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05 January 2007 @ 08:19 pm
a question for those of you who drive  
Hypothetical situation:

Fairly heavy traffic, dual carriageway (two lanes going the same direction), slip road/off ramp is coming up and the car in front signals they are leaving the dual carriageway at this exit, it pulls onto the slip road/off ramp and you carry on, starting to pass the car as you do. At the very last second, the car (a silver Fiat Brava whose registration plate ends in VEL) decides that no, it didn't want to take that slip road/off ramp, and suddenly starts to veer back into your lane. You are already halfway past him. What do you do?

1 - Slam on the brakes and hope to hell you stop in time.
2 - Speed the fuck up and hope you'll make it past in time.
3 - Panic.

If you have chosen option 2 (as the driver of the blue Ford Fiesta badly in need of a trip to the carwash did because she was already committed and if she'd hit the brakes she wouldn't have to worry about washing the car this weekend 'cause she'd probably be spending it in hospital while the Fiesta in question was being taken apart for its component pieces) what do you do when the fucker in the silver Fiat Brava tries to prove he has the bigger balls by trying to match your speed and get in front of you?

1 - Slam on the brakes even though you're doing 50mph by this point and there's no fucking way you're going to stop in time
2 - Pull over to the central line as far as you can and know that because of the silver Fiat Brava (regie plate ending in VEL) someone is going to have at the very least a new paint job to charge to their insurance company.
3 - Panic.

If you have chosen option 2 (again, the driver of the not exactly clean blue Ford Fiesta), what do you do when you just manage to make it past the fucker in the silver Fiat Bravia (regie plate ending in VEL) and they fucking sideswipe you?

Seriously, I want to know.

Adrenaline leaves a horrible taste in your mouth.
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Laura: ianto -gemstar69dimlondeiel on January 5th, 2007 09:01 pm (UTC)
As a fairly new driver I'd probably choose the panic option, though that would probably change to option 2 quickly. I hope you're OK, some drivers just shouldn't be allowed on the road.
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: btvs//first slayer - mewhiskyinmind on January 6th, 2007 10:45 am (UTC)
I'm still a little shaky right now, but no one was hurt and there's no serious damage (to my car anyway, I don't give a crap about the Fiat...)
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the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: annie hall//forgot my mantra - mewhiskyinmind on January 6th, 2007 10:59 am (UTC)
I'm still a little shaky even half a day later, but I'm okay and there's no lasting damage, but yes, some people shouldn't be allowed behind the wheel!
Hepcatnwhepcat on January 5th, 2007 09:18 pm (UTC)
If he didn't stop, I'd get in touch with the police and tell this story, see if he could be charged with a hit and run. If everyone stopped and there were police, I'd tell this story.

And if it helps any, I've given some thought to similar situations, because I used to live near a state route where a number of people were killed when people passed on the right and forced them into oncoming traffic. I decided I'd rather run my car into the car on the right and send them into a ditch and probable car damage rather than be forced into the oncoming lane and into a coming car.

I'm glad you're alive! I hope you're okay.
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: annie hall//forgot my mantra - mewhiskyinmind on January 6th, 2007 11:11 am (UTC)
It was one of those cases where I always thought I would know what to do and that I'd get through it okay, and when it boiled down to it I acted on pure instinct and although looking back on it I can't see what else I could have done to prevent the incident (other than not passing him while he was on the slip road but at that point I hadn't accellerated (I can't spell that word!), rather he had descellerated so that when he tried to get back into the lane I was halfway past him). I think my instincts were right, after all I got out of it okay, the car on the other side of the central line handled it well and I don't think his car was touched at all, the Fiat definitely has a dented bumper at the least but my car's got away with just a touch of silver paint on the passenger wing (I just checked it in the daylight and can't see a scratch or dent) so I was really lucky.

I'm still realy shaky, and kinda reticent to get back behind the wheel actually (I will though) but I'm alive, unscathed and kinda proud my instincts were on the mark.
lmzjewel on January 5th, 2007 09:26 pm (UTC)
Oh "g" Mara! I'm glad your okay! Don't second guess yourself cause you did everything you possibly could to avoid the accident. If the guy in the Fiat didn't stop... he was definately at fault. You need to file a report with the police as soon as possible. The idiot needs to be charged with a hit and run.

LMZ
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: annie hall//forgot my mantra - mewhiskyinmind on January 6th, 2007 11:15 am (UTC)
I keep playing it over and over in my head trying to see if there's anything more I could have done to prevent it, and there's nothing. I wish I'd hit the horn but I was too busy gripping the wheel and trying to make sure I didn't hit the car on the other side of the central line (who was completely blameless and just happened to be in the wrong place at the completely wrong time). I think my instincts were on the mark, after all, no one was hurt, the vehicles have only superficial damage (I've gotten away with barely a scratch - just a little trace of silver paint on the wing) so it's a huge relief right now.
lmzjewel on January 6th, 2007 02:36 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm very glad to hear that you weren't hurt and that the damage to your car wasn't to extensive. I hate accidents.

LMZ
tessarintessarin on January 5th, 2007 10:39 pm (UTC)
I hate that fear induced adrenaline rush from a near miss. Really glad to hear that you are okay. If it is a busy junction they may have CCTV footage of the incident certainly worth inquiring about.

If he left the scene then he is commiting an offence. You should really and may actually need to report the incident to the police for insurance purposes.

The main thing though is you made the right decisions and lived to tell about it. Too many idiots on the roads these days.
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: annie hall//forgot my mantra - mewhiskyinmind on January 6th, 2007 11:22 am (UTC)
The taste of fear is just awful - I wasn't kidding when I said adrenaline leaves a bad taste in your mouth, that acid burning sensation in the back of my throat - gah! I'm okay, shaky, but okay.

It was just after the Clyde Tunnel in Glasgow, I think there are CCTV cameras in the area but possibly not at that slip road, I'm going to have a chat to a guy I know in the village who's a policeman, check it out a little without going official. My car's okay, little bit of superficial damage but nothing I can't fix myself so I probably won't involve the insurance company unless that guy advises me to.

I'm feeling better about my driving instincts right now, if I had tried to stop he'd have hit me with a hell of a lot more force - and resulting damage - than just clipping me when I was almost through safely.
velvetwhipvelvetwhip on January 5th, 2007 11:15 pm (UTC)
Had this happened in L.A., the driver of the Fiat would be in intensive care riddled with bullet holes.


Gabrielle
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: annie hall//forgot my mantra - mewhiskyinmind on January 6th, 2007 11:25 am (UTC)
worryingly enough, it's almost getting to that stage in Glasgow as well. The world's a scary place sometimes.
xxmagexxxmagex on January 6th, 2007 05:23 am (UTC)
Two observations

1)Times like that makes me glad I drive a vehicle generally bigger than the ones driven by stupid drivers. When I think about getting something smaller, I think abut situations like that.

2)The phone number of the local police post is on my cell phone and I'm not above calling and saying there is a driver that they need to keep an eye out for since he may be a drunk driver and is a reckless one at the least.
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: annie hall//forgot my mantra - mewhiskyinmind on January 6th, 2007 11:37 am (UTC)
I've been seriously considering trading my car in for a bike over the last year. If I had been on a bike yesterday I would be dead because of that idiot. My Fiesta is a small car, but I've never really thought of it as a small car before yesterday - being surrounded by large saloon cars in a situation where all that stood between me and serious injury was a little bit of metal and fibreglass, I felt really scared and vulnberable. I'm okay though, and my car's okay (don't give a crap whether the Fiat's okay or not) and although I'm nervy about getting behind the wheel again, I will.

The problem with contacting the police like that is that because my journey to and from work is so long, I pass through about five or six different police juristictions, and also use of cell phones whilst driving is outlawed in the UK without a hands free kit (which I don't have because I have a really basic cell phone) and by the time I found a safe place to stop and make the call, the guy would have been out of sight.

Thanks for the advice!
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