Sunday 19 November 2017

My side of the road

Hard to believe that dirt on someone else's car nearly involved me in a serious crash. I was driving out the N11 heading for Enniskerry. There wasn't a hurry on me that lovely fresh morning. I noticed there was a fair bit of traffic.

The car in front was a Honda Accord. It was dirty across the back, like you sprayed fine soot particles from corner to corner.

Next thing it was as if it was coming backways at me. I slammed on the brakes of the BMW 320d estate I was driving – so hard that the emergency flashers came on. I had a few centimetres to spare. I drove the remainder of the journey thanking God I was alive and well.

Moral of story One? Keep as much distance as you can from the car in front.

Moral of story Two? The Honda's brake lights were virtually obliterated by such a dense film of grime that a vital visual warning was effectively lost on me for a vital second or two. Please check that all your light surfaces are clean (headlights, tail lights etc).

It could be the difference between continuing your drive or facing the prospect of gardai being called, insurance claims – or even worse.

Irish Independent

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