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Post by Bobskate on Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:40 am

I have just come back from a few days in Suffolk. On many of the roads I came across a large number of warning signs reading "Caution road studs removed". I am a driver with many (too many) years experience, but I am unclear as to how I should modify my driving in the light of such a warning. I am sure there are many on the forum far cleverer than me who can explain.

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Oh and I reckon the road signs cost several hundred pounds (of my road tax money) each.
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Post by Paulmold on Wed Aug 16, 2017 8:44 am

Quite a few councils have adopted the change from 'cats eyes' to 'road studs' ours included. The press have picked it up and seem to think that they can make a joke of Norfolk and Suffolk for doing it 'as they don't want to appear as cruel to animals.. In fairness, the 'cats eyes' term must be quite alarming to foreigners who don't use the term.

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Post by Quilter on Wed Aug 16, 2017 8:46 am

I can imagine foreign tourists not understanding " cat's eyes" but have we really bred children who take it literally ? 

My favourite, quite common locally, is " Oncoming vehicles in the middle of the road" Am I supposed to shrink the car ?

What about Smart motorways. I always assume they are a signal for the driver to set cruise control and go back to make sandwiches while the motorway takes over the van.
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Post by Greyhound on Wed Aug 16, 2017 8:57 am

Why would this be confusing?

The studs have been removed so it's to warn you if you're driving at night that the lanes might not show up as well as usual.

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I think the bit about tourists is a bit of media hype.  It's more to do with the new solar "studs" needing a different trade name.
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Post by Bobskate on Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:29 am

Well maybe greyhound but I am not familiar with the road anyway ....justb seems just a bit OTT. How about by speed oooops safety cameras where we are told "Camera not working". An invitation to put your foot down?
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Post by rogerblack on Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:35 am

So will we soon be renaming Zebra Crossings so as not to disappoint stupid Merkin tourists who might otherwise wait for hours by urban roadsides anticipating sightings of stripey African equids?  rolleyes

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Post by Bobskate on Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:13 am

rogerblack wrote:So will we soon be renaming Zebra Crossings so as not to disappoint stupid Merkin tourists who might otherwise wait for hours by urban roadsides anticipating sightings of stripey African equids?  rolleyes
Gosh......thanks for that...I won't bother keeping an eye out for zebras at the crossing in Selsdon in future. You learn something new every day.  hugegrins hugegrins hugegrins
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Post by Gromit on Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:32 am

I presume we all obey to the letter!! those "Slow, loose chippings 10mph" signs when the road has just been repaired!!  Whistle1

And of course, we all slow down when the sign says, "Beware Floods" . . . even if it hasn't rained for several months!!  scratch head

Also the 40mph signs on motorway gantries which go on and on for 10 miles or more, after which is says "All Clear" . . . but you haven't seen any reason for the need to slow down!!!  censored!

These are just a few examples of why many motorists tend to ignore all road signs, even when they do matter!!!  shrugg
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Post by rogerblack on Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:38 am

You're very welcome, Bobskate.

For the avoidance of doubt, by the way, I assume you don't mean the one in Selsdon Park Road, near the junction of Pixton Way, as that would attract ornithological types thinking they might enjoy a sighting of members of the Pelecanidae family waddling across with a beakful of fish . . .

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Post by rogerblack on Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:44 am

Bobskate wrote:Well maybe greyhound but I am not familiar with the road anyway ....justb seems just a bit OTT. How about by speed oooops safety cameras where we are told "Camera not working". An invitation to put your foot down?
Even worse are those with the self-invalidating message 
"SIGN NOT IN USE"
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Post by dbroada on Wed Aug 16, 2017 12:25 pm

Bobskate wrote:
rogerblack wrote:So will we soon be renaming Zebra Crossings so as not to disappoint stupid Merkin tourists who might otherwise wait for hours by urban roadsides anticipating sightings of stripey African equids?  rolleyes
Gosh......thanks for that...I won't bother keeping an eye out for zebras at the crossing in Selsdon in future. You learn something new every day.  hugegrins hugegrins hugegrins
Pop down to us. I am sure I saw a couple grazing in Bourne Park a few nights back.

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Post by Askit on Wed Aug 16, 2017 2:11 pm

Gromit wrote:I presume we all obey to the letter!! those "Slow, loose chippings 10mph" signs when the road has just been repaired!!  Whistle1

Yes, the A685 out of Kirby Stephen has a panoply of signs,"20mph", "loose chippings", "skid risk" and "no road markings". Fine, except the road has markings and is as smooth as a road with no loose chippings   winks  

Needless to say, everyone was ignoring the 20 mph sign.


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Post by Heanorboy on Wed Aug 16, 2017 2:26 pm

Just for you with a TRANSIT base


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Post by RML on Wed Aug 16, 2017 2:41 pm

There used to be a sign on the A38 south of Exeter that dispalyed 'Not in Use'  But with everyone looking at it then it clearly was - why didn't they just pick it up.
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Post by DavidT on Wed Aug 16, 2017 2:54 pm

How about one I saw in the west country - "Pick your own entrance". The mind boggles!
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Post by Bobskate on Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:12 pm

Dave. Spot on!!!
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Post by Cymro on Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:35 pm

You think you're confused? 

In Wales we get signs saying (in Welsh) "I'm not in the office at the moment. Send any work for translation".

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/7702913.stm

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Post by Bobskate on Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:40 pm

rogerblack wrote:You're very welcome, Bobskate.

For the avoidance of doubt, by the way, I assume you don't mean the one in Selsdon Park Road, near the junction of Pixton Way, as that would attract ornithological types thinking they might enjoy a sighting of members of the Pelecanidae family waddling across with a beakful of fish . . .
Well you clearly know the area. I was in fact thinking of the one outside what used to be Woolworths.
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Post by Bobskate on Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:42 pm

DavidT wrote:How about one I saw in the west country - "Pick your own entrance". The mind boggles!
I think we may be in danger of going off topic. so_sad
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Post by Askit on Wed Aug 16, 2017 6:26 pm

Bobskate wrote:
DavidT wrote:How about one I saw in the west country - "Pick your own entrance". The mind boggles!
I think we may be in danger of going off topic. so_sad

Off topic Bob, I'm confused.............but looking for a sign   wink02

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Post by groundhog on Wed Aug 16, 2017 6:47 pm

Since we are off topic already....an old one

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Post by Gromit on Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:00 pm

Askit wrote:Off topic Bob, I'm confused.............but looking for a sign   wink02
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Post by Bobskate on Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:45 pm

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Gromi wrote:
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Well a good question....let me ponder it. Meanwhile perhaps I should give some thought as to the meaning of life before solving the on/off topic one. It's easier.  snigger


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Post by PLOUGHLIN on Wed Aug 16, 2017 8:28 pm

Gromit wrote:
Askit wrote:Off topic Bob, I'm confused.............but looking for a sign   wink02
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In a thread titled "Confused", can you be of topic. confused3 confused3

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Post by Paul 300358 on Thu Aug 17, 2017 8:18 am

Now the boring bit. The paint used for the white lines on the road now has small glass balls added, this reflects your headlight so there is no need for cats eyes. The trouble is with all the good ideas "there is always a drawback" The paint erodes from the road and is not repainted, well, not where I live anyway. So, no cats eyes and no reflective paint. That is the reason when Mr BMW is driving towards you on an unlit road, you can't see a thing.
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