Being a Rover driver, I’m well used to being treated badly on the roads. Being cut-up by cars badly emerging from side-roads, tailgated in 30mph areas and generally treated like a sub-human is part and parcel of driving a car wearing the badge of a failed marque. I’m used to it, and although it niggles me no end, it’s a fact of life – especially in badge conscious Northamptonshire.
About half way into my commute last night, I had a bit of a moment – ‘wow, I’ve just realised that nothing bad’s happened. I’ve not been tailgated or cut-up,’ I said to my co-pilot. He agreed, and for a second I wondered what had happened. Yes, I left the office later than normal, but not by much. But then it hit me – there’s football on, and England’s playing.
Now I’d never suggest for a moment that there’s a correlation between the level of civility on the roads, and the number of football fans staying at home to watch their match. Oh no, definitely not. But I must admit I do like it when there’s big footballing tournaments on the go, because you’re guaranteed some quiet time on the roads when the home team is playing.
Also, you have these lovely little flags, denoting the cars to give a wide berth to on the roads. So, the longer it goes on, the better it is for keen drivers.
Good luck England – long may you stay in the tournament…
Is the Editor of the Parkers website and price guide, formerly editor of Classic Car Weekly, and launch editor/creator of Modern Classics magazine. Has contributed to various motoring titles including Octane, Practical Classics, Evo, Honest John, CAR magazine, Autocar, Pistonheads, Diesel Car, Practical Performance Car, Performance French Car, Car Mechanics, Jaguar World Monthly, MG Enthusiast, Modern MINI, Practical Classics, Fifth Gear Website, Radio 4, and the the Motoring Independent...
Likes 'conditionally challenged' motors and taking them on unfeasible adventures all across Europe.
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