Thursday, 23 February 2012
What is it about so many Irish motorists that they cannot get their muddled heads around the idea of motorways?
And what special kind of self-assurance and supreme confidence in their own stupidity do they possess that they will obstinately sit in the overtaking lane of a three-lane motorway, blocking traffic behind them, even as the inner lanes are free?
I’ve never seen it occur – on such a regular basis – anywhere else.
Is it down to pure cussed stupidity? Or is it because quangos such as the RSA (Road Safety Authority) do not divert sufficient resources to meaningful driver education in this country?
It prefers to bombard people with ridiculous adverts depicting daydreaming drivers somersaulting their vehicles spectacularly before flattening little Johnny on his swing in the back garden, instead of telling them how to use motorway lanes correctly.
Of late, I’ve had cause to use the M50 several times a week, and my blood pressure hasn’t been the same since. It seems that the best way to make progress on the M50, and other Irish motorways I assume, is to stick to the inside lane. That stays relatively empty, apart from the occasional truck, while the middle and outer overtaking lanes are chock-full of half-wit lemmings driving within touching distance of each others’ bumpers, their progress bearing no relation to accepted lane convention.
Paddy and Mary don’t do “slow” lane it seems.
And that’s mightily ironic.
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Posted by The Gombeen Man at Thursday, February 23, 2012