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Overtaking funerals

Discussion in 'Motors' started by Jonny69, 8 Mar 2010.

  1. Jonny69

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 3 May 2004

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    Location: Kapitalist Republik of Surrey

    I just got stuck behind a funeral procession for most of my journey. It wasn't particularly holding me up because we were doing about 25mph in an all 30mph zone. However, some people just couldn't wait to get around it and were giving it all the beans to overtake.

    I find that really disrespectful. Thoughts?
  2. Lopéz

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 17 Oct 2002

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    Personally, I wouldn't overtake a funeral procession, and I'm possibly the most impatient person I know when it comes to driving.
  3. Sirrel Squirrel


    Joined: 5 Aug 2003

    Posts: 7,889

    Location: Essex

    Very disrespectful
  4. The IPB


    Joined: 15 Jul 2005

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    Location: Drinking tea somewhere

    I wouldn't do it, if I could drive an alternative route round it then I would as i'm lacking in patience.
  5. jamief


    Joined: 23 Sep 2005

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    Location: Dundee

    I would never do it. Find an alternative route if you really must get past.
  6. -Ad-


    Joined: 4 Nov 2004

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    Location: Aberdeen

    Give the lad/lady a good see off with a VTEC salute :)
  7. ajstan

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  8. AJK

    Wise Guy

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    Location: UK

    Overtaking due to being an impatient ***** - bad.
    Overtaking due to my pregnant wife sitting in the passenger seat about to give birth and desperate to get to hospital - probably OK.

    Just sayin' ;)
  9. platypus


    Joined: 25 Jul 2003

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    Location: Rhône-Alpes+Cambridge

    In anything but an emergency, no I wouldn't consider it.
  10. DTWD


    Joined: 19 Jan 2010

    Posts: 582


    I have been stuck in a few, in town it's not too bad, but on the b roads doing less than 30 get's pretty annoying.

    However I just stay behind them, if I am late I am late. I have been so and told the boss at work and he just said "not much you could have done".
  11. paradigm


    Joined: 26 Aug 2003

    Posts: 36,803

    Location: Staffordshire

    The only time I've ever overtaken a funeral procession was when I was running late to a family funeral that I was attending, and no I didn't overtake the procession of the funeral I was attending.
  12. InvaderGIR


    Joined: 14 Jul 2005

    Posts: 17,615

    Location: Bristol

    Out with the old, in with the new eh? ;)

    It's not something I'd do, that for sure, often if I'm at a junction and I see a funeral procession going past I'll wait till all cars have gone by, even if at lights and it's my god. :)
  13. MikeHiow


    Joined: 26 Oct 2004

    Posts: 7,542

    Location: Isle of Wight

    I once overtook a hearse, the question never even played in my mind until afterwards - and it pretty much immediately hit me, I haven't been stuck behind one since, but I wouldn't overtake again unless it was an emergency.
  14. Egon


    Joined: 9 Jan 2003

    Posts: 6,805

    Location: Darlington

    Same here. I don't overtake. However I have accidentally done it. Coming off a roundabout joining a relatively slow moving line of traffic. It didn't occur to me at all that it could be a funeral procession and that might be why the fast lane was free. Felt like a right idiot as I pulled up alongside the family cars and then the hearse. :( :o
  15. Django x2


    Joined: 28 Sep 2008

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    Location: Britain

    I'd overtake, swerve in front and give a toot!!! ;)
  16. metamorphpwner

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    depends on the road tbh, dual cariageway ect. then yeah i probably would overtake. and if they're doing 20-25 in a 60zone then i'd probably feel i had to overtake, but wouldn't do it on a normal street or town road.
  17. antijoke


    Joined: 28 Jan 2003

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    Location: England

    I haven't ever been a situation where I would need to overtake, but why is it considered disrespectful?
  18. Lethal`


    Joined: 25 Oct 2006

    Posts: 5,181

    I got stuck behind one going at about 40 in a 60, I didn't overtake but some crazy woman behind us tried to overtake a line of about 5 or 6 cars behind me and the hearse and family cars. This was on a slight bend and she was very close to hitting a car coming the other way :(
  19. peterattheboro


    Joined: 24 Sep 2005

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    Location: Middlesbrough

    I'll just sit behind. The cemetery isn't far from my house so I'm not stuck behind the convoy for long.
  20. Skeeter


    Joined: 8 Mar 2007

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    Location: Surrey

    Try getting to Wootton Bassett High Street as a repatriation is going on....