Post by Steve Hague Post by Penny
scrawled in the dust...
Post by Steve Hague
I was told not to brake for any animals. I do, of course.
I once encountered two large dogs dancing about on the carriageway of the
M25 in relatively heavy traffic. It was very scary, my two young daughters
were quite distressed by the sight. We then passed a vehicle on the hard
shoulder where two people were plainly watching with horror as their dogs
ran around in the traffic. I don't think I swerved, all the cars had slowed
down at the sight of them. I took the next exit, onto the M23 and had to
travel as far as the Gatwick exit before I could pull over and deal with my
My wife has two phobias, spiders and the M25. I'm reasonably ok with
spiders, but I see her point about the M25, which according to Terry
Pratchett was designed by the demon Crawley.
I have never seen the M25, and I have no desire to remedy the omission.
My late mother suffered from arachnophobia.
The road I fear most is the A9 between Perth and Inverness
(a) it switches from single to dual to single to dual to single to dual
carriageway all the way, so drivers who don't know the road well
sometimes forget that they are on a single carriageway and imagine that
it's safe to overtake when it isn't
(b) tourists from all points south can get to Luncarty, just north of
Perth, on dual carriageway all the way, and the return to single
carriageway disorientates them
(c) Luncarty is the first place where tourists accustomed to driving on
the right first encounter in earnest the requirement to drive on the
left after having come all the way from Channel ports on dual carriageway
(d) the scenery is impressive - enough to distract drivers' attention
from the road
(e) there are often deer grazing on the hillsides, again potentially
distracting for drivers
(f) it is the only route north for HGVs, caravans and motorhomes and the
only route south again, leading to traffic queues on the single
carriageway sections, which in turn leads to impatience and reckless
(g) when I lived in Perth, I acted often enough as court interpreter for
German-speaking motorists who had been involved (usually caused)
accidents on the A9 to be acutely aware just how dangerous a road it is
(h) it regularly gets blocked by snow in winter.
It was my late mother's favourite road, but then she seldom actually
drove on it. She just enjoyed the scenery.