Bully Boys in Big Cars

Submitted: Friday, Mar 03, 2006 at 21:44
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Today I had cause to use Jenny's Car (a little Hyundai Getz, great car) and I was amazed at the different attitude SOME roadusers have to small vehicles.

Many simply try to bully you into submission on the basis of size. They seem to have the approach that it could only be driven by a woman or a soft bloke (I'm neither). They assume they can "stand over" the other driver based on their size.

Funny how they offer a little courtesy when you wind down the window and introduce yourself.

This only perpetuates my theory that bullies and women bashers are cowards.

My observation of the Human Being is a never ending education.

Jim.
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Reply By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Friday, Mar 03, 2006 at 21:49

Friday, Mar 03, 2006 at 21:49
Most people on this planet are good Jimbo. For some reason you seem to attract the arzeholes.
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Follow Up By: Jimbo - Friday, Mar 03, 2006 at 21:56

Friday, Mar 03, 2006 at 21:56
No,

I just comment on them Ray. Or perhaps I do not tolerate them well. I am not a patient man.

Cheers,

Jim.
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Friday, Mar 03, 2006 at 22:14

Friday, Mar 03, 2006 at 22:14
Maybe the pressure from living in a big city Jim which doesn't affect me living in the outskirts of a little city. I very rarely drive in bumper to bumper traffic so I don't have the pressures. I withdraw my comment and apologise.
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Follow Up By: Jimbo - Friday, Mar 03, 2006 at 22:48

Friday, Mar 03, 2006 at 22:48
Ray, Mate,

You have no need to apologise. You are always a contributor whose balanced comments I value.

If you can make it to Robe at Easter I may be enticed to go.

Cheers,

Jim.
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Friday, Mar 03, 2006 at 23:09

Friday, Mar 03, 2006 at 23:09
I have a week off at Easter and heading north of Broken Hill for some solo threapy. I'm hoping to get lost out there and not see too many people for a few days.

I've got a week off in a couple of weeks also, looking to do somethng for a few days up in the Wimmera\Mallee
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Follow Up By: Rojac - Saturday, Mar 04, 2006 at 10:02

Saturday, Mar 04, 2006 at 10:02
Unfortunately a lot of these jokers ( male and female) can't drive properly so to make up for their lack of ability they buy large vehicles thinking that they are safer, where in actual fact they are a bigger hazard.

As you rightly said they do tend to bully you into submission on the basis of size, if you let them.

I refuse to be intimated on the road by anyone regardless of what they drive.

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Follow Up By: Member - Bware (Tweed Valley) - Saturday, Mar 04, 2006 at 11:24

Saturday, Mar 04, 2006 at 11:24
Hey Mad Dog, I live rural but still encounter idiots every day doing things like coming out of a side road into a 80/100 and not stopping and waiting 5 seconds for the only other car on the road (me) to go past first. I think your reply is correct in my case atleast; some of us are arzehole magnets and Murphy's Law runs rampant in our lives. Atleast life's not boring! :-)
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Reply By: Patrolman Pat - Friday, Mar 03, 2006 at 22:13

Friday, Mar 03, 2006 at 22:13
When I drive the other halfs Kia Rio I sometimes forget I'm not in the Patrol and try and bully my way with the bigger cars. Mind you it is red so it goes faster.
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Reply By: nowimnumberone - Friday, Mar 03, 2006 at 22:42

Friday, Mar 03, 2006 at 22:42
i didnt think you would mind being bullied into submissison jimbo
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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Friday, Mar 03, 2006 at 23:04

Friday, Mar 03, 2006 at 23:04
Jimbo,

I had to move Belinda's car the other day and it was parked in front of the Troopie. Started the vehicle and looked in the rear view mirror before moving and all I could see was two driving lights and a bull bar. This filled the back screen, so I can see how a 4wd can be intimidating to a small vehicle.

The other day I was going home on the Great Western Highway near Parramatta. I was on the front row of the lights, they turned green and a small vehicle ran the red light doing a right hand turn in front of me. I could see it coming and being a slight rise in the road I was not travelling far or fast and stopped just as the turning vehicle had to stop because of traffic. The look of horror on the female passenger that was staring at 3,5t of vehicle was priceless. The bloke in the vehicle in the vehicle next to me had a good laugh as he could see what had happened.

Wayne
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Reply By: Member - Davoe (Widgiemooltha) - Saturday, Mar 04, 2006 at 08:17

Saturday, Mar 04, 2006 at 08:17
Whats to be intimidated about? 4wd pfft I drive around some genuinely large machinery. PC 8000 shovels, Cat 793 dumptrucks 994 loaders and when underground it gets even more exciting coz theres no where to go except full on the brakes and try to snatch reverse at the same time when you come accross a dumptruck coming down the decline in neutral to get more speed and he forgot to call his levels or a bogger comes charging into the stockpile you parked in
It all puts the "Ive got a big tough 4by" into perspective. Especially when you see the video of a dumptruck running over a landcruiser as a demo of what can happen. It doesnt even slow it down just pancakes the cruiser
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Follow Up By: Carl & Kaz - Saturday, Mar 04, 2006 at 11:27

Saturday, Mar 04, 2006 at 11:27
Davoe, can you post that video?
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Follow Up By: Exploder - Saturday, Mar 04, 2006 at 12:21

Saturday, Mar 04, 2006 at 12:21
Yes seen that Video at a KCGM safety thingo, I lived with the OH&S coordinator who organised the demo or one like it when I was working in Kal, Can’t remember what site it was done at, but never the less that landcruiser got compacted good.
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Follow Up By: Member - Davoe (Widgiemooltha) - Saturday, Mar 04, 2006 at 21:27

Saturday, Mar 04, 2006 at 21:27
Carl & Kaz As Exploder says it was one I have seen at a couple of safety inductions I dont actually own it
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Follow Up By: Carl & Kaz - Sunday, Mar 05, 2006 at 09:12

Sunday, Mar 05, 2006 at 09:12
Yeah, thought that might have been the case, never mind. Still, I'm sure it would be interesting viewing!!
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Follow Up By: BenSpoon - Wednesday, Mar 08, 2006 at 01:05

Wednesday, Mar 08, 2006 at 01:05
you mean this one? I've made it a habit now to not park on haul roads.
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Reply By: Bronco2 - Saturday, Mar 04, 2006 at 08:36

Saturday, Mar 04, 2006 at 08:36
Funny, that! Your right, little cars seem to attract adverse raction! Was driving my daughter's little car the other day..same thing..however, funny how, when I introduced myself, attitude kinda changed! ( I'm 6'3", former bodybuilder)..however, must have been funny watching me extract myself outta her mini! Regards
Bronco
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Reply By: Al & Mrs Al (Vic) - Saturday, Mar 04, 2006 at 08:58

Saturday, Mar 04, 2006 at 08:58
Hiya Jimbo

I'm driving a Lancer Coupe at the moment, Al's driving the Landcruiser now, and apart from feeling really really little, I am discovering how people in other cars can be pushy, but it's not just big vehicles. The other day, a mum at school in her BMW hatch was in a foul mood, and not terribly patient, flew passed me as I was stationary and waiting for the person in front of me to complete backing out, then she proceeded to abuse the chap in the sedan I was waiting for. She must have been running late I guess.

cheers

Lyn
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Follow Up By: Steve - Saturday, Mar 04, 2006 at 09:30

Saturday, Mar 04, 2006 at 09:30
some of these buggers (usually women) in school buses are the worst of the lot - especially around school when they've got to drop little Nigel off and they're running late for their capuccino meeting. They have such busy lives you know. In shopping malls too. It's like bloody Monte Carlo the way some of em tear around the car parks totally oblivious to road markings. As a tradesman working around the burbs and shopping malls I can tell you - this is their little world. I know about tailgating on the motorways etc and it's usually blokes - but when alot of you guys are tcuked away in your offices/workshops it's bloody mayhem out there with these sheilas.
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Saturday, Mar 04, 2006 at 09:48

Saturday, Mar 04, 2006 at 09:48
and some Steve are blokes in big trucks, sitting right up your clacker and not caring two hoots. It may interest you to know that some ladies drop little Nigel off at school and forgo their cappuccino for actual work, then come home and cook for their deserving husband/partner/live in couch inhabitant and their other non-Nigel children.

With all that people deal with these days its no wonder a small thing like being held up for a short time can light the fuse on a day of mayhem.
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Follow Up By: Steve - Saturday, Mar 04, 2006 at 10:12

Saturday, Mar 04, 2006 at 10:12
Blokes in big trucks, as I pointedly mentioned, are well documented to the point of tedium. Usually, deservedly so. What I'm pointing out is the stupidity displayed by a large proportion of women around the school gates and in carparks. I see it on a daily basis. Perhaps some are in a hurry to get to work as well, even forgoing their capuccino (yikes!). Aren't we all? It doesn't excuse the behaviour - particularly the capuccino set.
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Saturday, Mar 04, 2006 at 11:06

Saturday, Mar 04, 2006 at 11:06
And I am simply pointing out a possible reason, stupidity isnt hormonal, it isnt sexually predictable, its just stupidity, latte or not
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Follow Up By: Steve - Saturday, Mar 04, 2006 at 14:25

Saturday, Mar 04, 2006 at 14:25
well I'm pointing out that it damn well is sexually predictable - in the areas I mentioned.
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Saturday, Mar 04, 2006 at 14:29

Saturday, Mar 04, 2006 at 14:29
are you saying that men are barred from shool precincts during the rush hours?
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Follow Up By: Steve - Saturday, Mar 04, 2006 at 15:07

Saturday, Mar 04, 2006 at 15:07
did I say that?

Thought not. If you find it hard to accept that women, particularly, are a bloody menace around schools, I suggest you drive through a few between 8 and 9 am. if you already have and haven't noticed, then I guess you're one of those lucky people who doesn't get hit by raindrops when it rains.

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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Saturday, Mar 04, 2006 at 11:54

Saturday, Mar 04, 2006 at 11:54
Jimbo,

Actually, I find the exact opposite is the norm.

It doesn't seam to matter how small the other vehicle is, or what condition it may be in, the driver just HAS to pass that big 4WD monster.

It is only when they pull back in front and drop down below the speed limit that triggers "Road Rage" symptoms.
That is the time I wish I had those train air horns, but usually just fill their rearview mirror with the Bull Bar at the next set of traffic lights. That generally causes them to increase the distance a bit.

I have been guilty of turning night into day with the IPF's if it happens at night.
Works wonders too!

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Reply By: Barnesy - Sunday, Mar 05, 2006 at 02:38

Sunday, Mar 05, 2006 at 02:38
I don't try to bully smaller cars on the road but other drivers have to understand that fourby's are bigger, accelerate slower, brake slower and are less agile than other cars.

They have to take this into consideration when they pull out in front of or cut you off.

The blind spots are also crap. Often not easy to see small cars coming up behind you.

Give us space.

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Reply By: ev700 - Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 09:50

Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 09:50
Having listened to truckies bullshyte for a while it would seem that every vehicle is a menace when you add up all of their dislikes.

Recently several of them were going on about Falcon drivers as people who would always do the wrong thing and probably got their licences out of wheaties boxes.

I find owners of expensive sporty vehicles the worst and examples are BMW, Audi and the like. If anyone is going to blast through taking left of way it has to be one of them.

Maybe, just maybe, inconsiderate fools drive all makes of vehicle and this only means we should drive defensively at all times.
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Follow Up By: Gramps (NSW) - Wednesday, Mar 08, 2006 at 15:39

Wednesday, Mar 08, 2006 at 15:39
Ev700,

"Maybe, just maybe, inconsiderate fools drive all makes of vehicle and this only means we should drive defensively at all times."

Spot on mate. You've nailed it well and truly. And male/female does'nt matter either.

Regards
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Reply By: Wombat - Wednesday, Mar 08, 2006 at 14:52

Wednesday, Mar 08, 2006 at 14:52
Does everybody feel better now?
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