Driving in UK on Fridays  

cindi1977 41F
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8/18/2006 2:04 pm

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8/21/2006 5:43 am

Driving in UK on Fridays


I had a meeting with a Big Blue chip company on the south coast today. Driving down I used the M3, past Winchester ( ) and saw the traffic going back towards London was grid-locked.

After a good meeting, I though I'd go the other way - head towards Brighton then up the A3.

There was a huge queue (line in the US lol) just outside Portsmouth. Crawling at 5 mph we went into a single lane to pass a caravan (trailer) turned on its side. How can anyone be so selfish as to drive so badly that they not only destroy probably their third most valuable asset (after home and car) but totally screw up the afternoon for thousands of people doing their best to get home for the weekend?

After that progress was good until about 10 miles before Guildford when traffic ground to a halt. The crawl lasted an hour, round the Devil's Punchbowl (an interesting geographical feature if you're a tourist) to find an articulated truck broken down in the single carriageway section and police directing traffic around the lane obstruction.

Again, how can a truck driver be so incompetent as to ignore the signs that his truck is about to stop working, thus screwing up the weekend for thousands of people who are heading for the coast and their holidays (or just going home to chill out)?

So a journey that should have taken just over an hour took me two and a half.

I don't normally agree to Friday meetings out of town, but the traffic around here has been so quiet since the school holidays started that I thought it was a safe risk to take. Not any more!

Anyway, a take away curry and a few glasses of chardonnay has eased the pain and now I'm chilled and feeling horny.

rm_jonny_rixxx 43M
1 post
8/18/2006 3:59 pm

You should have stayed down on the South Coast. Plenty of fun to be had if you know where to look.

Enjoy your wine


4affair2 60M

8/18/2006 10:14 pm

Don't you just hate traffic like that? Here, RI in US, traffic is always getting messed up and sometimes you can't even figure out why, other than that there are a lot of lousy drivers. A short 5 mile trip can take 20 min or more. Sometimes seeing the way some people drive, it scares me that we're on the same road.


ColB74 43M

8/19/2006 3:30 am

Past Winchester () eh? lol

I've driven both those routes several times and your best option, should you make the journey again, is persevere with the M3. The traffic tends to be congested London bound in the morning and Winchester () bound in the evening. There are too many places for things to go wrong going through Guildford on the A3.

Uncanny coincidence that as we were chatting we were both enjoying a glass of chardonnay. I was just about to open another bottle when you pulled the plug, inadvertently saving me from a headache this morning, thanks


cindi1977 41F

8/19/2006 12:13 pm

Guys, thanks for the empathy. I can never understand how people choose to do "road rage" - but I do find it frustrating when people are so selfish and inconsiderate.

Though why should I expect men to behave any differently when driving than anywhere else? lol

Tonight I am mostly drinking Pinot Grigio (Fast Show reference).


ColB74 43M

8/19/2006 12:30 pm

I keep some classical music in my car for those road rage incidents...not the 1812 overture though!

I'm back on the Robert Mondavi Chardonnay tonight


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