Someone slap these drivers

Someone slap these drivers

I drove to Napier in BMW’s very accomplished 123d for the weekend. It’s a nicely balanced car with an engine that’s more than capable for overtaking at short notice. The handling is how a sporty coupe should be – you can feel the car moving underneath you as you push it through the bends as the chassis feeds back the undulations in the road surface. So this is what made my return trip on the Napier-Taupo highway annoying: two drivers who (at separate times) overtook me while I had the cruise control set to 107kph, then held me up through the bends. People, if you’re going to overtake someone who’s already exceeding the speed limit (but by an acceptable amount), make sure you’ve got the balls to stick with your decision in the corners. So, Mr Grey Cefiro with your skanky-looking girlfriend and her stupid little dog on her lap who let me overtake on the passing lane, then right at the end came by me at around 140kph only to slow down again to less than 100kph, please consider yourself virtually slapped. And Mr Red Civic who overtook me, then slowed down to 80-90 in places, again, but perhaps this time a virtual knee in the groin. Maybe common courtesy is being gradually beaten out of us by the plethora of crap American TV shows where anger and staunchness seem to be the only way to get things done. I might start a website called ‘virtual slap’ where you can upload your stories then people vote how many virtual slaps this person should receive. But that would just be perpetuating the anger. Virtually.

I drove to Napier in BMW’s very accomplished 123d for the weekend. It’s a nicely balanced car with an engine that’s more than capable for overtaking at short notice. The handling is how a sporty coupe should be – you can feel the car moving underneath you as you push it through the bends as the chassis feeds back the undulations in the road surface. So this is what made my return trip on the Napier-Taupo highway annoying: two drivers who (at separate times) overtook me while I had the cruise control set to 107kph, then held me up through the bends. People, if you’re going to overtake someone who’s already exceeding the speed limit (but by an acceptable amount), make sure you’ve got the balls to stick with your decision in the corners. So, Mr Grey Cefiro with your skanky-looking girlfriend and her stupid little dog on her lap who let me overtake on the passing lane, then right at the end came by me at around 140kph only to slow down again to less than 100kph, please consider yourself virtually slapped. And Mr Red Civic who overtook me, then slowed down to 80-90 in places, again, but perhaps this time a virtual knee in the groin. Maybe common courtesy is being gradually beaten out of us by the plethora of crap American TV shows where anger and staunchness seem to be the only way to get things done. I might start a website called ‘virtual slap’ where you can upload your stories then people vote how many virtual slaps this person should receive. But that would just be perpetuating the anger. Virtually.

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