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We're in the fast lane to motoring madness
10:39am Friday 27th September 2013 in Letters
I WRITE with reference to your recent article concerning the accidents of six motorcyclists in Hampshire.
You asked the question of why this had happened. Well, as you said, the dry spell must have played a part but also I think it’s the speed of all users on our roads.
So many of the roads are small, two-lane country roads built for slow traffic.
Many have blind bends and up and down gradients, yet their speed limit is 50mph.
This, I feel, is too fast for such small roads.
If you travel on any of these and keep within the speed limit you will find very quickly a build-up of traffic behind you.
Impatient drivers flash their headlights, hoot their horns, some even get angry, whizz past at speed far in excess of the speed limit or tailgate you to encourage you to drive faster with the normal two-finger gesture.
The roads that are bad for this are the A3057 from Andover to Romsey and the the A343 from Enham Alamein up to the A34, but even just driving around town drivers show bad habits.
Andover has more than its fair share of roundabouts yet few motorists slow or stop at them or indicate their next move.
Motorway driving, same problems. Drive at 70mph on the M3 and you will find you are one of the slowest.
The oldidea of a slow,medium and fast lanes – what was wrong with that? Now you must not hog the middle lane and the fast lane is only for overtaking. Are we all to drive in the slow lane bumper to bumper.
The slip lanes have right of way over the slow lane traffic, so in the slow lane at 60/70mph suddenly slip lane traffic arrives on to the motorway and we have to brake or change lane for slower vehicles.
Whatmadness is this? What was wrong with motorway traffic having right of way over slip lane traffic?
The main problem with motorway driving is none of us have had any lessons to drive there yet this is where we drive fastest and if an accident happens it happens big time.
It was good to see 13 September, page 2 of the Andover Advertiser keeping an eye on car speeds in Charlton, except it’s a bit like keeping a dog and barking yourself.
I feel there are not enough police patrolling our roads and so the chances of getting caught are slim.
I ride a motorcycle and drive a car and have done so for the past 50 years. Would other drivers please reply and say what you think?
Motorcyclist, Andover (name and address supplied)