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Oblivious or just plain stupid?

By Dilandach - 31 July 2012 11

Driving onto William Hovell drive around 6pm tonight coming off the tuggeranong parkway. I noticed that traffic was banked up a little more than usual for that time. I thought, that the traffic lights must have gone off. Driving further up its just green lights but the traffic is starting to break up. I go into the right hand lane and start driving past a lot of traffic in the left hand lane. I end up seeing what is in the head of the left hand lane, some clown in a white wagon driving with his front driver side tyre completely flat and by the sound of it pretty close to driving on rims.

At any point of the road the guy could have just pulled over and changed the tyre or got someone else to but it seemed he was content on driving along with the rubber flying. Did anyone else see it or see how far he got?

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Oblivious or just plain stupid?
dph 5:52 pm 31 Jul 12

StumpyPete said :

Among many other things someone needs to teach the dude about hazard lights.

Someone needs to teach the greater driving population of Canberra about hazard lights.

StumpyPete 5:11 pm 31 Jul 12

After enduring about two minutes (well it felt like it) of traffic whizzing past me in the right hand lane I managed to overtake this guy about 250m after the William Hovell/Bindubi Street intersection. At the time I overtook him the rims were starting to spark.

Among many other things someone needs to teach the dude about hazard lights.

White Hatchback, Late 90’s Honda Civic I think.

YeahBuddy 3:33 pm 31 Jul 12

Elizabethany said :

I’ll take “didn’t have a spare” for $400, Alex.

or maybe the spare that their ex was meant to have repaired was still in fact flat…. no that was me. Teach me to check next time

SnapperJack 3:28 pm 31 Jul 12

Actually, it’s not that easy to tell if you have a flat tyre whilst driving. After all, you are in the drivers’ seat and can’t see your wheels. And I found it amusing to hear on the motoring segment on 2CC a few weeks ago about a new, ultra expensive car which had problems with the tyres. They develop a whiz-bang new model like that and it needs wheels and tyres just like a cheapie Chery or Alto. Funny about that, eh?

Elizabethany 2:44 pm 31 Jul 12

I’ll take “didn’t have a spare” for $400, Alex.

00davist 12:20 pm 31 Jul 12

Holden Caulfield said :

devils_advocate said :

Holden Caulfield said :

I’m going for oblivious.

I’ve had a tire go out on me at high speed, if you have the stereo up you won’t hear anything, it feels like you’ve just hit a pothole, it’s not til you smell the burning rubber and get that distinctive “flap flap flap” sound that you realise a tire’s gone.

if you are driving in a straight line you might not instantly realise the steering’s gone heavy. Also these low-profile tires have pretty heavy-duty sidewalls. Bit of an idiot for not pulling over sooner though, if he was going slow he must have realised at this point.

I have low profile tyres (225/40/18) and when I got a blowout a while back I could feel straight away what happened. To be fair it was to one of my front tyres, so the altered steering feedback helped.

That said, you’ve given a pretty good explanation of what oblivious means. 😉

I Had a blowout last year, and in all honesty, I’m not even sure where, I’m assuming somwhere along Yass RD on QBN, but I had no Idea till I started out to braidwood, the car was struggling up the hill, more than I anticipated it would (under load – moving house) and I turned the music down to see if anything sounded off, it did, Near side rear, very, very flat!

Holden Caulfield 11:53 am 31 Jul 12

devils_advocate said :

Holden Caulfield said :

I’m going for oblivious.

I’ve had a tire go out on me at high speed, if you have the stereo up you won’t hear anything, it feels like you’ve just hit a pothole, it’s not til you smell the burning rubber and get that distinctive “flap flap flap” sound that you realise a tire’s gone.

if you are driving in a straight line you might not instantly realise the steering’s gone heavy. Also these low-profile tires have pretty heavy-duty sidewalls. Bit of an idiot for not pulling over sooner though, if he was going slow he must have realised at this point.

I have low profile tyres (225/40/18) and when I got a blowout a while back I could feel straight away what happened. To be fair it was to one of my front tyres, so the altered steering feedback helped.

That said, you’ve given a pretty good explanation of what oblivious means. 😉

VYBerlinaV8_is_back 11:09 am 31 Jul 12

If you don’t know to pull over when you have a flat tyre, you shouldn’t be driving. It’s really that simple.

devils_advocate 10:56 am 31 Jul 12

Holden Caulfield said :

I’m going for oblivious.

I’ve had a tire go out on me at high speed, if you have the stereo up you won’t hear anything, it feels like you’ve just hit a pothole, it’s not til you smell the burning rubber and get that distinctive “flap flap flap” sound that you realise a tire’s gone.

if you are driving in a straight line you might not instantly realise the steering’s gone heavy. Also these low-profile tires have pretty heavy-duty sidewalls. Bit of an idiot for not pulling over sooner though, if he was going slow he must have realised at this point.

Holden Caulfield 10:31 am 31 Jul 12

I’m going for oblivious.

Dilandach 10:09 am 31 Jul 12

I only had a glance when I drove past, it was actually a Hatchback.

On the side of the road now, he made it a fair distance up WHD before giving up.

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