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Reader letter: Drivers at fault, not roundabouts

PUBLISHED: 15:53 15 May 2018 | UPDATED: 15:53 15 May 2018

Driving instructor Martin Wright has concerns about the standards of driving - and the design of roundabouts - on the Broadland Northway. Pic: Lauren De Boise.

Driving instructor Martin Wright has concerns about the standards of driving - and the design of roundabouts - on the Broadland Northway. Pic: Lauren De Boise.

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All this talk about “dangerous roundabouts” really is tosh (EDP, May 11). Nick Conrad said “are we all such appalling drivers that we can’t apply a little self-discipline and logic” (add skill to that Nick).

The problem as always is us, drivers. We all believe whether we are 17 or 70 that our driving skills range from very good to excellent.

In fact I sometimes fall into that trap reasoning that I’ve driven over two million miles, drive a car and ride a motorbike and have passed advanced driving and riding tests.

I think that until I see top class rally drivers hurtling down a loose gravel road at over 100mph or watch Formula One drivers controlling an 800bhp racing car at 200mph - at that point I realise I am pretty average.

Modern roads (and roundabouts) are not dangerous it’s all about incompetent drivers. Roads and roundabouts are fixed, they are there, they don’t move about or suddenly do something stupid that is the prerogative of so called drivers - maybe you’re too tired, in a hurry, you got up late for that important meeting. Those are some of the real problems.

I’ve driven the length of the NDR many times and quite honestly if someone cannot negotiate a three-lane roundabout without colliding with something or someone then they really need to give up driving or take (and pass) an advance driving course, oh yes and get up an hour earlier.

It’s a funny thing when you leave home with 30 minutes to spare the traffic flows oh so smoothly. On the other hand if you leave home late for that important appointment you’ll be followings caravans, tractors, large lorries, buses, etc, and that’s when the problems begin.


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