I drove to Sumburgh Airport from Lerwick last Wednesday morning, leaving the house at approximately 6.20am, with a passenger who was to catch the first flight to Aberdeen.
This turned out to be a nightmare, not because of the weather as it was not too bad a morning, but because of other circumstances.
The nightmare started at the Observatory once we were away from the few street lights which are still working.
We began to meet other vehicles (some folk would say well that’s alright, that’s what the roads are for). True, but when they have only one headlight, the nearside one, you think it is a motorbike.
The next vehicle driver didn’t know the meaning of dip, or probably didn’t know where the dip switch was at. Try the steering column!
The next driver had one blue coloured light and the other one was bright white. They had dipped, but the white light at the driver’s side did not move – it was like a searchlight pointing skywards. Maybe a stargazer?
Then we got a tailgater sitting on our bumper. One touch of the brakes and he is in the car beside you!
Don’t get me wrong. I am not what you would call a good driver, but I do know what is right or wrong. I was so terrified of my drive back I waited until daylight before returning to Lerwick.
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