What A Clown

You can RANT and RAVE to your hearts content here instead of clogging up the Q&A Technical Forum!
Report any offensive posts to [email protected]
stevemarl
Donator
Donator
Posts: 3679
Joined: Wed Jul 11, 2012 6:31 pm
Car(s): Capri 1.6 laser

Re: What A Clown

Postby stevemarl » Sat Aug 29, 2015 11:32 pm

I believe it is actually a known phenomena (phenomenon??) `risk compensation`. Apparently, when they started putting the rubberised floor covering on kid`s play areas in parks, swings, slides etc, they actually had an increase in broken arms & legs. Because it was perceived to be safer, the kids felt they could be more `ambitious` in their play. Probably same applies in cars, 17 air bags, ESP, side beams, feeling invulnerable....

User avatar
andyd
Posts: 3749
Joined: Wed Aug 20, 2014 10:43 am
Car(s): 1989 Sierra XR4X4
Location: Exeter

Re: What A Clown

Postby andyd » Sun Aug 30, 2015 6:43 am

Now they are making Cars that parallel park for you.....WTF why take a test :banghead:
Soon the test will be how many words can you text in a minute, as the Car will have more brains than the Knob behind the wheel
and will do it all for them :doh:

User avatar
Andrew 2.8i
Donator
Donator
Posts: 9931
Joined: Sat Jan 25, 2014 7:38 pm
Car(s): '83 2.8 Injection (sunny days only)
'04 Toyota MR2 (owned from new)
Location: Ceredigion

Re: What A Clown

Postby Andrew 2.8i » Sun Aug 30, 2015 8:22 am

andyd wrote:Soon the test will be how many words can you text in a minute, as the Car will have more brains than the Knob behind the wheel
and will do it all for them :doh:

Hi Andy,
I can't believe I'm saying this, but for urban journeys, is a self driving car such a bad idea? Providing it all works as it should, it will reduce the number of accidents. Personally, I believe that a fully self-driving car is safer to have in urban areas, where there is lots of traffic and pedestrians, as opposed to cars fitted with pedestrian-avoidance systems, ABS, ESC, EBD, ESP and all the rest of it, for the reasons mentioned by Steve a few posts ago.

We still want to be able to have fun out on the rural roads though!

Andrew.
Image

stevemarl
Donator
Donator
Posts: 3679
Joined: Wed Jul 11, 2012 6:31 pm
Car(s): Capri 1.6 laser

Re: What A Clown

Postby stevemarl » Sun Aug 30, 2015 10:05 am

I do like the idea of the radar controlled braking, so you can`t (in theory) hit an object in front of you, simply because as mentioned it could prevent me being rear-ended by some knob who`s texting!

But, surely, don`t people have even a little bit of pride in achieving proficiency at something? Being able to DO something like co-ordinate hand/eye? Like parallel parking? What`s the point of being alive if everything is just prepared and laid in front of you?

User avatar
Andrew 2.8i
Donator
Donator
Posts: 9931
Joined: Sat Jan 25, 2014 7:38 pm
Car(s): '83 2.8 Injection (sunny days only)
'04 Toyota MR2 (owned from new)
Location: Ceredigion

Re: What A Clown

Postby Andrew 2.8i » Sun Aug 30, 2015 11:27 am

Hi All,
Finally got around to uploading the video of the incident that initiated this thread, if anyone is still interested.


Andrew.
Image

User avatar
Andrew 2.8i
Donator
Donator
Posts: 9931
Joined: Sat Jan 25, 2014 7:38 pm
Car(s): '83 2.8 Injection (sunny days only)
'04 Toyota MR2 (owned from new)
Location: Ceredigion

Re: What A Clown

Postby Andrew 2.8i » Sun Aug 30, 2015 11:43 am

Hi Again,
stevemarl wrote:But, surely, don`t people have even a little bit of pride in achieving proficiency at something?

Clearly not, in the case of this driver, who has his own unique interpretation of the highway code.
This is an example of the inattentive and incompetent driving that I see all the time.


Andrew.
Last edited by Andrew 2.8i on Sun Aug 30, 2015 3:19 pm, edited 3 times in total.
Image

User avatar
Andrew 2.8i
Donator
Donator
Posts: 9931
Joined: Sat Jan 25, 2014 7:38 pm
Car(s): '83 2.8 Injection (sunny days only)
'04 Toyota MR2 (owned from new)
Location: Ceredigion

Re: What A Clown

Postby Andrew 2.8i » Sun Aug 30, 2015 12:19 pm

Not forgetting this one from a few months ago.



This one was really close.

Andrew.
Image

User avatar
andyd
Posts: 3749
Joined: Wed Aug 20, 2014 10:43 am
Car(s): 1989 Sierra XR4X4
Location: Exeter

Re: What A Clown

Postby andyd » Sun Aug 30, 2015 3:52 pm

3 classic knobs..... In that no one else is on the road except them as far as they are concerned

User avatar
Andrew 2.8i
Donator
Donator
Posts: 9931
Joined: Sat Jan 25, 2014 7:38 pm
Car(s): '83 2.8 Injection (sunny days only)
'04 Toyota MR2 (owned from new)
Location: Ceredigion

Re: What A Clown

Postby Andrew 2.8i » Sat Nov 11, 2017 4:20 pm

Quite what was going through this chap's mind (if anything) is anybody's guess........



Andrew.
Image

User avatar
Jasonmarie
Donator
Donator
Posts: 425
Joined: Thu Aug 13, 2015 12:30 am
Car(s): Ford Capri 2.0 Laser Mercury Grey 1987 hobby
Mercedes Vito Traveline 2.2 Big Bus Daily Driver
Admin Member for 11 years on the smaxownersclub
Location: Kent

Re: What A Clown

Postby Jasonmarie » Sat Nov 11, 2017 6:44 pm

After almost getting hit he still did not get in what a plonker .
So do you have a dash cam in the Capri as well Andrew ?

User avatar
Andrew 2.8i
Donator
Donator
Posts: 9931
Joined: Sat Jan 25, 2014 7:38 pm
Car(s): '83 2.8 Injection (sunny days only)
'04 Toyota MR2 (owned from new)
Location: Ceredigion

Re: What A Clown

Postby Andrew 2.8i » Sat Nov 11, 2017 6:56 pm

Jasonmarie wrote:So do you have a dash cam in the Capri as well Andrew ?

I do, yes. You know, just in case......

I do try to get the occasional driving videos as well:



Andrew.
Image

User avatar
Jasonmarie
Donator
Donator
Posts: 425
Joined: Thu Aug 13, 2015 12:30 am
Car(s): Ford Capri 2.0 Laser Mercury Grey 1987 hobby
Mercedes Vito Traveline 2.2 Big Bus Daily Driver
Admin Member for 11 years on the smaxownersclub
Location: Kent

Re: What A Clown

Postby Jasonmarie » Sat Nov 11, 2017 7:27 pm

That was great and the sound in the tunnel it just sings Capri . Also you caught the water on the bonnet that just sits there and if you slow down to about 30mph it lifts up and goes on the windscreen , as your great Capri has that good polished or waxed bonnet for the full affect .
I also have a dash cam in our vehicles just in case .

User avatar
Peter-S
Donator
Donator
Posts: 6133
Joined: Mon Jul 28, 2008 7:57 am
Car(s): 1985 Capri 2.0
1983 Capri 2.8i
Location: Kent
Contact:

Re: What A Clown

Postby Peter-S » Sat Nov 11, 2017 8:36 pm

Andrew 2.8i wrote:
Jasonmarie wrote:So do you have a dash cam in the Capri as well Andrew ?


I do try to get the occasional driving videos as well:




It's out in the rain :shock:
ImageImageImage

User avatar
Andrew 2.8i
Donator
Donator
Posts: 9931
Joined: Sat Jan 25, 2014 7:38 pm
Car(s): '83 2.8 Injection (sunny days only)
'04 Toyota MR2 (owned from new)
Location: Ceredigion

Re: What A Clown

Postby Andrew 2.8i » Sat Nov 11, 2017 8:56 pm

Peter-S wrote:It's out in the rain :shock:

I know, it's a bit of a shocker Peter! As I recall, it wasn't raining when I left home and this particular part of the video is a good hour and a half into the journey. Too late to turn around and go back to bed. In saying that, a trip across almost the entire breadth of Wales means there is a good chance of encountering some of the wet stuff at some point! :lol:

Andrew.
Image

Not_Anumber
Donator
Donator
Posts: 226
Joined: Sun Jan 15, 2017 3:54 pm
Car(s): 2.8 Injection 1983 weekend use. Restoring:1980 MGB GT + 1964 Honda 250 bike. Previously owned 2 Capris.

Re: What A Clown

Postby Not_Anumber » Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:51 pm

I had a near miss the other day due to a complete twat.
I was on a short 2 lane road that was coming up to merging into another road on the right when all of a sudden a black A6 charged up from nowhere and was suddenly on my rear bumper. As i was in the right hand lane and knew both lanes would be merging into the other road i moved over to the left to get away from this twat. He then did the same to the car in front which was an early Fiesta being driven quite slowly. The A6 unaccountably braked hard, creating some distance between it and the car in front but then immediately accelerated again. The Fiesta was slowing for the junction and moved a bit to the right of it's lane. The black A6 then drove onto a chevroned section of the road, realised he'd run out of road and hit the back of the Fiesta. :wank: The Fiesta was driven by someone a bit nervous i think as it then moved over to the left before stopping. I had to brake to avoid the Fiesta going into the side of me but if it had have done it certainly wouldn't have been the Fiesta driver I'd have blamed.

Whilst the people in the Fiesta were still checking themselves and wondering about getting out of the car, the Audi driver jumped out and shouted to me " did you see that, did you see what they did ?"
He must have thought he was talking to a kindred spirit as I must confess I did happen to be driving an Audi at the time, albeit an estate car. I dont think he expected to be greeted by an irascible old rocker like me though somehow as i shouted back "Yes I saw it mate, you were driving terribly and caused that accident"
His face fell. By now the people were out of the other car so I made sure they could hear me so I said " Yep, you caused the accident because you were driving like a real knob" He came running towards me and I slowly went up on the kerb and drove round the left of the car he had hit. It would have been silly to miss the opportunity so I pointed at him and laughed as i drove past with him standing blustering in the middle of the road. The people in the Fiesta were laughing their heads off.

User avatar
Andrew 2.8i
Donator
Donator
Posts: 9931
Joined: Sat Jan 25, 2014 7:38 pm
Car(s): '83 2.8 Injection (sunny days only)
'04 Toyota MR2 (owned from new)
Location: Ceredigion

Re: What A Clown

Postby Andrew 2.8i » Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:13 am

Not_Anumber wrote: It would have been silly to miss the opportunity so I pointed at him and laughed as i drove past with him standing blustering in the middle of the road.

:agree:
I feel for the innocent people in the Fiesta though.
What I've noticed about drivers like the Audi driver in your story (not you, the other one... :)), is that however bad their driving is, it's always the other person that is in the wrong. Unbelievable arrogance....

Andrew.
Image


Return to “Rant and Rave”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 11 guests