NOT SUCH BAD DRIV­ERS

New Zealand Listener - - LETTERS -

I take is­sue with Jenny Wal­lis ( Let­ters, October 7). I con­sider her crit­i­cism of New Zealand driv­ers, of whom I am one, to be both of­fen­sive and er­ro­neous. Per­haps it is a my­opic Auck­land view­point. I have lived in Motueka, with its one street of shops, for many decades, and I can at­test to the cour­tesy dis­played daily on lo­cal Tas­man roads.

This is put to the test ev­ery sum­mer as the traf­fic in the re­gion swells by many thou­sands of tourist ve­hi­cles. At this time, there ap­pears to be an un­der­stand­ing that if we all al­low other driv­ers to merge into the flow, we stand a good chance of reach­ing our des­ti­na­tions.

Sure, traf­fic slows, but it keeps mov­ing. It is a credit to lo­cal and vis­it­ing driv­ers.

Truck­ies, too, in­vari­ably dis­play re­gard to other driv­ers by pulling in to pass­ing lanes or other con­ve­nient spots so fol­low­ing traf­fic can pass. Brian Har­ri­son (Motueka)

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