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Topic # 150975 9-Aug-2014 15:27
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Just in the last week people have gone a bit nuts on the roads. 

Full moon on the way?

I'm trying to turn left into a park. This guy wins muppet of the week. 




This was a really near accident at a roundabout...distances are much closer than they look due to the wide angle cam.




And, this driver was not paying attention while I was changing lane....(and I was signalling but he never rechecked before pulling out)....








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  Reply # 1105462 9-Aug-2014 15:33
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muppets on the road
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  Reply # 1105604 9-Aug-2014 20:30
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Vid#1. Yes I have to ask. Were you indicating? ; ).



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  Reply # 1105611 9-Aug-2014 20:54
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gzt: Vid#1. Yes I have to ask. Were you indicating? ; ).


Ha ha yes ,  I saw this person getting into the car so I indicated, stopped , and waited for the other driver to leave so nobody would steal it. It was a really jammed park today so took a while to find a park. 

I even checked afterward to see if my indicator was broken as i couldn't understand any other reason why someone would try something like that. 

Regardless, even without indicating the other car could see i was moving to the right to give me space to turn into the park. I think they were just being cheeky .



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  Reply # 1105619 9-Aug-2014 21:08
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What kind of camera do you use for this?

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  Reply # 1105622 9-Aug-2014 21:11
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gzt: Vid#1. Yes I have to ask. Were you indicating? ; ).


Ha ha yes ,  I saw this person getting into the car so I indicated, stopped , and waited for the other driver to leave so nobody would steal it. It was a really jammed park today so took a while to find a park. 


Haha hate when people do that and the person takes their time to get organised and back out.

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  Reply # 1105694 10-Aug-2014 00:40
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seen alot out my way recently.. tempted to pickup a dashcam to catch it all, generally see atlest 1 Muppet just on a 5 min drive down the road!

most noteworthy, would be about 10pm Thursday night, in a double turning lane along side a bus, light goes green, so pull on out expecting the bus to stay side by side to see a dodge ram fly out and jump infront of the bus!
almost collected me in their maneuver too, apparently staying in a lane in such a big best is a hard thing todo eh!




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  Reply # 1105723 10-Aug-2014 02:33
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Who wants to bet that every one of the muppets in those videos is also uninsured?




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  Reply # 1105737 10-Aug-2014 08:34
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hio77: seen alot out my way recently.. tempted to pickup a dashcam to catch it all, generally see atlest 1 Muppet just on a 5 min drive down the road!

most noteworthy, would be about 10pm Thursday night, in a double turning lane along side a bus, light goes green, so pull on out expecting the bus to stay side by side to see a dodge ram fly out and jump infront of the bus!
almost collected me in their maneuver too, apparently staying in a lane in such a big best is a hard thing todo eh!


Jeez, moments like this you need a ....dashcam. 




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  Reply # 1105740 10-Aug-2014 08:51
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sdav: What kind of camera do you use for this?


DOD LS300...

http://dashboardcamerareviews.com/dod-ls300w/

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  Reply # 1105742 10-Aug-2014 08:53
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sdav: Haha hate when people do that and the person takes their time to get organised and back out.

Yesterday I stopped for someone that put their reversing lights on and then sat there for ~20 seconds before actually moving (I was indicating left into the parking space). Fortunately there was nobody behind me; I try to avoid holding people up.

Speaking of holding people up, "courtesy crossings" are a source of frustration for me. Cars have right-of-way, pedestrians have to give way, and (at least around here) the crossings are next to roundabouts. I don't mind people stopping when there are only one or two cars, but some people will stop at the crossing in peak traffic and jam up the roundabout. When I'm a pedestrian I stand far back from the crossing and wait until there's a space... which still doesn't dissuade some people from stopping.

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  Reply # 1105756 10-Aug-2014 09:16
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I have one of these
http://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/car-parts-accessories/other-accessories/auction-763516111.htm

works as it should. put in a 32gb card. Full hd recording, simple to unclip and watch or copy onto PC for clearer viewing. Can also be removed and used as a still camera for recording accident damage or scenery on a trip etc. My son used a trip we did to Bay of Islands and added a music track to it onto his facebook. Video in super fast forward audio normal looked really good.
I travel 23k's to and from work each day on the southern motorway Auckland, a joyful experience. Plenty of Muppets there (I've never made a mistake of course)

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  Reply # 1109224 15-Aug-2014 18:57
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Speaking of muppets, I saw this one last night:

http://youtu.be/JzovWyAoeuU


Now, he could have done that accidentally but it seems more like he was being a bit of a smartarse, tbh. It's not hard to get around a roundabout in the wet without losing control.

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  Reply # 1109229 15-Aug-2014 19:14
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it's not hard to drift around a roundabout accidentally when you buy the cheapest tyres.

I know.

I bought the cheapest tyres from the tyre shop, in a 4wd Subaru!, on the dry it grips like any other tyre, and in the wet, I have to drive like a grandma otherwise there is zero friction (traction)

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  Reply # 1116303 27-Aug-2014 10:22
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Drivers in Tauranga seem particularly bad. Nice examples there! I just got a dash cam yesterday, so maybe I'll have to share soon.

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  Reply # 1116344 27-Aug-2014 11:19
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In most cases it takes two "muppets" to cause an accident.

People make mistakes, can be careless, impaired etc and you should factor that into your driving speed, road position, following distance etc.

"Drive to the conditions" isn't just about rain but location (supermarket car park), traffic, time of day, pedestrians etc.

Video 1: Who knows if / how you were indicating or if you were even aware of the car in a hurry behind you. Perhaps reverse parking would have been a more appropriate choice for a skilled driver; indicating left, pulling over and stopping in front of the park, letting following cars past, then reverse parking when clear to do so (thereby not crossing into the wrong lane).

Video 2: Probably fault on both those parties; one failed to give way the other travelling far too fast for the conditions.

Video 3: A prudent driver ought to have observed the vans brake lights as a hazard and adjusted speed / road position accordingly so as to avoid having to brake heavily behind it. Obviously van should have indicated too but as a good driver you expect him not too.

You may think you have the "right of way" all the way to the hospital however if you care to avoid accidents all together you should exercise more due care yourself.

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