Saturday, January 24, 2009

Volvo Drivers

I've been back home from the south coast of New South Wales for a couple of weeks now and haven't found the time to blog much.  Lots to say and so little time.   However, I thought I'd mention this observation and ask whether it is the same in other parts of the world.

On our last nigh of holiday we decided to have fish and chips for dinner.  Now in a seaside town during the high holiday season that usually means waiting up to an hour for the food after ordering.  Generally it's worth the wait and I usually take a book to read while I'm waiting anyway.

On this night as i drove down the main street a volvo driver decided to stop in the middle of the road in front of me, no indicator, no spare car space for him to wait for, he just decided to prop.  Being in holiday mode myself I probably showed a bit more patience than usual and waited behind him, figuring that sooner or later he would decide what he wanted to do.  But he didn't.  And as I sat and watched as a couple of minutes rushed by I saw around 20 other people enter the fish and chip shop ahead of me.   Already resigned to a long wait I knew it would be longer because that Volvo driver was totally oblivious to everyone else around him.

Then on the way home the next day I found myself passing another Volvo driver around a dozen times.  He would slow down on the sections of the Princes Highway that had double lines or many curves where there was no opportunity to pass and then when an overtaking lane appeared he would move from 20 kph below the speed limit to 10 above it.  What do these people think?  Is it a deliberate ploy to make the rest of the non-Volvo world angry?   Anyway I'd speed up enough to pass him, then slow back down to the speed limit only to find he would pass me again and wait until we hit the no passing areas before once again dropping to 20kph below the speed limit.

So tell me - have you noticed the same type of behaviour from volvo drivers where you come from?

7 comments:

skipper said...

I find two varieties of Volvo drivers - those that drive beyond safe, and are very slow and risk averse. If they have a white Volvo, they fall into this category. If they drive a black Volvo, they are usually quite arrogant, and think that because they drive Scandinavia's best, no one should even consider trying to be better than they are...

PS for more comprehensive understanding of the average Volvo driver, I recommend the movie "Crazy People" with Dudley Moore and Darryl Hannah ;)

People in the Sun said...

When someone drives too close behind me, I'll slow down gradually, and then when the guy behind drives really slow behind me, I'll speed up and leave him behind so others will honk at him for driving too slow. It's more of making the guy behind me look stupid than road rage. Okay, maybe it's not the smartest thing in the world but as long as there's a law against shooting these people, that's all I can do.

Loz said...

Skipper I'll take particular notice of the colour next time :)

Loz said...

People - If volvo drivers don't improve then they will be the cause of more road rage.

Romany Angel said...

I think speed limits are generally very conservative so when some twit sits right under the limit it annoys the crap out of me. Sadly this infuriating practice is not limited to Volvo drivers where I come from.

My second biggest pet peeve is when someone slow sits right next to someone equally as slow and prevents anyone from getting anywhere.

It's a miracle to me that a lot of them seem genuinely unaware of everything and everyone around them and that makes them a real danger on the road.

Golden To Silver Val said...

Some people are inconsiderate and just plain ignorant....no matter what they're driving. There really is no cure for them....or excuse.

Blur Ting said...

O dear.My best friend's a Volvo driver and my brother used to drive one. I doubt they would stop their car in the middle of the street and annoy the hell out of people.