Biggest Fear About Driving?

Biggest Fear About Driving?

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Aunty Pasty

38 posts

2 months

Tuesday 6th April
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The vehicle in front shedding their load and causing an obstruction. I've personally seen a pickup used a ladder and a large sheet of plywood as the slipstream literally lifted it off the back. Another time somebodies bike came off their roof in front of me.


Thankfully both times I managed to avoid an incident.

The Mad Monk

8,358 posts

81 months

Tuesday 6th April
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Rexii said:
Fair enough dude but you do realise that flying has such a low probability of getting into a bad situation
Perhaps, dude, he was referring to flying in light aircraft which is far more dangerous than flying on a scheduled carrier.

For safety, you can't beat a flight deck filled with people covered in gold braid.

Nads02

103 posts

2 months

Tuesday 6th April
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When your following someone safely on a dual carriageway and they're not paying attention/on the phone. Then they swerve to another lane and there's a stationary car in front. Happened to me once but I swerved to another lane as well otherwise I'd have crashed. Shows the importance of regular mirror checks too

monthefish

19,756 posts

195 months

Tuesday 6th April
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A Winner Is You said:
car user said:
Getting wiped out by another car overtaking on a blind corner. I've seen a couple of really stupid overtakes on blind corners over the years and although it's not that common, it's something that pops into my head fairly often on winding roads.
Not too long ago someone posted the dashcam of them being hit head on by an overtaking Passat. It was a sobering reminder that it doesn't matter how good a driver you are, some accidents you will never avoid.
^^^This.

Everyone on the road has a different threshold for risk, but I think we've all seen those kamikaze drivers perform overtakes where the success or otherwise is down to pure chance.

cayman-black

10,263 posts

180 months

Tuesday 6th April
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Right now mines being stopped by the law for having a UK driving licence that's no longer valid where i am due to Brexit.

Blib

37,522 posts

161 months

Tuesday 6th April
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Nads02 said:
swisstoni said:
Breaking down somewhere awkward.
I always think of this when driving through rotherhite tunnel. Or even worse Tower Bridge because the tourists will all point you out (after lockdown)
That's nothing! In 1977 my old mini 850 broke down in Picadilly Circus. There were seven of us in it at the time. This may have been a factor. The same car also once conked out on Marble Arch. hehe


Prohibiting

1,257 posts

82 months

Tuesday 6th April
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A car in the opposite direction on a B road attempting an overtook and crashing head on into you..... oh wait, that happened to me and now I get a little anxious if I see a row of cars coming my way.

https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?t=18...

My daily is now a f-off 2.3 tonne pickup truck.

Edited by Prohibiting on Tuesday 6th April 09:47

swisstoni

10,621 posts

243 months

Tuesday 6th April
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Blib said:
Nads02 said:
swisstoni said:
Breaking down somewhere awkward.
I always think of this when driving through rotherhite tunnel. Or even worse Tower Bridge because the tourists will all point you out (after lockdown)
That's nothing! In 1977 my old mini 850 broke down in Picadilly Circus. There were seven of us in it at the time. This may have been a factor. The same car also once conked out on Marble Arch. hehe
Broke down in Blackwall Tunnel once. That was invigorating.

Dog Star

12,345 posts

132 months

Tuesday 6th April
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Funny this should have happened - back in 2016 I lost control of my new E class on the M62 in very heavy rain - I ended up spearing across the carriageway, between two artics and head on into the armco. No injuries. No nothing. Back in an identical new car a couple of weeks later.

However - only last night and for the first time ever it suddenly occurred to me - half a second either way I'd not have gone between the lorries, I'd have gone maybe between their front and back axles, car under the wheels, Mrs DS in the car with me yikes That never entered my mind before.

Pan Pan Pan

7,670 posts

75 months

Tuesday 6th April
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The Mad Monk said:
Rexii said:
Fair enough dude but you do realise that flying has such a low probability of getting into a bad situation
Perhaps, dude, he was referring to flying in light aircraft which is far more dangerous than flying on a scheduled carrier.

For safety, you can't beat a flight deck filled with people covered in gold braid.
When a person is flying in anything, there is only ever two things they can hit.
One is another aircraft (these can include birds, as the hero of the East River splashdown can confirm)
The other is the ground (these can include stuffed clouds).

vixen1700

15,480 posts

234 months

Tuesday 6th April
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The stupidity of others. Generally rushing with kids on board or rushing past cyclists on the wrong side of the road. See that a lot.

nonsequitur

17,099 posts

80 months

Tuesday 6th April
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sherman said:
Another road user pulling out of a junction without looking and me T boning them and seriously injuring them through no fault of my own.
Check out the Dashcams on line. That happens all the time. Always at the last second too, so enough time to see you coming. I am extra cautious now in those situations.

Limpet

4,466 posts

125 months

Tuesday 6th April
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Another vote for potholes.

Wrecked a 2,000 mile old Eagle F1 on the other half's JCW in a pothole about 6 months ago. Put a nice scuff in an otherwise virgin wheel rim as well. Hampshire County Council couldn't have given a toss. To avoid the incident, I would have had to hit an oncoming car head on.

The problem does seem to vary by county. Dorset isn't too bad on the whole. If I go back to my old area (Hampshire), or my parents (Oxon & Bucks), the roads are an absolute disgrace, to the point that riding a bike (powered or pedal) would be downright dangerous, if not almost impossible on some roads. It is not uncommon to see entire stretches with chunks of the tarmac layer missing altogether.


Monkeylegend

20,586 posts

195 months

Tuesday 6th April
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I am fearless bounce

Blib

37,522 posts

161 months

Tuesday 6th April
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Biggest motoring fear? Monkeylegend. hehe

Monkeylegend

20,586 posts

195 months

Tuesday 6th April
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Blib said:
Biggest motoring fear? Monkeylegend. hehe
Fearless and harmless, I just blend into the background without being noticed.

Not many can do that driving a BMW hehe

Om

401 posts

42 months

Tuesday 6th April
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My biggest fear is simply not being allowed to.

Monkeylegend

20,586 posts

195 months

Tuesday 6th April
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Om said:
My biggest fear is simply not being allowed to.
We are waiting here with baited breath.

Miserablegit

2,177 posts

73 months

Tuesday 6th April
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My biggest fear is not looking cool enough-
Fortunately it has not been an issue.

The Mad Monk

8,358 posts

81 months

Tuesday 6th April
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Nads02 said:
When your following someone safely on a dual carriageway and they're not paying attention/on the phone. Then they swerve to another lane and there's a stationary car in front. Happened to me once but I swerved to another lane as well otherwise I'd have crashed. Shows the importance of regular mirror checks too
It also demonstrates the importance of complying with rule 126 of the highway Code.

Rule 126

Stopping Distances. Drive at a speed that will allow you to stop well within the distance you can see to be clear.

You should leave enough space between you and the vehicle in front so that you can pull up safely if it suddenly slows down, stops, or swerves. The safe rule is never to get closer than the overall stopping distance.