I was going to blow off steam.
You really wouldn’t believe the standard of driving I saw on the way to the yard this evening.
The girl in the Golf in front of me who – for six miles – spent the entire time texting.
At 60 miles an hour.
The lorry drivers (four of them) who blocked the M5 for eighteen miles by playing leap-frog in the first overtaking lane.
The thirty-eight car and van drivers I encountered who remain blissfully unaware that the middle lane is now officially designated ‘the first overtaking lane’ – and when you’ve overtaking you have a legal obligation to pull in to the left-hand lane, you dozy fucking wankheads.
I’ll admit I was also frustrated by a half-hour holdup when the M5 was closed because the driver of a Ford Focus decided to introduce his car to a bridge support in the middle section of the motorway at close to 70mph.
The policeman I spoke to confirmed – as the rubber marks clearly indicated – that no other vehicle was involved.
So it’s likely the driver either fell asleep or was also doing the text thing – or perhaps playing with their satnav.
I realise that the standard of driving in the UK is better than it is in some other European countries.
But we’re in danger of labouring under delusions of adequacy.
And we’re not adequate.
The standard of driving in the UK today is absolutely awful.
We need compulsory retests every two years.
We need IQ tests – without which the candidates don’t get even a provisional licence.
We need common sense tests – as above.
And we need penalties which keep people who are caught breaking motoring laws off the bloody roads.
Hanging about waiting for people to drive their cars in to motorway pillars isn’t good enough.
Yes the gene pool needs thinning out, but let’s keep these people off the roads in the first place – they could end up injuring or killing some poor innocent person.