Tolerance is what's needed on our roads
SAFE driving, there being no other kind worthy of consideration, requires a concurrent blend of cognitive and psychomotor skills.
Keeping everything in perspective within the law has become an increasingly taxing task, given the multiplicity of regulation; the yellow box being one example.
Approaching Bristol's Bear Pit roundabout, going north, a green light in my favour was unhelpful as it would have taken me on to the box which was already blocked by traffic attempting to reach Marlborough Street.
It had been brought unexpectedly to a stop by factors unseen; possibly a bus or two doing a slow left into the terminus.
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After a change of lights against me, followed by a repetition of the foregoing with still no movement, the "gentleman" behind me (Mr Toad, perhaps) leaned on his horn, perhaps suggesting that I might try a tricky manoeuvre to get across to my preferred exit for Stokes Croft, allowing him to take a similar risk.
"Sorry Toad, but I have as much respect for my vehicle as I have for the law."
There must be more than a few words to describe this regularly occurring situation, some of them unprintable but 'exasperating' sums it up well.
Fear of being 'camera-snapped' only adds nervous tension.
Years ago, I had to perform a right turn off London's North Circular Road.
I knew approximately where the turning should have been but the lane markings were obscured by a row of stationary buses.
I had no choice but to continue forwards on the nearside to the next roundabout, returning on the opposite side, but this was unfamiliar territory and more stressful in consequence.
There is now so much traffic using our roads with the term 'rush hour' having become an all-day continuum, that what is required is more tolerance, especially of the unexpected; not another round of tyrannical regulation.
Bernard J Seward