‘Audi drivers, white van man and the elderly’: Cyclist rates his worst road users01/22/2022
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Cycling enthusiast Paul Turner spends many a day riding through the Welsh countryside – so much time in fact that he has compiled a list of drivers he feels are the worst and most dangerous around.
While Audi drivers top the list of vehicles Paul worries about seeing over his shoulder, other motorists bear the brunt of his anger too, including boy racers, older drivers, white van men and farmers on tractors.
In a long rant posted online Paul said: “After riding thousands of miles of Welsh hills I’ve spotted quite a few trends when it comes to the types of motorists I’ve found are the least patient and respectful of cyclists, along with the types of vehicles they drive.
“This is by no means a scientific evaluation and other cyclists may have had different experiences.
“I drive a car myself and know it can be tricky sometimes to negotiate cyclists, and you do have to be patient when you’re stuck behind one on a narrow, snaking hill, for example, where it’s difficult to overtake. But in my experience these are the drivers and vehicles I feel I have to watch out for.”
Although Paul shared his dislike of boy racers and Seat, Vauxhall and VW drivers, he reserved the majority of his criticism for Audi drivers, saying: “…sadly, when I glance up after being almost blown off my bike by the rush of very close air, all too often it’s the four circles I see on the back of the vehicle accelerating off into the distance.
“I say ‘accelerating’ – even though it would seem rather unnecessary to still be accelerating when that’s all I could hear them doing as they approached my bike from behind.
“Perhaps Audi drivers are always late and can spare no time, even to wait for the car coming the other way to go past before they overtake me, which they rarely opt for.
“Apparently everyone should get out of their way – they quite clearly own the road.”
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Paul also gets very frustrated with families in larger cars, writing: “Pilots of Picassos and other similar types of vehicle often seem determined to carry their cargo of screaming kids from A-B in as little time as possible.
“It’s understandable I guess – we’ve all had journeys like that.
“But run me over and your journey will no doubt take a whole lot longer.
“At least behind bars, they might get some more peace and quiet.”
The cyclist also gets weary of tradespeople driving from job to job, saying: “Often white van drivers go out of their way to give me and the car coming the other way room. Not often enough though.
“Most of the time I might as well not be there – and the way some of them drive, I probably won’t be for much longer.
“I hear them coming long before they arrive because they are normally bouncing around on the bumpy road with their long wheelbases.
“I do brace for impact on occasion, especially if there is an oncoming driver. Too close, too fast – same old story.”
And elderly drivers aren’t immune from Paul’s fury either. Of them he writes: “As for the elderly. They often have plenty of experience behind the wheel and can be great and considerate drivers.
“But sometimes reactions aren’t quite as quick – as I’ve certainly noticed in myself as my years creep on. They may also have spent their younger years driving on far quieter roads and struggle a little with how busy things are these days.
“I’ve had some older drivers slide by slowly, which is great, but, unfortunately, close enough to shave the hairs on my legs. I’ve glanced over (since I’m practically in the passenger seat anyway) and seen hands gripping the top of the steering wheel and eyes on stalks as they’re so terrified of crossing the white line in the middle of the road when they overtake.
“But it’s at junctions where some have caught my eye. They stare at me as I approach, making me think they’ve seen me and they’re waiting for me to pass, then put their foot to the floor, smoking the tyres and shoot out like a budget Lewis Hamilton in front of me. Thankfully, I’ve learnt to spot the signs now and I’m often ready – but one day, I might not be.”
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