain that I will be able to make it even if a car came hurtling round the next bend at 100mph.

All in all I think God must be looking after me. I've done so many stupid things over the years (not just driving!) it's a miracle I'm still alive.

stogbandard

92 posts

14 months

Monday 5th April
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Other people. I’m not sure what’s worse a genuine mistake leading to a near miss, or aggressive manoeuvres that upsets the traffic karma. I’d say the latter, if the first is to be learned from, the second usually isn’t.

If it’s not other drivers, it’s poor road maintenance potholes and surface dressing. I go out of my way to avoid any road that’s being surface dressed for a good month or more. Even after that period roads done still have huge piles of gravel left in hatched areas. It doesn’t matter how careful you try to be, stone chips and the odd chip in the windscreen is inevitable because of other vehicles.

Skyedriver

11,569 posts

246 months

Monday 5th April
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Planet Claire said:
Driving at speed at not being able to stop in time.

In fact it's the only nightmare I have. I used to drive the 4hrs to my parents' house on a Friday night after work, arriving there at 11pm. I would then go straight to bed and I'd have such a restless night, waking up because I'd be dreaming that I was driving on the motorway and not being able to brake in time for a stopped vehicle. I learned to stay up for an hour or so to wind down but now I just get up early on a Saturday morning and do the journey then.

There has been one time where I woke up bolt upright having this nightmare just before I "crashed" into car in front. I thought that kind of thing only happened in films.
I used to leave work at 5pm on a Friday and drive the 370 miles home to the Isle of Skye, getting there about 1.00am having avoided deer on the roads.
Scary.
Later that journey reduced to just Oban about 260 miles, much easier. Still deer on the road though.

Muddle238

2,422 posts

77 months

Monday 5th April
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Something coming through the windscreen.

Seen a few (usually Russian) dash cam videos where a brick falls off a lorry coming the other way, or a rogue wheel bouncing over the central reservation, or an insecure load on a tipper coming towards you lifts up in the slipstream. There was a pretty scary U.K. video taken from a lorry approaching a roundabout, a Transit coming the other way was just leaving the roundabout briskly, as its load of loose scaffolding poles slid off the back and impaled the cab of the camera lorry. It was like automotive jousting, by the time you see the object coming towards you, there’s nothing you can do to avoid it.

Always hated the idea of following a vehicle on the motorway, when its rear wheels flick up a metal pole or piece of wood that comes through my windscreen. When I was young I had an accident whereby I was impaled on an object, so possibly where my fear of it comes from.

Desiderata

478 posts

18 months

Monday 5th April
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Losing my bks in a motorbike crash. It happened to a mate of mine and the doctor said it was relatively common. Horrifying to think about.

Skyedriver

11,569 posts

246 months

Monday 5th April
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ChocolateFrog said:
, wouldn't fancy a head on with another vehicle, especially if it was my fault.
With all due respect, I suggest a head on with a truck, whether your fault or not will end with a similar result

clockworks

3,534 posts

109 months

Monday 5th April
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Getting old.

I used to love going out for a drive in the dark when I was younger. Empty roads, stereo cranked right up.
Nowadays I avoid driving at night, especially if it's raining and/or I've got to drive on country lanes.

StescoG66

1,436 posts

107 months

Monday 5th April
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sjc said:
fking potholes.
Pervert!

trackdemon

10,922 posts

225 months

Monday 5th April
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CoreyDog said:
Chrishum said:
biggbn said:
trackdemon said:
Other drivers
This...
100% it's the one thing that is never in your control.
This all day.

I can control my right foot and my arms so my direction and speed is all down to me...

What I can't control is other drivers.

How many of us have nearly been wiped out by some twunt changing lane without turning their head 3 inches to the side? How many of us nearly been taken out at a junction because someone just pulls out and "doesn't see" a ton and abit of metal, paint and glass?
I'm fairly comfortable with my ability behind the wheel and if I prang my car, that's on me... so I do everything I can to make sure that doesn't happen! I like to think defensive driving is there too but the amount of utterly ridiculous, totally unpredictable things you see others do on the road (IRL & youtube) is pretty shocking. Someone drove into my g/f the other week by changing lanes on a roundabout (presumably) without looking, hard enough to knock her almost into the kerb. She left the scene at pace rolleyes Luckily roundabout covered by cameras so police are making enquiries, apparently we have to wait 28days. But it highlights exactly what I mean - there's literally nothing you can do if a car alongside you suddenly turns right and you can't avoid because there's road furniture in the way.

MikeM6

3,388 posts

66 months

Monday 5th April
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Probably the 'bong of doom' to tell me that something catastrophically expensive has broken (or that it is cold outside).

That and me or someone around me running out of talent


jeremyh1

877 posts

91 months

Monday 5th April
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im a long distance sameday courier doing 95 k a year for the last three decades
After all that there is not much that you worry about

Johnnytheboy

21,908 posts

150 months

Monday 5th April
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CoreyDog said:
Chrishum said:
biggbn said:
trackdemon said:
Other drivers
This...
100% it's the one thing that is never in your control.
This all day.

I can control my right foot and my arms so my direction and speed is all down to me...

What I can't control is other drivers.

How many of us have nearly been wiped out by some twunt changing lane without turning their head 3 inches to the side? How many of us nearly been taken out at a junction because someone just pulls out and "doesn't see" a ton and abit of metal, paint and glass?
Inevitable PH really... "My biggest fear is people that aren't as amazing as I am."

J4CKO

33,372 posts

164 months

Monday 5th April
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Rexii said:
Simple ... what’s the biggest fear you have whilst driving.

Comment below and let us all know what your fears are

Mine personally ? Being squashed by a lorry ! Lorry’s scare me
Try cycling then, everything can squash you.