I could not believe it. The car was parked right on the apex of a sharp bend on a busy national road.
I was almost upon it before I saw it.
Had I been driving faster, or had I been slightly distracted by something else, such as checking something on my infotainment system, things might have been different.
The man was sitting in the car.
He was, apparently, oblivious to the precarious nature of his positioning.
Now, believe it or not, I am not trying to dramatise this but we could have been looking at something truly serious.
After I had passed, I could see him moving off slowly – and I don’t think he was indicating – as I glanced several times in my rear-view mirror. I drove extremely slowly until I saw him begin to move.
And as is the way of things, you see one bit of mad parking you see several.
Like the idiot who fenced me in on a supermarket parking lot – absolutely no thought for the other person.
But the man who stopped on the apex of the bend took the biscuit.
I got to wondering how a grown-up person, in charge of a car, could be so careless.
If the car had broken down, then you could make some allowances especially if he had put out a warning triangle.
But this was just as if he stopped for a while and decided to take off again when it suited him. I can hold up no answer to the puzzle of the poorest parking I have seen in a long while.
All I know is that there are people out there who are not fit to be at the wheel of a car. And that is not because they are not able technically.
Rather, because they don’t think like a proper driver thinks: safety first.