So there I am for the second time this week, stuck in traffic. Up ahead, both times (as I was to learn after a half hour of snail-like less than walking progress) there had been an incident involving one or more cars. I didn’t know exactly what was involved, because I’m not a hypocrite: it annoys me intensely when I see people slowing down to rubberneck – and of course adding to the logjam in the process – so I refuse to do it myself.
But forget the rubberneckers for the moment: here’s a radical thought in these days of ever-increasing fuel prices. If a driver can tell that there’s going to be a lengthy hold-up then why not turn the bloody engine off? Resign yourself to the wait (the jam’s not going to move any faster if you get sore at it, though your stress levels might suffer). Save wear and tear on the car (apart from the engine chuntering away futilely, clutches wear out fast when they’re ridden). Stop pumping noxious fumes into the atmosphere. And save money on the fuel bill. Wind the window down and listen to the birdies tweeting. Surely, a no-brainer?
Rant over 🙂