Today we went for a drive round Loch Rannoch. For those unfamiliar with the road in question, it is a rather twisty-turny affair, single-track and only wide enough for two cars to pass in a few places. Despite its single-track nature, I don’t think it’s officially so, therefore there are no proper passing places. Because of this, many drivers don’t seem to bother either slowing down or pulling over slightly when faced with an oncoming vehicle.
A large proportion of the vehicles we passed were of the 4×4 variety, or SUV, if you prefer. Of those, I’d say two thirds were BMW X5s. I don’t know what changes occur in the brains of the people that drive these beastly machines, but getting behind the wheel of one seems to induce an overwhelming sense of superiority. Indeed it would seem that other cars become invisible.
When driving in this part of the world it is necessary to chill out a little bit. You’re never doing to get anywhere in a hurry, and manners are the order of the day. Perhaps the Bavarian company should include a little section on manners in their handbooks.