Wed, 14 Sep 2005
Burn baby, burn
Five years on we have another round of fuel protests in the UK. The current
prices may be partly due to Hurricane
, but they were creeping up anyway. So now we see people queing for petrol
everywhere. I filled up the Zafira on Monday, but only when I found an Esso with no queue.
I should be okay for a week or so now.
You would think with prices nearing £1/Litre people might slow down a bit to use less, but that
does not seem to be the case. I'm trying to reduce my usage a bit by keeping my speed down a little
and being more aware of how much pressure I use on the accelerator. We will see if I can improve on
my usual figures of around 48mpg. I like the fact that I can easily get over 500 miles on a tank.
I'm still waiting for affordable cars that give much better economy. Maybe the latest hybrid
cars like the Prius will get more popular if
fuel prices keep rising. I know most of the UK price is tax, but that's unlikely to change much.
My theory about people speeding is that they do it because it is easy and they are unlikely to
get caught. Modern cars can cruise at high speed and are so quiet that it doesn't feel that fast.
You have to go really fast for it to feel exciting. Don't get me started on those noisy exhausts
that seem to get fitted to every 'hot hatch'. I've even seem them on people carriers.
Speed cameras do not make much difference as
most people know where they are or they buy gadgets to tell them. I wonder if there will ever be
widespread use of technology to check your speed over long distances, e.g. sets of cameras on the
motorway that log your registration number and make sure you don't get to the next one too
quickly. It's all possible, but there are implications for privacy when everyone's number is logged.
I just find it ironic that a lot of the time speeding makes very little difference to journey time.
On my commute I often catch up with drivers who zoomed past me earlier and have hit traffic. I'll
keep driving for economy.
Thu, 03 Mar 2005
It gets worse
Going home last night took nearly two hours. It started with a broken
down car on the NCR, then the usual roadworks with added snow for
This morning I heard on the radio that the M25 was shut and traffic was
diverting via the A1, so decided to avoid the area and use the M1. That
ended up taking 1.5 hours.
Why do all the roadworks have to be done at once?
Wed, 02 Mar 2005
What's up with the roads?
I'm amazed I got the office at all today. Recently there seems to be more
and more roadworks on my route. There are long-term works under the M25
to re-surface the road. This involves a long contraflow. Then there are
some overnight works at Stevenage that still seemed to affect the morning
traffic sometimes. There's another contraflow at the Brent Cross flyover
due to a burst water main. All that is bad enough, but this morning there
was an accident in the Hatfield tunnel and new roadworks at Fiveways.
Add to all that the general bad weather conditions, it's getting
ridiculous. I suppose it's a price I pay for commuting into London for
work, but this is beyond a joke. I could come by train, but it takes
longer and costs more (to me, not the environment). I'll have to try and
get some days working at home. Luckily I can do all I really need to from
there, but need to come to the office some of the time.
BTW This post is being done via the Pico editor in an SSH session on the
server. There's still some problems with secure FTP, so this was
Mon, 28 Jun 2004
I have to drive nearky 40 miles to work each day. That's about 30 miles on the A1M and the rest on London's dual
carriageways. Generally it's an easy enough drive with most people showing consideration, but there's always a few
who can't go as quick as they would like. On the way home today I had two occaisions when I was overtaking and
someone came right up close behind me. I'm talking less than 5m, at 60-70mph. SO I slow down. If they had stayed back I would have overtaken quicker and moved over, but these people really annoy me. They are going to
kill someone one day.
I keep thinking of making up a sticker for the back window saying "I slow down for tailgaters", but I'm not
sure my better half would approve. I think there should be a national campaign on this to change attitudes.
People should not be trying to bully others out of the way on the road.
I just needed to get that off my chest