Everyone's Worse Nightmare Today

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  1. Gandhi

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    Going around a corner at about 30 mph on a country lane in the depths of mid Wales, the road suddenly drops away into a very steep slope, the road narrows to one vehicle width and yep there it is - a dirty great tractor with a trailer in tow coming up it!

    To say I stood on the brakes is no understatement!
    :eek:

    If I can figure how to crop it I'll upload the video from the dash cam later. (Ignore the fruity language I doubtless splurted out)
     
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  2. Larrynwin

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    Changed your pants yet ?:Eeek:
     
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  3. Gandhi

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    I kid you not Larry I literally stood on the brakes!

    A trouser incident wasn't that far off.
     
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  4. Jonkil

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    Yep...
    They do tend to turn up in farming communities !....
    Hope you got sorted out OK.
     
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  6. Gandhi

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    Jonkil you had to see how it just appeared on the worse bend on the worse road I've ever seen. The road just suddenly went from a gentle slope to on a blind bend to a 1 in 10 drop with hedges either side. How the hell I managed to slow down and get past will always amaze me. It was bloody horrifying.

    The Werthers Original I'd been sucking on was ground to dust!
     
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    I really don't like the builders trucks when the mirrors hang out a mile and those buggers just do not slow down, it's not theirs to worry about :Eeek:
     
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    The best bit of advice I had was on a bike safe course with a copper on his police PanEuropean as was mine. We stopped for a chat and he said that the only speed to go round a corner at is the speed you can stop in the road you can see. If there's a tractor stopped round that corner will you be able to stop in time? The answer was not usually but it stuck in my mind and I do go round blind bends at a greatly reduced speed now................................. But not greatly enough sometimes :LOL: :eek::eek::eek:
     
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    you got past? not a west country narrow road then, hee hee
     
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    Travelling at thirty MPH on a blind bend in my perception, is driving without due care and attention to varying road and traffic conditions.

    Certainly wouldn't have passed any bikesafe courses or other tests I have taken doing that.
     
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    Where we live, you can almost guarantee there is going to be some combination of tractor and implement around the next bend and always drive according, this is not intended as a put down on the op, it all depends where you do most of your driving, if you live and do most of your driving around town, it's not something you expect, but in the country please expect the worse.
     
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  12. John Laidler

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    And take blind bends wide - so you see further round them. Not suggesting the OP wasn't, but it is something not generally known.
     
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    & use the air horns in advance . I do ,always. Specially on left handers as the amount of cars that will come around the bend over the white line is unbelievable.
     
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    I drive round corners as though my mother might be coming the other way :D

    she drives the widest Yaris Verso Toyota ever built, always needs all of her side and half of the other :LOL:

    be warned, I will not tell you where she lives, so you all need to presume she lives near you (y):)
     
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    Not always slow moving farm machinery either.

    Expect young chesney in his clapped out Corsa with the drainpipe exhaust doing warp speeds.
     
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    I get what you're all saying but seriously learn from my heart stopping near-miss. It's horrible. I'm going to creep round 'em again in future :unsure:
     
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    Were you watching TV at the time :)
     
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    Your policeman friend was right you do need to be able to stop in the distance you can see to be clear but on a narrow or single track Road you should be looking at doubling that distance.
    A reminder to everyone where luckily no damage or injury occurred.
     
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    Sounds like inappropriate speed for the road to me?

    Excellent advice (y)

    That's cool. It's great when people can learn from their mistakes. Especially cool when they are able to publicly admit it and offer it up as a lesson for others (y)(y)(y)(y) Nice one :)
     
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    PS: Where is the video?
     
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