Sum­mer Driv­ing

The Oban Times - - Letters -

As we edge past the mile­stone of the Sum­mer Sol­stice, the mag­i­cal bloom of the warm sea­son is in the air.

Join­ing the long evenings, the blan­ket of flow­ers on the machair and the twit­ter of the swal­low is the sud­den in­crease in traf­fic vol­ume and the slow­ing of all jour­neys on our roads.

This is an an­nu­ally re­cur­ring dou­ble- edged sword of ex­ist­ing in ar­eas pop­u­lar as tourist des­ti­na­tions.

A re­cent jour­ney from Fort Wil­liam to Strath­p­ef­fer brought this to mind as I trav­elled up Loch Ness-side fol­low­ing var­i­ous sight-seers at 30 miles per hour.

It is with­out doubt a good prob­lem to have for our econ­omy and the so­cial vi­brancy of the area. I be­lieve gen­er­ally, “the busier the bet­ter”.

How­ever, at the same time it is def­i­nitely the cause of some pro­nounced frustration if you are trav­el­ling with a time sched­ule to keep.

In the short term, all we can do is leave plenty time-mar­gin for de­lays in our sched­ules.

In the long term, the an­swer is for bet­ter roads, and bet­ter means of ed­u­ca­tion to make clear to driv­ers that by pulling in to let traf­fic past, they can help vastly in mak­ing the roads a hap­pier and safer place to travel.

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