Monday 3 August 2009

Knight Of The Road

To the driver of the Nissan Micra I nipped in front of as she stuttered and fumbled to release her handbrake at the lights this morning. Although your leaning on your horn and waving your arms around in an exaggerated manner was bloody hilarious, remember that, if it weren't for me, your orderly queueing would have lasted a darn sight longer.

"The interesting finding is that if most of the people are law-abiding, and you have a certain amount of people who are breaking the rule, then you are actually getting the minimum chance of a [traffic] jam," said Petter Minnhagen, a physicist at Sweden's Umea University and an author of the paper published in the journal Physical Review E.

Morris Flynn, a University of Alberta professor who uses computational methods to study car traffic, agrees with the explanation. Because rule-breakers "carve out their own path," Flynn said, they dilute large concentrations of rule-abiders moving in the same way

Next time, instead of getting in a right two and eight about it, a bit of respect might not go amiss. A simple thank you will suffice, there's a good girl.


Pavlov's Cat said...

So I should let back in the utter twunt who jumps the traffic lights queue by driving in the right turn filter lane, then indicates left to rejoin with a 'oh I'm sorry I didn't realise it was right turn only apart from the road markings and the signs" look.
No, I don't think I'll do that,

Dick Puddlecote said...

He's obviously a novice, that's the last resort when other methods fail. ;-)

Anonymous said...

NIce one Dick.
It sounds like you might enjoy taking part in my driving game.

The rules are here if you're interested ;-)

Joe Public said...

Not a sexist comment, just an observation:-

The next time the car in front of you brakes as it approaches a roundabout, even when there is clearly nothing approaching from the right, determine the gender of the driver.

95% seem to be female.

How many galls of fuel / tons of CO2 are wasted by the whole procession coming to a halt, then, accelerating again?

Anonymous said...

Not a sexist comment, just an observation:-

How many drivers do you see approach a roundabout and not bother to brake to slow down ? Look and they will mostly be men.
How many drivers don't brake approaching a roundabout and think that they can drive across because it appears to be clear ?
Then a male driver approaching from the right at 100 mph hits them !!

Al Jahom said...

Male or female, I go with Clarkson's proclaimation, that if you aren't interested in cars, or drivingm you don't get to have a license.

Now get off the fucking road, you dithering fuckwit bints and you pussy-whipped people-carrier-driving grey-faced pricks.


WV: mings

The End (Bye Bye!) said...

I've always thought it good manners to accelerate as quickly as possible after waiting at traffic lights, it enables drivers waiting behind you to get over as well.

Dick Puddlecote said...

With you there Gigits. The fact people don't makes it very easy to slide in late. And sort of proves the 'study'.

Aaah, Mr Jahom, I'd been expecting you.

Love that sex war thang, Joe and Anon, keep it up. ;-)

Mark Wadsworth said...

"site"? Are you sure that shouldn't be "sight"?

Live and let live say I, who has never used his horn in twenty years of driving.

Dick Puddlecote said...

MW: Yep, overlooked typo duly corrected. I bet you have a field day on Dizzy's site. ;-)