Actually that's a common sight at our supermarket around the corner here, because the parking lots there are a bit lopsided and many drivers forget to pull their handbrake and leave the car with the gearbox in neutral.
Something like that happened to me 4 years ago. The driver in front of me in a four-way crossing with lights didn't start moving when the lights turned green and since the road was narrowed by tall cement blocks noone could overtake the first car. Everyone start honking and the car didn't move. Since I was the first car right behind it, I got out and walked to the unmovable car in front of me. The driver was having an heart-attack, that's why he didn't move. I called the emergency and, in the end, the poor guy did make it, fortunately. The guy from the emergency told me if a couple more minutes have passed, the fellow would have died.I have a real nice one for you today. Actually it was an incident worthy of filming and putting on the internet. But sadly I neither had the camera with me, nor did I foresee the development of the situation.
Just outside town we have a four-way crossing with lights, which is heavily frequented, since it's connecting two of the major roads going in and out of town.
So I came to that crossing and wanted to turn left and stopped at the red light. I was the first car and had a perfect view on the opposite side. While I waited, I saw that an elderly driver of an E-Class Mercedes, who stopped at the opposite left turn lane, obviously changed his mind and wanted to go straight ahead instead.
So he inched his way over to the other lane, forcing himself in front of the first car there, which wasn't able to back up. The E-Class therefore stood on two lanes at the same time at a 45 degree angle, waiting for the green light.
While I was still having red, the opposite side got green.
Only the Mercedes didn't move. Obviously he had inched his way so much forward, that he couldn't spot the lights anymore.
Then the honking began.
First the car behind him, then another, and another, and finally a bus that was on 4th position.
The Mercedes did not move.
The honking went louder and more furious and the bus driver was making wild gestures.
The Mercedes did not move.
Now, the phases on that crossing are particularly long -- about 1 minute for each direction. So there was 1 minute of constant honking.
But the Mercedes driver did not move.
Finally the light turned red again for them and I was getting green. I was accelerating carefully, just in case the Mercedes driver decided to step on the accelerator now. But he didn't.
Before I left the crossing behind, I saw a red-faced bus driver jump out of his bus, running to the Mercedes, and starting to yell at the driver.
Unfortunately I missed the ending of this drama but I want to believe they made him move at the next green phase 2 minutes later
I'm sure the guy in the Mercedes didn't have a heart attack, mainly because his wife sat next to him and because he was looking around what all the honking was about.Something like that happened to me 4 years ago. The driver in front of me in a four-way crossing with lights didn't start moving when the lights turned green and since the road was narrowed by tall cement blocks noone could overtake the first car. Everyone start honking and the car didn't move. Since I was the first car right behind it, I got out and walked to the unmovable car in front of me. The driver was having an heart-attack, that's why he didn't move. I called the emergency and, in the end, the poor guy did make it, fortunately. The guy from the emergency told me if a couple more minutes have passed, the fellow would have died.
Actually, not exactly...^aren't that standard roadmanners in Italy though?
I can't count how many times I got yelled at in Milan when I was there. Also everyone on a scooter just expects you to get out of their way, and bang on your window if you don't...
Never been so scared, it was like having a huge near-accident that lasted for hours.
That's more or less my philosophy: I normally only honk just after some real danger. If there's no danger, just let go and find your way through (and use lights to communicate, if you want), if there is danger, just use your hands on the steering wheel first.I use to live in Italy (not far from Sir Edward in Padova). I moved there from here in the US and I actually loved it there. People drive fast and don't put up with people's sh*t. This is me to a "T". To me if you get yelled at you are most likely at fault. Every now and then you will have some dumbasses that have no clue what is going on.
:shock::shock:I do remember riding with my fiance's father for the first time though...he is crazy. I remember we were late for school (I am 27 and late for my class to learn Italian and teach English) and we were at a traffic light with about 10 cars infront of us. Her father decides this is not acceptable and starts swearing and yelling, and decides that he is going to drive into oncoming traffic and run the red light to save time. A few lights up the same thing happens again and he decides to use the sidewalk (where people just moved out of the way and had no reaction).