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Speed isn’t everything

Driving from Auch to Condom, at 80kph, I glanced in my rear view mirror to see the massive radiator grille of a heavy goods vehicle filling the mirror. The HGV was obviously in a hurry; I increased speed, to no effect. The HGV kept roaring up closer and closer. Finally, I pulled over and let it thunder past.

The new limit is well-intentioned but is only part of the solution to the road death-toll. A massive re-education programme is needed, addressing dangerous overtaking, tailgating, motorcycle awareness and not using a mobile phone while driving.

I see media reports that an accident was caused by fog or ice. This is ridiculous. Accidents are frequently caused by a failure to adjust speed to take road conditions into account.

Every motorist should spare a thought for emergency services who are obliged to assist at horrific accident scenes.

A driving licence is a privilege, not a right – we should all strive to achieve best possible standards when we use the roads. The aims is to get from A to B safely, without endangering others.

Why is it that people are courteous and patient in supermarket queues yet there is so much aggression on our roads?

Peter Bradley, Gers

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