Letter: Impatience is the greater problem

Last updated 12:00 29/01/2013

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OPINION: I agree with recent letter-writers that driver impatience, rather than slow drivers, is the problem on our roads. There can be nothing wrong with driving at 90kmh in 100kmh zones, because every vehicle with a trailer should be constrained to that speed, and drivers must contend with those.

Much impatience stems from the fact that modern cars are easily capable of speeds above 150kmh and many drivers, given an open road, do speeds well in excess of the speed limit, such that, when they're brought down to 100kmh, that feels excessively slow.

Also, drivers of more powerful cars mistakenly assume that their vehicle's safety features give them an edge and forget that they, themselves, are still human and prone to losing control when all hell lets loose at high speed.

As for slower drivers pulling over to let others pass, very often that's impossible because impatient drivers tailgate, making it highly dangerous to pull over when an opportunity arises. And don't start me on tailgating. My experience is that most Kiwi drivers drive too close.

NICK C SAULT

Wellington City

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