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Maybe you travel quicker than me? Round where I live the roads have got busy, there's a lot of new houses going up, I suspect many of the inhabitants commute some distance by car. The result seems to be oblivious anxiety and frustration with anybody in their way - I even think it may be subconsciously done.
Yesterday I turned off the main road on to a country lane with fields on either side; there had been a hard frost during the night and there were icy patches on the road. I came across a car, overturned on to its roof, in a field. I stopped, slithered down a very slippery and muddy incline into the field and was then able to look through the car windows to make sure that no-one was trapped inside. Fortunately, the car was empty so I took a note of the car registration number (only visible in the field because the rear number plate was missing), returned to my car and rang the police on 101. They were very grateful that I had checked the interior of the car and said that the crew who had attended the accident didn't have any "police aware" tape in their car so had been unable to label the vehicle. Fortunately again, the occupants of the car had been uninjured. When I was explaining to friends (all, like me definitely the wrong side of 60 :-) ) why I had been late for church, the majority were horrified that I had stopped to investigate. Several of them had driven past the car and not stopped because they said that you never know who might be lurking in the vicinity ready to attack and steal someone else's car! Had it been night-time and travelling alone, I think I would have rung the police before going into the field but the question is - would you check out an overturned vehicle or would you drive by on the other side of the road?
Motorways nowadays are overcrowded with vehicles far too close to each other. You feel as though you're taking your life in your hands
Maybe self-drive cars are could be a solution to this. Are you looking forward to the introduction of self-drive cars?
I am interested in joining a group motorcycling trip, Ideally somewhere warm like France, Spain or Italy for 1 week or two. I dont want to buy a bike but hire one for the trip, nothing too fast, maybe something like I rode in 60's or 70's. Also not interested in camping or roughing it. It would be good if the wife could follow in a hire car too, anyone know of a company that offers such a service? Thanks
We have been living in France for 5 years and about to return to the UK permanently. Just got in touch with a car insurance company (Axa who we are insured with in France) who told me that if we have been out of the country for more than 3 years they will not insure us!! Am shocked. Does anyone have any experience of returning to driving in the UK after working/living abroad? thanks
I have just watched part of the TV programme "Car Crash Britain" and am left wondering if it would be a good idea to buy a dash-cam for my car. Before I go to the expense of buying one (and probably having to have it installed) I thought that I would ask this erudite community what they think about this type of gadget. Although I probably drive less than 7000 miles a year mainly local journeys within a 60 mile radius of home I do use the A1 (with the kamikaze lorries) quite often..
Any one had experience of buying the right car to alleviate the problem of getting in and out? From my own experiences the higher the seating the better and some vehicles apparently have height adjustments,but these all seem to be Tonka Toys. Any smaller ones around ?