Two cars meet on a single track road, neither driver wants to back
September 11, 2010 1:52pm CST
Here in UK there are many single track lanes, where two cars cannot pass. Now it is possible to meet a car coming in the other direction at a point where there is no passing place in either direction without backing round a blind corner. An action that entails a degree of risk. Sometimes this happens in UK and neither driver will back. This might lead to delay, angry words or even a fight. I wonder what happens in countries like US where habitual wearing of sidearms is common? all the best urban
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• United Kingdom
11 Sep 10
Near to my my mom's locality there are pockets of rural land where there are narrow country lanes. Two cars have difficulty passing in many spots. So one of the cars must go into a passing point so the other car can get passed. One time I was in the car of a friend. I was about thirty something weeks pregnant. We were driving along that a stretch of road that is two way but narrow. My friend showed his terrible road rage. A man in a car asked him to back his car. My friend said no and when the man got cross he jumped out of his car and it looked like he was going to punch the man on the nose. I felt terrified. I hadn't liked him swearing at the man or the threatening behavior. I wanted run off as fast as I can. I ran down the hill and across a green. I walked along some footpaths and kept away from the road where I thought my friend's car might be. I found a footpath that went down to a pub. I went into the pub and called my mom on my mobile phone. She came to get me and I stayed at her house avoiding my friend.
12 Sep 10
In America, the driver of the smaller or newer or more expensive car will allow the other to pass. Unless they don't give a hoot about their car and don't care if it gets crashed. Contrary to popular belief, Americans don't have sidearms. It's against the law in most cities to carry a loaded weapon unless you are a cop or one of the few with a permit for it. .
12 Sep 10
Well the only way to move on is for one of the two to yield. Problems like this get worse when the two drivers are men because usually pride and ego are involved and no one would give way. If I were the one in that situation, I would immediately give way so as to allow my car to move.
• United States
12 Sep 10
I guess road rage just doesn't belong to one country. We can find it anywhere. It can take something as sinple as passing by another car to bring it on. I don't think that some people ever think of a risk they may be taking when they feel road rage coming on. You just don't know what may happen.
11 Sep 10
Over the years have used many single track country lanes, but have never had any problem (particularly when I lived in the English county of Devon). But then again, if I feel that really it should be the other driver going back, wait a while and they don't, then I will go back myself, rather than get stressed about it. The worst thing I find about driving, it being held back behind someone driving at a snail's pace (get out of my *@$^+ way, you &£$£%$^% £^&%!!!) and other things not repeatable on a family website.