I was in stop start traffic in Queens Road mid afternoon last week. I have experienced the growth in traffic in Queens Road over the past decade, well in many places really, and it is not good. People should catch public transport and leave the roads clear for me.
I had just made another of innumerable complete stops and the car behind me ran into the back of me. Very bad words spat from my mouth. Although right turns are banned in Queens Road, I put on my right indicator and turned into the next street once there was a rare gap in the traffic flowing in the opposite direction and the person who hit me followed me. Better to block traffic in the right lane for a minute, than block the left lane for considerably longer.
He was apologetic. There is no point in not being when you run into the back of someone. Not that it is relevant, but he was of Indian heritage, quite nice looking and about 35. I could not see any damage on either car and nor could he. But just in case, I took his driving licence number, name and address and car registration number. You never know. He might have bent my chassis. What? Car's haven't had a chassis since the 1950s? Really. So what are all the bits bolted to? Ah, to each other.
Some drivers may have soundly abused him but that is not my style. However, I could not resist a parting shot, "You really need to stay off you phone when you are driving". He gave a weak half grin. I had hit the nail on the head. He must have had his eyes down looking at his phone in the stop start traffic.