Hot hatch death race

I absolutely despise dangerous drivers. Driving is frustrating enough without idiots driving around like they’re on GTA and causing accidents and heartbreak for families. Not to mention the impact that racing around has on insurance premiums when there is an accident caused by someone driving dangerously. So you can imagine my delight when I read about two “boy racers”, racing their “hot hatches” on the dual carriageway of the A1.

Mohammed Abdul-Wahid, 32, was driving a high performance VW Golf R32 when he raced stranger, Ryan at speeds of more than 120mph. Ryan, 23, was driving a Honda Civic Type-R when he ended up on the same section of the carriageway as Abdul-Wahid. 

Prosecutors told the court that the pair had began racing each other at high speed in the early hours of the morning (4:30am to be exact) as they headed south on the A1 near Bowes Incline. Ryan lost control of his car and crashed, suffering major injuries, however, nothing could be done to save him. Witnesses also told the court that Abdul-Wahid went to overtake Ryan but had not been able to and the two cars ended up side by side, doing up to 124mph. 

Abdul-Wahid, who was on bail, was remanded in custody and was warned by Judge P Sloan QC that he faces a substantial prison sentence. Sentencing is adjourned until the 29th of July (2016). 

Now it’s all well and good having a high performance car to show off to your mates but it is pointless having it if you can’t handle the power it puts out. How many accidents are caused on Britains roads each year by dangerous drivers? Too many in my opinion. 

I mean giving a 23 year-old a Honda Civic Type-R, capable of 146mph, is just screaming for a fatality but Abdul-Wahid is 32, he should know better than to be racing around like he is part of Fast and the Furious. Then again he had a Golf, and I have noticed that the majority of Golf drivers have zero common sense and shit driving skills… But what was racing actually going to achieve? There are no prizes for breaking the speed limit, there are no medals for being reckless behind the wheel of a car. The only outcome is exactly what has happened. Let’s just hope his sentence is satisfactory to his crime and not just a cushy few weeks in prison. 

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A rant about drivers

Another article on the Daily Mail’s website had my blood boiling as I read about the idiots in the BMW’s which collided on the M1.

It got me thinking about the argument I’d had earlier this week about the kind of people who drive BMW’s. Has anyone ever noticed that BMW drivers usually drive right up your arse or cut in front of you? They always drive as if they’re the only ones on the road and, hell, if one is behind you then get out of the way or they’ll be on your bumper for until they can undertake you.

They are pure idiots. And I don’t know why they drive around like they’re superior over other road users, so what they have a BMW, big deal. What do they want? A medal?

The accident on the M1 involved two BMW’s racing, they collided at 140 mph and it resulted in 2 people being killed and the M1 being closed for 6 hours, inconveniencing hundreds of people and making driving even more frustrating for those who just wanted to get to their destinations.

However, I fail to understand, why it seemed like such a good idea to race in the first place? I mean surely they knew there would be a risk of an accident or fatality if something went wrong?

It’s selfish idiots like this who put the insurance premiums up. Careful drivers get penalised because of a few big-headed losers who can’t handle the size of their engines. Drivers like this need to seriously grow up and realise the dangers they are putting other road users in when they decided to ‘race’ on a motorway.

“Oh look at me I can get my car to 140 mph!” And? Doesn’t make you great pal, just makes you reckless and completely stupid.

Thinking of this, however, it isn’t just BMW drivers who are the idiots. It seems to be Audi drivers too.

I was going home on Saturday, doing 60mph on the single carriageway of the A1 and an Audi driver pulls out right in front of me, causing me to slam on my breaks because if I didn’t I would have gone into him. Arsehole! And of course it wouldn’t of been his fault would it?

What possesses these people to drive like complete idiots? When they go to the garage do they put their brains down as deposits for their cars?! I mean why the hell do they need to act like they own the roads?

I drive a Vauxhall Astra, I pay road tax and insurance just like they do, and you don’t see me driving like I have a death wish. I just hope that racing around is worth it because if you drive over 100mph and the police see you, its an instant ban from driving. But that’s not my problem is it?

A rant about oldies

Being late is annoying enough but being late and getting stuck behind an oldie, driving at 20mph on a 60mph road, is infuriating! The roads between where I live and the a1 are all country lanes, where overtaking is impossible. So you can imagine how annoying it became when I got stuck behind a Ford Fusion pottering along at 20mph and breaking every time there was a slight bend un the road or a puddle. Unfortunately I was stuck behind this driver until I got to the a1 because every time I was about to pass there was either a blind corner or an oncoming vehicle. This got me thinking about old people. Why do they potter around at slow-ass mph and generally take the piss while they’re on the roads? What is that all about? Its not going to kill you if you take it up to 40 or even 50 mph! Just put your bloody foot down! The other thing which gets me about oldies is when they’re out shopping. Why have they got to have a full on conversation with the cashier? It just holds people up and makes everyone late because they’re fannying on. Like the other day, I was in the Co-op and there was an old couple in front of me getting served. They paid for their shopping then decided they wanted the lottery on, then they decided to buy some raffle tickets and finally had a full on conversation with the cashier about the hamper they’d get if thy on the raffle… I DON’T CARE! I just want to get my shopping and be on my way. I don’t want to be standing in a queue for 10 minutes just because some oldies can’t make up their minds about a couple of poxy raffle tickets! I eventually got served and went back to my car thinking that I couldn’t possibly get stuck behind another dithery driver. I was wrong, this time I got stuck behind an oldie at the petrol station. Just my luck. Before I even thought about getting out of the car I had to wait because they had taken up two pumps by parking in the middle of them. So I had to wait. I waited and waited, noticed that the car was only a 1.2 so shouldn’t take that long to fill up. Was still waiting five minutes later. Finally they put the petrol cap back on and opened the door to get their money out of the car. They then went in to pay for their petrol and came back out only to spend an age in the car before pulling away. I got my petrol, paid and was on the way to uni. I unfortunately got caught up behind the oldies who were at the garage and was stuck behind them all the way from the petrol station to the a1, again with no way of passing them. By the time I pulled up at uni I was stressed to the max with driving. Luckily I knew the drive home would be better as there’s not as many oldies on the roads after 9pm… thank God! I then started thinking about speeding. Motorist’s get stopped for speeding because its classed as dangerous driving so shouldn’t driving too slow be classed as a driving offence too? Yes it poses less of a risk to pedestrians but it poses a bigger risk to other road users as they’re having to break hard to slow down which means the people behind them have to do the same and so on. This effect will eventually end up causing a collision of some sort. And who will it be down to? Not the oldies who have caused the traffic to slow down in the first place, that’s for sure. No I think that if you’re holding traffic up on a national speed limit road and an accident occurs due to your slow driving, you should be convicted for it. Simple as that. I also think people should have to take a driving test every year after the age if 60. It would make life a lot easier for the motorist’s who just want to get on with their day without unnecessary delays. The drive home was much better and as soon as I got on to the a1 my car was constantly at 60 mph.

Invasion of the taxi cam

We officially live in a Big Brother style society, with camera’s everywhere we look it is surprising anyone can have any privacy these days… Well we can’t even have privacy in taxi’s anymore as from the 15th April next year, Oxford Council will be enforcing a new procedure to have CCTV camera’s fitted into taxi’s.

“All taxis licensed for the first time by Oxford City Council must have the equipment installed from April 6 next year, while cabs which are already registered will have until April 2015 to get the camera fitted, the council said.”- Daily Mail.

I can see the good thing behind it as it would cut back on the crime and assaults taxi drivers suffer but I don’t think the Council should have the right to enforce it. I think it should be up to the drivers if they have camera’s installed in their cabs.

“The council will pay £100 towards the cost of the camera’s” so the other £300 comes from? They cannot expect the owners of the taxi’s to shell out £300 towards a camera to go in every car! And where are they planning to put this? If it is to be wired and fixed in a certain position then surely the car will have to be adapted for it, which means more cost for the owner of the taxi. So £100 isn’t really going to go very far is it?

And once one Council starts this then other councils will follow. And then you have the privacy of the drivers who are just doing their job, why should they have to be filmed all the time? Surely it is a breach of their privacy? Yes there are assaults etc but is it really that common to bring these regulations in? Why tar all drivers with the same brush? Not all taxi drivers assault their passengers and not all passengers assault their driver so why is that the main argument for being monitored?

Or is it just another way for the Government to make money out of people? Obviously they will have their say in all of this, so why don’t they pay the drivers the £400 for having the camera installed instead of spending millions on things we don’t need, like the Olympic Stadium, for example!

Country is in debt… Lets build a billion pound stadium that will be used for 17 days! Yes that is totally the answer, it will solve all of our problems! The country is ran but fucking idiots.

“The footage will not be routinely viewed, but will be kept for 28 days on a CCTV hard-drive in case it is needed following a specific incident.” So what the is the point?! IF it is needed? And what if it isn’t? What then? These camera’s might be in place for years and might not actually catch anything happening.

Nope, I think it is just going to make the public even more paranoid about their privacy. Soon people won’t venture outdoors in case their every move is being caught on camera. Surely we, the general public, need to consent to being filmed? If not then is that not classed as voyeurism? I think there is still a lot of things the bright sparks behind this haven’t thought of.

Upsetting the Daily Mail Community

Here’s a couple of the headlines I just had to comment on today on the Daily Mail’s website! Seriously I think the Great British public can now officially say the country is screwed.

Drug-dealing dwarf spared jail so he can keep his specially adapted home

Has the justice system gone completely insane?! So what if he loses his adapted home! He has broken the law and should be punished like every other offender. Does this mean that if someone in a wheelchair is dealing drugs they will also be let off because they will have an “adapted” home? Or is it because he is black AND a dwarf? Because you can guarantee if he was white he would have been sent to prison straight away.
He will not learn from being released, he will just continue to commit drugs offences because he will plead the same sob story and get away with it time and time again.

I am more than sure that a prison cell could be specially adapted for him, it is just the great British public taking sympathy on him because he has a number of medical conditions. But do other prisoners not have medical conditions such as paranoid schizophrenia and depression?
Take splat! Hell hath no fury as angry mother chases clamper round car park with a bucket of sludge after son’s car is clamped

Doesn’t matter if he had parked up for 2 minutes while he got change for the meter, he was still parked illegally when he was clamped. She had no right to do what she did especially as the man was just doing his job. He clamped the car because it didn’t have a ticket, how was the man suppose to know that the driver would be back in 2 minutes? He can’t take the risk and is therefore just following the orders of his employer.

And besides, if you’re going somewhere and you know you will need change for a parking meter, is it not common sense to make sure you have the change BEFORE you get to the car park?

My Con

Ford have announced plans for the release of the My Key in the UK as it is already available in the US.

The My Key means parents can limit the speed, pre-set the speed and even limit how loud the stereo can be played. Other features include; reminders to slow down, fasten seatbelts and check when fuel is low. Ford’s P Mascarena stated that the My Key is for parents to have peace of mind.

Safety campaigners argue that driving too slow can be dangerous in certain situations and urged more to be done about young drivers attitudes being changed.

Now is it just me or can anyone else see a flaw with this? For a start, it doesn’t matter about limiting the speed because young drivers, especially boy racers, are still going to tear around at stupid mph. Limiting the speed does not stop them trying to drift around country lanes at 60-70 mph does it? No. Then there is the reminder to wear your seatbelt, unless I am pretty much mistaken cars already have a sensor that notifies the driver to put on their seatbelt by making a really loud annoying beeping noise.
As for limiting the volume of the stereo, well that is just a complete waste of time and reminding them to slow down is just like talking to a brick wall as they won’t take any notice whatsoever.

So how much is the My Key? Well there is nothing really on the internet about prices, but seen as the My Key will only work on new Fords then you will be looking at a starting price of £8548 and that is just for a basic model KA, which may not include the My Key feature (Of course, Ford could make it easier if they had this small detail on their website).

Nothing is going to stop young drivers acting like idiots, it is just another money making con to get people sucked into buying a brand new car.

Motorists causeway too much trouble

Car stuck at Lindisfarne More than £42,00 of the British taxpayer’s money was spent on sea rescues at Holy Island in the past 3 years. The following statistics are alarming, to say the least:

  • In 2008 the Sea King MK3 helicopter made two rescues lasting two hours, which ran up a bill of £20,715.
  • In 2009 the RAF helicopter was used for 45 minutes which cost £9,321.
  • And in 2010, another RAF helicopter rescue took place, lasting an hour and costing £12,429.
The MoD spokesman quoted to the news “The taxpayer meets those costs, but those rescued don’t have to pay anything.”
The cost of the £12,429 an hour includes; four crew members, fuel and constant regular maintenance of the Sea King helicopter. But it is not just the RAF that the rescues affect, it is also the RNLI lifeboat service that suffer insignificant spending costs of rescuing motorists from the causeway and has been used 20 times within the past 4 years.
The rescues cost Seahouses RNLI an alarmingly £1,200, which, like the RAF, includes; fuel, maintenance, crew costs, training and equipment.  Ian Clayton, Operations Manager of Seahouses RNLI reported that all the income they receive is donated by the public and the money spent on causeway rescues would have helped to purchase more equipment for the service.
So with the amount of trouble motorists cause by not checking the tide times, it is not surprising that the people who reside on Lindisfarne have came up with a solution to stop the motorists getting stuck. They have suggested that there are electric gates put up to stop motorists crossing when there is water on the causeway. Which I think is a really good idea.
The amount of money that is spent rescuing motorists who ignore advice about checking crossing times and warnings about not crossing while there is water on the causeway could be used in so many more ways. The money could go towards renewing equipment, recruiting new crew members and could even be put towards a new lifeboat.
If I had my way, I would rescue them but they would be issued with a court summons and I would make them pay for the services that had to be used due to their ignorance. Surely that is only fair? Obviously, they would pay it by so much per month, like what most people who are fined thousand do, but it certainly would get the message across.
So if you are thinking of planning a trip across to Holy Island, then please check the crossing times before you set off. They can be found online at http://www.northumberlandlife.org/holy-island.

A cycle rant

Like many drivers I hate cyclists.

They use the roads, cause people to slow right down and generally just piss people off. So I have come up with a solution…

If cyclists insist on using the road (because the stuff the council put down on cycle paths knack up their tyres) then they should have to pay road tax and insurance like any other road user. And I also think that they should have to go through a test like every other road user, because some of them are a bloody danger to themselves never mind motorists.

What go me riled about this today was when I was at the Moor Farm round about waiting to go back up the spine road. I started pulling away when I got a green light and out of nowhere this cyclist came bombing across the road infront of my car. And he had the nerve to give me the fingers!

I drove home riled as ever and just as I was coming into Amble, what should I happen to get stuck behind? Yep, a cyclist. I over took him and finally managed to get home without wanting a nervous breakdown.

But getting back to my point, do cyclists not use the road like everyone else? Do they not cause wear and tear on the roads surface like other vehicles do? And why is it always the drivers fault if they are in an incident with a cyclist? Surely if the cyclist hadn’t have been on the road it wouldn’t have happened?!

What really annoys me is when you see cyclists on the spine road, its a bloody 60-70mph road ffs! Anyone cycling on there has obviously got a death wish. Or is mentally incapable of realising that they will die if a car hits them while coming around a blind bend.

I don’t know. Yeah fine it’s healthy etc but is there any full need to slow other traffic down just because you want to go on a bike ride? And the people who ‘cycle to work’ get a bloody car! The rest of us have places to be too you know, and we don’t want to be stuck behind you, just because you prefer to be ‘kinder to the environment’. News flash: You won’t make a single difference to the planets environmental state on your own so you might as well get a car and get to the places you want to be quicker and safer.

Phew. Rant over. Its 12:25am and I am going to bed to have sweet dreams of a world where cyclists have to pay road tax and insurance or are banned from using the roads. Ahhh wouldn’t that be bliss?

Road rage and a rant about driving.

I was on my way back home this morning and I was stuck behind a blue/black Zafira. I swear to god they must have indicators as optional extras! The driver decided to slam their breaks on and then turned into the junction without any warning. WTF? Did they steal their license?

And what is it when I am driving? You can guarantee that I will always get stuck behind some slow ass driver. Every single time! And it always seems to happen when I am in a hurry to get somewhere. What goes through these peoples minds? “Oh look here comes a girl in a Punto. She looks like she is in a hurry. Let’s just take the piss and slow down”. Grrr

Now I know you must be thinking “OMG she has a Punto! Is she insane?” But I love my Punto, aka Lil Blu, it’s my pride and joy and yes I will admit that it has had it’s problems but what proud car owner hasn’t had problems? Even brand new cars can go wrong.

Another thing that has got me riled at the moment is the petrol prices. Seriously what is going on? I live 30 miles away from Newcastle and just to get to the Metro Centre and back costs me just over £10. It’s mad! Luckily my Punto is only a 1.2 because if I had anything bigger I would be ripping the engine out and replacing it with hamsters in wheels, to power the bloody thing. But I don’t think hampster power will ever take off, due to the animal cruelty thing. But surely they had to get the word horsepower from somewhere?

But then again animal power might be a better way to travel considering the amount of pot holes there are on the roads. Yes, I can just picture myself arriving at work on a horse. And why not? It would be cheaper than paying the petrol prices and it would also cut down on CO2 emissions, which everyone seems do hyped up about. And it has to be less expensive buying horseshoes than replacing springs and tyres on your car, which you have damaged on one of the pot holes, which the council can’t be bothered to fill in.

Staying on the subject about pot holes. There are some right monsters around where I live. They are more live meteor holes than pot holes. They are that big! If the cemeteries get full they can just bury the bodies in some of the pot holes around Alnwick! It’s a good thing I don’t own a Smart Car or it would be completely stuck.

And with pot holes you also get idiot drivers, who would rather come right across onto your side of the road, and also nearly crash into you, just to avoid driving over a pot hole. Where is the sense in that?

I could never live without my car but driving is so frustrating at times. Especially in bad weather. You can guarantee that when it is snowing, you will get some asshole in a 4×4 taking the piss by belting around. Its as if they are saying “oh look at me, I have a jeep, therefore I won’t skid.” Bollocks! It just means that you are a tosser and when I pass you in about 10 minutes time, you will be in a hedge and I will point and laugh!

Seriously is there any full need? Why bother tearing around acting the hard nut? But on the other hand there is really no need to take the piss and go so slow that a cyclist, with road rage, is likely to pass you?