I am sorry that there is another Ranty Friday about drivers but, well, there you go. There is because there is something that I am raging about on a near daily basis at the moment. I do a 60 mile a day school run. Yep, 15 miles each way and at the moment that route includes three, yes three, sets of road works
And whilst I could be ranting about the roadworks themselves, I am not. I presume they are there for a reason and that reason is valid, so whilst they slow me down and make me roll my eyes when yet another day goes past and I see no-one “in them” working, I let it go.
No. What infuriates me is other drivers in the queue. They see a space, they have to fill it. They have to be up the bumper of the car in front. God forbid they should leave a gap TO LET ME COME OUT OF A SIDE ROAD AND CROSS TO GO THE OTHER WAY. Or get through the queue of stationary cars TO TURN INTO THE ROAD MY DAUGHTER’S SCHOOL IS IN.
Oh no, God forbid that you should want to turn right into that side road whilst we are queuing at the temporary lights 400 yards ahead. The car in front has pulled up there so I am going to go right up behind him? Block the entrance to that road?
What goes through people’s head?
Oh well I am going to pretend I can’t see you trying to turn right parallel to me. I will keep looking in front of me and ignore the fact that there is a queue of traffic behind you now that tails all the way back into the road works and so when the lights go green for me we can’t move forward because there is still traffic coming towards us.
Would the world stop turning if you pulled up short of the junction and left a gap? No it would not.
So pack it in. Stop parking across junctions. It causes all sorts of congestion and in the case of the turning for my daughter’s school there is going to be an accident as cars try and squeeze out on to the road to turn right away from the lights, as cars such as me are trying to turn right into the road. All between two drivers who feel they are entitled to park across the gap just because there is a space.
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