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Women and giant 4 x 4 $£%%^&£

Post by qprdude » 19 Jul 2013, 17:58

There I was, minding my own business toddling through the village when a woman in a bleeding great Range Rover Overfinch came piling down the centre of the road (no, thyere was nothing parked either side) with no regard for anyone, and a complete lack of ability or knowledge of the width of her Chelsea tractor. (I could have said she was a complete arse who couldn't drive)
I had to take avoiding action to save my offside from being demolished, and hit a corner kerb in getting out of the way. The ignorant cow disappeared into the distance without even slowing down. The result is a badly grazed alloy and a chip out of my tyre. (see pic)
I know it isn't illegal as I have been advised that the gouge is 3 mm deep and noit very biug (that's my loittle finger in the pic). Thing is, I'm off back North on Monday on a 550 mile journey and will probably be doing motorway speeds for a lot of the way and I will have it at the back of my mind that the tyre is damaged. Any thoughts, bearing in mind that even a cheapo budget jobbie will set me back well over £100 and a decent tyre could be around £200, and I'm not loaded. :evil: :evil: :evil:


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Post by lexi » 19 Jul 2013, 20:07

I have had them like that and been ok. You heading into the cool then?

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Post by qprdude » 19 Jul 2013, 20:46

Yep, been 30+ most of the time I've been in Surrey. Only a cool 26 back in Aberdeen so I might get some sleep!. Leaving Monday around lunchtime and will stop in Carlisle as SWMBO doesn't like my driving for more than 5 hours or so at a time. Bed and breakfast in a hotel and probably a meal at the "Bazar" restaurant in Carlisle as they do a very good selection of curry's. There's also an all you can eat chinese buffet nearby, so windows open on the second leg to Aberdeenshire on Tuesday.
Thanks for the heads up on the tyre damage, I had something similar on my Rover 75 and the guy at an independent tyre place said it was OK. Nice to know that someone else has had the same damage though.

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Post by Xantidote » 19 Jul 2013, 21:46

that's really bad news - bloody women drivers (not all are bad though). Friend of mine reckons women aren't so good at distance/positioning of vehicle (although the white lines should help!) .

I'm driving my Xantia with similar nick in sidewall, which tyre specialist pronounced as OK as it hasn't exposed the reinforcement. I have it on the rear nearside, just in case it does suddenly deflate rapidly.

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Post by myglaren » 19 Jul 2013, 21:54

Sweeping generalisation on women drivers. Of course there are bad ones but some of the best drivers I have encountered have been and generally still are women.

There is a 23 year old lives up the road from me, has a motorbike, passed her test two days after her birthday, and a Lotus, again passed her test a couple of days after her birthday.

A regular Sabine Schmitz except for her size - barely 5', which helps with the (tricked out) Lotus.

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Post by Hell Razor5543 » 19 Jul 2013, 21:57

You know why women are (supposedly) so bad at parking? It is because men keep telling them that this
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Post by lankytim » 19 Jul 2013, 22:08

The tyre damaged looks fine for further use, just keep an eye on it incase it develops a golf ball like bulge there. I bet it won't though.

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Post by qprdude » 19 Jul 2013, 22:49

myglaren wrote:Sweeping generalisation on women drivers. Of course there are bad ones but some of the best drivers I have encountered have been and generally still are women.

There is a 23 year old lives up the road from me, has a motorbike, passed her test two days after her birthday, and a Lotus, again passed her test a couple of days after her birthday.

A regular Sabine Schmitz except for her size - barely 5', which helps with the (tricked out) Lotus.

Does lots of track days, including the Nürburgring.

Ahem, I do hope that wasn't aimed at me.
My criticism was at the driver of the car which nearly caused my wife and myself serious injury, who just happened to be a very poor woman driver. Having completed two different advanced driving courses, I think I'm able to say whether a driver should be on the road in a vehicle not suited to their ability. :roll:

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Post by Northern_Mike » 19 Jul 2013, 23:15

qprdude wrote:
myglaren wrote:Sweeping generalisation on women drivers. Of course there are bad ones but some of the best drivers I have encountered have been and generally still are women.

There is a 23 year old lives up the road from me, has a motorbike, passed her test two days after her birthday, and a Lotus, again passed her test a couple of days after her birthday.

A regular Sabine Schmitz except for her size - barely 5', which helps with the (tricked out) Lotus.

Does lots of track days, including the Nürburgring.

Ahem, I do hope that wasn't aimed at me.
My criticism was at the driver of the car which nearly caused my wife and myself serious injury, who just happened to be a very poor woman driver. Having completed two different advanced driving courses, I think I'm able to say whether a driver should be on the road in a vehicle not suited to their ability. :roll:
Advanced driver or not, you either didn't see her, or judge her road positioning very well did you? Either would have allowed you to stop in advance, rather than have to mount a kerb.. to avoid her..

Sweeping generalisation, as Myglaren said..

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Post by myglaren » 20 Jul 2013, 05:25

qprdude wrote:
myglaren wrote:Sweeping generalisation on women drivers. Of course there are bad ones but some of the best drivers I have encountered have been and generally still are women.

There is a 23 year old lives up the road from me, has a motorbike, passed her test two days after her birthday, and a Lotus, again passed her test a couple of days after her birthday.

A regular Sabine Schmitz except for her size - barely 5', which helps with the (tricked out) Lotus.

Does lots of track days, including the Nürburgring.

Ahem, I do hope that wasn't aimed at me.
My criticism was at the driver of the car which nearly caused my wife and myself serious injury, who just happened to be a very poor woman driver. Having completed two different advanced driving courses, I think I'm able to say whether a driver should be on the road in a vehicle not suited to their ability. :roll:
Not you specifically, just the general attitude that women are worse drivers than men.

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Post by daviemck2006 » 20 Jul 2013, 08:35

I have a friend with a motability car who has a bigger bit than that on her tyre after hitting a kerb. Motsbility told her to take it to kwikfit wko told her it is safe, superglue it back on and forget it, thats all we do. I was expecting her to come out woth 4 tyres, new exhaust,,,,,,,,,,,etc!

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Post by Jaf » 20 Jul 2013, 11:21

Round here it's the retired farmers in their Renault 4s you have to watch out for. Tiny little old men that can't see over the steering wheel, had a few brandys, weaving all over the road. Plus if you do go off road avoiding them it's quite a drop down the mountain!

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Post by Northern_Mike » 20 Jul 2013, 13:29

Jaf wrote:Round here it's the retired farmers in their Renault 4s you have to watch out for. Tiny little old men that can't see over the steering wheel, had a few brandys, weaving all over the road. Plus if you do go off road avoiding them it's quite a drop down the mountain!
It's generally farm types I have to avoid out here in south Berkshire.

Most of the other bad driving I see is almost always men. Sure, I see some women "dithering" changing lanes or at junctions, but I never seen them overtaking like tw@ts, overtaking cyclists on blind bends, aggressively chopping me at roundabouts and so on.

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Post by Xaccers » 20 Jul 2013, 14:44

Northern_Mike wrote:
qprdude wrote:

Ahem, I do hope that wasn't aimed at me.
My criticism was at the driver of the car which nearly caused my wife and myself serious injury, who just happened to be a very poor woman driver. Having completed two different advanced driving courses, I think I'm able to say whether a driver should be on the road in a vehicle not suited to their ability. :roll:
Advanced driver or not, you either didn't see her, or judge her road positioning very well did you? Either would have allowed you to stop in advance, rather than have to mount a kerb.. to avoid her..

Sweeping generalisation, as Myglaren said..
From what was written, she was coming down the centre line so a bit difficult to do anything other than get out of the way unless you're suggesting qprdude should have sat there and risked being clipped by her?

Anyway, this is not Citroen specific so I am moving it.

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Post by Northern_Mike » 20 Jul 2013, 14:54

Xac wrote:
Northern_Mike wrote:
qprdude wrote:

Ahem, I do hope that wasn't aimed at me.
My criticism was at the driver of the car which nearly caused my wife and myself serious injury, who just happened to be a very poor woman driver. Having completed two different advanced driving courses, I think I'm able to say whether a driver should be on the road in a vehicle not suited to their ability. :roll:
Advanced driver or not, you either didn't see her, or judge her road positioning very well did you? Either would have allowed you to stop in advance, rather than have to mount a kerb.. to avoid her..

Sweeping generalisation, as Myglaren said..
From what was written, she was coming down the centre line so a bit difficult to do anything other than get out of the way unless you're suggesting qprdude should have sat there and risked being clipped by her?
I'm suggesting that if you see a car coming down the centre of the road some distance away you slow down, and possibly stop well in advance so they spot you and you don't have to take avoiding action. I do it daily round here on the lanes where it's just possible to get two cars past and everyone drives down the middle of the road.