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Can't walk on country roads anymore

  • 30-01-2022 3:32pm
    Registered Users Posts: 849 ✭✭✭ Easten

    idk what has changed but the country roads have gotten mental with traffic. I know people have to use roads but christ the speed some people are doing on these back roads is insane. I used always do a bit of cycling in the spring and Summer but I wouldn't dream of going for a cycle now. Walking on the roads is not safe anymore either, cars don't slow down into blind bends they just drive on as if the road is empty.

    It's at the point now where a few potholes is the only thing that will slow them down. I used to walk the same roads by me to School, now days a parent would need to be done for neglect if they let there kids out on the roads around me as they are not safe.



  • Registered Users Posts: 831 ✭✭✭ Tileman

    Yea same around here. There is a bend near our place and some one is going to get killed of these days with the speed cars take the bend.

    Post edited by Tileman on

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,094 ✭✭✭ thomas anderson.

    Yep same round by me. Even with the 50kph signs and signage people just don't give a ****.

  • Registered Users Posts: 24,058 ✭✭✭✭ Reggie.

    Doing alot of driving on the N52 with slurry the last week and the driving is horrendous. Everyone is in a major panic

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,426 ✭✭✭ Hard Knocks

    Sadly it’s everywhere, local Ag contractor was drawing bales on a back road, a car drove past a gap and had to stop because they then met him, there was stand off and then the car driver got out to tell the contractor to reverse, his reply was there’s a spot just behind the car driver and the next is 1km behind the tractor driver, eventually the car driver pull in.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,991 ✭✭✭ enricoh

    2 massive head on crashes happened a mile up the road from me the last couple of years. Lads in their fancy Audi n BMW both times. Flying along n they won't stay on their side at the bend in case they scrape their alloys. Only sympathy I have is for the lads they plough into.

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Arts Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 44,532 CMod ✭✭✭✭ magicbastarder

    Reminds me of an old dear with a mini lived near us. Several times I met her and I had a tractor and trailer of something. 4 or 5 times she had to get out and let me drive her car past the tractor. She'd just sit in the middle of the road and wait.

    a neighbour of my mother in law used to drive the 4 or 6km to her local supervalu, along almost all country roads, and the reason i say 4 or 6 was that she drove there a different route to the way she drove home, as she was unable or unwilling to turn right.

    that said, that's not really the sort of driver people are complaining about in this thread.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,540 ✭✭✭ kyote00

    You are not alone …. Always meeting cars with a wheel or more over the centre of the road…. Lots of people on phone driving single handed

    I drive the navan/trim/Enfield area of co Meath and it has gotten worse over last 10 years. I have seen cars miss bend completely, catch wheel in soft margin and launch dukes of hazard style

    I now practice ‘defensive driving’ ….. assuming there is some over speed gobsjite on the other side of the bend, keep speed down and good distance to vehicle in front.

  • The road at the home place hasn't been improved despite the increases in traffic. It hasn't seen fresh asphalt in my lifetime. There appears to be no money for fresh surfaces including a footpath while Council still keeps building offices for themselves and housing the idle.

    The road has a justification for existing it just has never been improved and people living maybe 15 km from the local population centre are in a hurry to get there with no regard for road surfaces or safety. The only thing saving lives on these roads is the improved safety of cars.

    I remember a national event was held at a site along this road and the council scrapped back the verges and painted road markings on what was essentially dirt and soil, not asphalt to give the impression the road was tended.

    I requested the local authority put down a wire to count daily usage on the road so that with data there would be a justification to build on ramp and offramp for the bypass so that at least the local village could avoid some of this traffic. That was filed in their wastepaper basket.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,055 ✭✭✭ amacca

    Thankfully a sighting of that kind of moron is relatively infrequent round my place. ..... but you do encounter them from time to time and have to be at least partially fascinated by their lack of intelligence?

  • Registered Users Posts: 248 ✭✭ RaggyDays

    Cars might have gotten safer but the poor old human walking or cycling hasn't evolved so getting clattered by a driver in a hurry isn't good.

    I think that years ago cars were slower to accelerate and stop but drivers were aware of this and drove handy. Today cars can go 0-60 in 6 seconds and back to a stop in under 3 but the problem is the driver is either too stressed to react or doped up on drugs or tapping away on the phone and not paying attention. I agree with the op, the country road belongs to Vehicles only now

  • Registered Users Posts: 27,494 ✭✭✭✭ whelan2

    Have stopped walking on the roads, just do track at whatever football pitch I'm at now. Much safer

  • This should have been addressed with normal road resurfacing and paths over the last 30 years. It has not been addressed.

    During winter the road surfaces get worse as well due to high tight hedges so the frost on the road never thaws.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,074 ✭✭✭ ruwithme

    "Tyres & diesel, not half dear enough yet for many "

    20 year's ago it used to be young lads in cars, now it's young lassies I see round here doing a lot of the ripping & tearing & the young lads are now driving tractors 40 & 50k recklessly.( some oul boys at it too, who should know better)

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,331 ✭✭✭ SuperBowserWorld

    I can see people complaining in the future that'd they never buy a self drive car because it drives too slowly and carefully around country roads.

  • They won't buy self-driving cars because self-driving cars will be passive and submissive and the self-driving car will stop and pull in to the hedges as the "danger" approaches. Once your average aggressive driver figures this out he or she will welcome self-driving cars for everybody but themselves.

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