Hands up - all those people who are approaching seventy!
Because of a road accident involving two persons of a certain age, the Government were thinking along the lines that as an example, the older generation should take another driving test, as they felt that older persons were too slow to respond to traffic conditions.
I know for a fact that for every one old person involved in a road accident, there are at least 15 accidents involving young people - but there is no mention of any come-back on those incidents. I feel it should be the young age group who should re-take their driving test - not the 70's and over. You often hear of young boys and girls dying in a road accident and usually the cause is that the boy is showing off his new car and trying to prove to his girlfriend that you can go round a bend at 90mph!
Having experienced myself almost in a serious situation which might have made me give up driving on the spot, had it not been for the fact I was miles away from home. My wife and I were on our way to a conference in Oxted and driving on a fairly wide country lane at about 50mph when coming towards me with lights flashing, going at least 80 was this "brain-dead moronic twat" I had to apply the brakes sharply to avoid a collision and bearing in mind the vehicles behind me also going at 50mph - it was very much a tricky situation, but luckily I had car owners behind me who were careful drivers and read the situation correctly, thereby avoiding a nasty accident! I felt we were all shaken by this close encounter with an idiot driver who obviously could not have cared less about other road users - where are the police when you really need them? Looking at car's road discs to see if they are up to date, most probably! But all that has changed since the DVLA now have decided to check their filing system to see who has paid and who have not.
On the whole the police are good people to know and if you pay your dues then you have nothing to fear! They are necessary people especially when you have experienced being the victim of a mugging, house or business robbery or any other crime. Meeting with the police in your road is a good idea - that way they are able to glean from the public local knowledge on what the area status is as far as crime is concerned. We had one of those meetings about five weeks ago and half a dozen people showed up. The policewomen who conducted this road meet stated it was an excellent turn out as they previously had meets and only one person turned up, or none at all. We thrashed out some minor problems we had in our area and they made notes.
It always surprises me, the number of cars that either follow you along a country road or you meet going in the opposite direction that have faulty lights - rather a hazardous situation when being blinded by a vehicle's lights when they have to put their main beam on to counteract their lack of lighting facilities. I thought there was a law against this, but it seems more and more cars are out on the road in this condition and they should be banned as not being road-worthy and the drivers fined £500 which local Government can spend on improving road surfaces.
It is almost as bad as the driver who is impatient and wants to pass you, but the road does not lend itself for doing so, but he/she will, and before doing so will flash you with his/her lights, keep the main beam on, if flashing doesn't do the trick and then as an added insult will give you either a one or two fingered salute and hoot their horn, as they drive pass you. They sometimes lower a window and their passenger shouts out abusive words, as if you we're the guilty driver! I always wonder how some of these people get their driving licence. They don't learn this kind of behaviour from the officially appointed "Driving Schools". So where do they learn this type of aggressiveness?
I always wish I was a policeman myself when things like that happen to me! I'd put them all in prison and throw away the key!