The Easter weekend was a busy one on our roads, and the almost inevitable encounters with slow moving traffic left some in-a-hurry holidaymakers frustrated and angry.
Despite calls from police for motorists to exercise patience and allow plenty of time for their journeys, many were eager to heap blame for any traffic snarl-ups on an easy target … the grey nomad!
And, as usual, newspaper columnists were quick to jump on the anti-grey nomad bandwagon.
Nicolle Flint from Sydney’s Daily Telegraph was clearly enraged that a ‘conga-line of caravans’ wanted to use the same road as she did.
“Even though the road conditions were excellent, the grey nomads were all driving 30km/hr under the speed limit,” she wrote. “In the 100km zones they were driving 70km/hr. In the 110km zones they were driving 80km/hr.”
After pontificating about various ways to solve the ‘problem, Ms Flint decided a ‘forceful approach’ was best.
“Perhaps the government could set up point-to-point cameras to monitor grey nomad speeds,” she said. “They could ensure they’re not slowing those of us down who are trying to go about our business and keep the economy growing to pay for the nomads’ future health care needs.”
Ms Flint was particularly enraged by motorists’ apparent failure to leave a ‘reasonable ‘distance between them and the car they were following.
“Perhaps the grey nomads (and all those other slow moving vehicles out there) could do something very simple,” she said. “They could all leave enough space between them and the vehicle in front of them, so that people like me can pass them one by one.”
While some might say that poor driving habits are not restricted to one age group, one type of driver, or one gender, Ms Flint disagreed.
“There’s an ever-growing breed of caravan user — some 25% of the caravan population — whose travel habits are far less predictable and far more frustrating for every day road users,” she wrote. “Yes, grey nomads, I’m talking about you.”
*Does Ms Flint have a point? Do you think grey nomads travel too close to vehicles in front? Is travelling too slow as bad as travelling too fast? Comment below.