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    In my experience you can feel a Challenger 2 when you are near it as well as hear it, so even if the driver was completely blind, I'm amazed that they managed to pull out in front of it.

    Also IME most people's reaction to being confronted with a tracked armoured vehicle is to stay well out of the way, pull over even when they don't need to and generally give you loads of room. Even vehicles that normally apply the 'might is right' principle to cars tend to get the hell out of the way when you're 'tanking'* down the road towards them.

    *apologies for the pun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by balbas View Post
    In my experience you can feel a Challenger 2 when you are near it as well as hear it, so even if the driver was completely blind, I'm amazed that they managed to pull out in front of it.

    Also IME most people's reaction to being confronted with a tracked armoured vehicle is to stay well out of the way, pull over even when they don't need to and generally give you loads of room. Even vehicles that normally apply the 'might is right' principle to cars tend to get the hell out of the way when you're 'tanking'* down the road towards them.

    *apologies for the pun.
    The first thing the car driver should consider is "Is that tank one of ours?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Spin Doctor View Post
    There's a new A303 not far from Stonehenge??
    They've been talking for years about building one going underneath it. Right now we just have a very slow one that people love to crawl along at 5mph so they can stare at a pile of old rocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mad Ax View Post
    Right now we just have a very slow one that people love to crawl along at 5mph so they can stare at a pile of old rocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mad Ax View Post
    They've been talking for years about building one going underneath it. Right now we just have a very slow one that people love to crawl along at 5mph so they can stare at a pile of old rocks.
    "That pile of old rocks were there before you, young man, and will be there after you"

    With the possible exception of the Lille ring road (I ALWAYS get lost going round it) it's probably my least fav stretch of road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mosschops13 View Post
    On my bike safe course the Traffic plod told us about tanks crossing the road near Bovington Camp, the traffic had been stopped but an impatient lady raced down the outside of the queue in a Sierra (that dates it nicely) and drove straight into the side of a training Challenger (or Chieftain, can't remember) as it crossed and had to be cut free of the wreckage. Allegedly the crew were only made aware by everyone else waving them down. << doubtful about the last bit, I know tanks are loud but you would probably notice 1.5 tonnes of car hitting the tank you were in.
    Having sat in a Chieftain (and a Sierra for that matter) I doubt if you would notice a Sierra hitting the side of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RiceBurner View Post
    Makes me wonder how hard the insurance process gets when the Gubbermint are involved.
    Generally they will self insure, not have a policy with an insurance company. for a really big fleet its cheaper to do it that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Julian_Boolean View Post
    Having sat in a Chieftain (and a Sierra for that matter) I doubt if you would notice a Sierra hitting the side of it.
    Intrigued to know why you posted that four years after the last post on this thread... I know it's been raining a lot but...

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    cutbacks and delays innit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenmachine View Post
    cutbacks and delays innit?
    :d :d :d

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Spin Doctor View Post
    Intrigued to know why you posted that four years after the last post on this thread... I know it's been raining a lot but...
    So am I now that I've seen that's what I've done, feck knows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Julian_Boolean View Post
    So am I now that I've seen that's what I've done, feck knows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Spin Doctor View Post
    Intrigued to know why you posted that four years after the last post on this thread... I know it's been raining a lot but...
    Quote Originally Posted by Julian_Boolean View Post
    So am I now that I've seen that's what I've done, feck knows.
    I posted a link to this thread in another (slightly more recent) thread

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    Quote Originally Posted by GiantPygmy View Post
    Generally they will self insure, not have a policy with an insurance company. for a really big fleet its cheaper to do it that way.
    It depends more on the fleet owner and their ability to pay claims.

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