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  Reply # 2051918 9-Jul-2018 12:28
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Our Mazda has blind spot and rear cross detection - with visual and audible alerts.  Great tools.





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  Reply # 2054687 11-Jul-2018 23:29
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Had a run-in with this muppet tonight. Stopped at the crossing so thought "ok, somebody crossing" then he proceeds to cut in front of me. He then doesn't do a steady speed making it hard to keep a safe distance from him in the tunnel (was going anywhere between 50-70km/h - Note the point where my dashcam reports something close to 90km/h before the tunnel, this is due to stuff overhead interfering with the GPS signal). I had to get in the far left lane anyway so indicated over and soon after he does the same. The second time I indicate to go into the far left lane he does but I was nearly beside him at this point (this is where the dash cam really distorts the view). I didn't think he'd actually be stupid enough to attempt it as I was at this stage going faster than him but as you can see he did. I was forced to slam on my brakes and swerve around him - angry horn noise and finger pulling was done. At that point I really just wanted to get past him so he didn't attempt anything more. He backed right off after this so think he saw the light of the rear camera (which I keep on for this reason).

 

When I did fully pass him he appeared to be looking down at his phone.





 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 2063176 26-Jul-2018 20:03
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And the Darwin Award goes to.... (picked up by my partners Dashcam)

 





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  Reply # 2063181 26-Jul-2018 20:05
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@lNomNoml Fixed your video :)

 

Format your BBCode like this:

 

 

But, what an idiot.





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  Reply # 2063193 26-Jul-2018 21:37
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And the Darwin Award goes to.... (picked up by my partners Dashcam)




Probably sees a lot of accidents in his rvm





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  Reply # 2063205 26-Jul-2018 22:33
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michaelmurfy:ing down at his phone.

 

 

 

 

I know the camera probably distorts the distance you are following and according to your GPS (yes I do know how GPS lags / works thanks) you may be speeding in the variable speed area (the electronic signs are technically enforceable not just recommendations), however not to excuse the other persons dopey-ness of the other driver.

 

Isn't this what defensive driving is supposed to be all about? You're aware that someone else is a distracted clown, so you back off and give them plenty of room to get themselves in trouble or not, you don't need to be part of it. It is a pity there hasn't been a technical solution to in car phone use championed by the main providers (carplay etc.. is a step in the right direction).

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 2063211 26-Jul-2018 22:58
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michaelmurfy:ing down at his phone.

 

 

 

 

I know the camera probably distorts the distance you are following and according to your GPS (yes I do know how GPS lags / works thanks) you may be speeding in the variable speed area (the electronic signs are technically enforceable not just recommendations), however not to excuse the other persons dopey-ness of the other driver.

 

Isn't this what defensive driving is supposed to be all about? You're aware that someone else is a distracted clown, so you back off and give them plenty of room to get themselves in trouble or not, you don't need to be part of it. It is a pity there hasn't been a technical solution to in car phone use championed by the main providers (carplay etc.. is a step in the right direction).

 

 

 

 

 

 


We could start with meaningful fines and points..!

 

 

 

"(CNN)If you are caught using a handheld device while driving in the United Kingdom -- whether it's for talking, texting, taking video or anything else -- your penalties just got significantly steeper, thanks to a law that went into effect this month.

 

A first-time offender now faces a fine of 200 pounds (approximately US$244) and six points on his or her driver's license, a doubling of the penalties that had been on the books since 2007 and a tougher punishment than the three points a driver would get for speeding.
Six points for someone who has been driving for less than two years would mean an automatic loss of their license, according to Pete Williams, road safety spokesman for the RAC, which provides roadside assistance to motorists in the United Kingdom. Six points for other drivers puts them that much closer to the 12 points that could result in the revoking of a license."

 

"In Oman, drivers caught using a handheld device can face up to 10 days in jail. They also face a maximum fine of 300 OMR, about US$780."

 

"Other countries with relatively high fines for first-time offenses include Bermuda ($500), Trinidad and Tobago (about $225) and Qatar (about $137).
In Trinidad and Tobago, drivers could also face imprisonment for up to three months."






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  Reply # 2063214 26-Jul-2018 23:31
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Wellingtondave:

 

I know the camera probably distorts the distance you are following and according to your GPS (yes I do know how GPS lags / works thanks) you may be speeding in the variable speed area (the electronic signs are technically enforceable not just recommendations), however not to excuse the other persons dopey-ness of the other driver.

 

Isn't this what defensive driving is supposed to be all about? You're aware that someone else is a distracted clown, so you back off and give them plenty of room to get themselves in trouble or not, you don't need to be part of it. It is a pity there hasn't been a technical solution to in car phone use championed by the main providers (carplay etc.. is a step in the right direction).

 

Fully agree - looking at the video again there are other things I could have done to avoid this situation - I had a long day and was heading home from work so I suppose instant frustration kicked in on my part and I just wanted to get past this muppet and get home. I likely was speeding a little around the variable speed area (I'm normally quite careful) as it is easy to do.

 

It is more a learning curve for me. I've only been driving for ~10 years so still really have much to learn. I say I am an OK driver but everyone says that really.

 

As per @Geektastic's statement regarding phone use I have been that guy who has honked my horn to gain the attention of the person in the lane beside me to tell them to leave their "f*******" phone alone and keep their eyes on the road. Other times I've actually reported phone use to the police and enjoy seeing people get pulled over for it. I've got Apple Carplay in my car and don't ever touch my phone when I am driving even when stopped or gridlocked in traffic.

 

I love what they do over the ditch:

 





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  Reply # 2063218 27-Jul-2018 00:31
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I'll share what might called an auto-Muppet incident, as in the Muppet was me. 

 

My drive has a wee slope, so I stopped while out to top up with oil today, and while I had the bonnet up, a nice young lady asked if I was OK.  This put me into multitasking territory, and I forgot to put the filler cap back on.  Close to home I thought I could smell burning oil, so stopped, and wispy smoke was coming from under the bonnet. When I opened the bonnet, there were flames on the exhaust pipe.  Only small (100-150mm) but they were not going out.  I did not have an extinguisher, so I snubbed them out with the overalls that happened to be in the back. I then had an hours work cleaning off the oil, and retrieving the filler cap that required some parts  removed before I could reach it.  I wonder how close that was to a proper disaster? 





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  Reply # 2063297 27-Jul-2018 08:19
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TLD:

 

I'll share what might called an auto-Muppet incident, as in the Muppet was me. 

 

My drive has a wee slope, so I stopped while out to top up with oil today, and while I had the bonnet up, a nice young lady asked if I was OK.  This put me into multitasking territory, and I forgot to put the filler cap back on.  Close to home I thought I could smell burning oil, so stopped, and wispy smoke was coming from under the bonnet. When I opened the bonnet, there were flames on the exhaust pipe.  Only small (100-150mm) but they were not going out.  I did not have an extinguisher, so I snubbed them out with the overalls that happened to be in the back. I then had an hours work cleaning off the oil, and retrieving the filler cap that required some parts  removed before I could reach it.  I wonder how close that was to a proper disaster? 

 

 

Very close to significant disaster.  You were very lucky.





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  Reply # 2063300 27-Jul-2018 08:27
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EVERERY *#&^*&#@ DAY on my Wellington commute SH1/2. Dozens of Muppets on the right hand lane doing anything between 85-105kmh with the left hand lanes empty. Why? How can you be so ignorant? Or is it just a fundamental misunderstanding of the road rules and courtesy? NZ does not have a polite way to signal that you want to pass. I guess because people think overtaking on the left is a good idea.

 

 

Simple rule. Am I in the right hand lane. Is there someone behind me? If yes, is there plenty of space one lane over? Wake up/get off your phone and move over!

 

 

At least 50% of those right hand lane hoggers are causing all traffic to slow down and increase the accident risk to others. And no, it is not your obligation to teach anyone what a 100kmh is! That does not absolve you of hogging the rh lane.

 

 


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  Reply # 2063306 27-Jul-2018 08:35
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I head along Ti Rakau Drive most evenings, and turn left onto Pakuranga Drive. There's a loooong slow moving queue that inches through the final set of traffic lights. What makes it so much more frustrating are the w*nkers who zoom up the right hand lane and then try to force their way back into the left hand lane after jumping the queue. It makes me what I hate: that guy who not only doesn't make space for indicating drivers to change lanes: I am that guy who actively prevents them. I hate myself for this but can't stand these queue jumping w*nkers. And then the same thing happens again in 5 minutes where the bridge reduces the traffic from two lanes into one. At least the queue jumpers have the right to use both lanes in this case but they're still queue jumping scum.

 

Garrgghh! Someone please give me some anti-depressant happy juice!

 

 

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 2063311 27-Jul-2018 08:45
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Yeah understand that. Same here. Is that actually illegal for them to do? i.e. are you obliged to let them in? Would police actually do something about it?

 


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  Reply # 2063313 27-Jul-2018 08:50
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I think the right of way rules would say the changing lane driver has to give way, and there's no legal obligation to let someone in, but speeding up to close a gap and intentionally obstruct someone is certainly deserving a ticking off from Mr Plod.

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 2063314 27-Jul-2018 08:50
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michaelmurfy:

 

When I did fully pass him he appeared to be looking down at his phone.

 

 

I was willing to give them the benefit of the doubt at the start...looked like they didn't know the road system and maybe a bit lost. But, continued bad driving eliminates that theory. 

 

Heres my guesses on top of your phone idea...

 

Drunk. 

 

Recent immigrant who hasn't really driven previously. 

 

Someone with a medical issue.

 

 

 

 

 

Times like these you wish you could be a cop for 5 minutes. 


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