Thursday, 19 July 2012

How's your driving?

I'll admit I do get a little exercised by other people's driving. But most of the time it's as a pedestrian, observing the behaviour of the drivers thundering past way over the so-called speed limit as I negotiate the pavement with two toddlers. And it's not only when they're behind the wheel that the buggers irritate me. Why in the name of everything holy do they have to park on the bloody pavement, for goodness' sake? Of course, it's out of consideration for their fellow drivers, making it easy for them to pass without the need to slow down or - worse still - stop completely and wait for someone coming in the opposite direction.

And then there's exiting from a drive or car-park. People, when you do this, you are crossing the PAVEMENT. That little bit before you hit the road is MINE and if I'm on it I have PRIORITY. Just as you wouldn't expect me to stand in the middle of your road holding up the traffic while I wait to continue on my way, I don't expect you to sit in your car across the pavement until such time as there's a gap to pull into.

And finally, people behind the wheel as I walk beside you, why do so many of not own a hands-free kit? And I'm talking to the one-armed bandits driving HGVs in particular here. It's not as if they're that expensive. And compared to the risks your taking - with your livelihood and our lives - it's a pittance.

Oh dear. I've become as ranty as some of the people in this video by who have just done some research into our driving habits. You can take an online test and see how you compare, if you like.

But in the meantime, remember - I'm watching!

What gets your goat as a pedestrian?

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