Driven to dis­trac­tion


Ap­par­ently women driv­ers are worse than men for not wav­ing a thank you to peo­ple who let them pass. I heard this on the ra­dio, as I was driv­ing, and im­me­di­ately felt guilty.

We live down sin­gle track coun­try lanes with pass­ing places and I am reg­u­larly for­get­ting to thank peo­ple who have pulled over to let me pass un­til it is too late. If my hus­band is in the pas­sen­ger seat, he of­ten waves on my be­half, which makes me feel even worse.

My the­ory is that women are usu­ally think­ing about mul­ti­ple things at once. While I am driv­ing to work, I will be think­ing about a story I must tell the pro­ducer, an in­ter­view I have to do, the machi­na­tions of the school pick-up, the neigh­bour’s cat we must re­mem­ber to feed, the fact that we’ve run out of fruit, our leak­ing gut­ter, when my mother’s new glasses are go­ing to ar­rive - and just in that in­stant, my man­ners go out of the car win­dow.

To all those who I may have of­fended in Nor­folk and beyond, can I take this op­por­tu­nity to of­fer a blan­ket apol­ogy. I am re­ally not rude, or un­ap­pre­cia­tive - I am just on over­drive!

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