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Foggy drivers

By Pommy bastard - 6 May 2009 84

This morning I had to come into work, which is unusual for me as I normally work the afternoon shifts. Coincidentally, the wife needed the car this morning, for a trip to the dentist, so that left me with the bike as my transport. Nothing I like better than a spin into work on the bike, especially at rush hour when I can take advantage of the bike to nip in and out of the traffic. However, this morning there was this strange meteorological phenomena we call “thick fog” to add to the fun and games. Ah well, nothing ventured, nothing gained.

 It’s not like I’m not used to riding in fog and rain, after all I am a pommy bastard, and therefore it is quite natural to me. Can I just make a slight suggestion though?

    Mrs Middle Class.

    I know you don’t like speeding, you find speed frightening, and that’s all well and good. So I accept that you prefer to drive at 10 – 15 k under the speed limit, and normally in the right hand lane. I know your mind is full of your daughter’s forthcoming wedding, and the food for the nice buffet meal that you have to plan for it, and that the recipe for your cupcakes doesn’t seem to be turning out all that well. Poor you, you’ve tried them 18 times now, and they still are a bit too flavoursome. 

    I know you are extraordinarily proud of your two year old Ford Average, which you bought brand  new, as the nice man in the salesroom told you it got 0.02 k per litre more than the Holden Boring, and it didn’t have the slightly differently shaped wing mirrors that the Toyota Dull has (you like to not stand out too much from  the pack, don’t you?)

     Your car’s a lovely silver gray colour too, isn’t it? Have you noticed how well it blends in with the fog? Matches in quite perfectly Well here’s a tip; if you want it to last further than the 3 year warranty you paid extra for when you bought it, why not be daring  and SWITCH YOUR BLOODY LIGHTS ON?

    It may save you wondering why all the other drivers are flashing their lights at you and making those exceedingly rude gestures.

    Just a thought.

(Having said that I saw one getting beautifully rear-ended on Hindmarsh this morning.)

[ED – Photograph taken by Smee at the corner of Sulwood and Athllon Drives this morning]

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Foggy drivers
Clown Killer 10:19 am 06 May 09

That’ not a visibility issue then is it peter.

Mr Waffle 10:17 am 06 May 09

I noticed this, too. It’s funny that when it gets dark, every car that has a set of fog lights seems to have them on, yet when it’s foggy, barely a soul uses them…

peterh 10:06 am 06 May 09

Clown Killer said :

I would hate to have an accident whereby I have hit a cyclist due to poor vis.

Easy fix peter – drive to the conditions.

CK, i was doing 80 on the parkway. did you want me to do 30, like the cyclist who swerved into my lane in the fog??

LG 10:02 am 06 May 09

Since we’re complaining about drivers this morning..

To the bloke behind me who honked me for not running a red light turning off Ginninderra on to Haydon. F.. off!

Its the second time in 2 months I’ve been abused for that. And in both cases the light turned red before I would have been able to enter the intersection.

More red light cameras I say!

Pommy bastard 10:01 am 06 May 09

peterh said :

I noticed a few drivers without their lights on, this morning.[/quot]

I lost count of the number I saw, predominantly they were as descibed above.

I also noticed a couple of cyclists without anything remotely hi vis on.

Cyclists aren’t so bad. Easier to avoid. Or of you hit them at the right speed you can just blow them into the hedge.

Clown Killer 9:57 am 06 May 09

I would hate to have an accident whereby I have hit a cyclist due to poor vis.

Easy fix peter – drive to the conditions.

motleychick 9:55 am 06 May 09

I also noticed a couple of cyclists without anything remotely hi vis on

+1 – Saw a few of them this morning too…

PBO 9:50 am 06 May 09

If this all started at around 8:10 on Coulter drive, then she annoyed the crap out of me too.

peterh 9:49 am 06 May 09

I noticed a few drivers without their lights on, this morning.

I also noticed a couple of cyclists without anything remotely hi vis on – their cycle suits were bland colours. Cyclists from behind with only a little red light for visibility in fog is a bit of a dead loss. please put reflective strips on the back of your backpack, outfit whatever.

I would hate to have an accident whereby I have hit a cyclist due to poor vis.

motleychick 9:41 am 06 May 09

Apologies, should have been ‘their’, not ‘they’re’. It’s one of those slow mornings for me today.

motleychick 9:40 am 06 May 09

I may not have ridden into work this morning, but goodness me driving with stupid Canberran’s who think that there is no point in turning they’re lights on in extremely foggy conditions was great fun!! *note the sarcasm*

Funny how when it’s sunny people drive with they’re lights on, but when it’s foggy they don’t. Ohhh the joys of Canberra drivers. They always seem to amaze me with their lack of common sense and complete disregard for basic road rules.

weeziepops 9:38 am 06 May 09

Is there such a thing as a cupcake with too much flavour? Mmmmmmm… Cupcakes…

eyeLikeCarrots 9:32 am 06 May 09

I resent the accusation that my cupcakes are still too flavoursome.

mediaman 9:27 am 06 May 09

Your name seems appropriate. Maybe with the word “whinging” before it would be even better.

ikarus 9:23 am 06 May 09

Very nice rant 🙂 10/10

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