Have been reading posts on here for about a year now, but after what I saw today compelled me to make a quick topic on here I think needs addressing.
Long story short….kinda
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This afternoon approx about 6:20pm I was amongst traffic ahead and behind. In front was a white 4×4 which was tailgating a car in front of him/her after awhile I noticed it was a Learner driver he/she was tailgating (sad but true, as a driving instructor i kinda see this a lot), the learner wasn’t any slower than the other cars same pace as the rest of us.
Anyhow further up the learner takes position at the front of the lights in the right lane and another car was in the left lane and ahead was a simple form one lane. Light goes green, the car in the left lane moved of at casual speed and the learner followed same pace in the right lane just keeping a little behind that car (good to see the learner doing well). However… along comes the 4×4 just casually along side the learner probably at the learners tail end, then it all happens, right at the start of the lettering of “form one lane” the white 4×4 suddenly speeds up and tried to squish the learner off the road (basically side by side with the leaner at the word “Lane” and a little past), no indicator by the 4×4 either. Now most of the time this happens the learner will end up hitting the gutter out of panic and trying to avoid an accident, but not this one haha, they stood their ground used their horn and continued doing the right thing in forming one lane the white 4×4 still tried but ended up hitting the gutter themselves (even tho is was dangerous it was kinda really funny to see). Note if the leaner had stopped and braked hard for this moron the rest of the traffic would have then all had to slow to approx 30km or less from the current 75km ish, that’s when all the rear enders can start to happen.
Will note after the Form One Lane the White 4×4 kept flashing his high beam on and off at the learner driver.
Anyhow just a message to that person driving the white 4×4 that went into Amaroo which looked like a male driver late 30’s. I got all your vehicle details and rego number (wish i could post it here) and have already submitted them to the police, not much might happen unless you have been reported before (probably have).
Anyhow Mr. 4×4 you are a complete stooge of a driver it’s people like you that make my job harder at times. As a driving instructor I always promote safe driving so I don’t wish for you to die in a car accident or anything like that but I hope you come hope one day and find your wife (if your married) cheating on you… With the learner 🙂
Please people, don’t try and push learners off the road, they don’t always have the confidence an experienced driver has. I have had students before get beeped at before just because they stalled the car at traffic lights that just went green, which at times has caused students to break down in tears, they understand that they have stalled and usually will panic already, don’t need to rub salt in the wound as it is. Maybe if you have the choice choose the opposite lane to them like you do when you see a large truck in the left lane. I have had students and myself get beeped and abused because we are doing 40km in a 40km zone (roadworks and school zones). I have had students get abused before because they stopped at a stop sign. I once had a person over take my learner using the footpath because we were about 5km’s below the limit. Will note I like myself shortly and some of my fellow instructors are trialing and setting up in-car cameras that record the traffic around, So warning if caught doing very wrong towards a learner or the law you may end up in some hot water 🙂
P.S. No Cyclists were harmed in the making of this topic