Driving through Edinburgh at night. This you will immediately recognise as the Barnton area of north west Edinburgh.
Here’s a pet peeve of mine: drivers who don’t switch on their lights when:
- it’s getting dark
- it’s raining heavily, and
- it’s clear from the other road users that the cars you can see most easily are those other cars that have their lights on
I was taught by my driving instructor that my car lights are there not only to allow me to see the road ahead, but also to help me to be seen by other road. It amazes me that there are some drivers out there who don’t have the self-awareness to connect the fact that they can more easily see the cars that have their lights on in the heavy rain or at dusk than those that don’t, and therefore perhaps if he (and it usually is a he) switched his lights on he might not get some BMW smacking into the back of him at 80 mph because he wasn’t seen quickly enough.
I usually switch my lights on as a matter of course if I’m going on a long journey or on a fast road because I’ve observed that I welcome any available clue that there’s another heavy lump of metal hurtling towards me at 60 mph.