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Chuff 07.05.2010 12:01

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Originally Posted by Nicolaschulz (Post 804682)
Yes, and I think that you have hit the nail on the head. It is the predominance of uncalled for and unecssary head shaking that is so damn irritating - when it is used for no other purpose than to say 'who is a naughty girl/boy then?', rather than to show disdain at a genuinely dangerous manouevre.

I didn't realise there was some kind of unwritten code about when to shake and when not to shake your head. All it is, is a way of expressing whatever negative thought you'r having at the tim... whether it be "what a numpty" or "God he/she is slow". If someone pulls a genuinely dangerous maneuver that affects someone else then a simple shake of the head probably wouldn't suffice.

If anything pees me off about the drivers here it's the beeping for every little bloody thing. 0.001 nanoseconds slow starting at the green light? Yup, i'll beep. Stuck behind someone doing a perfectly normal maneuver? Yhea why not, i'll beep. Drives me mad. And then there's the constant tailgating...

Traubert 07.05.2010 12:12

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Originally Posted by Chuff (Post 804707)

If anything pees me off about the drivers here it's the beeping for every little bloody thing. 0.001 nanoseconds slow starting at the green light? Yup, i'll beep. Stuck behind someone doing a perfectly normal maneuver? Yhea why not, i'll beep. Drives me mad. And then there's the constant tailgating...

Now that makes me want to shoot them in the head at point blank range with an elephant gun, twice.

Guest 07.05.2010 12:14

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Swissmountainair 07.05.2010 12:29

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Originally Posted by NotAllThere (Post 804672)
That's true. But it doesn't explain the elderly pedestrian shaking his head over my parking attempts at 9pm in an otherwise empty street.

A tip to try disarming them - stare at them whilst nodding your head. Or do as I did in Germany once - give them a warm grin and a friendly wave - the guy who couldn't take his eyes off the Swiss-plated car as I reversed into a space shot off when I took him unawares with this approach. :msngrin:

gata 07.05.2010 12:31

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This is how i park (at home), but only when there is a guy with me

Find a parking spot
Park in the middle of the street next to it
Get out of the car
The person in the passenger seat gets out, gets in my seat and parks the car while i stand around looking cute
Whoever is behind me never honks as they are too busy laughing at the woman cant park stereotype


When im alone i just go to places that i know there is a huge amount of parking space, even if i have to walk a bit more

NotAllThere 07.05.2010 12:45

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Originally Posted by Swissmountainair (Post 804755)
A tip to try disarming them - stare at them whilst nodding your head. Or do as I did in Germany once - give them a warm grin and a friendly wave - the guy who couldn't take his eyes off the Swiss-plated car as I reversed into a space shot off when I took him unawares with this approach. :msngrin:

I'm not nice enough for that. I just stop what I'm doing, turn the engine off, put the brake on. Get out of the car... and then ask sweetly "Yes, can I help you?". That is, if they haven't already legged it down the road.:)

Mind you, the head-shaking at least isn't as annoying as the "helpful" souls who try to guide you in. It's a quantum thing - I can park, just so long as no-one is looking.

summerrain 07.05.2010 13:22

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This is so so so bizzare, I must be driving in another country!

Some of you are probably going to piss yourselves, but I have driven in quite a few countries and I find Swiss drivers (well Zürich mostly) one of the most patient drivers I have ever came across. Maybe its their reluctance to use their horns, (yes some can be aggressive and reckless but its the same all over the world) but I havent personally experienced any eye rolling or someone tooting their horn at me.

I did however raise a hand in exasperation a couple of times and used the horn only ever once - when some twat with a SG licence plate, couldnt keep in his lane at Bellevue and almost pushed me onto the kerb just outside the Coop where all the pedestrains were waiting, but in all fairness, he apologised by raising an apologetic hand back.

I find myself swearing much more driving in London and back home. All very peculiar. :msnshock:

07.05.2010 13:38

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Originally Posted by psychodelicate (Post 804424)
, never drive faster than 50 or (maximum) 60 km/hour.
My weak side is parking: I am a perfectionist and I know I am not so good in parking, so I prefer trying longer than leaving the car parked so-and-so.
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You are the one responsible for all autoroute traffic let alone taking up two parking places... :D :p

psychodelicate 07.05.2010 13:47

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Originally Posted by summerrain (Post 804839)
This is so so so bizzare, I must be driving in another country!

Some of you are probably going to piss yourselves, but I have driven in quite a few countries and I find Swiss drivers (well Zürich mostly) one of the most patient drivers I have ever came across. Maybe its their reluctance to use their horns, (yes some can be aggressive and reckless but its the same all over the world) but I havent personally experienced any eye rolling or someone tooting their horn at me.

I did however raise a hand in exasperation a couple of times and used the horn only ever once - when some twat with a SG licence plate, couldnt keep in his lane at Bellevue and almost pushed me onto the kerb just outside the Coop where all the pedestrains were waiting, but in all fairness, he apologised by raising an apologetic hand back.

I find myself swearing much more driving in London and back home. All very peculiar. :msnshock:

Even if it can seem I'm contradicting myself, I agree with you. Swiss drivers are particularly patient and kind compared to other countries.

mirfield 07.05.2010 13:51

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Originally Posted by economisto (Post 804497)
Oh no I do this too. If I arrive at a person struggling to parallel park on a busy road I'll just sit on my horn constantly until the park is finished. They normally just give up in 10 seconds and drive on.

Sometimes that's the only way to get a parking space.

NSchulzi 07.05.2010 13:52

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Originally Posted by psychodelicate (Post 804863)
Even if it can seem I'm contradicting myself, I agree with you. Swiss drivers are particularly patient and kind compared to other countries.

Well, that's funny because I have found the opposite to be true - you are seldom let into a stream of traffic here whereas in London (which is teeming) you invariably are.

expat_in_zug 07.05.2010 13:53

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when you parallel park don't swing in the front until your left rear wheel is in alignment with the car behind you's left front wheel.

Soixante_neuf 07.05.2010 14:07

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Originally Posted by summerrain (Post 804839)

Some of you are probably going to piss yourselves, but I have driven in quite a few countries and I find Swiss drivers (well Zürich mostly) one of the most patient drivers I have ever came across.

Seconded - Everything happens so slowly on the roads here people have to be patient

Compare it with driving in Milan, Marseille, Barcelona, the whole of Arab africa, the whole of south america...

summerrain 07.05.2010 14:14

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Originally Posted by Nicolaschulz (Post 804873)
Well, that's funny because I have found the opposite to be true - you are seldom let into a stream of traffic here whereas in London (which is teeming) you invariably are.

Again, a complete opposite of my experiences here in Zürich! Even though they have the right of way, they slow down and beckon for me to pass if they see that I am the lone car and the traffic behind them is seemingly endless.

I can forget about that ever happening back home. Its kill or be killed!

psychodelicate 07.05.2010 14:26

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Originally Posted by summerrain (Post 804915)
Even though they have the right of way, they slow down and beckon for me to pass if they see that I am the lone car and the traffic behind them is seemingly endless.

This is very true, and I'm always amazed!

MusicChick 07.05.2010 14:32

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Originally Posted by gata (Post 804758)
This is how i park (at home), but only when there is a guy with me

Find a parking spot
Park in the middle of the street next to it
Get out of the car
The person in the passenger seat gets out, gets in my seat and parks the car while i stand around looking cute
Whoever is behind me never honks as they are too busy laughing at the woman cant park stereotype


When im alone i just go to places that i know there is a huge amount of parking space, even if i have to walk a bit more

It's fun to try to get the job done the best and fastest, really..

But your post made me laugh, remembering mom who would always leave the car in the middle of the street as she pulled close to the house and run to ask a neighbor to park for her...:D:eek:

adrianlondon 07.05.2010 14:48

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I like to cycle past you all while you're pissing around trying to get into parking spaces ;)

summerrain 07.05.2010 14:50

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Originally Posted by psychodelicate (Post 804936)
This is very true, and I'm always amazed!

So what is a couple of smart alecs who shake their heads eh?

Just roll your window down and ask if you can help them with something in the future. If not, tell them its 5CHF for the show. Gits. :msnsarcastic:

PS: I would practice parking on the side too, if I were you though.

Tonyasam 07.05.2010 14:50

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I think the Swiss just love to criticize. Everything is so tidy and perfect here, everyone is obedient, people are just bored. And have a massive current of subcutaneous passive aggressive frustration because THEY have done everything right all their lives so they are bloody well gonna make sure YOU play by the rules too - and don't have any fun while you're at it! I'm actually a pretty good driver (if I do say so myself :o... can parallel park a rig with a 30ft trailer) but hubs scraped up the front of the car, which we cleverly repaired with duct tape and that garners me a lot of head-shaking attention from imperious Swiss men. Even pedestrians!

In return I lick the glass and make obscene gestures :D

NSchulzi 07.05.2010 14:54

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Originally Posted by summerrain (Post 804915)
Again, a complete opposite of my experiences here in Zürich! Even though they have the right of way, they slow down and beckon for me to pass if they see that I am the lone car and the traffic behind them is seemingly endless.

I can forget about that ever happening back home. Its kill or be killed!

They all obviously just don't like the look of me then!


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