Driver’s attitude is key

2016-05-10 06:00

It is an ancient truism that the most dangerous part of a motor vehicle is the nut behind the steering wheel, although obviously the Romans had their own version of the saying.

Another saying drummed into my skull in the days of my youthful enthusiasm for two wheelers is that there are old bikers and bold bikers, but there are no old-bold bikers. I must agree wholeheartedly with Keith Blake of Ottery (“Driver responsibility”, People’s Post, 3 May) that “it is all about that personal attitude while driving”: something which I have repeatedly found to be true in the forty years since I first took the wheel of a car.

I would like to add a further observation, that while all of life is dependent on “that personal attitude” it is while in control of a vehicle and cloaked in anonymity that a person’s inherent attitudes are unerringly displayed – whether courtesy or immaturity, altruism or self-centredness.

This past week I noted again on the roads those who are helpful, kind, and considerate, and by contrast those who give the finger to those who observe speed limits and other rules of the road.

It is easy to pick out by their selfish behaviour those who have no thought for others, feel entitled to take preference over other road users, try to intimidate other drivers into pulling over to let them pass by tailgating at speed; in short, those who have not yet passed the toddler stage of “if I want it it’s mine”.

Yes, personal attitude is key.

Bill rogers Muizenberg


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