Gareth from the Office: Better late than dead on time

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LIKE most people I was shocked to read reports of what has been described as one of the country’s worst ever road accidents.

On Friday 34 vehicles were involved in an horrific accident on the M5 that saw at least seven people killed and more than 50 people injured.

Each paragraph written brought more and more details come out and the pictures I saw were increasingly shocking.

There’s lots of speculation as to what caused the crash, some suggesting it was caused by a huge cloud of smoke from a firework display that drifted across the motorway obstructing drivers’ vision.

Maybe it was, perhaps it was a natural fog, either way it would have been terrifying for everyone involved as they hurtled through it towards impending doom.

But it made me think about the way some people drive when faced with adverse weather conditions.

There have been numerous times when I have witnessed drivers speed past me at 80mph in the pouring rain, or tailgating the car in front when it’s icy and I wonder what goes through their heads.

I bet the one thing they’re not thinking is what do I do if the car in front suddenly has to brake.

Last year during the wintry conditions I had the misfortune to experience two drivers, in just a matter of hours, run into the back of my car, not at speed but because they weren’t driving for the conditions, or as it happens, paying any attention to the conditions.

It made me think that an initiative to reduce the speed limits on motorways during adverse conditions would be a good thing.

The huge overhead electric signs could be put into good use and people would be forced to drive a bit more sensibly.

As the speed limit on motorways is about to be raised to 80mph, how about a limit of 60 or 65 when the weather is bordering on the treacherous?

Some people seem hell bent on getting from A to B in a fraction no matter the consequences, but I don’t see the point.

I have to admit I have often driven behind someone travelling slower than I would have liked, but I still keep my distance.

I don’t see the point in intimidating someone by driving closely or flashing my lights.

You never know who is driving the car in front and I don’t want to be the person who causes an accident because I didn’t leave on time.

Just leave at a time which allows you to get there in time or just face the fact that you’re going to be late.

As the saying goes – it’s better to be late than dead on time.