A bad day for those who don't want to be stereotyped

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A bad day for those who don't want to be stereotyped

Just taken my daughter and her three horrors to the supermarket. On the way to her's a large so-called "SUV" decided to suddenly do a U-turn in the road just as I was approaching (no signals of course) forcing me to stop. 

At the supermarket we couldn't get into one of the only four Adult and Child spaces because they were all full - plenty of space in the rest of the car park. Three of those spaces turned out to be taken by vehicles with no children inside; the first was one of those oversized "F*ck-Off" pick-ups that some people seem to need these days, another was a huge so-called "SUV" and the third was a large Merc.

On the way back I was passing a long queue of parked cars in a narrow road (I was on my side of the road I might add), and was all but 30 metres from the end when a BMW so-called "SUV" started through from the other direction and tried to intimidate me into making space for it.

This by no means tars everyone with the same brush, but I can really see where people are coming from.

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"... but I can really see where people are coming from."

... which unfortunately is not always the case for the drivers. I've already told this story here but I once parked the Seven behind a big tall square Mercedes. The driver was obviously killing time and I asked her if she could see the Seven in the central mirror. She couldn't and I progressively pushed it back until she could.

I suggest that everyone does this experiment...

Jonathan

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I have a strong aversion to these vehicles.

Jonathan, I bet it was a long way back! But never mind the Seven, how do these drivers manage near schools? If they can't see a Seven, they'll not see a lot of children.

Stephen

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That's why so many cars these days have reversing cameras and/or parking sensors. Only of use once you start going backwards, when parked or driving then what is behind you is responsible for seeing you.

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Simply put, all vehicles are way too large, use too many materials/resources to achieve this size and have too many driver aids which make drivers detach from reality. Even the modern minis are enormous. In addition internet forums and the like (social media) enable revolting behaviour online which is then carried from one detached environment (their desk/sofa) into the next (their vehicle) I'm just surprised it's taken people so long to realise it. 

Rather luckily i no longer commute i'm not sure i could cope

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#5 make you right Bill. Many years ago a driving examiner told me that we're not so much taught to drive but taught to pass the test, and the way cars are becoming so automated these days people are just becoming steering wheel attendants.

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Wild Bill, I agree. These things are so big you can social distance inside them! 

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Are 'Yank tanks' becoming popular there now?

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Chelsea tractors are massing on the borders ready to invade and conquer Hammersmith & Fulham, crushing anything under 1.5 tonnes in their wake.

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I used to take a long narrow country road, only wide enough for one vehicle, on my way to work.  I'd invariably meet one or two vehicles coming the other way.  We'd usually slow down, look for a bit of flat grass somewhere between us and both would veer off by half a car's width and pass. 

Unless, of course, it was was one of those vehicles, in which case, they'd usually slow down and stop on the narrow road and wait for me to drive around the grass to get past.  It never happened with the people driving real four-wheel drive vehicles, Lond Rovers and the like, always the limousine versions.

I recall learning many years ago when theses SUVs (where does the 'Sport' element ever come into it?) first became popular, that one of the tyre companies (Dunlop, I think) wanted to offer the right type of tyre for this comparatively new market, so carried out a survey to discover how much driving their owners actually did off road.  If I recall correctly, the average was less than 2%. 

The adverts always show them adventuring intrepidly across dusty plains, dramatic ridges and empty mountainside snowfields, but in their real life natural habitat, I've never seen Waitrose let their car-parks get into that state of disrepair

Now we have fleets of huge heavy faux-wheel vehicles designed to look like four-wheel drive vehicles, invariably astonishingly ugly.

Rambling rant over.

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But you can now get them as 2 ton + `Electric vehicles` which makes them environmentally good and therefore a `must have` to go with all the other `must haves` that the modern man `must have` to be a modern man...person...whatever... Driving 

P.S. I thought the `Tesla` lockout yesterday was hilarious and sums the whole thing up Laugh