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BS: Driving Situations You Avoid or try to.

Rapparee 19 Oct 15 - 09:35 PM
ChanteyLass 19 Oct 15 - 09:18 PM
Steve Shaw 19 Oct 15 - 09:11 PM
Richard Bridge 19 Oct 15 - 09:05 PM
Steve Shaw 19 Oct 15 - 08:54 PM
GUEST,Janet 19 Oct 15 - 08:31 PM
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Subject: RE: BS: Driving Situations You Avoid or try to.
From: Rapparee
Date: 19 Oct 15 - 09:35 PM

I make use of the permanent handicapped placard if I can't find a parking place anywhere else. I don't like to use a place someone worse off could use.

As for driving, if I had a decent choice I wouldn't. But I don't have that freedom, so I do. I am not afraid to drive; I'm a good driver, but it's the other guy I fear. I can predict what I'm going to do but I have no control over another's actions. So I drive the best I can, try to avoid people who drive like their demented, and don't drive the speed limit on the Interstates -- which out here is 80mph.


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Subject: RE: BS: Driving Situations You Avoid or try to.
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 19 Oct 15 - 09:18 PM

If I can't find a drive-through parking spot so I can drive through the first space and into the second so that my car is nose-out, I will back in. I am less likely to hit a walker when I back into a parking space than when I back out.

If I want to turn left on a street with a lot of fast traffic and no traffic light at the intersection and can't seem to catch a break between cars to go left, I sometimes turn right and then left into a side street or parking lot. Then I turn right onto the busy road to go the way I want.

Where I live, drivers often run red lights. When the light turns green for me, I won't go unless the drivers with the red lights have stopped or at least slowed a lot so that I know they will stop. It is not unusual to have three consecutive drivers run a red light.

Welcome to Mudcat, Janet! My real name is Janet, too, and there are a few more of us here.


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Subject: RE: BS: Driving Situations You Avoid or try to.
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 19 Oct 15 - 09:11 PM

Yup. Last M5/M6 trip to Manchester, nine hours instead of five. Got there frazzled to find my owld mum in a bloody awful mood. Oh happy days.


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Subject: RE: BS: Driving Situations You Avoid or try to.
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 19 Oct 15 - 09:05 PM

I enjoy driving. But not on motorways when basically the cars there are parked. Sometimes for hours.


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Subject: RE: BS: Driving Situations You Avoid or try to.
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 19 Oct 15 - 08:54 PM

Well I'm the opposite. I get in my car and I go where I have to go and I drive with reasonable confidence that I can handle most routine situations. I do a lot of driving because I have to do a lot of long journeys to visit my mum. I hasten to add that Mrs Steve thinks I'm an extremely inconsiderate driver, so I'm not claiming to be a GOOD driver at all. Just saying that not much worries me. In parking lots I never bother reversing in. I can usually get plum in the middle first shot by driving in forwards. I do try to park on an end or as far away from the shop as possible because I need the exercise and I don't like my car to be dinged by eejits opening their doors on my car. This leads to an unfortunate consequence in that I keep losing my car. Several times I've commandeered other shoppers in the car park to help me to find it.


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Subject: BS: Driving Situations You Avoid or try to.
From: GUEST,Janet
Date: 19 Oct 15 - 08:31 PM

I guess most of us try to avoid certain driving situations - either entirely or as much as possible due to various reasons:

Could be night driving - your eyes aren't as good as they once were or freeway driving due to fear of the higher speed of driving freeways. Maybe you are a really confident person when it comes to driving in all or most situations but I am curious as to peoples phobias or just feeling of uncomfortable in some driving situations.

Well here are a few of mine. Maybe some can relate or maybe they are entirely mine. :-))

1. Freeway driving - day or night. Don't driveway freeways anymore but I used to up until about the mid 1990's. No, I was never involved in an accident but just started to feel nervous about getting on freeways with freeways speeds in California.

2. Night driving anywhere unless in a very well lit area and only very close to home where I am very familiar with the roads.

3. Here is an odd one: Driving in reverse. I'll explain.
If I am going into a parking lot - for a bank or grocery store or restaurant, just any parking lot really, I like to be able to pull forward to a space, so that when I leave, I don't have to go in reverse to pull out of spot. Now this is not always easy. Some parking lots here have a cement barrier thing - so you cannot pull forward to a space and you have to go into reverse. Or a very busy parking lot and perhaps no spaces that you can pull forward to available at the time.

It is probably due to being short it is harder for me to see when I am going in reverse out of parking space to see around that well. I do have a small car but the seats came have high backs.
Now if it is not a busy place and not many cars around, then it doesn't bother me as I don't feel too uncomfortable about backing out -( as long as there are not many cars around me.)

4. People coming up fast behind me when coming to a stop at a red light or a stop sign. Always seems to be someone in their 20's or 30's most of the time.

I know, too many things! Unfortunately not good bus service in my area at all. Closest bus is 20 minutes away and coming home it is walking uphill. Bus only runs once an hour & less on weekends.
Plus some sections where I have to walk there is not even a sidewalk. It is all residential with houses and just some areas don't have a sidewalk, so you either have to walk in the street partly or on the grass which is not level. Hard to carry groceries for sure and not even easy pulling a shopping cart due to the non-sidewalk sections.

Well would like to hear from others and some of your driving situations you avoid or try to avoid as much as possible.


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