Get involved! Send your photos, video, news & views by texting EJ NEWS to 80360 or e-mail us
11:00am Thursday 28th June 2012 in Letters
FURTHER to Andrew Taylor’s letter in last week’s Journal, I would like to say how much I agreed with him regarding the way that many drivers do not bother indicating, especially when using roundabouts.
However, with regard to Mr Taylor’s comments about drivers over 60 being ‘the most dangerous people on the road’, I think my advice to him is – you should have gone to Specsavers!
The next time you are out driving hopefully at, or around the speed limit, just carefully check to note who it is that is sat just off your bumper trying to force you to go faster than you should.
Or who speeds past you across unbroken white lines. Or who is managing to negotiate a roundabout or make a turn and change gear, all at the same time as holding a mobile phone.
I think you will find that in the vast majority of cases like this, and other dangerous manoeuvres, it will be someone well under the age of 60.
Of course, Mr Taylor may be one of the many people who does drive in the manner described, and his real complaint about older drivers is that they hold him up for a few seconds as they tend to abide by the laws of the road, instead of the laws of people who think they own the road.
It is not just one age group who do not drive very well. I see people of all ages driving too slow or too fast, or not concentrating fully on what they are doing. Most of the time it is frustrating, but it is the way other drivers deal with that frustrating moment that can turn it into a dangerous situation.
If Mr Taylor’s views are correct, of course, then I am sure the insurance companies will charge much higher premiums for the most dangerous of driving age groups; but then, of course, they already do, and I believe it might just be for people under the age of 30.
ALAN HODGE, Porter Road, Evesham