AA handing out free helmets.

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    wafflycat Guest

    I'm trying to think of a suitable analogy without being offensive (not to
    any indivdual, but in general terms aimed at the AA), but I think I'm
    failing. Isn't that a bit like offering a burka to women to wear in order to
    prevent assault? And if they refuse to take one and something dreadful
    happens, why it's their own fault! Would be much better if the AA indulged
    in a bit of driver education as to why when motoring, we need to be aware of
    and take account of the needs of more vulnerable road users. To do otherwise
    looks remarkably like placing the blame on the victims.
     
    wafflycat, Apr 15, 2011
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    Or the Klan handing out white face makeup to blacks to prevent lynching.

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    Simon Brooke Guest

    That is actually an extremely good analogy, Yes. But it's worse than
    that, because it's the AA's membership (or at least their target
    market) who pose the risk. So it's a bit like the British National
    Party handing out burkas.
    Hear, hear.

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    Owen Dunn Guest

    Harrumph. I'm sure you didn't intend to put the AA (or even AA
    members) on a par with the BNP, but I am having a bit of difficulty
    avoiding being offended here...

    (S)
     
    Owen Dunn, Apr 16, 2011
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    Marc Guest

    Don't avoid it, be offended.

    Then go to the AA and tell them their actions have offended you.
     
    Marc, Apr 16, 2011
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    Simon Mason Guest

    I just got in from work and approaching a mini roundabout, I gave a right
    turn signal. The car coming in from my left was not going to give way
    judging by its speed, but I kept going. The car overshot the give way lines
    and then did an emergency stop just in time. I stopped and pointed at the
    car bonnet and laughed.

    It was an AA driving instructor on his own!
     
    Simon Mason, Apr 21, 2011
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    Ian Jackson Guest

    I'm not sure whether I want to be criticising someone else's riding,
    based on their own report here, but: weren't you worried that the
    driver might have not have seen you ? As you put it it sounds quite
    hair-raising, and a kind of situation I would try to avoid.

    I'll certainly deliberately put myself in the way of someone to force
    them to give way or whatever, but only if I'm sure they've seen me!

    Sadly I had to learn the hard way that a green light and an empty
    junction doesn't mean someone won't shoot out through their red light,
    emerge from behind a blind corner, and crash into me.
    Probably on the phone organising the next lesson ...
     
    Ian Jackson, Apr 26, 2011
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    No - I was in control all the time and could have come to a stop
    before he hit me had he not chosen not to stop. He had seen me
    alright, but then decided to play a game of chicken to see if I would
    back down. It is quite common as is the incident that happened twice
    today.

    Two lanes of traffic, most of which is in the overtaking lane. I am
    doing about 25 mph in the bus lane when a car in the overtaking lane
    decides to make a right turn. Cue several cars then attempting to
    undertake this car without checking their nearside door mirrors first
    to find me nearly alongside. A few yells usually does the trick.
     
    Simon Mason, Apr 26, 2011
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    Ian Jackson Guest

    Oh, good. That wasn't quite clear to me from your description.
    Indeed, that kind of incident is common for me too.
     
    Ian Jackson, Apr 26, 2011
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