Bad drivers who give 4WD's a bad image

Submitted: Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 at 01:06
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On the way to get a pizza for tea tonight I was hounded by some meathead in an uplifted GQ patrol, all over my rear end, swerving to look up the side of me to see if anyone was infront of me.

When I changed lane he passed me and then sat up the clakker of a poor little Hyundi with headlights obviously dazzling the driver in the rear view mirror.

When the Hyundi changed lane he sat on the same speed and suddenly lost his apparent urge to be somewhere else in a hurry, until we got to a set of lights.

He then came right up to the rear of another car leaving a gap less than two feet and then hounded this poor soul all the way to the next set of lights, at which point he sat so close I thought the lady in front of him was gonna go across the line into the path of cars coming across the lights.

This meat head gives good drivers a reason to wish there were more cops on the road, and just as importantly, this guy gives the pedestrian council the ammo it needs to keep going.

What a wanker !!!
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Reply By: Member - Barry W (VIC) - Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 at 02:19

Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 at 02:19
Hi Muzzgit
I know exactly where you are coming from !!
I for one are sick and tired of all the crap us 4x4 drivers are copping from all areas
Starting from Harold "Screwball" to the incendents you described.
I have decided that I am going to fight back by dobbing these Pr**ks in
I have reported number plates to the police taken photos of idiots damaging the bush ( digital cameras are great ??) and reported to National Parks people
Make of it what you will of my actions, the simple fact is that governments across Australia are closing tracks, the general public are listening to the "srewballs" on Current affairs, I am sick and tired of people ill informed dictating to me about my chosen vehicle/ recreation being damaging to the environment, danger to road users ect,ect,ect
I have been travelling this great land for over 20 yrs and have always tried to respect the land and do the right thing "BUT" I am totally over with putting up with the crap I and every other "RESPONSIBLE" 4x4 user is copping these days
My concious is "TOTALLY" clear about dobbing these ARS****ES" in to the appropiate authorites, and I grew up when you "DID NOT DOB" but all bets are off now
The more people who start reporting these incidents eventually the authorities "WILL" have to take notice
No Offence ment !! BUT stop complaining and find a way to strike back at the sh*t we are copping, enough is enough.
The time has really come where we have to stop putting this cr*p aside and turning the other cheek because long term we are doing ourselves no favours
Look around at all the different forums this stuff is hot topic all the time !!!
It is time we started to fight back !!!!!
Just my thoughts
Barry
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Follow Up By: japmel - Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 at 08:49

Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 at 08:49
Barry,

Mate, If you continue to dob 4X4s into the relavant authorities what do you think is going to happen!!!!!!!!!!!!

As much as it irks me when I see people in 4X4s doing the wrong thing, There isn't a lot you can do about it, Because if you do dob them in the greenies and Harold get a lot more ammunition.

Regards
japmel
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Follow Up By: Scoey (QLD) - Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 at 09:25

Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 at 09:25
I agree japmel! I take my hat off to you Barry for trying to do something but the sad truth is that the more the Govt is aware that people are doing the wrong things in 4X4's the more stats they have to close more tracks and increase regulation etc.

I think the only answer lies in joining your local 4X4 club and orgainsing some positive image sort of exercises - things that promote 4WDing & 4WDers as good things.

Cheers
Scoey
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Follow Up By: robak (QLD) - Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 at 09:48

Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 at 09:48
There is no easy answer to this. You can do one of three things
1. Nothing
2. report the idiots to authorities.
3. Deal with the idiots yourself.

None of these will make a big dent in the number of wankers that 4WDing seems to attract.

I would congratulate barry on doing something about it. Perhaps a better way would be to let them see that you're documenting their behaviour and and let it rest at that. Hopefully if enough people did that, it would knock some sense into the morons that give us all a bad name while still keeping this info away from the regulators.

R.
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Follow Up By: Des Lexic - Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 at 11:29

Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 at 11:29
Idiotic behaviour is not confined to the 4X4 fraternity. we have Hoon laws here in SA whereby this kind of behaviour can result in vehicles being impounded for varying periods of time. Wheelies and loud doof doof music are included in the legislation. it will have an impact on the needle heads eventually. Don't restrict your reporting to the 4X4 group, pick on all the offending drivers.
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Follow Up By: robak (QLD) - Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 at 11:34

Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 at 11:34
That's right. Idiotic behaviour is not confined to the 4X4 fraternity, but Idiotic behaviour by a honda civic driver is not going to close national parks to us or force the removal of bullbars in the city.
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Follow Up By: Sand Man (SA) - Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 at 11:45

Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 at 11:45
robak,

Maybe so mate, but whatever the vehicle, they are still tailgating and would cause expensive damage if you had to stop in a hurry.

They are D!ckheads, without a doubt. Have you ever noticed that whatever bleep box they may drive, they just have to get past that 4WD in front of them.

I drive defensively in an offensive manner. Try applying the brake pedal lightly, so that the brake lights come on, but you don't actually slow. They soon get the hint.
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Follow Up By: hoyks - Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 at 12:32

Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 at 12:32
I’m with Barry on this one.
I don’t send any details to special interest groups, I don’t even acknowledge their existence, but sending details to Nat Parks, State Forests or the Police is fair game. Nat Parks up this way have swallowed up huge areas of State Forests and don’t have any where near the number of rangers they need. Call it being a volunteer ranger ;-). I have also stopped off at the cop shop to report 2 clowns racing on the way home from work.

A lot think that it is only illegal if you get caught, so if you think that only your mates will see, does that make it OK to make your own track up the side of a hill??

I think it would be a better system if those that seem hell bent on ruining it for everyone get a kick in the pants rather than the rest of us for doing nothing wrong.
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Follow Up By: allanmac856 - Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 at 13:38

Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 at 13:38
Barry has made some very valid comments here, & IMO there are alot of 4wders who look for everyone else to blame for negative publicity/track closures, rather than have at look at themselves. I used to go out with some blokes who IMO now push the boundaries, in relation to looking after tracks etc. I no longer go out with them, as 'I'm not up to the challenge' as far as they are concerned. Some say the 'riceburners' etc get off lightly; not by the police in Vic. They are always getting picked up for some so called defect etc & rightly so. Not 4wd's though, have yet to see any getting checked for tyres/height etc etc. The fact is we have got off pretty lightly I reckon. Funny how even some here who are avid 4wders are bleep off with other 4wders who have little regard for others on the roads or in the bush, & guess what, most seem to be rigs with huge lifts/tyres etc. I dont care if anyone has these mods, but at least act responsibly on the roads & in the bush, as fact is 4wds, & more importantly the hugely modded ones, stand out like a sore thumb. Agree some do the right thing, but if you read/listen to alot of the apalling behaviour that does occur, it seems that the majority is blamed on the bigger/modified trucks.
Yes like every form of activity, there are some who give the whole group a bad name & the sooner these are weeded out, the better for the rest of us, who want to enjoy this activity for years to come. If that means taking Barry's approach, I'll be part of it as well.

Cheers
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Reply By: Redback - Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 at 09:57

Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 at 09:57
Maybe he was lonely and just wanted some company or attention, or just lifted to high and the air is thinner up there.

Baz.
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Reply By: Member - Troll 81 (QLD) - Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 at 10:33

Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 at 10:33
I know the people you talk about....but the same can be said about the hoons in their little 4 bangers that's baraly above the ground and that sounds like a mozzie when it takes off...sitting at the lights reving their engines and want to race every car of the lights. I was at the lights once in my mums excel and some moron with some rice rocket pulled up reving the little jeeebuz out of his what sounded like a 2 stroke mower...giving me that look......what a joke.

Does anything happen to those people do they get treated the same way as 4x4 owners do....IMHO no. We always get picked on and that is the way it's going to be and I don't see that changing ever
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 at 10:34

Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 at 10:34
for a waste of time, report the POS to the bacon - thats if you have the rego #..

not that anything will ever happen
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Follow Up By: Alan H - Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 at 15:09

Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 at 15:09
Hi Truckster.
I did just that not long ago. We were over taken by a Hilux in the emergency lane on the freeway, just as we came to an exit, he swerved up the left hand side, then in front of us, tailgated other cars until they moved over and exceeded the speed limit by quite a bit.

So I reported him and the cops followed it up with a couple of calls back to me about the driver. In the end they couldn't do anything because we couldn't positively identify him although they had questioned the lady (?) owner who denied lending it to anyone.
They said they had a fair idea who it was but that was that, no further action and I can understand that under the circumstances.

I suppose I was at fault for provoking him by daring to tow the "mobile road block" at only the speed limit of 100kph....... with a Land Rover!
Must make sure I don't do such a thing again.
Alan.
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Reply By: Member - John L G - Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 at 19:03

Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 at 19:03
Muzzgit

I have given up on being an observer on the roads of all the meatheads out there and am a confessed dobber regardless of the type of vehicle they drive.

I regularly drive Collie - Perth and despite the numerous passing lanes on this highway, I am staggered at the number of drongos who pass over double white lines and in one instance at a train crossing with the lights flashing. Being in the medical profession, I think on behalf of all we get a bit sick of cleaning up the mess.

I have no hesitation in dialling the 000 number and being put through to the plods who are always courteous and I have actually seen them pick up one of these drongos as I followed him down the highway after a call from yours truly. If nothing else happens, that particular driver would have been given a wake up call that others are watching and observing.

Better to get them educated and off the road, rather than wipe out me or my family. The country road stats tells it all from one vehicle prangs to the head on jobs in mysterious circumstances so the media tells us - The fact is, there is really nothing mysterious about any prang except the actions of dopey drivers.

So in my opinion, Dob Away

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Reply By: bigcol - Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 at 21:48

Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 at 21:48
Wouldn't matter if this knob jockey was in a $WD or a VN Commie .
He's a danger to other road users and should be reported for the actions

Cheers

Only 16 more sleeps to the Cape
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Reply By: TerraFirma - Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 11:56

Wednesday, Jun 07, 2006 at 11:56
I have a new Idea for these people. Post their number plates here on the forums and we'll keep a black list.
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