Geared to fail
I had an enlightening conversation with a young man of 18 who has crashed four cars in a year — each one a write-off (“Crash position”, Letters, May 22). I asked him why he kept careering into hedges and walls. It appears that when he was a learner he was never taught to change down through the gears; to slow he just stands on the brakes (even in top gear, in the wet or on ice).
I wonder if this explains why so many young drivers hare around our country lanes, hoping for the best.
Heather Tanner, Earl Soham, Suffolk
Jeremy Clarkson says the Mazda MX-5 is a “cure for depression” and “you just can’t be in a bad mood when you’re driving it” (“The attack bunny has hearts thumping”, May 22). Since when has depression been as trivial as a bad mood? It’s disappointing that misconceptions about this illness are still very much alive.
Janet Chester, Abergele, Conwy
Need for speed
Slow drivers cause many motorists to take undue risks. I live in the Cotswolds and frequently get stuck behind a veteran driver going 15-20mph. We should all be reassessed for a driving licence every 10 years; owning one is not a God-given right.
JW Price, via email
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