TODAY I had my most stressful commute in ages. You see, since I found myself tooling around in a Shelby Mustang a couple of weeks back, and learning all about self-restraint, I’d like to think that I’ve become the UK’s Slowest Driver (TM). So, this morning, I decided to take my E-registered Citroen AX GT to work, and drive it an manner that’s befitting of the traffic regulations, and not the hooligan way this car generally encourages its drivers to take.
Pottering along out highways and byways at just below the legal limit soon found my stress levels rising rapidly. Why? Because everyone, and I mean – everybody – who ended up behind me, decided to drive centimetres from my rear bumper. Those around me, generally mistook my car for a mobile target, aiming for me at every lane change, and if I did pass anyone, they’d inevitably get the hump and re-pass me…
Yet, if I’m in my Subaru Outback (08-plate and most presentable), I’m treated with courtesy and respect. The same in the Saab. Even my Cavalier is given space and time. So why not the AX? Is it a) invisible or b) so useless looking that people just want to see it off the road? Either way, for peace of mind, I should drive it quicker and run rings round the opposition come the corners.
But will those nice, friendly traffic officers see it that way, I wonder?
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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