4 August 2009
I did something distinctly un-English this morning. I made a complaint.
There was a van with a raving lunatic at the wheel on the motorway today, whizzing and weaving in and out of traffic, cutting people up, overtaking on the inside, not indicating. It's the type that Sarah Kennedy has made a living from whining about.
Anyway, his van had a phone number on the back and a message saying "If this van is being driven dangerously, please call ...". So I did. When finally we veered off in different directions, out came the handsfree and I dialled the number.
The chap at the other end took my complaint but didn't say much. I suspect that message has been on this company's van for years and nobody, befitting our nationality, has ever considered using it for that purpose. That could be because this is the first time any of their drivers has driven like a mentalist, of course, but more likely because most of us tend to stare at our fingernails and declare it all a bit unfortunate.
He may have been in a rush, but it irritates me when drivers in a rush seem to assume that all other vehicles in their way are there just for the hell of it and are fair game because their journey isn't important. I hope this driver gets reprimanded but I suspect he won't. Did I do the right thing? Should we complain more about dangerous or callous behaviour?