LETTER: Road courtesy

I WAS interested and angered by the article relating to Karen Torn and her comments about drivers where ‘two lanes merge into one’.

She argues that motorists do not know the rules of the road but I would suggest that she seems not to know the phrase ‘road courtesy’.

I frequently travel along the roads to which she refers, such as Hotham Way and Avenue de Chartres, where two lanes merge into one and I make a habit, when necessary, of moving into the outside lane to block motorists such as Karen Thorn, more often than not in 4x4s, who seem to think they have a right to jump the queue by whizzing down the outside lane and forcing their way into the front of the queue.

Every vehicle which does that causes a knock-on effect of making everyone else brake and the telescopic effect causes those further back to come to a stop.

If everyone joins the queue, in single file, we all travel at a steady speed with no hold-ups.

Some years ago, on the Chichester bypass, I saw a lorry pull into the outside lane, which was ‘closed ahead’ and stop the discourteous drivers from overtaking and I decided it was a brilliant idea.

Since then I have practised the manoeuvre many times along Hotham Way, Avenue de Chartres and elsewhere, including the M1.

In all cases the driver who was behind me has not filled the gap but allowed it to remain until we reached the obstructed area and I was able to slip easily back into my vacated space in the line and we all made a slow but steady progress.

There was one driver on the M1 who, when there was a particularly wide central reservation, took the opportunity to sneak past me and I was delighted when, a hundred yards ahead, a Rolls Royce pulled out and blocked his passage as I had done.

Last week, in Avenue de Chartres, I could not believe it when a 4x4 pulled out three cars behind me and moved into the space I had vacated in order to gain a two-space advantage.

I would encourage any motorist to do the same tactic that I use.

Ken Strudwick

Shopwyke Road