Do normal Motorway driving rules go out of the window when entering the M25?

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by Corazon de Leon » Sat Jul 06, 2019 10:23 pm

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Curls wrote:Overpopulation is the problem. The standard of driving in the UK is actually very good. There are just too many people and too many cars. They should change it so that until you've finished Uni and (or) got a full time job you can't drive. Obviously the 17 year old me would punch me in my face for saying that.


Can't tell if you're being satirical or not...

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Sandy wrote:Everyone manages to drive properly on the mainland. Why do the English find it so difficult?


If you're referring to the continent, then i'm assuming you've not been to Paris.

The standard of driving there is scary (and that's not including the mopeds which zip in and out of the traffic at high speed), so much so that there's even a blue line around the arc de triomphe roundabout which indicates that if you go inside the line, you are not insured!


I've been to Paris but my comment was only about Motorway driving.


My experience of motorway driving in France was enough to put me off ever being in a car in that country again. :lol:

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by pjbetman » Sat Jul 06, 2019 10:39 pm

The 3 main problems with Motorway driving are:-

1. Gormless old strawberry floats
2. Gormless tarts
3. No motorway section on a driving test (other than a bit of theory).

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PostRe: Do normal Motorway driving rules go out of the window when entering the M25?
by Benzin » Sat Jul 06, 2019 10:47 pm

Even the Italians drive on their motorways better than we do!

I still get PTSD from the Arc d'Triomphe roundabout...

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by Knoyleo » Sat Jul 06, 2019 11:09 pm

jiggles wrote:Sit in the middle lane the whole time, like a refined gentleman. Right lane is for speed demons and left lane is for slowpokes.

Always get in front of lorries, no matter what lane they're in or how fast they're going.

Drive between 5 and 7 miles per hour over the speed limit when possible so as to not look suspicious.

If a shitty little 1l hatchback tries to move out to overtake, immediately speed up to put him in his place.

Ease off the accelerator (but don't brake) if being tailgated to spook them into backing off. If they have no opportunity to overtake, continue to let your speed drop off until almost stopped.

This is the gospel

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PostRe: Do normal Motorway driving rules go out of the window when entering the M25?
by Somebody Else's Problem » Sat Jul 06, 2019 11:35 pm

I tend to stick to lane 3, as I'm usually going 90 and therefore technically overtaking strawberry floating everyone.

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by Albear » Sun Jul 07, 2019 9:49 am

Currently in Istanbul.

After 20 years of driving in the Uk, 4 days of driving around Istanbul has reset my expectations somewhat and makes me yearn for the M25.

I honestly don't know how there are still enough people alive to cause a traffic jam.

It's strawberry floating insanity. I would take a video if I wasn't too busy just surviving.

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by gamerforever » Sun Jul 07, 2019 11:03 am

Generally i will stay in the middle or right. Theres so many cameras now, especially on the m1, its crazy and need to make sure you stick to 70!

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by gamerforever » Sun Jul 07, 2019 11:05 am

Albear wrote:Currently in Istanbul.

After 20 years of driving in the Uk, 4 days of driving around Istanbul has reset my expectations somewhat and makes me yearn for the M25.

I honestly don't know how there are still enough people alive to cause a traffic jam.

It's strawberry floating insanity. I would take a video if I wasn't too busy just surviving.


Indias far, far worse. The general mentality of indians in india is dog eat dog and absolutely no right of way. I was in india for a few weeks during christmas/ nye and stayed a few days with my mother in laws family in gujarat. They’re a bit more decent but all go through red lights. If you don’t you get horned!

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PostRe: Do normal Motorway driving rules go out of the window when entering the M25?
by Wrathy » Sun Jul 07, 2019 11:26 am

If anything I'm more careful on the M25 than most others. This is mainly because of the "Smart Motorway" element meaning I'm absolutely terrified of getting speeding tickets, so when someone crawls up to my rear bumper and I'm doing 70 I'll usually just move over to the left whenever it's clear. I'm aware that the cameras probably aren't on when there's no speed limit displayed on the overheads, but I don't want to find out.

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by Oblomov Boblomov » Sun Jul 07, 2019 12:14 pm

gamerforever wrote:
Albear wrote:Currently in Istanbul.

After 20 years of driving in the Uk, 4 days of driving around Istanbul has reset my expectations somewhat and makes me yearn for the M25.

I honestly don't know how there are still enough people alive to cause a traffic jam.

It's strawberry floating insanity. I would take a video if I wasn't too busy just surviving.


Indias far, far worse. The general mentality of indians in india is dog eat dog and absolutely no right of way. I was in india for a few weeks during christmas/ nye and stayed a few days with my mother in laws family in gujarat. They’re a bit more decent but all go through red lights. If you don’t you get horned!

I took a ride on a Tuk Tuk in Chennai, to get to a curry house and back again.

I'm pretty sure the odds on me dying that night were significantly shorter than usual :lol: it was unbelievable chaos.

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by OnlyShallow » Sun Jul 07, 2019 12:51 pm

I've driven across the continent a few times. Italy is by the worst. Especially around slip roads. Having done it a few times i know to expect the unexpected. My girlfriend doesn't look out of the windows when we are on Italian motorways. She did the first time and spent the whole trip going "AAAAAAARRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH! LOOK OUT FOR THE LORRY! MOTORBIKE! ARRRRGGGGGHHH! strawberry float! SPEED UP! YOU'RE GOING TOO FAST! gooseberry fool! WHERE DID THAT COME FROM! CAN WE STOP, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LET THIS STOP"

Now she just reads guide books and hums quietly to herself.

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by Corazon de Leon » Sun Jul 07, 2019 12:53 pm

OnlyShallow wrote:I've driven across the continent a few times. Italy is by the worst. Especially around slip roads. Having done it a few times i know to expect the unexpected. My girlfriend doesn't look out of the windows when we are on Italian motorways. She did the first time and spent the whole trip going "AAAAAAARRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH! LOOK OUT FOR THE LORRY! MOTORBIKE! ARRRRGGGGGHHH! strawberry float! SPEED UP! YOU'RE GOING TOO FAST! gooseberry fool! WHERE DID THAT COME FROM! CAN WE STOP, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LET THIS STOP"

Now she just reads guide books and hums quietly to herself.


:lol:

Presumably while rocking backwards and forwards gently to herself?

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by Lex-Man » Sun Jul 07, 2019 12:55 pm

Thought the idea on the M25 you stayed under the sign to where you're going. That said I tend to stay in the fast lane going a decent pace.

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PostRe: Do normal Motorway driving rules go out of the window when entering the M25?
by OnlyShallow » Sun Jul 07, 2019 12:56 pm

Corazon de Leon wrote:My experience of motorway driving in France was enough to put me off ever being in a car in that country again. :lol:

I think French motorways are great, they are mostly empty due to the locals not using them.

My experience of them is putting the cruise control on and waking up now and again to pay the tolls.

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PostRe: Do normal Motorway driving rules go out of the window when entering the M25?
by Sandy » Sun Jul 07, 2019 1:34 pm

In Europe I've driven in Iceland, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Poland, Luxembourg, Finland, Poland, Slovakia, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Austria and Montenegro.

The UK is the worst for not over taking and moving in on motorways from my experiences.

There tonnes of other dangerous norms in all the other countries but in terms of driving on a motorway, the UK residents are absolute professionals at strawberry floating up the workings of the overtaking system.

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by gamerforever » Sun Jul 07, 2019 4:22 pm

Oblomov Boblomov wrote:
gamerforever wrote:
Albear wrote:Currently in Istanbul.

After 20 years of driving in the Uk, 4 days of driving around Istanbul has reset my expectations somewhat and makes me yearn for the M25.

I honestly don't know how there are still enough people alive to cause a traffic jam.

It's strawberry floating insanity. I would take a video if I wasn't too busy just surviving.


Indias far, far worse. The general mentality of indians in india is dog eat dog and absolutely no right of way. I was in india for a few weeks during christmas/ nye and stayed a few days with my mother in laws family in gujarat. They’re a bit more decent but all go through red lights. If you don’t you get horned!

I took a ride on a Tuk Tuk in Chennai, to get to a curry house and back again.

I'm pretty sure the odds on me dying that night were significantly shorter than usual :lol: it was unbelievable chaos.


Going in a rickshaw is frightening and exciting. We were forced to take one from the golden temple back to the hotel and our lives were in his hands. Literally zooming through the backstreets. Makes you grateful of the order we have here.

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PostRe: Do normal Motorway driving rules go out of the window when entering the M25?
by Starbreaker » Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:25 am

Somebody Else's Problem wrote:I tend to stick to lane 3, as I'm usually going 90 and therefore technically overtaking strawberry floating everyone.



Somebody Else's Problem wrote:
Moggy wrote:
Somebody Else's Problem wrote:
Rubix78 wrote:
Somebody Else's Problem wrote:I don't.


You have never gone over the speed limit? Ever?


Nope.


You either don't drive or are telling porky pies.


I do drive, and I'm telling the truth. Where do I need to get to so quickly? If I want to get somewhere on time I set off earlier.

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by Moggy » Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:26 am

Starbreaker wrote:
Somebody Else's Problem wrote:I tend to stick to lane 3, as I'm usually going 90 and therefore technically overtaking strawberry floating everyone.



Somebody Else's Problem wrote:
Moggy wrote:
Somebody Else's Problem wrote:
Rubix78 wrote:
Somebody Else's Problem wrote:I don't.


You have never gone over the speed limit? Ever?


Nope.


You either don't drive or are telling porky pies.


I do drive, and I'm telling the truth. Where do I need to get to so quickly? If I want to get somewhere on time I set off earlier.


:lol:

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by Chocolate-Milk » Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:45 am

OnlyShallow wrote:I've driven across the continent a few times. Italy is by the worst. Especially around slip roads. Having done it a few times i know to expect the unexpected. My girlfriend doesn't look out of the windows when we are on Italian motorways. She did the first time and spent the whole trip going "AAAAAAARRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH! LOOK OUT FOR THE LORRY! MOTORBIKE! ARRRRGGGGGHHH! strawberry float! SPEED UP! YOU'RE GOING TOO FAST! gooseberry fool! WHERE DID THAT COME FROM! CAN WE STOP, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LET THIS STOP"

Now she just reads guide books and hums quietly to herself.

I'll be renting a car when I go in October, but now I'm starting to regret that decision! :slol:

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by Benzin » Mon Jul 08, 2019 9:55 am

Chocolate-Milk wrote:
OnlyShallow wrote:I've driven across the continent a few times. Italy is by the worst. Especially around slip roads. Having done it a few times i know to expect the unexpected. My girlfriend doesn't look out of the windows when we are on Italian motorways. She did the first time and spent the whole trip going "AAAAAAARRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH! LOOK OUT FOR THE LORRY! MOTORBIKE! ARRRRGGGGGHHH! strawberry float! SPEED UP! YOU'RE GOING TOO FAST! gooseberry fool! WHERE DID THAT COME FROM! CAN WE STOP, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LET THIS STOP"

Now she just reads guide books and hums quietly to herself.

I'll be renting a car when I go in October, but now I'm starting to regret that decision! :slol:


I didn't find the Italian motorways too problematic when I've been... Inner cities though :dread:


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