Archive for the 'driving' Category

Some Suggestions for Bumper Stickers

October 5, 2010

WE APOLOGISE FOR THE INCONVENIENCE.

I’M DOING THE SPEED LIMIT. WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

WE APOLOGISE FOR THE INCONTINENCE.

DRIVER LACKING IN GROTH.

I CAN’T REMEMBER ANY OF MY OTHER AMAZING BUMPER STICKER IDEAS.

BUGGER.

SOME SUGGESTIONS FOR VARIABLE MESSAGES ON THE M8

August 25, 2010

GONNAE NO DAE THAT
REALLY, GONNAE NO DAE THAT
INDICATORS NOT OPTIONAL
WE MEAN IT ABOUT THE WHITE CART VIADUCT
OH LOOK A TRAIN
YOU THERE, STOP BLOCKING THE FAST LANE
JUST COS YOU’VE GOT A BMW DOESN’T MEAN YOU’RE ALLOWED TO DO THAT

LOOK JUST RELAX

NO NEED TO BE SO AGGRESSIVE ABOUT IT

BE NICE TO CATS

Do you like golf?

July 13, 2008

If you do you may have been at the Loch Lomond Open which just finished here in, well, Loch Lomond. Well,not in Loch Lomond, but near it. If you were here, or are thinking of coming next year, can I make a few suggestions?

  • Please don’t drive there. There’s a proper link bus from Balloch station now. Lots and lots of people drive to this tournament, and the A82 fills up extremely quickly. Quite why you need to drive to somewhere where you’re going to walk about all day is a mystery to me.
  • If you must drive there, consider not using the A82. There’s not one but two viable alternative routes to and from the golf course, through Helensburgh, or through Helensburgh via the Glen Fruin haul road. They’re both attractive drives, and given that the A82 is full of parked cars during this event, will probably be quicker. In particular, don’t start driving towards Helensburgh then turn left at Crosskeys back towards the A82, because that’s stupid and won’t work.
  • If you insist on going via the A82, please, whatever you do, don’t get impatient.  I drive to work daily past Cameron House, and on every single trip during this tournament I have been forced to brake very suddenly by impatient people suddenly driving onto the road in front of me from junctions. To slightly rephrase that, I’ve nearly died at least four times in the last three days, and it’s getting a little trying.
  • If you are a motorcyclist, either going to the golf or trying to get round the parked cars, please consider driving on your own side of the road. I’ve lost count of the number of bikers slipping up the traffic dangerously wide on unsighted bends, and that’s frankly trying as well.

There you go. Personally I detest golf. But I’ve tried to be polite. If you must go and watch this absurd sport, please have a little consideration for the people who live and work in the area and have to use that horrible road every day.

The trouble is that people speed

May 29, 2007

BBC NEWS | Scotland | South of Scotland | Van driver killed in A76 accident

The incident has prompted renewed calls for an upgrade of the route.

You can upgrade any road as much as you like. So long as people are willing to drive well in excess of the design speed of the road, in vehicles that may not be working properly, you will still get crashes like this.

cf. A82. An upgraded road that still sees regular fatal crashes.

Notes from Farnham

October 25, 2006

Just some random thoughts.

  • What does it say about me that I find the Home Counties more alienating than the foreign countries I’ve visited? I’m not sure, but shops making a fuss about accepting Scots banknotes certainly doesn’t help. Hint: yes, they are legal tender, guys. They are sterling.
  • I can feel a whole post coming on about the Scottish-English asymettry but I don’t have time just now.
  • My god, you people drive fast. And never more than one person to a car either, or so it seems.
  • While I’m being curmudgeonly, Windows is bloody awful and I don’t know why anyone chooses to use it. I’ve had to use it for the last two days and it’s been driving me crazy.
  • On the other hand, I can see why people switching the other way have trouble.

And the view from the top of the hill above Upper Hale is quite something. I bet it would be even more impressive during an air show…

Madness

October 5, 2006

BBC NEWS | Business | Per-mile cover ‘to cut accidents’
Charges for drivers aged 24 to 65 go as low as 1p a mile for off-peak motorway driving while under-23s will be charged up to £1 a mile when driving at night.

I hope that’s a typo—a pound a mile is absurd. Arbitrarily charging young men higher premiums because of the general statistical behaviour of that group is plain wrong. If certain individuals present a danger to other road users, they should be removed from the road.

dangerous and dangerous

September 29, 2006

BBC NEWS | Scotland | Tayside and Central | Dangerous roads upgrade urged

Campaigners have launched a petition calling for Scotland’s “most dangerous” roads to be upgraded.
TRANSform Scotland has also branded the Scottish Tories “liars and hypocrites” for demanding the dualling of the A9 between Perth and Inverness.

Of course, there are dangerous roads, badly designed roads, roads with inadequate capacity, too few signs (or in a few cases far too many). One of them is the A82, just over the hill from me. There are regular fatal crashes. Why could this be? Is it a dangerous road? Is it difficult to drive along?

Well, no. The section from Balloch to Tarbet anyway, is wide, and well laid out. You can get on the highway and basically sit there at 60 mph, admiring the view, turning the wheel occasionally. There are exactly two places between the Helensburgh turn-off and Tarbert where you have to slow down a little.

So why exactly are there so many crashes? Well, A82 is fast, but it is not straight. You sail elegantly around many many bends as Loch Lomond whizzes by to the side. So unfortunately, there are very few overtaking opportunities. And as it’s a well laid out road, it’s perfectly possible to drive down it at very high speed, in perfect “safety”, until you come around the last bend—and encounter someone trying to overtake!

And this is why I have very little patience with the “dangerous” roads lobby. Because the problem (these days) is, in the main, dangerous drivers. The UK may be the safest in Europe for road safety, but around 3,000 people a year still lose their lives. Improve the roads, sure, but unless people improve their driving, it will be an complete waste of time.