LETTER: Going wrong on the road

As I travel in to work between seven and eight of a morning, I have come to the realisation that my driving is substandard in the modern world. It should have been obvious that if I’m turning right from a dual carriageway, I need to be in the right hand lane. Even if it is a mile or two or five down the road, the right hand lane is where I should be.

Doesn’t matter if faster vehicles are coming up behind me, I’m turning right at the next roundabout.

Doesn’t matter if they are faster than me, if I’m at or close to the speed limit, they shouldn’t be wanting to pass.

It’s also clear that headlights are optional. Doesn’t matter that its raining, there’s low cloud or fog or its so gloomy you can hardly see your hand, technically, sunrise has happened so headlights should be off. I can see well enough. If other people can’t see me they shouldn’t be driving, should they?!

Some people are not really embracing this new modern style.

They want to go “off” but can’t quite bring themselves to go all the way so they have their sidelights on. Sorry, you aren’t fooling anyone that you are in the “off” camp. Everyone knows sidelights are as much use as a chocolate fireguard so stop pretending. If truck drivers, taxis and other professionals can go “off” then so can you.

I notice that many people are taking up the option of not having indicators fitted to their cars. For those who do still have them fitted, DON’T USE THEM.

If it’s gloomy and you are an “off” person, sudden flashing lights can startle other drivers and they may drop their mobile phones. Be fair, if someone has been following you down the outside lane of the dual carriageway for the last five miles, they should know you’ll be turning right ... or going straight on. But not left. Probably.

Rod Main

Northfield Close, Seaford

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