I don't know if it was the rain that was addling people's brains on the M61 at dinnertime today, but I passed no fewer than 9 cars in close convoy in the second lane, whilst the first lane was empty for miles. Are they scared of the first lane? Do they think that if they use it, they will somehow be magically transported to a parallel dimension?
I actually wonder if some of this second-lane-hogging could constitute 'driving without due care and attention', because at least two of them were on mobile phones, one had his finger so far up his nose that he could probably have scratched the back of his own eye, and another was gripping the steering wheel for grim death and staring straight ahead with a grimace that could frighten the devil himself.
25 April 2013
This is a 'Give Way' sign. What it means is 'Give Way', not 'put your foot down and drive straight at any vehicle coming the other way'.
This is also a 'Give Way' sign. What it means is 'Give way to oncoming vehicles', just in case you can't tell from the words 'Give way to oncoming vehicles' written under the nice little picture.
Just in case you aren't aware, this is a sign 'giving an order'. It is not a 'give way if you feel like it, but don't bother if you're in a hurry'; it is a legal requirement: Laws RTA 1988 sect 36 & TSRGD regs 10(1),16(1) & 25. It's there to stop you crashing into people.
This also applies to drivers travelling through Chew Moor and Lostock, where driving standards seem to be particularly poor. If your side of the road has parked cars on it and there isn't enough room for two cars to pass each other safely, don't just drive at the oncoming vehicles, giving their drivers dirty looks for having the audacity to have the right of way. Wait ten seconds for the road to clear, and then go.
Where there's a 20mph speed limit, it's there for a reason, rather than to annoy you personally. Obey it and stop tutting at those who do obey the law. More so, don't overtake them in anger and then nearly run into an oncoming bus, like the idiot I saw last week.
Posted by Womble at 1:59 pm