I should stop reading The Guardian becuase it turns me into a ranting stereotype.
Chris Evans mentioned this story yesterday on his breakfast show and said “maybe she shouldn’t drive.” Driving is a skill, it requires hand-eye co-ordination and a high level of mental processing and decision taking. Yet we persist in assuming that everyone can learn this skill. While agreeing that permiership football should be left to the experts.
Jessica Reed’s take for The Guardian? Poor woman, give her a bye and let her on the road anyway.
Even though she doesn’t know the rules of the road or how to spot a hazard.
ACEM, the European manufacturer’s association, analysed accidents in depth for the MAIDS study and found the following:-
“The cause of the majority of PTW accidents collected in this study was found to be human error. The most frequent human error was a failure to see the PTW within the traffic environment, due to lack of driver attention, temporary view obstructions or the low conspicuity of the PTW.”
They hit us becuase they don’t see us. I think the hazard perception test – though not perfect – at least tries to educate drivers about the idea that traffic is a dynamic environment that they need to pay attention to.
I would like to offer kudos to my dad in this post. He’s worried about his sight and he’s going to get it checked to see if he needs to hand in his licence. Another member of my family – who is not getting kudos today – suggested that he was being overzealous in observing the law. I think he’s being incredibly brave. The other reason we die – or lose the use of parts of our body – is that people who can’t see well enough to drive any more persist in taking to the roads because they aren’t willing to balance their need for mobility against the needs of other people not to be hit by half a ton of car driven by somebody who is technically blind. Respect to a man who has driven for over 50 years but is prepared to walk away from it to keep other people safe.
OK. Back to being cheerful.