all on a foggy morning

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andy_k

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Ho hum, we got up reasonably early this morning to head off to meet up with Matt and a few others at the Top Gear studios. Annie had decided that if we headed off early we could get a bit of shopping done before the filming - she keeps mentioning this "Christmas" thing and using words like "getting" and "organised".

So with patchy thick fog to contend with we were driving over the south downs in reasonable traffic on a single carriageway road doing about 50 mph.

In a particularly foggy section I just happened to notice in my door mirror some moron in a BMW overtaking everything in his path. No sooner had I said to Annie look at that silly c**t as he roared past us and the two cars in front that we heard the loud bang and saw bits of BMW flying everywhere - yep, he'd met a likeminded idiot in a Mondeo doing just the same thing but coming from the opposite direction.

The guy he was in the middle of overtaking (2 cars in front of us) took a fairly hefty sideswipe from the BMW and the remains of the Mondeo which left a fairly messy heap of metal in the middle of the road. The guy in front of us did his best to stop but managed to add to the pile.

Us being that extra 50 yards back provided the luxury of a little "thinking time" I could have stopped but doubted that the guy behind would have made it (good judgement call as he hit the guy who was in front of us up the rear) so I headed for the "soft option" a nice grass verge and a hedge - note to all drivers ABS is less than effective on wet grass:)

We missed the pile of mangled metal and escaped without injury (slightly shaken) or any apparent damage to the car - it's being checked over tonight but we drove home just fine.

The emergency services did a grand job picking up bits of idiot and their selected modes of transport. In all 12 cars managed to run into each other through either slow reaction times, crap brakes or just sheer stupidity.

we lost the day hanging around getting cold, waiting to give witness statements. We didn't get to Top Gear and we didn't get any shopping done.

Andy
 
Seems to have been a day for it ...

I was very fortunate compared to Andy. See story below, as posted on Pistonheads this morning .......

K

Can I please take this opportunity to remind the
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imbecile in the red Pug 306 who joined the M3 southbound at Junction 4 this morning at approximately 08:05am, that the correct procedure for changing lanes is:
Mirror
Signal
Manoeuvre


Not the procedeure you carried out which was:

Manoeuvre: join the M3 then sweep across all 3 lanes in one move, avoiding hitting the merc in the outside lane doing approximately 65mph only because he slammed on his brakes and swerved towards the inside grass verge. Fortunately he did this, otherwise you have driven straight into him.

Signal: the nescafe gold blend 'fist shake' as a response to said Merc driver, as he beeped his horn to signal the fact that he was actually directly behind you.

Mirror: the use of which was to see how close said Merc driver would get as you slammed on your brakes, and continued to do so for no good intention whatsoever.

Can I also add that the definition of "Manoeuvre" is a deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill - both of which incidently you clearly lack, along with any common sense or respect for road users and their lives.

As the tv ads say - "I've got your number"

K
 
Andy...

Sorry to hear of your mis-fortune . . . glad no injuries, sounds like others were less fortunate though. What an idiot . . . in the fog as well just makes it even worse !

I have been held up today by no less than 3 accidents, all in the outside lanes of the M1, M25, and M4, and 2 involving a . . . wait for it . . . BMW !! I had better keep quiet though, as the 3rd one involved a W124 coupe . . . hope it was nobody on here . . .

No police on scene at any of them . . . methinks they had rather a busy day today . . either that or they had only just happened.

Bad luck that you missed Top Gear . . . although at least you've seen it all once before . . . never mind about the shopping though eh'.

S.
 
Seems to have a been day for it.

Whilst my own situation this morning was nothing by comparison to Andys - twas slighly scary all the same. Below is the story as posted on Pistonheads.

K

Can I please take this opportunity to remind the
censored.gif
imbecile in the red Pug 306 who joined the M3 southbound at Junction 4 this morning at approximately 08:05am, that the correct procedure for changing lanes is:
Mirror
Signal
Manoeuvre


Not the procedeure you carried out which was:

Manoeuvre: join the M3 then sweep across all 3 lanes in one move, avoiding hitting the merc in the outside lane doing approximately 65mph only because he slammed on his brakes and swerved towards the inside grass verge. Fortunately he did this, otherwise you have driven straight into him.

Signal: the nescafe gold blend 'fist shake' as a response to said Merc driver, as he beeped his horn to signal the fact that he was actually directly behind you.

Mirror: the use of which was to see how close said Merc driver would get as you slammed on your brakes, and continued to do so for no good intention whatsoever.

Can I also add that the definition of "Manoeuvre" is a deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill - both of which incidently you clearly lack, along with any common sense or respect for road users and their lives.

As the tv ads say - "I've got your number"

K
 
Posted twice - apologies - SQL errors !

K
 
Glad to hear you are both OK Andy, again, thanks for your efforts in organising the day, shame you couldn't be with us.
 

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