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Recently my local Tesco in Newmarket has added a speed bump to its car park. Okay, I admit that’s not the most attention grabbing opening line, but bear with me, dear blog reader, the reason for my rant will come clear soon enough.
Normally my opinion of this car wrecking Health & Safety Induced Hysteria is split between the supportive: “Well at least they slow down moronic boy racers, and in theory save lives,” and sheer anger: “Argh! More speed bumps screwing up my suspension and other stuff in my engine that doesn’t like being tossed around.”
Several years ago someone changed the terminology. Apparently SPEED bump implied going fast, zooming along, building up enough momentum to get over that pesky bump. These days they’re referred to as Traffic CALMING, which I guess is supposed to give our subconscious the message that these hindrances are there to make us happy, at ease, peaceful and full of tranquil intentions.
No. They’re still bumps.
And Tesco don’t seem to understand how annoying they are.
Went to the beach today, a lovely place called Wells-next-the-Sea in North Norfolk. Talk about hot, you could have fried an egg on the sand…well, not that anyone was, but there were plenty of barbecue smells wafting across the beach! I took some happy colourful photos for you to enjoy!
We found a spot out in the centre on a bunch of sand dunes. Forgive the scruffy old trainers, they’ve seen better days, but they make walking across the hot sand easier than bare feet! The family behind the wind breaker had a barbecue on the go, we could see the smoke but thankfully we were up wind and couldn’t smell what had to be the mouth-watering burgers!
I quite like this photo, mainly because of the contrails from the air-plane high in the sky and the thought of the holiday people on board heading somewhere hot, only to miss out on pretty amazing weather right here in the UK! We never bothered to walk to the actual sea as it was low tide and would have taken a loooong time get there!
That bit of blue you can see through the grass isn’t the sea but a strip of water, the sea is beyond the mass of sand and not actually visible from where we were camped out.
Beach huts line the edge of the beach, a couple were a little run down but the majority appear to be very well looked after. Brings to mind the golden age of the British beach where men wore those funny striped getups and it was against the law to show more than 4% of your body!
Wells-next-the-Sea wasn’t jam-packed with people like some beaches, there were wide open spaces, children playing, dogs dashing about, sand castles being constructed, barbecues sizzling and smoking, laughter, fun, games and good all round happy fun times! What a marvellous way to spend a Sunday afternoon, wouldn’t you agree dear blog reader?
Other drivers suck!
I got my driving license late in life even though I had driven a considerable amount throughout my life, driving with friends and family for the most part. I think of myself as a good driver, strangely I haven’t instantly forgotten everything I was taught like the moment I left school. I know the rules and laws of driving pretty well, probably because it’s still fresh in my mind. So after driving solo for the last 7 months I’ve come to find there are few drivers who actually adhere to the same rules as me. As such I have compiled a list of 10 pet peeves of other drivers, inspired by ClassyRose’s own pet peeves list My 5 of the 20 Most Annoying Things at the Grocery Store.
10 ) Slow Drivers!
I’m not a speed freak but I was taught that if a sign tells me I can go 40mph it means I can travel at that speed where road and conditions allow. So where these conditions are evident why do some people travel unbelievably slow? We’re talking 20mph in a 40mph limit or getting stuck behind some fool doing 30 or 40mph in a 60 zone! I’m sure these drivers simply aren’t paying attention, or on their phones yakking away!
9 ) People On Phones!
No! This is actually illegal in the UK! But still I see drivers trying to change gear and steer whilst cradling a phone against their skulls! When my phone rings and I’m behind the wheel I let it go to ansa phone. I’m not willing to cause an accident just because someone wants to say “hi” or ask me what I’m up to. I’m happy to continue on to where I can stop and then use the phone. At traffic lights I glance over and see some idiot laughing into their phone – total morons!
8 ) Dogs Wandering About.
When we take the dogs in the car they have these cool doggy seatbelts on. They can sit and stand and turn around but that’s it. They don’t hop into the front seat for a better view. They don’t crawl into my lap for a fuss. They don’t stick their head out of the window so it can be bashed off by a passing car. If I can do this stuff then why do so many people let their dogs walk around in their car like it’s a mobile living room? I do find it amusing to see a dog with its head out of the window, ears flapping in the breeze, big grin on its face, it’s funny in a cartoon way. But I wince when I see it duck back inside when another car wooshes past. One day those owners are going to hear a very short howl then look down at the bloody wet mess of fur and bone on the passenger seat that used to be their dog.
7 ) Old People!
When everyone reaches a certain age, let’s say 65, they should be forced by law to retake their driving test, theory and practical. There’s no way you can have the same reflexes and ability at 65 that you had at 17. In the mornings I see these doddery old codgers mooching about the supermarket car park trying to park their cars. The other day I watched an old man shuffling back and forth as he desperately tried to park his shiny PensionerMobile before his shrieking wife screams so loud to shatter the windows! Old drivers seem to float about with this idea that just because they have held a drivers license for 100 years it makes them the font of all driving knowledge! No! It does not! Go take a mock driving test and then we’ll see how your so-called experience holds up to todays standards, I dare you!
6 ) People Who Indicate to Go Around a Bend!
A road is straight even if it has twists and turns in it. Time after time I see drivers use their indicators when they go around a bend. Where the hell do they think they are going? Are they being kind and letting me know the obvious bend in the road is coming up? Hmm, I don’t think so. Sadly these drivers are from the category above – old and lacking. I suspected back in the pre or post war era driving instructors told their students to always indicate when they are turning. So I asked my driving instructor this puzzling question and he confirmed it! The much older generation were indeed taught that when you go around a bend you should indicate! Insane! You are on the same road!!!
5 ) Glue Drivers!
I hate these most of all. These are the idiots who like to keep their car as close to yours as possible. Sometimes they get so close I can’t see their bumper (fender for you loveable Yankees!) or license plate! I just don’t understand why they do it? We’re both moving at the same speed regardless of your distance from me. I only have to tap the brakes and the car behind me will be occupying the same space as me, something I seriously don’t want to experience. I want a neon sign in the rear window where I can press a button to make it light up and say: You in the car behind me! Back off dickhead!
4 ) Impatient Drivers!
So I’m driving in a 30mph zone, village or built up area. I stick to the speed limit and everything is ok. At the end of the zone the sign says National Speed Limit Applies which means on a minor road I can move up to 60mph where road and conditions allow. This may take 30 seconds, maybe more maybe less. However because the impatient Glue Driver behind me decides I haven’t accelerated fast enough they hoik down a gear and rush past me. Now because I’m accelerating I realise that in order to prevent a crash I have to slow down to allow this prat to get by me before they hit oncoming traffic. The funny thing is that given the way UK rural roads are made I will actually catch them up in a mile or so when they have to stop at a junction! All that effort, wasted fuel and anger for nothing. I shake my head and sigh!
3 ) Boy Racers!
I realise that term may be sexist but I have yet to see a 17-year-old girl driving a rather pathetic 10-year-old car like a rally driver. Girls tend to have more common sense. Plus they don’t usually have 3 other morons in the car with them laughing and turning up the phat beats! These boys are worse than old people for driving dangerously. They are over-confident, rude, arrogant and incredibly immature. I believe these types of drivers are the ones that spend so much time and money on their precious junk heaps because they haven’t met a girl and bumped uglies. They haven’t even got facial hair and still have teenage spots!! Last week I was heading into town. It’s a 2 lane road that splits into 3, the centre road is a slip road for the car park and only those travelling on the left can use it. So many times I’ve seen wild-eyed laughing boys shooting down that road coming out of the town, only to nip back into their own proper lane at the last moment! Yeah dude! Did you see that shit?! I just overtook 3 cars back there using the car park lane! Who’s da daddy!! Oh purlease, grow up you infantile moron! I think people shouldn’t be allowed to drive until at least the age of 21. That way hormones should no longer be ruling their brains. Much.
2 )Drink Drivers
This should probably be number 1 but it’s not and for good reason. I think fewer people drink and drive than people who don’t indicate. Therefore I reckon the chances of drink drivers causing accidents is likely to be less than morons who don’t understand what left and right is for. However, I really can’t stand these halfwits who have a drink at their local boozer, just the one mate, yeah I’m driving ain’t I? and then drive home safe in the knowledge that by only having one drink they are perfectly in control and everything is fine. No it really isn’t. The only way to be safe is not to drink at all if you plan on maneuvering a mobile killing machine on roads where people are. Drink drivers are selfish bastards. If it was up to me the punishment would be imprisonment for a long LONG time, and their license would be revoked for the rest of their lives. You want to drive a car? That’s the rule. Don’t like it? Tough. Here’s a bottle of vodka, there’s a bus stop over the road, it will be along in 2 and half hours.
1 ) Drivers Who Don’t Indicate!
My top pet peeve of other drivers! I indicate every time I change direction, be that turning into a road, backing up, parking, going around a traffic island – anything that means I am deviating from my current path along the road. It’s safe and courteous to other drivers and I know I am making it very obvious what my intentions are. So why don’t other drivers do it? I’m not talking about the odd one or two that forget, oops, I should have indicated back there. I mean every day I see scores of cars in town and at junctions, and going around traffic islands and they never indicate, they just cruise merrily by whilst I wait to see what the hell they are planning to do.
It’s not just the old or the stupid or young either. It’s as if the majority of people just forget there are these sticks by the steering wheel that they’re supposed to use all the time to let people know what they’re doing! It’s not hard is it? Flip a stick up or down to let those around you know that you are intending to turn right so it’s okay for me to pull out and go left. With onboard computers in new cars I think that if the driver makes a turn without indicating the car should shut itself down and give the driver a bloody good talking to before it will start the engine again. Or, even better, the car should shut down and fine the driver! Yeah! Every time the driver doesn’t indicate a £50 fine is made and taken straight from their bank account!