Anyone had these experiences

Submitted: Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 00:19
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Just wondering if any one has experienced the following:-
Travelling back from Shark bay last year, was following a Hyundai hire car at or about the speed limit. Pulled out to pass only to find the hire car suddenly pulling over to the right hand side of the road in front of me.
My thoughts on the matter; foreign tourists with brain in neutral, at home when someone wants to pass one keeps to the right of the road, so did the same thing here.
Might explain high incidence of head ons involving tourists ??

How many have pulled out to pass a caravan only to find the guy towing had absolutely no bl##dy idea you were there because his mirrors were not big enough.

Saw a truck with "If you can't see me in my mirror, I can't bl##dy well see you either" painted across the back of his pan trailer Should be compusory reading for all caravan towers (and I'm one)

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Reply By: Kiwi Kia - Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 07:14

Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 07:14
If they do not have mirrors that can see past the van then I don't believe their combined rig should be considered road legal.

I always switch headlights on and put onto high beam when passing people whi I think may not be aware of persons following. The idea being if they catch a flash of light in the corner of their eye it may get their attention.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 10:30

Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 10:30
..... and blind them through their mirrors?
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Follow Up By: Scoey (QLD) - Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 19:34

Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 19:34
I hope you just give them a quick flash! :-S I always flash quickly before overtaking anything - Plenty of people do that but I think!
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Follow Up By: Muzzgit (WA) - Monday, May 01, 2006 at 01:16

Monday, May 01, 2006 at 01:16
The reason you can pull the indicator wand to flash your lights is actually designed for use when overtaking. You are supposed to flash your lights as you pull out to let those ahead know what you are doing. This isn't just for the person you are overtaking, but also the car 2 k up the road coming the other way.
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Reply By: Trevor R (QLD) - Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 08:49

Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 08:49
Something similar..... Coming back from the Vic skifields, a rent a car overtook me and continued to drive on the right hand side of the road for at least 2-3 km. Despite my horn and attempts to get him on the correct side of the road he stayed out there. Fortunately we came to a T intersection and we both pulled up together...he in the right lane and me in the left, I was then able to tell him through the window that we don't drive on that side of the road, I still don't think he fully understood what I was trying to say.

Pretty scary.
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Reply By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 08:59

Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 08:59
I was up off the GOR sometime ago when rounding a bend was faced with another vehicle travelling towards me in the middle of the road, what the hell, so I moved to the left and this dude moved to the right, the more I moved left the more he moved right. I ended up fully in the long grass stopped with him passing us on our side of the road. He stopped up the road got out and walked backed, sorry he said in a yank accent, I'm Americian, I got confused. I gave him an earfull, I hope he got the message.
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Follow Up By: Bros 1 - Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 09:57

Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 09:57
Where did you get the towel heads from. Do they come with hiluxes.
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 10:24

Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 10:24
yeah they make good watch dogs.

Could do with a decent set of tyres though.

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Follow Up By: Exploder - Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 12:09

Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 12:09
Toyota HI-LUX holding up the American military machine the World over.
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Reply By: Leroy - Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 09:54

Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 09:54
Bloke at work had a head doing 100kph with an Italian holiday maker 2 months ago. He was on the wrong side of the road when rounding a bend. Luckily the bloke at work was in a Troopy with a steel BB. The other car a small car didn't fare so well. Apparently the Italian fellow is still recovering and unable to return home yet.

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Reply By: Kenell - Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 10:30

Sunday, Apr 30, 2006 at 10:30

Might be coincidence but I was also travelling south from Shark Bay last year and following a Hyundai hire car. I was towing a camper with a boat on top and had cruise on 90kph. The Hyundai was only doing 75kph I suppose so I overtook it. 10 mins later it overtook me and reverted to 75kph again. When the opportunity presented next I again tried to overtake but the driver just increased speed leaving me in no mans land. This happened twice before I decided it was time for a cuppa and I let the galah go. I was about 15,000ks into a trip around oz with nothing worse than a couple of flats to show for it.
Having driven in the US I can at least relate to a loss of concentration and driving on the wrong side. Speeding up when being overtaken is pure stupidity.

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