Driving forest roads!

Submitted: Friday, Mar 08, 2019 at 19:15
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Have had to drive a narrow rough as guts forest road over the last few weeks , and although the traffic has been next to nothing, I nearly had a head on with a guy in a troopy on a blind corner, who was just travelling way to fast for the road conditions, Kids in the back and all!.....What makes these blokes tick?.. I may be a slow old fart as the daughters keep reminding me, but I do THINK ! a little bit at times lol.

Cheers Axle.
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Reply By: eaglefree - Friday, Mar 08, 2019 at 20:02

Friday, Mar 08, 2019 at 20:02
Yes, not acceptable and scary.
But its happening on the bitumen also.

Today on a quiet tar road in central victoria we were going downhill to our nearest shopping town. A semi trailer at the bottom of the hill about to ascend took his first bend at breakneck speed, running about 60cm over the white line onto our lane causing me to place two wheels onto dirt, during the corner obviously lowering our grip.

Luckily we werent towing! I know why some truck drivers do this, so they can maintain as much speed as possible so they slow down the least further up the hill, a "run up" so to speak.

I did a defensive driving course in 1974. It didnt do me much good then, but now I use that mentality all the time.

Had you Axle, been driving like that other guy, you would have collided.

I dont know what the answer is except more marked police cars on the road.
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Follow Up By: axle - Friday, Mar 08, 2019 at 20:31

Friday, Mar 08, 2019 at 20:31
Its just speed mate in the wrong place, What can you do?

marked police cars on the Hwys slows things down

Not likely to see them on forest roads though


Cheers Axle,

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Follow Up By: RMD - Friday, Mar 08, 2019 at 23:08

Friday, Mar 08, 2019 at 23:08
eaglefree

A good quality dashcam will capture such events and also record the number plate and features of the oncoming vehicle. Sometimes even the drivers face. The video/footage then given to your local Highway patrol aqaintance will see some action take place. They are interested.
I was over taken by a bike, me doing 80kmh in 80 zone, bike between 220 and 240kmh. Fun.
Local police clocked the same one later at 10pm in town past a pub at 180kmh.
The video gave them the make of bike, rider clothing, but it had no lights or plates.
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Reply By: Member - Brendan M - Friday, Mar 08, 2019 at 21:01

Friday, Mar 08, 2019 at 21:01
Well done people!. We don't have to !, but if we slow down!!! just that one little bit!! it might save one life. As you did, you were able to react. I have lost to many. take care out there. Travel!!! Adventure!!! EXPOLRE!!!!.
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Reply By: Member - Bigfish - Saturday, Mar 09, 2019 at 04:40

Saturday, Mar 09, 2019 at 04:40
You should visit Far North Queensland,s formula 1 racetrack. Its the road from Laura to Seisia. .....Racing North starts soon after Easter and stragglers finish around mid September on the return trip. Mandatory to have 35 inch tyres, 4 inch lifted suspension , 250kg of bullbar and an attitude that says "F you" as it is well known without these vital bits of equipment you will never make it to the top.........
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Reply By: nick g1 - Saturday, Mar 09, 2019 at 13:03

Saturday, Mar 09, 2019 at 13:03
I have had a head on crash around a blind left hand corner with a N.P. ute of all things on a state forest rd! I was in the right as l was on the left hand side and he was cutting the corner. Nothing l could do, we both only saw each other with about 15m till impact. We where only doing 40kph at the time but both wrecked our bull bars and did some pamel damage. Scared the shit out of me! I do three things now. 1/ keep my uhf on scan to see if anyone else is about in the area. 2/slow down and be more wary 3/ If l'm doing a right hand turn on a blind corner go wide, don't cut corners.
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Reply By: Baz - The Landy - Saturday, Mar 09, 2019 at 13:33

Saturday, Mar 09, 2019 at 13:33
My number one safety rule...

Drive like everyone is trying to kill you!

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Follow Up By: eaglefree - Saturday, Mar 09, 2019 at 14:13

Saturday, Mar 09, 2019 at 14:13
RE: "My number one safety rule...

Drive like everyone is trying to kill you!"

including some fauna...
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Reply By: Ozi M - Saturday, Mar 09, 2019 at 17:54

Saturday, Mar 09, 2019 at 17:54
The road into the Bungle Bungles was awful for that, people cut every corner !
Blind crest with a sharp left hander just over the top, no worries, just cut it mate, she'll be right.
Missed me by "that much" I was hard to the left doing 20k, stopped on the spot and we got past................ extra very close mm's I reckon
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Sunday, Mar 10, 2019 at 10:14

Sunday, Mar 10, 2019 at 10:14
We were once run right off the GRR by a full sized APT tour bus coming around a blind corner at very high speed on the wrong side of the road. It was just luck that there were no big trees or big rocks in the way.
Very scary.
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Follow Up By: Member - McLaren3030 - Monday, Mar 11, 2019 at 12:56

Monday, Mar 11, 2019 at 12:56
Had a similar experience on Fraser Island back in the 90's. I had to head for the bush, and was then abused by the bus driver for "bushbashing". Unfortunately, I was so shaken up, I did not get the name of the tour operator. I did speak to one of the rangers at the time, they said they would keep an eye out for the bus I described, and speak to the driver. Do not know the outcome.

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