12:00pm Saturday 20th April 2013
There is still this big issue going on about bad roads being the cause of accidents, (not referring to the recent nuisance of potholes).
I feel the main causes of accidents are “SIS”: speed, inexperience and selfishness.
I don’t think there were too many accidents when there had to be a man walking in front with a warning red flag.
He’d be ill-advised to do that now, as it would be more like an episode of the Benny Hill Show, or Mad Movies.
But, in all seriousness, these three things matter.
Speed – when a motorist thinks, “Who do they think they are to tell me how fast I can go? I’ve passed my test.”
Inexperience – some drivers may not have driven in fog, ice, snow or floods. These people don’t seem to realise it takes a years of practical experience to cope with these conditions.
Selfishness – it’s the “I’m going to be first” attitude which doesn’t help, and the way that some people drive up to a junction at full speed, jamming their brakes on at the last minute to allow for others’ right of way.
They don’t think that one day those brakes may not hold, and that a fatality could occur.
Getting the brain in gear is every bit as important as getting the car in gear.
Joan Archer, Rusper Road South, Tarring
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