Author Topic: Lockdown - has it made driving slower and drivers more courteous?  (Read 9663 times)

SoreTween

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Re: Lockdown - has it made driving slower and drivers more courteous?
« Reply #500 on: May 20, 2020, 09:02:35 pm »
I can't quite believe what follows given the amount of very obvious speeding we hear from home at the moment but...

Today I went for my first ride in many, many weeks. Traffic levels were high but the number of clear, wide passes was staggering. Loads and loads and loads of passes fully across the centre line, I had 5 of these in the first mile to Parkend.  I wouldn't expect that many in a full afternoon.  In 2 hours mostly on road I had:
2 bad passes by pickups pulling trailers
A dozen or so juveniles in 1 litre shopping trolleys (thumpin choonz) who could have done with leaving a wee bit more room.
1 wvm weaving across the road towards me distracted by phone/radio/satnav but he only veered a couple of feet in a full width road.
1 focus shaping up to overtake where there were cars parked in the oncoming lane. A small movement towards primary changed his mind and no verbal from him or girl in car as they passed.
That's it.  I've had worse doing a 500 meter round the block test ride after fettling something (before we moved to the forest).

I had Audis waiting for me to clear parked cars. I had BMWs giving way at narrow sections. I had a range rover give way at a give way line to my left as I crawled up hill to pass in front of him. Even the bus that overtook scraped tyres on the far kerb.

I reckon it's down to the lack of school run mums and taxis. Or pure fluke and it'll never happen again.
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Re: Lockdown - has it made driving slower and drivers more courteous?
« Reply #501 on: May 21, 2020, 10:41:49 am »
Long may it last! But there's no saying it will, so let's enjoy it while it does.  ;D
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Re: Lockdown - has it made driving slower and drivers more courteous?
« Reply #502 on: May 21, 2020, 11:17:15 am »
I think it's all down to those drivers being less stressed because traffic levels are still (at least here in leafy Bucks) relatively low, they're less under pressure to get places / not hold other drivers up, so are generally more relaxed about having to pass NOW!
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Re: Lockdown - has it made driving slower and drivers more courteous?
« Reply #503 on: May 21, 2020, 11:40:05 am »
And less traffic coming the other way means that there is more chance that when they can see far enough ahead, there will be a gap.
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Re: Lockdown - has it made driving slower and drivers more courteous?
« Reply #504 on: May 21, 2020, 01:40:04 pm »
I think a lot of people have had a go at cycling during lockdown and are perhaps being more considerate when driving.


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Re: Lockdown - has it made driving slower and drivers more courteous?
« Reply #505 on: May 21, 2020, 01:45:21 pm »
I've hardly been on my bike but a brief visit to check the mothers car last night and had one of each

Bad two lads in some crap car roared up behind me at lights then went roaring off when they changed with the passenger gurning out the window at me... Be surprised if they are from the same house and paying attention to SD somehow.

Good. Cycling past a long line of cars. Look ahead and think why has that numpty double parked... I shouldn't be so quick to judge. Despite several gaps I could have pulled into they waited while I cycled past all the cars even though they had ROW. Big thumbs up as I went past.