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    Two months ago at 7:30pm on the R72, just 10km outside of Kenton-on Sea, I had to swerve off the road to miss two massive trucks travelling side-by-side on the road - no space for me and my caravan.
    I was doing 90kph and fortunately I did not hit a sign or donga or anything - lady luck was on my side.

    A few minutes ago my son phoned me.
    He's travelling between Colesberg and Hanover on the N1 and he's just had to swerve off the road - three massive trucks travelling side-by-side - yellow line to yellow line.
    No flashing of lights, no hazard indicators - nothing.

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    I am dreading the drive down to Danabay with my family next week from JNB. Going to stay over in Bloem one night then onwards to Dana the next day. I would have loved to let them fly down and drive alone if the costs were not so prohibitive. The trip is not "part of the holiday" anymore for me. Maybe for them, but it will be no joyride for me. At least my wife drives very safely, too, so we can share the driving in 2 hour stints. Trucks worry me.

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    i read somewhere that this is where a handful of decent sized ball bearings launched out of your window will certainly get the truck drivers attention

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blikka View Post
    I am dreading the drive down to Danabay with my family next week from JNB. Going to stay over in Bloem one night then onwards to Dana the next day. I would have loved to let them fly down and drive alone if the costs were not so prohibitive. The trip is not "part of the holiday" anymore for me. Maybe for them, but it will be no joyride for me. At least my wife drives very safely, too, so we can share the driving in 2 hour stints. Trucks worry me.
    I hate the N1 between Bloem and Cape Town, largely because of the trucks and impatient a-holes overtaking on blind rises. Maybe rather take the N9 from Colesberg?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jens78 View Post
    I hate the N1 between Bloem and Cape Town, largely because of the trucks and impatient a-holes overtaking on blind rises. Maybe rather take the N9 from Colesberg?
    With you on that one! The plan is Colesberg, Graaff Reinet to George and then Dana. Trucks and impatient a-holes, a deadly combination!

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    I dread this time of year.

    from today on I will dread the phone ringing.
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    Our family goes NOWHERE over this period.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maartendeneef View Post
    i read somewhere that this is where a handful of decent sized ball bearings launched out of your window will certainly get the truck drivers attention
    If you still have time for it, or even still being alive!



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    silly season indeed - especially so on the roads.

    had the same experience on the beautiful and scenic R38 between Barberton and Badplaas- lucky i could seeing it coming in the distance so i slowed down a pulled over with hazards on- a bakkie that was the third car behind me almost didn't but did manage to swerve eventually stopped further on my left - luckily there was space.
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    Jup, silly season. All one can do is to try and think wwtad (what would the a-hole do)
    Drive 10% slower than usual, keep as far left as possible, expect oncoming traffic over blind rises, don't jump queues, keep following distance (even if the a-hole pushes in), don't block a-holes that want to push in.

    Let the holiday start when you get in the car, not when you reach the destination.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nys View Post
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    Let the holiday start when you get in the car, not when you reach the destination.
    yep, best advice

    often see GP guys RACING down to KZN and he gets there precisely 20 minutes ahead of me because he still had to queue at the Mooi River toll gate just like everybody else........but he's smacked the kids, SWAMBO is having a silent moment and his blood pressure is thru the roof
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    Quote Originally Posted by jelo View Post
    yep, best advice

    often see GP guys RACING down to KZN and he gets there precisely 20 minutes ahead of me because he still had to queue at the Mooi River toll gate just like everybody else........but he's smacked the kids, SWAMBO is having a silent moment and his blood pressure is thru the roof
    LOL, priceless!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jelo View Post
    yep, best advice

    often see GP guys RACING down to KZN and he gets there precisely 20 minutes ahead of me because he still had to queue at the Mooi River toll gate just like everybody else........but he's smacked the kids, SWAMBO is having a silent moment and his blood pressure is thru the roof
    Plus he paid R40 more for fuel
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    Been travelling down to P.E / Jbay since i can remember, going on holidays with the folks. Ever since I could do the trip on my own (1 till now (35) the difference in road users are night and day.

    Everyone seems in a hurry, even the truck drivers. I love driving, if I could spend all day every day on the open road (not town driving), I would. But our migration this year on the 21st to Jbay is one I'm not looking forward to.

    And yes, take the N9 towards Graaf and George on your way to Dana, I did that trip in March to Hartenbos, what a woderful drive & occasion it was not having any trucks on that route.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Veneficus View Post
    Plus he paid R40 more for fuel
    ....with a couply 100 more Rands waiting for him in fines
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    Dashcam. Report them to their companies
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