Well... weve had the discussion about dangerous elderly drivers, so I thought it only fair to the grey drivers that we should also discuss dangerous young drivers.
The reason? well earlier today after picking the wife up from Hereford hospital, on the way home we were following a blue Peugeot 307 containing 3 lads in early twenties. There was quite a bit of traffic on the road, and the 307 had been trying to get around the traffic in front for some minutes, in front of them were 4 cars which were following a slower wagon. it was a 50mph stretch and the convoy was travelling around 45mph, (Which was not too slow anyway) this 307 had been tailgating the mondeo which was in front of them for a while, when all of a sudden on a short straight bit followed by a bend he could wait no longer and he stupidly pulls out and attempts to clear them all at very high speed. He might have been able to pull back to the left in time to beat traffic that was starting to appear round the bend, Possibly! unfortunately, the car at the front of the queue moved towards the centre of the road to position to take a right turn that was coming up. Anyway... 3 vehicles were badly smashed, 2 certainly wrote off, with 5 people having to go back to the hospital I'd just left. The young passenger in the 307 was quite serious, I just hope that none were life threatening, but I'd be surprised if he survives.
My wife who used to be a nurse (some years ago now) and I stayed to help as much as we could, (as did 2 other drivers) and also gave witness statements to the police. I've had a first aid box in many of my cars for years but this is the first time one's ever come in handy.
But why oh why are younger drivers so damm impatient, the passenger is very serious indeed, the 307 driver broke his shoulder, has a fractured scull and will have extensive scaring to his face for the rest of his life, besides the lesser injuries to the other people.
This is not about young versus old.... quite simply there are drivers that should'nt be on the road in both groups. Impatience KILLS. So lets ALL try to be much more considerate to fellow drivers. THINK, CAUTION... you know it makes sense!