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WATCH | This Is Why You Should Never Ride Through Roadworks

As a keen motorcyclist myself, then I know just how many perks there are when it comes to darting along the road on two wheels rather than four. Top of the list of these ‘perks’ is the fact that you do not have to sit in stationary traffic. 

Of course, you always get ‘that’ motorist who cannot handle the fact that being on two wheels means that you can slip between the traffic rather than having to spend your precious hours sat in mind-numbingly-boring gridlock traffic. So you always have to be on the look-out for people intentionally trying to knock you off of your bikes as you make steady progress through miles and miles of traffic.

Riding a bike through traffic is great in the cool weather, but when it is swelteringly hot and you are moving at a slow pace whilst wearing your motorcycle helmet gloves and heavy jacket then you sometimes do wish that you were sat in a nice cool air-conditioned car, even if that car isn’t going anywhere because it is stuck in traffic! 

Another ‘perk’ that comes with being on two wheels rather than four, is the fact that you can slip through tiny gaps which you would have no hope of getting through if you were in a car. I am talking here about the sort of gap that is created by road signs and bollards which are there to stop traffic from passing a particular area. 

A prime example of this is the road furniture, signs and bollards which are put on the road to stop cars from driving over newly poured wet concrete. 

In the video below, one motorcyclist got a bit stuck after he/she decided to slip through the gap of some bollards which had been put on the road to keep motorists away from a fresh patch of wet, sticky concrete. And, as you would expect, loads of people were on hand to film the encounter. 

After the motorcyclist became stuck in the wet concrete, only one person (probably a fellow biker) from the construction crew who were on the scene, tried to help the stricken biker. For 50 seconds, the person filming the incident captures the awkward attempts of the motorcyclist as he tried to free his bike from the sticky, quick-drying cement

I bet he spent the next eight months meticulously cleaning the bike in an attempt to try and get all of that nasty dirt of his beautiful machine. He must have gone through at least 50 motorbike cleaning kits!

Motorcyclist Spotted Riding With Carved Pumpkin For A Helmet

When you decide to enter the two-wheeled-world of motorcycling then, other than the bike itself, your ‘lid’ is going to be the next most expensive bit of kit. 

For a decent one, you are looking at having to spend about a quarter of your monthly salary. 

But it is well worth the investment. Let’s face it; you only get one head, so it is within your best interest to look after it. 

But what if you do not have the money for a helmet, but you still want to go out and enjoy the freedom that comes with riding on two wheels? 

Well, this guy thinks he has found the answer in the form of a helmet made out of a pumpkin. 

Whilst the pumpkin-helmet won’t give you any protection when it comes to your head, you will still benefit from being able to outstare any motorist who dares to try and cut you up. 

The other issue you will have will be the flies and other airborne ‘things’ that will want to find your eyeball as your cruise through the streets. 

I think I will stick to my conventional lid even though I have had the same one for the last ten years, and it is started to ‘kick up’ a bit. 

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‘Please Do NOT Strap Your Loved One’s Power Chairs To Your Hitch Haulers With Them Still On It’ Says ‘Sheriff’s Dept

When you are monitoring social media for interesting stories to bring to your readers and followers, then you see a lot of different ‘stuff’. 

But sometimes even we are caught off-guard but some of the bizarre images and videos which we see. 

And this is no exception. 

When our highly complicated and sophisticated software informed us about an image that was getting a lot of shares, we thought that it was worthy of a closer look. 

The image appeared to show someone strapped to the back of a vehicle whilst being seated on an ‘electric chair’. 

Immediately, we thought ‘wtaf’ and went directly to the page that shared the image. 

‘Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Dept’ shared the image with the following caption:

‘Please do NOT strap your loved one’s power chairs to your hitch haulers with them still on it. 

‘Poor Marjorie was already terrified by the time we got her husband Fred to pull over after a solid 4 minutes of lights and sirens as he kept waving us to go around him. 

‘I know it can save time to leave your loved one strapped in their chair, but it is definitely not safe. Thank you for your attention to this matter’.

The image was shared over 50k times and had attracted 4.5k comments. 

But a closer look at the page itself revealed it to be a parody account. 

Ok, so the page isn’t a ‘real’ police one. But that still leaves the mystery behind the photo unsolved. 

Was someone really being transported around the country whilst still being sat on their electric chair under a blanket!?

 

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BMW Driver Who Challenged Unmarked Police Car To A Race Gets A Hefty Fine

Have you ever been stuck at a set of traffic lights and noticed that someone starts revving their car at you in the hope that you will enter into an illegal street race with them? 

To be honest, it does not happen to me that often as it takes my car about an hour to get up to 60 mph. 

But I have seen it happen quite a bit and, when I do spot this sort of thing when out-and-about, I often think how funny it would be if the boy racer who is hoping for a burn out inadvertently ‘challenges’ an unmarked police car. 

Well, that is precisely what happened to one BMW driver when he pulled up next to a nice looking unmarked police car. 

Of course, the boy racer did not know that it was an unmarked police car which he was challenging. 

But it soon became apparent to him when the blue flashing light lit up his face. 

The ‘you could not make it up’ moment happened to some Surrey-based Roads Policing officers. 

In a tweet, a spokesperson for the unit said:

‘The driver of this car was revving his engine to try and entice our unmarked car into a race. 

‘His dreams fell apart when the blue lights came on and he recieved a section 59 Warning and FPN for his tiny……..number plate’.

What we really liked about this tweet, was the reference to the BMW drivers tiny……..number plate….

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WATCH | Traffic Warden Issues Penalty Notice To Speed Enforcement Van

A video has been shared on social media of the moment when a traffic warden (or ‘Civil Enforcement Officer’) issues a fixed penalty notice to a speed enforcement van that was parked on the high street. 

It is not known if the speed enforcement van was active at the time of the ticket being issued, or if the driver had just parked up before getting some food. 

But either way, the comments on the post of the Facebook page where the video was uploaded suggest that the sight of the fixed penalty notice being issued brought a lot of pleasure to quite a few people. 

Although, one social media user did point out that the fine would end up ultimately being paid by the taxpayer. 

But still, when you have got a target to meet, then a ticket is a ticket.  

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If You Need These Gloves, Then Please Get Off The Road

An image has been shared on social media, which shows a motorist who appears to need to be reminded as to which direction is left and which direction is right.

But would you want to be on the road with someone who needs to be told which direction is left and which direction is right?

For example, if this driver was hurtling along the motorway and an overhead gantry sign was telling drivers to ‘keep left’ owing to an emergency ahead, then this driver might end up keeping right (assuming that they weren’t wearing their gloves at the time).

I think that if I was driving behind this motorist and I saw them behind the wheel with these gloves on, then I would exit the motorway ASAP!

When you take into account that most road traffic collisions are caused by driver error, then the fact that this person needs to be reminded of their left from their right is worrying!

Or maybe they were just on a driving lesson?

I am relatively sure that knowing your left from your right is an essential part of your driving test!

Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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Veteran Verbally Abused For Wearing “Racist” & “Offensive” Facemask

If you, or a member of your family, has served in the UK armed forces, then you are probably familiar with the MOD crest. 

The crest represents the navy, army and air force and is cherished by the wider armed forces community and its many, many supporters. 

But when a veteran was spotted on a train wearing a facemask with the emblem of the armed forces on it, someone decided to take it upon themself to label the mask as “racist” and “offensive”.

Shocked, the veteran pointed out to the member of the public that the emblem on the mask represents the UK armed forces.

But the professional moaner was not impressed and so complained to the guard on the train. 

The veteran then had to explain to the guard that the emblem represents the armed forces and that ‘race’ has got nothing to do with the design – after all, the UK armed forces proudly has men and women serving who come from all backgrounds. 

In a post on social media, the veteran said:

“Just had someone kicking off at me and then the conductor on the train that my face mask is racist and offensive.

“I explained to the conductor about the design, and he’s okay with it. 

“he told the little snot to clam down or he will have to put them off at the next station.”

Thankfully, the guard on the train sided with common sense and told the professional moaner who had complained about the veteran to ‘wind his neck in’ – so to speak. 

Has the world gone crazy? Are veterans now not allowed to be proud of their service!? 

Let us know what you think in the comments below

Brand New £200k Lambo Is A Write Off 20 Minutes After Purchase

A brand new £200k Lamborghini has been written off less than 20 minutes after the owner had driven it away from the showroom. 

The sports car had come to a stop on the M1 motorway, apparently due to a ‘mechanical failure’. 

As it sat stationary on lane 3 of the busy motorway, it was hit from behind by a motorist who was driving a van. 

PC Richard Whiteley, a Roads Policing Officer from West Yorkshire Police, tweeted images of the sports car with the caption: 

“It’s only a car! But on this occasion a 20-minute old brand new Lamborghini that stopped due to mechanical failure in lane three them hit from behind by an innocent motorist.”

Imagine being the insurance company of the van that hit the Lambo and having to now potentially face the prospect of a £200k repair bill…ouch. 

Thankfully, nobody was seriously injured in the collision. 

Motorist Straps Generator & Air Con Unit To Vehicle To Keep Cool

If you don’t have air conditioning in your car, then you have probably, at some point, tried to work out a way of keeping yourself cool as the weather starts to heat up.

Opening your windows never cools you down and keeping them shut is not an option.

So what can you do to try and keep yourself fresh during spells of warm weather if you don’t have air-con in your car?

Well, one motorist appears to have come up with a solution, and it basically involves strapping a generator to your car, along with an air conditioning unit.

The driver in question managed somehow to install wooden brackets around the rear passenger window which then allowed him to fix the cooling unit to the car.

He then managed somehow to strap a generator to the top of the vehicle, meaning that he can run the air con independently of the main engine.

Although you might be admiring this motorists ingenuity, I bet you would not want to risk travelling in this fire hazard!

Surely he would have been better off filling the car up with cold water!? (Don’t try that at home)

Missing Full Stop Costs Motorists £100’s In Parking Fines

You only have to run a social media page to know just how militant the grammar police are when it comes to typos and missing punctuation. 

But where was the grammar police when a council made up a parking sign that caused motorists to lose hundreds of pounds owing to penalty notices!? 

The parking sign should have read: “No parking. Enforcement in operation”. But owing to a missing full-stop, the sign read: ‘No Parking Enforcement In Operation’

Despite the error made by the local council, motorists were still fined hundreds of pounds for parking somewhere where, owing to the mistake on the sign, they thought that they could park.

Shropshire councillor for Ludlow North, Andy Boddington, told the Shropshire Star: 

“There was considerable confusion over the Covid-19 signs which banned parking on the square. 

“The signs read ‘No parking enforcement in operation’. They should have read ‘No parking. Enforcement in operation’.

“For want of a stop, a message was lost, and parking fines were issued.”

Councillor Boddington also told the paper: 

“I would encourage anybody who’s got parking tickets to challenge it. 

We believe that four people were fined and they will have to challenge these individually.”

Do you think that the motorists will be let off? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Image credit: Andy Boddington

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