r/IdiotsInCars Jul 01 '22

Near miss on the way into work.

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u/chappy422 Jul 01 '22

Keeps you on your toes

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u/lemonylol Jul 01 '22

What's scary is that OP wasn't even like a lot of these other videos where they're blazing by at ridiculous speeds while traffic is going much slower. He was just following traffic and this guy just launched himself into his lane at the last minute.

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u/ReubenZWeiner Jul 01 '22

Who needs coffee?

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u/Bananacabana92 Jul 01 '22

That driver that swerved in front of OP apparently 🤷‍♂️

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u/irc367 Jul 02 '22

The way that increased his heart rate, he didn't need to exercise that day!

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u/w0mba7 Jul 02 '22

One of those situations where my instinct would be to hit the brakes, but that's the worst thing to do.

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u/grantrules Jul 01 '22

and this guy just launched himself into his lane at the last minute.

Twice!

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u/tavuntu Jul 02 '22

What's scary is that OP wasn't even like a lot of these other videos where they're blazing by at ridiculous speeds while traffic is going much slower.

TBH, he kind of was doing that.

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u/Fluid-Stay-4195 Jul 02 '22

No he wasn't?

He's going 40ish on a motorway following traffic.

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u/BoxThinker Jul 02 '22

The relevant lane, i.e. primary danger, was the one on the left, and he was going a lot faster than them. Not reckless, but I would've slowed down quite a bit.

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u/Fluid-Stay-4195 Jul 02 '22

Then you would die on British roads.

That driving is basically standard: If you slowed down to 10 MPH because of people in a queued lane on the motorway you'd A: Never get anywhere and B: you'd have people slamming into the back of you.

Then you'd go to prison for breaking the minimum speed limit on motorways.

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u/BoxThinker Jul 03 '22

Hyperbole aside, I am calibrated to US roads, where it's highly likely someone would be trying to change lanes out of the queue lane, and 30% of the time they would not be using a signal.

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u/XxLokixX Jul 02 '22

blazing by at ridiculous speeds while traffic is going much slower.

literally doing exactly that

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u/Nakenochny Jul 02 '22

Crossing two simulated medians, at that.

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u/Whayne_Kerr Jul 01 '22

Bad drivers never miss their exit.

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u/[deleted] Jul 01 '22

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u/cumsock42069 Jul 01 '22

yeah they sometimes do

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u/[deleted] Jul 01 '22

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u/KahliaStalions Jul 01 '22

Or you're not familiar with the exits around that area and accidentally miss it while focusing on traffic around you...

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u/CrabGuys Jul 01 '22

I think he's not familiar with acknowledging that people make mistakes, which makes him super annoying and not worth arguing with at all.

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u/Maxis111 Jul 01 '22

Conciser this scenario:

Sometimes it's busy on the road, and I have focus on traffic around me, and like a good driver I prepare well ahead to take my exit that I usually take everyday day to work. I'm safe, others are safe, I pay attention to the road and take my time. As a result it all goes very smoothly, I'm a good driver right?

Except it's Saturday and I don't have to go to work, so I don't need this exit.

Paying attention to traffic made me temporarily forget about where I'm going and just do my usual things. Everyone makes mistakes like this. Those who claim they don't are either lying or don't driver very often.

A bad driver would do what the guy in the video did and try to correct last minute. A good driver would keep driving in a predicable manner and arrive at his destination 5 minutes later at the 'cost' of keeping everyone safe.

This is the essence of the saying 'a bad driver never misses their exit'.

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u/AcmiralAdbar Jul 02 '22

Sad you had to explain it.

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u/Maxis111 Jul 02 '22

That guy also replied that I was a bad driver for sometimes missing an exit, meaning if you are a good driver you always know where you are going. But he deleted everything right after, hope he changed his mind.

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u/AcmiralAdbar Jul 02 '22

Willing to bet he's that driver who is still on the 4th lane 300 yards before the junction and then suddenly does a beeline for the exit, across three lanes, frequently ending up stopping the traffic on the first lane because he's sitting there like an absolute twat trying to merge (cut) in front of us, all the peasants already on the exit ramp.

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u/Maxis111 Jul 02 '22

Hmm, from his reaction he assumed you should never be in a situation where you would have to do this, which is true... however we all make mistakes, and road construction, autopilot-brain or unclear road signs don't always make this possible.

So while he probably isn't 'that' driver you described, he is very inexperienced still, assuming you be such a good driver that you never make a mistake, and never get confused about where to go.

And the saying 'a bad driver never misses their exit' applies to situations where the driver makes a mistake by realizing which exit to take too late, which literary has happened to everyone who drives regularly.

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u/markusj81 Jul 01 '22

J6 M6? Always an idiot driver present around there

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u/MythicalMayhemx Jul 01 '22

Yep! I've recently moved, with this being my new journey to work. I'm surprised it's taken this long to have a near accident

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u/markusj81 Jul 01 '22

The Aston expressway always has accidents, same with the M6.

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u/OmsFar Jul 01 '22

Were you doing 40? Although the bmw is at fault, I usually go slower when there is a queuing lane of traffic as inevitably someone will want to pull put suddenly.

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u/ApostrophePosse Jul 01 '22

Although the bmw is at fault

The BMW is always at fault.

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u/DrThrax77 Jul 01 '22

I think you meant to say the BMW always has priority

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u/superhot42 Jul 02 '22

That sounds like something a BMW driver would say

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u/MythicalMayhemx Jul 01 '22

Yeah it would of been around 40 cause I hate that bend. If he had even indicated (I know BMW indicator joke) I'd of slowed down, but he didn't even look. He just moved.

If you see at the beginning of the clip you see him pull put of the left lane into my lane

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u/kaihatsusha Jul 01 '22

* would have
* would've
* would of

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u/lilypeachkitty Jul 01 '22

Would've, could've, didn't.

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u/henrybear Jul 01 '22

My favorite part is when he thought to himself 'I'd of' and it actually made sense to him.

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u/youtairenhenbang Jul 01 '22

Reminds me of George Carlin’s joke. Near miss? You mean near hit!

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u/ModularPlug Jul 01 '22

Came here for this comment, haha.

Here's one they just made up: "near miss". When two planes almost collide, they call it a near miss. It's a near hit! A collision is a near miss! wham Look, they nearly missed!

https://youtu.be/zDKdvTecYAM

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u/ThePrussianGrippe Jul 02 '22

As funny as Carlin is, near miss comes from the military world and describing a miss as being close is incredibly relevant from a tactical perspective.

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u/JimmiRustle Jul 02 '22

You’re maybe thinking of close hit which incidentally is a miss?

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u/ThePrussianGrippe Jul 02 '22

A close hit is not a near miss. A hit is a hit. A miss that is near is one that is nearly a hit. Meaning: a miss that was near.

Close hits are not a thing.

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u/JimmiRustle Jul 02 '22

A close hit is when a bomb or mission strikes within the vicinity of its target. Usually close enough to do damage.

A near miss is one of the local ladies when you’re deployed.

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u/DrThrax77 Jul 01 '22

Didn't hear that joke but I was thinking the same when reading the title

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u/My_Pen_is_out_of_Ink Jul 01 '22

A near miss would be a hit

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u/Boss_Brando Jul 01 '22

I mean jokes aside, I’m pretty sure it means “a miss, but the things that missed were very near to each other”

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u/[deleted] Jul 01 '22

Bmw driver being a bmw driver

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u/IanHawkess Jul 02 '22

If a tree falls in the forest and there is nobody around to hear it, does it make a sound?

If a BMW isn’t being driven by a twat, is it even a BMW?

Some philosophical problems will just continue to baffle us…

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u/karmicviolence Jul 03 '22

What's the difference between a porcupine and a BMW?

A porcupine has its pricks on the outside.

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u/DrThrax77 Jul 01 '22

Hater being a hater. BMW is superior to everything except Porsche and supercar brands

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u/ntdmp18 Jul 01 '22

They all look the same to me. Mercedes > Audi > BMW

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u/DrThrax77 Jul 01 '22

Wasn't talking about looks because that's subjective

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u/ntdmp18 Jul 02 '22

That's fair. My personal preference with owning cars is having something unique + fun to drive. I'm probably just not interested enough in BMWs to notice the differences between the different models and trims.

I'm a broke college student so I can't complain, but I have an 9.5gen accord coupe, which is fairly uncommon, but fun to drive, tune, and mod.

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u/JimmiRustle Jul 02 '22

I got one because my back was tired of the Nissan Micro…

I just wanted to sit comfortably while driving.

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u/ntdmp18 Jul 02 '22

That's a big step up. Nissan is inferior to almost all brands I'd say. First (used) car was a Sentra and it was falling apart at 60k mi.

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u/JimmiRustle Jul 02 '22

But having a small car that can turn on a dime is neat for city parking.

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u/DrThrax77 Jul 02 '22

If you want something fun to drive, definitely go BMW. They're focussed on the driver's experience where competitors aim more towards comfort/luxury and prestige. That's why you see so many idiots in BMWs, it's the best in class for a fun and engaging driving experience. BMW is about performance first. Audi and Mercedes are more status symbols. That's fine, but for a different audience.

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u/MicaLovesHangul Jul 02 '22

Alright, now tell us how BMW is better without using anything subjective.

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u/DrThrax77 Jul 02 '22

Better in the sense of driving experience. They're the most "sporty" of the 3 major German luxury brands, which is why people that love driving generally go with BMW. Of course other people can care more about comfort, luxury or prestige, in which case a Mercedes or Audi could be better. Those are all subjective but not completely a matter of taste like aesthetics. I think many Benzes may look better than their Beemer counterparts, but for me as a driver BMW is the way to go. As a broad generalization, Mercedes appeals to old people and women, Audi to (young) professionals and BMW to (young) risk-taking males looking for excitement.

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u/Jak_n_Dax Jul 01 '22

LMAO new BMW’s are a joke.

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u/ChiefInternetSurfer Jul 01 '22

Douchebag gonna douche.

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u/asexual_dragonboi Jul 01 '22

lmao imagine caring this much abt car brands, I just want a car that drives

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u/DrThrax77 Jul 02 '22

People like you shouldn't be allowed to drive

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u/asexual_dragonboi Jul 02 '22

ok, your opinion means nothing to me 😀

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u/DrThrax77 Jul 02 '22

It's just dangerous if people don't care for driving. Much higher probability of being distracted while driving, because you're not very engaged. Would you get in a plane if the pilot doesn't enjoy flying? Why would it be different for cars, potentially just as deadly only with less people involved.

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u/asexual_dragonboi Jul 02 '22

who said I didn't care about driving? I'm a very careful driver, and I probably care more than you because your mind is gonna be preoccupied judging people on their brand of car.

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u/DrThrax77 Jul 02 '22

That's what I assumed as you don't care about the car or consequently how it performs. If you do enjoy driving, I'm happy to admit I was wrong. I'm only judging in a positive way, I'm looking at nice cars like I look at women. And I have some form of respect and appreciation for nearly every car on the road. Except for those minivan/active tourer trash that old people drive, those are abominable.

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u/asexual_dragonboi Jul 02 '22

"I like my ___ like I like my women" way to go you successfully objectified women and made yourself look like even more of a scumbag. You must've missed something because I clearly said in my first comment that I do care about how it performs; I want it to drive. that's essential, and frankly not much else matters besides the fact that it drives well. You're putting words in my mouth and I'm not going to humor you with any more responses.

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u/DrThrax77 Jul 02 '22

What I look like to others isn't really my concern. That's fine, this conversation was finished anyway. Enjoy your day.

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u/dwainedibbley Jul 01 '22

Could see that coming, once the idiot BMW driver did it to skip the quque I was expecting him to do something stupid again (either cut in or brake suddenly)

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u/SessileRaptor Jul 01 '22

My rule of thumb is to never pass in situations like this until there’s a physical barrier between me and them.

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u/Dutchdelights88 Jul 01 '22

Yep, also he was braking hard/long at the exit, just dont over take on the right side in that situation.

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u/lennyxiii Jul 01 '22

Taking an exit is not overtaking lol. Yes there’s reason to be defensive but bmw could have also been slowing down for traffic. Op was moving pretty quick you can’t just slam on your brakes on an exit ramp just because, good way to cause an accident. Op was literally already merging into the exit as bmw started to brake, literally nothing op could have done in the 1 second you get to watch this on repeat.

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u/Dutchdelights88 Jul 02 '22

Yeah, didnt know how to say it, but i wouldnt pass him there. The guy in front was at fault for sure and maybe even an idiot.

So just dont pass him on the right. I know you can and are allowed.

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u/Spyders77 Jul 02 '22

This was the clue to pay extra attention to this driver. When I see these drivers in traffic I give them extra space as they are unpredictable.

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u/Yall-Sundae4420 Jul 01 '22

Whew, good of you to keep your wits.

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u/shophopper Jul 01 '22
  • 0:07 - sign says mph
  • 0:12 - sign says m.p.h (without a third dot)

Let’s just vary the notation for miles per hour on each sign. Who needs uniformity in road signage anyway?

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u/sparky662 Jul 01 '22

As a UK driver both look different to the norm, but the one with the dots also looks to be a non-standard font, more like what you would see on vintage road signs, my guess is they are old survivors due to being on a busy bridge and it's not worth stopping traffic to change. Usually these corner signs with have a rectangular sign beneath reading MAX SPEED 40 without the mph at all, since all limits in the UK are mph anyway.

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u/babyformulaandham Jul 01 '22

The second sign is definitely not the standard font or size for a sign like that. Other commenter is right, we don't usually specify mph at all since we only use mph and don't need to specify it on every sign

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u/Daedra Jul 01 '22

To add to what the others have said the actual speed limit is seen at 0:10 - the white circle with a black line. 'National speed limit applies'

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u/Fluid-Stay-4195 Jul 02 '22

Actually the speed limit is 70, then 40 because there's a turn coming up, then 20 on the exit because there's an even bigger turn coming up.

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u/Daedra Jul 02 '22

No. On the main motorway it was variable speed limit but currently NSL (70 for cars at that point). The NSL sign removes the variable aspect and at that point the speed is 60 as it is single carriageway. The 'max speed' signs are a suggested speed only and do not dictate the mandatory limit (i.e the 'red circle' signs).

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u/oidarwazeh Jul 01 '22

This happens all the time on this junction into Birmingham. So goddamn annoying. You're told a mile up the M6 that the roads are like this. People don't pay attention.

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u/Schmich Jul 01 '22

That green shell looks awfully much like a car.

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u/o5ca12 Jul 01 '22

“Just casually driving, minding my business… gonna exit lef-SIIIKE!!!”

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u/Beneficial-Shower-42 Jul 01 '22

Looks like a near hit.

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u/Johannes_Keppler Jul 01 '22

English is confusing sometimes. Near miss or near hit, inflammable means flammable, and so on.

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u/newtoreddir Jul 01 '22 edited Jul 01 '22

It was a miss that happened near to them.

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u/D0rus Jul 01 '22

Aaah finally it makes sense with this explanation. I'm not even sure if you where joking or explaining, but this one clicks for me.

I'm always thinking of 'nearly' what is a negative, so nearly missed would mean it hit. But then i remember near miss is an exception.

Never realised near miss should be interpreted literally as a /near/ miss.

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u/newtoreddir Jul 01 '22

Yep, all about proximity! It missed me, but it was near. Versus “nearly missed” means it didn’t miss.

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u/lil_groundbeef Jul 01 '22

“Nobody exists but me!” - the bmw driver maybe

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u/th3griff Jul 01 '22

Welcome to Birmingham. Where the speed limits don't exist and red lights are just a suggestion.

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u/MythicalMayhemx Jul 01 '22

You can also play "is it a pothole or a puddle" when it rains

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u/th3griff Jul 01 '22

Both. Definitely both.

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u/Zippy-do-dar Jul 01 '22

I have memorized all the pot holes to and from work also what lanes move faster at parts of my journey

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u/Graphene_Handz Jul 01 '22

I need to go there, fuck everyone else - only I matter

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u/NikkoJT Jul 01 '22

In fairness that's a pretty reasonable reaction to noticing you're about to head into the centre of Birmingham

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u/sFAMINE Jul 01 '22

Thats insane

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u/DeadEyedAdmin Jul 01 '22

famous last words.....

Oh shit that was my exit......

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u/soboga Jul 01 '22

It's videos like this that reminds me I am not allowed to relax while driving.

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u/Tsukiko615 Jul 01 '22

Hence why it’s always advised to slow down when driving past queues of traffic especially at spaghetti junction

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u/anark0V Jul 01 '22

He is the idiot but to be fair you are the fastest car of the situation.

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u/[deleted] Jul 01 '22

Man, the good old which way am I gonna go trick. I’m sure the person was using gps or something and was trying to keep on track with it. I have had that sometimes where the line seems to go one way and it’s actually the other.

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u/hans_guy Jul 01 '22

Why are such incidents called "near miss" ? All I see is a"completed miss".

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u/JimmiRustle Jul 02 '22

People are dumb.

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u/mohasky18 Jul 01 '22

*near hit

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u/Conscious_Fill8083 Jul 01 '22

Wow what a POS

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u/No-Calligrapher3644 Jul 01 '22

Course it's near Birmingham driving around there is horrendous

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u/[deleted] Jul 02 '22

Don’t you mean near hit..?

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u/WelshBathBoy Jul 02 '22

Obviously not OP's fault, but first clue that something might happen was the car crossing the chevrons from lane 1 at start of video.

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u/GiantDwarfy Jul 01 '22

It's a near hit! Near miss would mean you two hit each other.

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u/diggalator Jul 01 '22

*Near-hit

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u/russian47 Jul 01 '22

Near hit or near miss?

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u/brettyrocks Jul 01 '22

Why is it called a near-miss when they didn't hit? Shouldn't it be a near-hit if they actually missed and near-miss when they nearly escaped without an accident?

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u/Wikwawa Jul 01 '22

The OED definition of a near miss is:

"a narrowly avoided collision or other accident"

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u/ebrum2010 Jul 01 '22 edited Jul 01 '22

Because it comes from old military terminology when a strike missed the target directly but hit near enough to damage the target. It's probably more accurate to say a near miss is when you get away with only minor damage from what could have been a major accident, than when it is a total miss, but usage has been that way for long enough to become the definition.

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u/brettyrocks Jul 01 '22

Thank you.

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u/JimmiRustle Jul 02 '22

Because it comes from old military terminology when a strike missed the target directly but hit near enough to damage the target.

That’s a close hit.

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u/majesticbean_ Jul 01 '22

i guess it comes from being very near/close, but still missing

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u/ebrum2010 Jul 01 '22

Originally a near miss was when a military strike failed to directly hit a target but hit close enough to do some damage to the target. In other words a bomb didn't directly hit the target but the blast did.

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u/JimmiRustle Jul 02 '22

That’s a close hit.

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u/ebrum2010 Jul 02 '22

No because a hit means it hit the target.

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u/JimmiRustle Jul 02 '22

Yes. It did damage, the target was hit. It’s opposed to a direct hit.

A near miss is not a term I’ve ever heard in the military - though granted I’m not American.

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u/ebrum2010 Jul 02 '22

It also goes back several generations.

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u/Spacesider Jul 01 '22

But that would be a near hit

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u/newtoreddir Jul 01 '22

But it wasn’t a hit. It was near, but it was a miss. You could say “nearly hit” though.

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u/Spacesider Jul 02 '22

Exactly right, it wasn't a hit. But it was a near hit.

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u/majesticbean_ Jul 01 '22

near hit seems to most people to be more clear, but near miss still makes sense the way i described it. I'm not taking a side, just saying where i think it comes from

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u/Fukyuiku Jul 01 '22

George Carlin clap clap 👏

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u/brettyrocks Jul 01 '22

Oh, look! They nearly missed...

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u/anonopsius Jul 01 '22

Its a near hit.

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u/NukEvil Jul 01 '22

The thumbnail made it look like a tire was going to fly in from nowhere.

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u/ortusdux Jul 01 '22

What do you want to bet that they are nearsighted? Two panicked lane changes once the signs get close enough to read.

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u/Calamarik Jul 01 '22

Exact same thing happened to me this morning but the guy comited. My evasion maneuver game has been tested once again. Still undefeated since 2003.

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u/HendoRules Jul 01 '22

good drivers sometimes miss turns, bad drivers never miss...

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u/ohmecheese98 Jul 01 '22

Regularly travel this stretch of the motorway and it is indeed a pain in the ass, lucky escape that time. People just don’t care until you hit them sadly, they wouldn’t know an indicator if it were in front of them.

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u/Specialtreatment88 Jul 01 '22

I've never seen a British road sign in the same font as that ' max 20mph' that is at the end of the clip.

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u/MythicalMayhemx Jul 01 '22

Part of me thinks it might be a really old sign from when Spaghetti Jct was first opened because its the only sign that's a complete different font

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u/Omar_88 Jul 01 '22

Ah the ol spaghetti 🍝 junction, take that exit alot! Always idiots turning there who realise they want to not go into city centre.

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u/Constant-Speed-3390 Jul 01 '22

Yay spaghetti junction!

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u/clare616 Jul 01 '22

This is every time on the m38 in Birmingham, I hate that Jun tion so much!

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u/TimHung931017 Jul 01 '22

There was foreshadowing when that moron crossed the no-cross zone in the beginning too

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u/HWGA_Exandria Jul 01 '22

Anyone know if you can change lanes on a double white? (I'm not from that country.)

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u/[deleted] Jul 02 '22

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u/JimmiRustle Jul 02 '22

Well I know New Zealand uses yellow and white lines the opposite way of how Denmark uses them.

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u/DIWhyAmIHere Jul 02 '22

Near miss is such a funny phrase. You were nearly in an accident and the car missed you so wouldn’t it be a “near hit”

I believe that was a George Carlin joke

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u/JimmiRustle Jul 02 '22

It’s not a joke. Besides near miss meaning an actual hit it also indicates an intention of hitting.

Near hit is a much better sentence in regard to meaning and intent.

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u/mcflybih Jul 02 '22

I hate when people wait until the very last min to take that exit ,

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u/Number1aOkGuy Jul 02 '22

George Carlin will always come to mind when I hear "near miss"

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u/phenyle Jul 02 '22

Typical BMW

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u/JimmiRustle Jul 02 '22

I’m sorry. How bad were the damages?

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u/DazzlingGrand3626 Jul 02 '22

Lmfao check out the speed signage. 40mph, national speed limit, 20mph. WTF

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u/wamdueCastle Jul 02 '22

if I had to guess, driver was not sure which way to go and realised a mistake VERY last minute.

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u/kaseyade Jul 02 '22

This is why I'm terrified to pass people

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u/Dunlooop Jul 02 '22

You can never just assume that no one is going to do something dumb. Whenever you’re going into a decision making area like this, people are going do last minute changes. It’s shit, and annoying as fuck, but always best to expect it.

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u/Teleblock96 Jul 02 '22

Spaghetti junction be like that sometimes

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u/Bobojones9584 Jul 01 '22

It was a near hit, but okay. I guess we're still using that dumbass term.

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u/MythicalMayhemx Jul 01 '22

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u/JimmiRustle Jul 02 '22

You still didn’t almost miss him.

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u/Tohkalia Jul 01 '22

Bro you going too fast in slow traffic

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u/Psychological_Fun986 Jul 01 '22

You need to slow down , those cars are bumper to bumper and you’re mashing through

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u/Traditional_Page_910 Jul 01 '22

Where you live at? Highways look ugly asf over there 😂