Tell us what you think - are we the worst drivers in the country?

Are drivers in this region the worst in the country? Picture: PA. Are drivers in this region the worst in the country? Picture: PA.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
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A survey has revealed drivers in East Anglia are the worst in the country.

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The study, which was carried out by Norwich-based insurance company Aviva, used an app and smartphone technology to record motorists driving styles.

Analysis of more than 4 million miles driven by nearly 20,000 app users revealed those in our region were the least safe - 10pc less than drivers in Greater London, which topped the list.

But what do you think of the survey results? Are we the worst drivers in the country?

Have you got a driving disaster to share with us? Or do you think motorists are better in this region than they are elsewhere in the country?

Leave your comments below or email reporter Catherine Morris-Gretton at catherine.morris-gretton@archant.co.uk

52 comments

  • Shut down the Audi superstore opposite Broadland business park and all your troubles will be over I tell you!!

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    frank young

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • .....ajpreston!...strange that...we could be related.. on my mothers side!....Agree with your sentiments!...and there's nothing worse than being behind a line of lorries doing 40mph on a 30mph road!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • Try spending some money on the roads,i.e dual the A 47 and sort the Northern ring road for a start ,being stuck behind a line of 40 ft wagons doing 40mph makes people frustrated and then take risks.

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    ajpreston

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • It is good to see that there are so many amazing drivers who post on this thread. Good job the bad driving is always done by someone else. I am wondering therefore where are the comments from the bad drivers. Here is one. I do not consider myself very good at driving and I do not like driving. Therefore after reassessing things I decided three years ago to sell my car and to use other means of transport. It is always good to reassess one's abilities.

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    PDH

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • My pet hate about Norfolk drivers is their use of the short extra lane at traffic lights. It's there to help emergency vehicles get past routine traffic not a means of zooming ahead by other drivers who often then have to undertake dangerous manoeuvres when they are filtered back into normal traffic stream having gained perhaps only one or two spaces. Often it seems these are drivers of German manufactured cars for some reason, and white vans. I agree about the poor use of indicators. I've always understood that reluctance of Norfolk drivers to use indicators, or to put their lights on in poor visibility, is because of an inherent fear that it will attract Zeppelin attacks.

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    bumble7

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • .....I think Gismo_yesterday_ sums up the attitude of most of the comments !....Moaners, come out to play!...I don'suppose for one minute he was ever responsible for driving his HGV through Mousehole... I have held a driving licence for around 50years or more, and have driven here, there and every where!... Don't seem to have much trouble with most cars on the same piece of road!....Yes no one else is perfect!....My instructor (Guntons) said all them years ago " Read the road ahead as a book, see what is likely to happen, and be prepared"...He also said " Treat every one as though they are an idiot "....As far as exceeding the speed limit is concerned....May I remind everyone that the permitted speed in a 30mph stretch is 0-30...Not 28-38mph!......

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

  • It is impossible to walk any where for more than 5 minutes in Norwich without smelling cannabis from a passing car or seeing some idiot on the phone. Drug upped driving in Norwich is a major issue.

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    el84

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Seriously, I drive in lots of places other than Norfolk and people saying that drivers here are uniquely bad are not correct. Yes, there are slow drivers here who are insensitive (shall we say!) to road conditions. Yes, there are people who are bad at indicating and lane discipline. However, by and large Norfolk drivers are all right when it comes to letting you across at a junction, or acknowledging with a wave if you pause to let them through a narrow bit. Good driving is about manners as well as skill. When I am next driving in North London or Surrey I will have drivers who know the local roads much better than I do driving up behind me, hooting at me and pushing me around in a way that does not really happen here.

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    gilded beams

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • I'm with Vic Sponge's comment on this one - it's funny to hear an army of perfect drivers getting indignant about fellow road-users!

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    gilded beams

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • If this really is the case, then what is Stephen Bett doing about it ?

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    John L Norton

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • 100% yes! Don't know how to join dual carriageways, don't indicate on roundabouts, drive everywhere at 40mph whether the limit be 20, 30, 40, 50 or 60 mph. I drive all over the country and Norfolk is definitely the worst in my experience.

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    Brundall Bee

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Hark! Listen to all these perfect drivers, of course it's never you is it?

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    Vic Sponge

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • 43yrs hgv, 15 years PCv, 4 million miles, Norwich drivers are the worst in the world. I see 1000 traffic offences committed per hour in Norwich.Serious,using hand held mobile fones when driving, going wrongway down one way streets, overtaking over pedestrian crossings, jumping red lights,no signals, wrong signals, too early signals, too late signals, brake first then indicate. Parking on zig zag lines at pedestrian crossings.Almost every vehicle has a bulb out. Using bus lanes, taking prohibited turns,overtaking on inside. When the new cctv traffic enforcement system comes in it will make a £million in the first week!The real answer is called enforcement, but that means a copper will have to get off his back side and do something. Norwich drivers are the world worst, I have driven all over the world even bankok is not as bad as Norwich.

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    gismo

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • 100 per cent yes! Indicators don`t work in this county for some reason. Cars fail to stop at red lights and weave from one lane to another at will. Give way to on coming traffic. Don`t make me laugh," I`m coming through get out of my way." But then our roads are only policed by yellow boxes mounted on blue poles. You can drive the whole length of the county and not see a police officer until there is a minor shunt and then there are loads of them. Road closed for hours just so each of them with an ism can have a bit of the action.

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    BG

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Main problem is people not being willing to drive at the upper end of the speed limit, so they cruise along at 40-50 in a 60 zone. There are few places to overtake and so a long queue forms of frustrated drivers who 'chance it' when they can. I drive in Surrey a lot where it is much more cut-throat and people drive as if they own the road, which has its challenges, but coming up to Norfolk it's the opposite problem: everything slows down to such an extent that you have to double the time the sat nav estimates for your journey! Lots of very elderly folk driving too but I can see why they are reluctant to give up because the public transport links are so patchy unless you're in the city.

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    a fine city

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • We don't have the worst drivers, but we have got the worst roads.

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    John L Norton

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Definitely. I moved here from Stockport 6 years ago and I found that Norwich drivers don't know what indicators are for nor do they know to apply handbrakes when stopped in a queue at traffic lights, etc

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    Rob Riddell

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Forget all this who drives best rubbish. The fastest way to improve driver safety is: Minimum age 21 to have full licence & nobody to drive between dusk and dawn until they have at least one year (full licence) driving experience. In addition there should be a automatic 3 months ban for anyone caught using a mobile phone without hands-free equipment. This would have the added deterrent of increased insurance premiums for a further year or two after as a reminder NOT TO DO IT! Be careful out there.

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    Still Kicking

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • I've gotta say, I was born and brought up in Norfolk. lived in Norwich for years, have driven all over the UK (and abroad) and Norfolk drivers are appalling. Why people either can't use indicators on roundabouts at all, or if they do, use them, use them correctly, I just don't know. Also people using roundabouts as overtaking lanes - crazy. And yes, the people who think that if the revs coming from the engine stay the same think that that means they are going the same speed. They're not! Speeding up downhill, crawling back up hills. The 40mph drivers regardless of the speed that the road is designed for. Not letting people out. And then people moan here about the traffic - clueless! They have no idea of what goes on beyond the rivers Waveney and Ouse I would say! Totally and utterly clueless.

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    lockers

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • How can they justify this information? London for example you are lucky if your car reaches 10 MPH before you hit another gridlock or traffic light on red so you have less chance to have an incident involving damage etc compared to somewhere like Norfolk where there is less traffic and more open space. I agree that drivers forget to indicate or overtake when they shouldn't but no more than anywhere else I have seen across the country. Also this information is based on miles instead of users? 1 person could travel 400+ miles a day where as surely it would be better to get information from 40 people travelling 10 miles a day. Gives you a broader spectrum of data to work with. What are they going to say next?????

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    STB

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Thought Norwich drivers were bad but since moving to Attleborough is a nightmare! 30 is 20 etc and pension day all the old people come into town shopping is a nightmare maybe need refresher course at 75?

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    stebbie

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • And I reckon ex London drivers are arrogant cut and thrust drivers more likely to cause an accident on rural roads.

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    Daisy Roots

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Of course we are the worst drivers in the country, the place is one big retirement home. Stubborn old mules with failing hearing and poor eyesight abound. The sooner licences are rescinded at 70 years of age, with decent bus and rail passes to aid mobility, the better for everyone.

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    NorwichAbs

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • My neighbour and I have had our adjoining front wall knocked down twice in the last 6 months.The roads just aren't big enough for the cars so the cars decide to knock everything down to make the roads wider.Norfolk logic.

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    Peter Watson

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • I dont find driving in East Anglia any worse than anywhere else in the country. One assumes they are referring to those who reside and are insured in the region as opposed to those who drive here-which is a different matter altogether The errors brought up occur everywhere and in the south especially I reckon there is more tail gating more cutting up and more speeding. I note that in the holiday season there is some appalling driving by those ( obvious grocks-trunks on top of cars) who cannot cope with narrow roads nor know the etiquette for single track roads. I disagree completely with those who say there are no dangerous roads-there are roads and junctions which make accidents more likely even when speed limits are obeyed-simply because of traffic density and design. The same applies to our bodged in roundabouts. I agree with all the comments about speed but I reckon there may be some dodgy statistics coming out of Aviva-smart phone app users who allow Aviva to monitor their driving are not necessarily representative of the county's drivers and there is nothing in the article to say that the data is like for like.

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    Daisy Roots

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • YES! I grew up in Devon and since living in NorfolkSuffolk I am constantly shocked and appalled by the standard of driving here. I find it infuriating that drivers seldom use their indicators, they pull out to overtake on bends, they cut in with no braking space and I've lost count of the number of drivers that hug my rear bumper when I'm in a 30mph zone. Roundabouts are the worst, never knowing when someone really means to be indicating to come off. I'm also gravely concerned for bikers in the East. My Dad has ridden bikes for over 40 years and never had an accident until he moved her and within 2 years had suffered 2 bad accidents with both bikes written off. One man over 76 who failed to see a bright red BMW tourer and biker in fluorescent clothing drove right into the side of him and didn't care and the other a young man two weeks after passing his test fiddling with his ipod instead of watching the road.

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    NorfolkLassie

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • I drive all over the country and I have to say I agree Norfolk drivers are the worst. One thing I noticed straight away when I moved here from Central London is the way around 25% of drivers in this part of the world drive at a steady 40 miles an hour - REGARDLESS of speed limit. That's 40mph in a 40 zone, 40mph in a 60 zone and 40mph in a 30 zone. It's extraordinary. I've never seen it anywhere else.

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    Doug Segal

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • I have LONG been saying this. I have lived and driven and cycled all over the world. Far East, Middle East. Europe, Berlin, Milan, London. And in my mind there is zero doubt that Norwich is the worst place I have ever been for road use. And by that I mean drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. To my mind, it comes down to the arrogance and "me first" attitude of a lot of Norwich people, sadly.

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    norwichred

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Idiots who indicate right and then go straight over, would like to meet the driving instructors that taught people that little gem. Seen this all over uk, but appears to be worse in norfolk, oh and idiots who brake and then indicate, that's another normal for norfolk classic. Sort yourselves out!!

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    Barny

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Why do bus drivers feel they can stop on a clear roundabout just to let their mates on. To have a bus suddenly stop for no reason is very dangerous.

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    Andy T

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Depends on what the app is measuring. If its speed, acceleration, cornering speeds, breaking etc then all of these are likely to be higher in Norfolk than in London, where you'll be lucky to achieve 30mph!!

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    Frank Hughes

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Norfolk drivers are certainly the slowest!

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    Norfolk John

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • I often drive to London and it seems to me that the closer I get to the M25 the more hazardous the driving. I was once passed on the A12 by a Range Rover racing a Jaguar, side by side, at well over 120mph. I've not been hit by anything in 35 years of living in Norfolk but was hit by a red light jumper in London. My daughter lives in London and her car gets hit every year - mostly when parked or stopped at junctions - so not her fault! So I would rather drive in Norfolk than London any day!

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    John Heaser

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Lack of indicating also drivers who hog the middle of a 60mph road whilst doing no more than 30mph!

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    Lynda Edwards

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • .....Hey there Blister!...Care for a race?...say round the ring road!...I may not win, but it would be nice to see if you did everything correctly!....and by the way...bus passes are not much use if you are using the that stretch of road...NO BUSES!!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • I`m with blister! Everyone under 75 should be banned from driving.

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    John Bridge

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • I'm not sure if it's something that's actively taught now, or just bad habits: people indicating right on a roundabout when they're not turning right. Now, when I learnt I was taught that, unless you were going anything beyond straight ahead you indicate right, then indicate left just after the junction before the one you want. But, if you were going straight or left, you didn't indicate until the exit before the one you want. Nowadays I see so many people who enter a roundabout in the left lane, indicating right, but then take the first or second exit. What's that all about? It's totally confusing if you're waiting to enter the roundabout and slows down traffic flow, as you're waiting for them to go past and then they don't.

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    So_Many_Haters!

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Patrick, you're quite right. There are no dangerous roads, only dangerous drivers! A road is (mostly) a long black ribbon of tarmac connected to other roads etc. They do no harm, only lay there over rubble. Bring 'People' into the equation and that's when trouble starts.

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    kevt

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Having driven for my work all over the UK and having been a London bus driver for 8 years, I agree that Norfolk drivers are the worst I've experienced. The main problem is they don't understand the responsibilities they have to other road users, they think it's fine to drive at 40mph in a 60 zone then it's also OK to speed up when they get to a dual carriageway and then slow down again at the end of it. not using indicators is a fine example and not being able to use the correct lane on a duel carriageway, remember, lane 2 is for overtaking only and if you are not overtaking you shouldn't be in it. People here in Norfolk are also obsessed with speed, contrary to belief, speed does not kill, stupidity kills, but it's easier for the authorities to catch people who go 2 mph over the speed limit, this causes problem itself, because the driver is now concentrating on not speeding but is no longer concentrating on the road and what is happening on it. I don't stick to speed limits I drive to the conditions and situation I'm driving in, I've not been caught, but then again I've not been involve in an accident for 25-30 years either.

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    parkeg1

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • the thing find most annoying is the lack of indicators at roundabouts while waiting to give way to traffic from my right then they calmly turn left without signalling makes traffic flow so much easier with indication of where they are going

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    mercury

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • To many old drivers, everyone over 75 should be stopped from driving , they have their free bus travel so there is no need to uses their cars. There are to many road signs and much to much traffic for them to be able to concentrate

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    blister

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • All that survey proves is that those who use "Aviva" are some of the worst drivers in the country.

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    ggj666

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Left hand drive truck - not holding wheel - covering eyes with hands - and the relevance is? At least it's not the daily picture of Cromer Pier!

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    sensibletrousers

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • kevt: surely the inability to use indicators is a sign of the times - people who cannotwill not communicate with other road users; they get in the car and they 'KNOW' that they are the best in the world, in fact in many cases, the only person in the world, they are selfish, blind, stubborn - and, by the way, they are bad drivers. There are likely bad drivers around the country, but of course if we live in Norfolk we tend to see the bad driving here in this county. And let's get this right once and for all - it's not 'dangerous roads' in Norfolk, it is Bad Drivers and Bad Driving that cause our problems.

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    Patrick

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • There are most likely examples of dreadful driving across the country; not limited to East Anglia. Most vehicles these days are equipped with a multitude of devices to aide the driver, including sat navs, hands-free systems for mobile phones, I have even seen adverts for cars that will link driverspassengers to Facebook and Twitter (heaven knows why...). However, there is one device fitted to vehicles since the 1960's (possibly earlier?) that so many drivers even today cannot get the hang of. INDICATORS! Young drivers, old drivers, male or female drivers, all struggle with this complicated technology. Every day examples can be seen of people who cannot master the indicator switch to change lanes on carriageways, turn corners, proceed round roundabouts, and so on. I thought it was something taught during driving lessons - but maybe I am wrong! I know a vehicle can fail an MoT test if they don't work, but so many people would never know they aren't working! You know who you are, start using them!

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    kevt

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • I think that perhaps many are far too conscious of energy saving initiatives. In fact using your headlights when it is raining and the indicators to advise other road users of your directional intentions does in fact not contribute to global warming per se. To assist drivers that may not be aware of what the controls for operating said lights look like I have attached a pictorial aid.

    Stalk!

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    PeeNut

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Every day I see people exceeding the speed limit, driving with their right hand out of the side window, holding a mobile phone to their ear, playing extremely loud music, failing to signal, and taking chances at roundabouts. And very few drivers seem to remember that they were taught that Amber means Stop [Red means Don't Go]. Perhaps, for historical reasons, Aviva have more policy holders in East Anglia but I am prepared to believe the results of their study; even if Norfolk is not the worst place, I would certainly say that driving standards here are diabolical.

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    JCW

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Thank God we haven't got a motorway in Norfolk! Many people don't adjust their speed to fit the speed limit. You have cars doing 40 in a 30 and then carry on doing 40 when the limit increases to 60. It irritates drivers following who then try to overtake. Additionally drivers on the dual carriageway don't get up to the speed limit of 70mph and cause tail backs. You've also got the lycra louts hogging country lanes.....

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    Andy T

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • Certainly Norwich drivers are the worst I've encountered for red-light jumping. The traffic signals appear to be translated as green = go, amber = go faster and red = "it's only just changed, so keep going". That's goes for bus drivers as well. But, as a society, we seem to be getting more impatient and more self-important, so our own need to get to our destinations overrides common sense in obeying the simple rules of the road. Hence the increase in speed and road rage incidents. Look at the number of drivers on the A47 who leave it until the very last second to go from lane 2 to the exit slip, or who deliberately move to straddle the centre line to prevent a motorcyclist from going past.

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    So_Many_Haters!

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • I find that very many drivers drive on, or even over, the white line down the middle of the road. This is especially true for right hand bends.

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    la barbe

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • I think drivers might be disadvantaged by manufacturers disabling the indicators on cars sold in Norfolk

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    Lucioperca

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  • .....If we are!....It could be down to all the right hand drivers...driving left hand drive cars...as you picture would indicate!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

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