Lessons from London's roads

Adam Tinworth
Adam Tinworth

After a week and a half commuting through south London in my trusty car, I have made the following observations:

  • “Mirror, signal, manoeuvre” appears to have been replaced by “manoeuvre, mirror, (optional) signal”
  • The correct response to any form of hesitation on the road is to immediately overtake. This is doubly true if there’s a bus involved.
  • The car is the best place to do your make-up, especially if you’re the driver
  • The correct form when stepping out from between stationary traffic into oncoming traffic is to ignore the car frantically doing an emergency stop to avoid reducing you to a fine, unobservant paste, until the very last minute. Then, you freeze like a rabbit in headlights, before laughing and carrying on across the road.

Despite all this, it’s still more enjoyable that taking the train into central London.


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Adam is a lecturer, trainer and writer. He's been a blogger for over 20 years, and a journalist for more than 30. He lectures on audience strategy and engagement at City, University of London.