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Insanity on the Roads

28 December 2012, 08:26
I think South Africans are losing the plot when it comes to driving and using vehicles and the roads sensibly.

I live in a rural area that is popular with tourists, but that has many small farms, thus tractors often have to cross roads. Funilly enough, there are no signs saying beware of tractors or slow moving vehicles, or concealed exits. Bikers love our roads as they have nice curves - to get the boots sparking you know.

They ride at insane speeds, and many corners have little crosses with flowers to "celebrate" their achievements. (Or failures?) Then there are endless "taxis", those that are tied together with wire are barely move - somehow never getting pulled from the road, and the high speed insane we'll overtake regardless of circumstance taxi's.

The extreme aggression and arrogance of these drivers is not easily exceeded, they swerve at road runners and cyclists, and overtake on blind rises. They contribute to human population control to an extent - amazing the government allows this! Then we have the GP cars during school holidays, the brains switch off when in holiday mode.

They cruise along at 50 k's an hour and don't bother looking in their rear mirrors for rear approaching traffic, and even if they do see you, they won't pull over and let you be on your way. Good catalyst for road rage I say. (Not as bad as taxis though) Then we have this yellow line culture - where when a car approaches at speed from the rear, you are expected to pull into the yellow line area - regardless of whether you are travelling in a dotted line zone with no approaching traffic. The gazunkels will not pass you unless you pull over, they have forgotten the basic skills of driving this culture is so entrenched!

I believe this new so called benevolent culture of pulling to the left to allow faster cars to overtake is the biggest reason so many people are dying in head on collisions. At least half of drivers don't know where their left wheel is so they don't pull over properly - resulting in overtaking with some part of the vehicle into the oncoming traffic. When people don't pull over (which is the only legal option actually!), idiots just overtake anyway - especially the geniuses driving the fancier cars on our roads, regardless of circumstances.

Sadly people think their vehicles give them some sort of power, like they are invincible whilst hiding in their little cocoons. It smacks of large scale cowardice, this aggression while protected in the cocoon of you little vehicle. Anyway, unless the rules of the road start to be enforced re reckless and aggressive driving, the carnage WILL continue. I say - be a real man, and just drive sensibly and considerately, and the deaths will come down. The road reflects the mood of our current society unfortunately.
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