It’s time for a brake

2018-11-20 06:01

Admittedly, I am passionate about driving. And do my best to obey the traffic laws. Laws are there for a reason and not a hindrance, as some would think. My daily experiences on the road would reveal the extreme confidence of our drivers in the abilities of their vehicles. Some think that a mere touch of the brake pedal would bring a 1.5 ton metal object travelling at 60 to 120 km/h to an immediate stop. Such confidence in your braking prowess and stopping power.Sarcasm, you say? Of course. This would seem to be the only language some understand. Really now, do you honestly think that tailgating at any speed will have any other result but a knock-on effect? Considering myself an educated and considerate driver, I will pull over into the left lane when safe to do so in order that you may continue your race, uhm, journey. We will meet again shortly up front in the traffic. But, I take great exception to having someone – anyone – tailgating me after I in no way issued any invitations to have you sit or park in my boot or back seat. Of course, with the tailgating comes the flashing of headlights and the hand signals when driving in the right-hand lane, seemingly reserved for some. Being considerate, I will move over. Occasionally, it is impossible to do so immediately because due to traffic in that lane, it is just not safe. But tunnel vision is dangerous: The tailgater is blind to this and will flash and persist excitedly.

Maghmood Allie, Plumstead

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