6 August 2019

Rules Of The Road


So, last month I turned 37 and I realised that I really need to be a little bit calmer when I'm driving.

But here I am, a month into this realisation I'm struggling to do anything to calm myself down behind the wheel.
I do quite a lot of driving at work and some of the things I see other drivers do just really rubs me up the wrong way, and I know I shouldn't let it get to me but it really does.


Last week, for example, I was making my way to a job travelling on the M62 and I noticed a lady deep in a text conversation right as she drove along in the middle lane.
And what made it worse was that I then noticed she has two little kids in the back of the car.

Beyond disgusting.

So, without disrupting my driving, I give her the dirtiest look I could muster to let her know exactly how I feel about what she's doing and then, as I continued further down the motorway I exited on the slip road and then stayed in the right-hand lane but I then suddenly notice this woman again, on my right with her left indicator flashing away trying to get in to my lane.
I couldn't move over has there was a car to the left of me but then all of a sudden she puts her foot down and regardless of there being no exit space left, she pulls straight across in front of me, driving directly over the chevrons and decides it's OK to leave around a foot gap between us and then continues to press on her brakes. 

To be honest I all most crapped myself and slowed right down and then I stayed away from her. 

But for the rest of the day I was in such a bad mood and very nearly almost phoned my boss and told him I was going home because I didn't want to be on the road any longer that day. 

I mean for starters, does she even know the rules of the road and how can anyone put their kids in so much danger?!

I do see a lot of crazy stuff daily on the roads but this has to be one of the worst to date I think and it really did stress me out but it got me thinking too - and I am a bit over-thinker - is my driving OK?

Should I have slammed on just to let her in before the chevrons?  But wouldn't that have put the car behind me in danger?  Do I actually know the rules of the rood fully (because she obviously didn't but still took her children out in her car!)?  Should I be brushing up on my knowledge of the highway code a little bit?

And then I thought, if I were to take my driving test again - both the practical and the theory parts, would I pass it again?

I'm not actually sure...

I think that maybe after having a driving licence for a certain number of years there should be a refresher course people should be made to take - it makes sense to really doesn't it.

Are all drivers confident that they are up to date with all of the newly brought out rules of the road and all of the changes which have been made to the old rules?

I know I for one am not too confident that I'm fully up to date on all the changes because I passed my test around 17 years ago...

Well, luckily for people like myself that do care, the guys over at Kwik Fit have created an e-Book which explains all of these recent rule changes.

The book covers things from changes to the MOT (like the 5 new MOT categories) and changes to the highway code (things like new rules on overtaking a cyclist to new penalties for driving in a closed lane).



After my daily disastourous experiences, this e-Book is 100% per cent worth a download - some of the changes inside it are things I know I have very probobly done and shouldn't have which I could quite easily be penalised for.

Well worth a read - it could be a read that reduces road rage stress, it could be a read which prevents an accident, it could be a read that or saves a life...

Download it today

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