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    What you fail to realise Mike is that there is some one else as strong willed and self opinionated as you are. There have been several occasions when I have been passing junctions, after assessing my view into then and moving out into the road further to increase my safety margin, and some idiot has come blundering out without checking properly. I would like a pound for every time a vehicle has jumped a red light on me through either inattention or just plain stupidity. On some of these occasions the only course of action, and to avoid being hit in the side ls sharp acceleration as the only course of action. Then there are the idiots who change lanes without checking, who pull out of a side road into a sixty limit when you are right on top of them. I can think of at least one occasion when slamming it down a gear and hitting the accelerator has saved me from a crash. However safely you drive what Lars said is true, always leave yourself a get out, and sometimes that means acelaration rather than swerving or breaking hard. Stop being so biased against people who drive large, fast, prestige cars. I have seen more potential accident situations caused by drivers of small slow cars that anything else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorsetmike View Post





    The "accelerate out of danger" argument is always trotted out by the owners of (or those that want to own) "fast powerful cars" as their justification, all I can say is if you have needed to accelerate for that reason then you obviously have not read the road properly or are not driving as safely as you think.
    Well I don,t know about that Mike, stuck behind a joker doing 80k in a 100k stretch for at least 7-8k with the traffic piling up behind with no chance of overtaking for any of us due to the tight road then a good straight stretch for about 1kilometre with nothing coming .... pull out to pass and when you get level the other driver puts the foot down the car behind has closed the gap so only one direction remains and you give it the boot and thank goodness you have the power............
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    Another old chestnut from the power faction. So what if the one you're trying to overtake out accelerates you and leaves you standing? Then where do you go? The end of the straight is fast approaching and nobody will let you back in and a bloody great 40 ton wagon has just appeared. Just hope there's a handy soft hedge, not a brick wall, .

    I'd be more likely to pull off the road and take a break a few miles before it gets to that level of frustration. I'm too fond of living.

    REminds me of a motto from a few years back

    ARRIVE ALIVE
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    If he out accelerates me and leaves me standing I let him go and tuck in behind and blast him with my extra powerful horn as for the rest it really is down to common sense and experience, as for pulling off the road that is not an option on most of our country roads.
    Now how about Caravans and Camper vans?? these are a pain in the A#$!
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    So there you have the answer. Never ever overtake ever again. Welcome to the traffic jam to end all traffic jams. Driving through France (usually 650 miles) you have two choices. Stick to 56 MPH and just sit behind the lorries or overtake when it is safe. Option one will get me there in about 14 to 15 hours. Option two. ten to ten and a half hours including stops. I know from experience which is less tiring. Most of the poodlers who hold up traffic believe it is their right to do so. It is the same with the people who insist on sitting in the overtaking lanes on motorways at 70MPH, maybe doing 2 MPH faster than the vehicle they are overtaking. If you have ever taken the police driving course you will know that you are taught to overtake as quickly as possible so you can pull back in in the shortest possible time. Our police drivers are some of the best drivers in the world which is why I taught my pupils to drive according to their edicts, and why I still drive that way myself. Their motto is SAFETY FAST.
    Fast driving does not have to be dangerous driving.
    Actually if you have to crash the brick wall is one of the best options. They tend to give. What you do not want to hit is a tree. They are very unforgiving.

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    Actually if you have to crash the brick wall is one of the best options. They tend to give. What you do not want to hit is a tree. They are very unforgiving.
    You speak from experience?
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    No, not personal, but my daughter hit a tree after being hit at speed in a 40MPH by an elderly woman driving a small hatchback. She was knocked off the road and was stoped by a tree. Car was a total write off. Luckily seriously hurt rather than injured.

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    The old saying "it's not speed that kills it's the sudden stop at the end"....
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    Very true Colin. I have seen people walk away from 90 MPH crashes, whereas my daughter was doing less than 10 MPH. Luckily I saw my daughter (the ambulance was already there) before I saw the mangled car otherwise I might have had another heart attack.

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    It make you believe in Fate and not free will eh?
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    THE ROAD TO SAMARA
    A merchant in Baghdad sends his servant to the marketplace for provisions. Shortly, the servant comes home white and trembling and tells him that in the marketplace he was jostled by a woman, whom he recognised as Death, and she made a threatening gesture. Borrowing the merchant's horse, he flees at top speed to Samara, a distance of about 75 miles (125 km), where he believes Death will not find him. The merchant then goes to the marketplace and finds Death, and asks why she made the threatening gesture. She replies, "That was not a threatening gesture, it was only a start of surprise. I was astonished to see him in Baghdad, for I had an appointment with him tonight in Samara."

    This little story is used as a foreword in APPOINTMENT IN SAMARA by JOHN O'HARA. I am a great believer in that we are all to a great extent responsible for our own actions and in control of or destiny. But sometimes that dice rolls...................

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