Drive with a smile around Uckfield, says Observer

Our Saturday independent columnist Observer suggests we all take a chill pill and and modify our driving to think of other road users


Uckfield would be a better place if we all slowed down and showed each other a bit more courtesy, especially on the roads.

Our town gets busier and busier but the roads stay the same.

There are more cars jostling for space and we need a bit more of give and take.

And one way of us all helping is if we give ourselves an extra five or ten minutes to complete the journey or task.

Many of you will know of instances around Uckfield where a bit more courtesy wouldn’t go amiss.

Here’s my list:

  • The High Street/Church Street junction: If you are heading north and someone is waiting to turn right – slow down and wave them across;
  • “Take turns” at the Tesco roundabout and don’t block other users;
  • Framfield Road: it’s quite narrow and there are parked cars. Slow down, there just isn’t room to squeeze through
  • We all know the spaces in the Tesco car park are “tight” – take time to manoeuvre more carefully.

Then, parking

Don’t use a space reserved for disabled people – the excuse of only stopping “for a minute” doesn’t wash.

The same can be said for pavement parking and the parents who rush their children to school at the last moment and park on the zig-zag lines outside the gates or in front of a resident’s drive.

We’re all in a hurry but we shouldn’t use our perceived lack of time, or need to rush around, to run our lives to the detriment of others.

Have a good weekend and drive friendly, drive with a smile: you’ll feel so much better at the end of every journey.

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