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When a car sideswipes a motorcycle the motorcyclist will be very lucky if they only lose a leg from the knee down.
". . . hubby was unaware he'd made a mistake." Doesn't mean that he hadn't come close to crippling, or killing, the motorcyclist and his pillion passenger.
People don't get angry for no reason. Hubby did something very dangerous that scared the hell out of the motorcyclist and caused him to react the way he did.
He wasn't even behind us and gave no explanation as to what had occured just ranted raved and spat and yes actually sometimes people DO get angry for no reason
I was told by a man who would know, you are more likely to die at a set of traffic lights here in SA than anywhere else in the state.
Translates - people rarely get annoyed when driving, but once annoyed they get really annoyed. You rarely here the horn being used (well i rarely hear it) but once you do there is generally somebody screaming abuse at the same time.
As for people getting out of cars and walking over to others to generally swear, kick, rip mirror off a car or just thumping the driver i have seen a couple of times.
However i have only seen one gun pointed at another driver to date, i thought it was fair he did cut him up quite badly from the lights. But without a shot being fired one driver quickly apologised, well what else can you do travelling at 80 KMPH down Main North Road and the next lights are on red! LOL
You won't hear a horn being sounded here because it's actually illegal to do so!
OK .......................... I will admit I actually got out at a set of lights once and had a right go at a woman - she almost killed me by coming straight out of Candy Rd on O'Halloran Hill into my lane on South Road, without looking or indicating or indeed slowing down for the give way lines, and I had to swerve into the path of a truck to avoid her. I'm sorry but she really deserved what she got - she will certainly look, indicate and WAIT for a gap to join traffic moving at 80kph in future. And I'd bloody well do it again if someone drove so carelessly that my health or that or any of my family were put at risk by their pathetic driving. Does that make me a bad person?
Been driving 33 years, no accidents, one speeding ticket many moons ago.
I think some people need to look at how they drive over here. Waiting to allow for cars to pull out of junctions is a big no no - the flow must go..... found that out the hard way
Flashing cars to come out or turn in front of you, It's not what they do here, and you will be met with puzzled looks...... flashing lights means police are around normally.
Flashing at trucks is different SOME do use the signals like back in the UK.
To the OP, as a bike rider i have never just gone off for no reason at all. I have gone off many times on people who proceed to look blankly out of the window clueless about what they have just done. Totally clueless in most cases. Let's face it, thats why they did what they did, they were not aware of the situation around them.
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I think drivers are on the whole a lot worse here than the UK. Lots of them are half asleep. I drive with the expectation that they are all bad drivers and so far haven't had any issues. It does make me laugh when you get a bloke in a flash V8 or whatever with a big exhaust tearing away from the lights, and as an earlier posted said, once they reach the speed limit they stick to it religously. What's the point of that?
Backpacked round Australia 1992. Married Australian husband in Adelaide 1994. Lived in Adelaide 1994-1997. Moved back to UK & lived in Essex/Herts 1997-2009. Returned to Adelaide November 2009. 2 kids dual nationality.
I've got nothing against bike riders and am merely answering the question posed by the OP; imho, getting abused by a bikie isn't a one-off.
Last edited by jim and adel; 11-05-2010 at 04:59 AM. Reason: clarity