Friday 18 October 2019

Why bad driver etiquette drives me to distraction

People's anxiety levels are very high, we can all do a lot to help each other and obey the basic rules. (stock picture)
People's anxiety levels are very high, we can all do a lot to help each other and obey the basic rules. (stock picture)

Opinion: Campbell Spray

Elsewhere in the paper this week we are talking about the rise in anti-social activities and the issue this causes with people, especially the vulnerable. Car drivers and all road users have their responsibilities in this area as well, and too often I hear how the side is being let down with incredibly poor manners.

We all know that it is dangerous to use your mobile phone when driving, but if you dare point it out to somebody as they veer around a corner or shoot down the road with a phone pressed to their ear, you are, more than likely, to get massive abuse, if not physical intimidation.

It's the same with people crashing red lights, intimidating smaller cars and slower drivers. Then there are the drivers who constantly switch in and out of lanes to get a fractional gain in time.

But at the same time I'm fed up with so many cyclists still believing that they have a god-given right to do what they want. True, I have noticed a few more actually stopping at red lights and pedestrian crossings, but so many others go on pavements when they want, career the wrong way down one-way streets and still ride in the dark with no lights.

People's anxiety levels are very high, we can all do a lot to help each other and obey the basic rules.

Sunday Independent

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