Wednesday 26 November 2014

How we cause chaos at our filling stations

Tell Eddie

Published 18/06/2014 | 02:30

Irish motorists don't follow any unwritten rules when entering/leaving petrol stations. Photo: Getty Images.
Irish motorists don't follow any unwritten rules when entering/leaving petrol stations. Photo: Getty Images.

Eddie: IF an alien race were monitoring the earth for signs of intelligence they certainly would never find it looking at Irish motorists.

Just look at the way they drive into filling stations from both directions. There is an unwritten rule that a filling station should be entered in a clockwise fashion so that cars don't end up log-jammed facing each other at the pumps.

I mentioned this at one station near here recently and the shopkeeper told me that it was often bedlam there with cars unable to get out.

For the Irish this needs to be spelled out in the Highway Code; in other countries it is naturally evolved intelligence.

(Name with Motoring Editor)

Eddie,

Terrible to see Gay Byrne go from the Road Safety Authority. I know he wants some time to himself but he has been hugely instrumental in helping to save lives and put it up to the politicians.

Eddie,

Gardai can only do so much on the roads with limited resources. It is a disgrace.

Where saving lives is concerned money should not be an issue.

Eddie,

Your diesel v petrol piece was informative and made me think again but you forgot to mention that you can make up some of the difference on the diesel because they usually get better second-hand prices than petrols. (Eddie – not necessarily, especially with smaller cars. And few people are buying larger petrols these days anyway).

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