Friday 12 February 2010 7.17pm
Yup, been there too, Tom. And have you ever noticed the wierd phenomonon whereby us motorists switch our lights on the moment dusk begins to descend, but some will drive around in the murky half-light of early morning without them? Is it a matter of principle I wonder, whereby they won't put there lights on because it is officially morning and not evening? I would venture that the same misguided principle applies to some of them when it's foggy.
There was a chilling story going around a couple of years ago which, if I remember rightly, originated in Nottingham. Apparently there was a gang there whose prospective memmbers, as an initiation test, had to drive around at night without lights. If anyone flashed them, they had to purseue that motorist and fire a gun at them.
The gang initiation thing came up in a message on the Mobile Data Terminal screen in my cab a couple of years back in the form of a warning to all drivers on the circuit.
I remember at the time hoping that it was an urban myth.
As for lights on or off in times of reduced daylight visibility, mist, heavy rain, snow, etc, have you noticed that the fairer sex are often remiss in that department? Either no lights at all or tiny sidelights that no one could see.
Naturally not all ladies are guilty of this, but an uneven majority of them seem to be.
I have ABSOLUTELY NO DESIRE to get into a them/us war on this subject, but having driven for a living since I was seventeen, my take on lady drivers is this:
There are the 1% who are so good that they make most men look like amateurs, then there's the other 99%.
There appears to be no grey area with them, they are either fantastic or dire.
Mrs. Pepper is a fantastic driver but she makes Michael Schumacher look like a snail with her leadfooted use of the accelerator!