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Re: Why such aggressive drivers?

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And don't get me started on pedestrians who just step off the curb without looking and then don't even bother to acknowledge you for stopping for them.
Totally with you there on that, and with the majority of postings on here, but this drives me mental. In suburban areas, they (usually the Yoof types) indeed don't even glance before crossing. I treat them to a clutch down revving of the engine as a treat (once stopped having seen them of course, I'm not mental) - and the glorious looks you get in response!

It's the sheer GALL that gets me.

On another note, I enjoyed IndianSommer's first post. The idea that someone from the sub-continent (if this is the case) has a complaint about less than perfect driving is a thing of beauty.
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Totally with you there on that, and with the majority of postings on here, but this drives me mental. In suburban areas, they (usually the Yoof types) indeed don't even glance before crossing. I treat them to a clutch down revving of the engine as a treat (once stopped having seen them of course, I'm not mental) - and the glorious looks you get in response!
Even in your Renault Twingo?
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Even in your Renault Twingo?
The very definition of a pointless exercise.
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Re: Why such aggressive drivers?

The law here is that the road users have to approach pedestrian crossings with care and stop if they think or if somebody wants to cross.

Whilst this doesn't really help anybody when the are stupid enough to step out on a crossing without looking, and they get splattered, kiling/injuring people on crossings here is considered very bad form by the police and judiciary.....

Crossings are usualy signposted, the speed limit is the maximum permitted on a piece of road, not the required speed, there is also a line in the law that says you have to adapt your speed to prevailing conditions.
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Re: Why such aggressive drivers?

I am very lucky to be able to travel a lot these days- and I think there is an awful amount of bad driving going on here, there and everywhere. People tailgaiting, not signalling, on their phone or even texting.. even when overtaking on very wet roads, etc, etc.

Thing is, whether on the roads or in other situations, we get used to a 'certain kind of bad behaviour' -the one we are used to 'back home' - and other kinds of bad behaviour, perhaps no worse but different- comes as more of a shock. As said, driving in Sicily last couple of weeks certainly made us think that way. And when we go 'back home' (the UK) - we are now often quite amazed at the aggressive and dangerous driving on the M20, M40, M25- near London!

Kids here at school, and usally at home too- are taught to always wait, look both sides and then always wave to say thank you- which was rare from kids in the UK. Many adults do too- but many, young adults especially, just jump out without any indication or looking and then do not even acknowledge you at all. Same all over, though. 50+ young people have died this year due to crossing without looking as they have earphones in and are texting- the last one was run over by a tram last week in Geneva.

Perhaps not the right thread- but PLEASE, if you have teenage kids- talk to them about the dangers of earphones and texting whilst walking in town and to stop and think before crossing the road!
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