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Technically not driving as such, but basically this one in Rathfarnham Shopping Centre is just a fine example of how NOT to park.



Her defense is that she thought the car was in reverse but it was in 4th and she gunned it...:rolleyes:


.... was she like 90? Because that is a very common thing for elderly drivers to do. I hate to think someone who hasn't lost half their brain power could do that.
 

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Shame, the Irish always seemed such careful drivers when I was over there. You'll always get one though I suppose.

Just some info on the gear layout:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/AUDI-A4-2005-2008-GEARSTICK-5-SPEED_W0QQitemZ230362272088QQcmdZViewItemQQimsxZ20090730?IMSfp=TL090730146001r12973

Look at the second picture. :)
Wait that makes no sense, why would the B7/8 come with a 5spd at all? Unless the EU gets weird gearbox selections because over here the 5spd in the A4 died with the early B6 model if not late B5.
 

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I dunno, 5 speeds are popular over here.
I can see preferring a 5spd over a 6spd for everyday driving considering that you shift all the time in the 6spd. I just thought that Audi stopped making the 5spd but I guess I'm wrong? I suppose it makes more sense for a 6spd in the US since most people who drive a manual daily are the kind who like to.
 

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.... was she like 90? Because that is a very common thing for elderly drivers to do. I hate to think someone who hasn't lost half their brain power could do that.
I think I read that she was in her 80s.

I'm guessing that she either thought it was an exit and gunned it, or slammed on the accelerator instead of the brake, which begs the question..why would she have to brake so hard? :think:

I heard another good stupid driving story
Ireland again, some auld biddy in a Yaris. She was driving into a shopping centre, and for some reason drove on the footpath. Security guards started waving to her and shouting to her to get off the path, and she ended up driving into a trolley bay. She then clambered out of the car and started screaming blue bloody murder at the security guards saying they distracted her :rolleyes:


Funnily enough, there is some stupid campaign going on right now in Ireland by the RSA, called "He drives, she dies". Telling women not to get into the car with male drivers, because they are more than likely going to kill them :blink:
 

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Technically not driving as such, but basically this one in Rathfarnham Shopping Centre is just a fine example of how NOT to park.



Her defense is that she thought the car was in reverse but it was in 4th and she gunned it...:rolleyes:


Something like that happened here in Portugal twice.
 

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I've driven 70 miles without front brake pads before - they literally wore so thin that they crumbled and flaked off the backing plate on the final block before I got to my destination. Braking on the trip home (all the auto parts stores were closed already, I waited until slack-traffic at 2:30AM, and knew the route well enough that if nothing got in my way, I could actually pull it off) was provided almost exclusively by the handbrake and aggressive downshifting/mashing of the overdrive button (in an automatic), in a futile attempt to preserve what remained of my front rotors. Unfortunately the LAST hill was too much for my handbrake and I had to mash the pedal, fatally gashing the rotors. Not a stunt I'm willing to repeat.

Additional, seperate story: The interstate near here is being repaved under the most idiotic use of economic stimulus funding I've seen yet (they just repaved that section 4 months ago and aren't even using a different contractor this time - so much for wealth distribution). I set out in the late evening and see the signs that they have the left lane closed 2 miles ahead. Drivers are already starting to queue up in the jammed right lane - I'm the only person with the sense to stay in the left lane until I can AT LEAST see the end of it. That is, until some jackass in an Audi decides that he's going to leap out into the left lane in front of me (I'm doing 65 - he's doing near as makes no difference, 0) and pace the cars in the right lane until the left lane ends just to prevent my passing.

Frankly, if I'd been driving the company car (a police package Charger SRT complete with lights, siren, and PA loudspeaker) I would've laid it all on him and given him a good yell over the PA, damn the laws.

And on a related note, another story involving said company car:
The car is an escort/security car that we run along with our trucks when we're carrying high-security items. It was worth every penny in how much it impresses our clients - it's done up to look exactly like an unmarked police car, with the exception that the lights are orange and the whole thing is a rather menacing black instead of the normal, cheap white. We also have more practical uses for it - it has an extensive electronics package that makes it into a mobile office, and we use it for mundane tasks like closing down roads and alleyways for loading operations. We have to follow the exact same rules as construction and utility workers when we do that - notify the authorities, get permission if it's a through street, cones, flashy lights, detour signs, the works. Not a problem. One day we've got the truck parked in an alley, blocking the whole mess, so we had to shut things down. Dropped cones at the end of it and sat the car, with the lights on, behind the cones. Turns out that at the same time, a regular utility company needed to work on a pole in the alley. They pulled up with their truck, we had a bit of a chat, laughed a little, and let them in. Traffic on the main road is getting heavy and some wanker wants to take a shortcut down the alley. He pulls up and starts yelling at us. He wants through, because we just let the utility truck through. Nevermind that the alley (just barely wide enough to fit the truck down) is now blocked by: Cones, our car, a parked utility truck with its bucket lift up not 20 feet behind the car, and a dozen yards past that, a parked semi truck with its own set of obnoxious orange flashing lights, plus a forklift or two making its way in and out of the building.

Naturally, we refuse. He then calls the cops, says the "FBI has illegally shut down a road" and we're now waiting for them to get there. The first thing the officer says when he gets there is "Did you tell him you're FBI?" "No. I have the whole thing on tape if you want to watch it. He wants through here because we let that utility truck in." By now, this guy could have gotten wherever the hell he was going 30 fucking times already. The cop cites him for parking illegally (he'd stopped in front of a hydrant to get out and complain) and goes back to his car. The jackass backs his car up into a real parking space and continues to sit and wait. Eventually (easily two hours after he'd arrived), we're done, but the utility guys aren't. We pack up the truck and start gathering our cones. The guy starts his car in eager anticipation - and for every cone I pick up, one of the utility guys puts one down. We slide the car out a hole and the utility guys plug it up with more cones. We leave, loop around the block and pick up the truck at the other end of the alley (where we DO "illegally shut down a road" for a few minutes by blocking it up making an epic turn - we actually had to adjust where the rear axles were on the trailer to get around that corner - and then readjust them once we were around for weight and balance) and go on our way.... Leaving that guy still sitting there waiting for the utility job to finish to take his beloved shortcut.
 
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Funnily enough, there is some stupid campaign going on right now in Ireland by the RSA, called "He drives, she dies". Telling women not to get into the car with male drivers, because they are more than likely going to kill them :blink:
Possibly a valid caution, but not for the reasons they're thinking of I think...
 

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Additional, seperate story: The interstate near here is being repaved under the most idiotic use of economic stimulus funding I've seen yet (they just repaved that section 4 months ago and aren't even using a different contractor this time - so much for wealth distribution). I set out in the late evening and see the signs that they have the left lane closed 2 miles ahead. Drivers are already starting to queue up in the jammed right lane - I'm the only person with the sense to stay in the left lane until I can AT LEAST see the end of it. That is, until some jackass in an Audi decides that he's going to leap out into the left lane in front of me (I'm doing 65 - he's doing near as makes no difference, 0) and pace the cars in the right lane until the left lane ends just to prevent my passing.

Frankly, if I'd been driving the company car (a police package Charger SRT complete with lights, siren, and PA loudspeaker) I would've laid it all on him and given him a good yell over the PA, damn the laws.
Do you live in Oklahoma and were you on I-235, by chance? That whole repaving the highway bit sounds similar to here.
 

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^ they are also repaving all of 128 in Massachusetts and I saw a great deal of work on 93 in New Hampshire.
 

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^ they are also repaving all of 128 in Massachusetts and I saw a great deal of work on 93 in New Hampshire.
Night work on 495 and 290, both of which I take on the commute home.

They even tore up Southbridge Street (Route 12) which I take after the ramp off 290....
 

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^ they are also repaving all of 128 in Massachusetts and I saw a great deal of work on 93 in New Hampshire.
I was talking about how they're repaving a stretch of highway that was repaved at the beginning of the year. Lots of people are bitching about it.
 

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Something similar happening here the SSP was just redone last summer and it doesn't seem in bad condition to me but they are redoing it anyway. It took me like 2 hours to get home the other day because I had to take a detour, normally at that time of night (a bit over midnight) I would have been home in like 40minutes.
 

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Do you live in Oklahoma and were you on I-235, by chance? That whole repaving the highway bit sounds similar to here.
Nah, I-83 in Maryland. The Pennsylvania half is neglected as ever, of course. They may be filling the potholes and cracks with sand under the stimulus package, and they are replacing two bridges, but that was already contracted before the economy tanked. Statistically speaking 1 in 10 miles of interstate is marked for construction this summer, apparently.
 

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Almost got in a crash today.....
Going on a two lane road (one in each direction) with lots of little one ways going into it. Not hidden or hard to see or anything, naturally the one ways have a stop sign since they are going into a bigger road.

I'm going straight not insane speed or anything. This dude (in an SUV no less so he can see over parked cars) is waiting to turn left out of the stop sign, with my front about a foot or so from the intersection the moron decides to turn into the street. I lay on brakes and the horn, despite having Hawk pads and upgraded rotors no way I can stop this fast. This idiot instead of stopping and letting me through (mind you there are no cars going the other way so there is no danger from the other side) he keeps going. There are cars parked on the side of the street, I still have no fucking clue how I didn't hit the moron or any parked cars.
 

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DEAR GREEN FORD FOCUS PLATE # Y 1221
You DO NOT cut me off on a 40 mph road going 15, then proceed to STOP as soon as you straighten out your car, then proceed at 15 again, then STOP every time there is a side road. The stop sign are for the people on the side road, you are going straight on the same road and do not need to stop. I hope you get in a car totaling accident and get 9000000$ on your insurance bill so you can never afford to drive again.
 

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This is just a hunch, but there's a good chance that person is not a regular on this forum and will not see your message.
 

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No but maybe one day they will google their license plate. Or die, I would prefer that.
 
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