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#81 xtrailman

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Posted 25 February 2012 - 04:37 PM

Like mentioned in previous post there was no where to pull in......


Fair enough, then option two, fall back leaving a very long gap in between the vehicle in front, something i often do anyway.

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Posted 25 February 2012 - 06:36 PM

Just come back from trip away at Ord House. Got stuck behind another caravan towing at 38 miles an hour on a 60 road. Tailback unbelievable. What made it even more dangerous was people overtaking us thinking we were the one holding everybody up. Anybody else had this experience.

been there and seen it!! heading to the same site from the south,it was a old girl in a corsa and i did't have the power to overtake her,but the imbos behind though it was me and only realised when they got next to me that there was about 5 cars in front and oncoming trafic,had to be the most fearfull tow ever and thought the van was going to be trashed by some tit.(and it was only a week old) i now no what bullbars are for!! moving dordlers

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Posted 25 February 2012 - 06:37 PM

lots of times, usually following a small car


^ This

Sat on an A road in Lincolnshire stuck behind a Skoda Fabia doing 30 on the NSL roads. There was no chance for me to get past (roads too twisty), so some of the overtaking i saw was mind boggling.

For example, a Vectra overtaking me on a blind bend - he was so busy trying to shake his fist at me that he never noticed the car in front of me nor the car coming the other way. As he couldn't get in front, he stood on his brakes and disappeared in a cloud of burning rubber, presumably pulling back in behind somewhere.

Another chap waited till we entered a town with a 30 limit, then drove on the wrong side of an island to get past me. Again, he never realised the Skoda was there and ended up continuing on the wrong side of the road though a set of red traffic lights at a busy crossroads. I caught up with him further on after i got past the Skoda - we had 'words'.

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Posted 25 February 2012 - 06:40 PM

Like mentioned in previous post there was no where to pull in......





What you can do sometimes in this situation,especially if you have a persistant tailgator is wait for a good stretch of straight road and then put on your nearside indicator and pull as near too the nearside as possible,slow your speed by at least 10mph and if the drivers behind are alert they will know what you are doing and pass you.Motor cyclists seem good realising this situation and will usually thank you with a wave.

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Posted 25 February 2012 - 07:45 PM

Yes good point but that would mean OP dropping from 38mph on a 50mph road to 28mph. Would that not add to confusion and make things worse. Only asking as not been towing long!

Edited by BARTON, 25 February 2012 - 08:11 PM.


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Posted 25 February 2012 - 08:22 PM

thank you richybouy and volvoman, had a great drive from charmouth to poole today on my first tow, pulled over twice but not many behind me, in fact had to wath my speed a few times,a nice calm day and roads fairly quiet, but i think i made a decent fist of the situation,cant wait to get out vanning now :)

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Posted 25 February 2012 - 08:33 PM

nice one steve, always a worry 1st time, things will get easier, i allways fret a bit for first 5 or so miles :( and allways stop in that distance to check all is ok,i.e jockey wheel still where it should be ,hand brake not binding, and allways check wheel hubs not hot. just keeps me happy!!!! :rolleyes:

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Posted 25 February 2012 - 08:39 PM

thank you richybouy and volvoman, had a great drive from charmouth to poole today on my first tow, pulled over twice but not many behind me, in fact had to watch my speed a few times,a nice calm day and roads fairly quiet, but i think i made a decent first of the situation,can't wait to get out vanning now :)


Wait till you can drive over the new Twin Sails Bridge. B) Does it figure in you travel plans?

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Posted 25 February 2012 - 09:12 PM

not sure lefthanddown,but will start planning trips soon :)

thanks also caretakepete for your kind words, was worried but now its over quietly pleased with my efforts :)

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Posted 25 February 2012 - 09:28 PM

What you can do sometimes in this situation,especially if you have a persistant tailgator is wait for a good stretch of straight road and then put on your nearside indicator and pull as near too the nearside as possible,slow your speed by at least 10mph and if the drivers behind are alert they will know what you are doing and pass you.Motor cyclists seem good realising this situation and will usually thank you with a wave.

peter.


That only works well if the following car is far enough back to actually see your left hand indicator. Usually they're too far up your backside and craning their necks trying to see round you that they don't see it and don't understand what you're trying to do.They end up missing the opportunity and getting even more frustrated. I've pretty much given up even trying this now!

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Posted 25 February 2012 - 10:41 PM

Thanks to all who responded to my previous OP. I apologise if I upset any fellow caravanners. I did not for one minute expect this to turn into such a heated debate. Some positive replies and some not so positive. After all this is a forum and I am entitled to make an opinion, regardless if I am right or wrong. I did make a typing error on OP, after all I am human, should have stated 50mph and not 60mph. I still firmly believe that regardless of towing or not, driving too slow does cause accidents the same as driving too fast. I might have moaned at caravan in front but like I say apologies for that, perhaps wrong thing to do and as previous poster mentioned it could have been his first time out towing. Think I'm scarred for life after reading some posters remarks. Don't think debates are my cup of tea lol.


The world would be a pretty boring place if we all thought the same things, did the same things and said the same things. At the end of the day we caravan because we enjoy it for the most part. You and I just like everyone else are entitled to his or her own opinion as we live in a free society. Fair play to you.

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 07:59 AM

^ This

Sat on an A road in Lincolnshire stuck behind a Skoda Fabia doing 30 on the NSL roads. There was no chance for me to get past (roads too twisty), so some of the overtaking i saw was mind boggling.

For example, a Vectra overtaking me on a blind bend - he was so busy trying to shake his fist at me that he never noticed the car in front of me nor the car coming the other way. As he couldn't get in front, he stood on his brakes and disappeared in a cloud of burning rubber, presumably pulling back in behind somewhere.

Another chap waited till we entered a town with a 30 limit, then drove on the wrong side of an island to get past me. Again, he never realised the Skoda was there and ended up continuing on the wrong side of the road though a set of red traffic lights at a busy crossroads. I caught up with him further on after i got past the Skoda - we had 'words'.


We would normally hang back allowing enough room between the vehicles for another vehicle to "push" in as invariably the person doing the 30mph is going to do something else stupid like jam on their brakes to make a last minute turn. We avoid tailgating where possible.

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 08:43 AM

When you see a car indicating for bends in the road it's a good clue to stop and have a break! (And I jest not!)

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 07:12 PM

Also avoid people who wear a hat whilst driving... Especially a flat cap, or a baseball cap.

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 08:01 PM

Sorry didn't mean to imply that I would or should hold up other vehicles because of how I want to drive. I agree that if you are causing a hold up of traffic, then yes pull over when safe to do so. If you just want to get past the person in front just because they are leaving a larger gap than you would or are travelling below the speed limit only to find that once you have passed them there is traffic built up ahead, then what's the point.

Hi Tony T,
Don't have to apologize Auld Fruit was just adding in ma Tuppence worth. I witness poor driving techniques daily so most of the time I drive in defence mode especially when towing ................ ;)


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Posted 26 February 2012 - 09:09 PM

That only works well if the following car is far enough back to actually see your left hand indicator. Usually they're too far up your backside and craning their necks trying to see round you that they don't see it and don't understand what you're trying to do.They end up missing the opportunity and getting even more frustrated. I've pretty much given up even trying this now!




Yes that can be a problem and you do get drivers that have,nt got a clue why your slowing and just sit there and hold up everyone else.I think its a total failure too realise what going on around them.Have you ever had that problem where your going through a large town or city and find that your in the wrong lane and need too change !!! Its amazeing how long you can have your indicator on before someone will let you out.You,d think that the ****** great caravan on the back of your car would be a clue that your not from round that area and so not familiar with the road layout.But no past they go shakeing their heads and curseing you.Great eh!

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