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Van peerism


Rob Andrew's thoughts on road rage as a result of driver frustration and continued traffic growth (NCE last week) are interesting but overlook the underlying reasons for the high levels of white van man and BMW driver road rage perpetration.

The fact is that white vans are eminently faster than BMWs as demonstrated daily on our national motorways. Exiting the M42 recently in my BMW 325 TDS, I was dismayed to be passed on the outside of the elevated bend with ease by a small and fairly ancient, ladder betopped, white van exceeding the national speed limit by at least 15km/h.

So what is the rationale behind this frustration? White van man aspires to the status of a BMW but cannot afford it so he drives fast to compensate.

BMW man on the other hand has worked hard for his toy and feels he must preserve it by conserving his speed and staying within the law. No wonder there is rage and frustration!

Robin Ross (M), 11 Orchard Avenue, Bingham, Nottingham, NG13 8GD

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