To be honest, I think drivers of a certain kind have got less considerate. The unfortunate thing about people is that you can take a bunch of perfectly normal human beings and put them behind the wheel of (usually) a van, pickup, or minibus and a few of them will turn into bona-fide psychopaths who will, especially when aggrieved about something, show lethal inconsideration to anything else on the road.
These latent psychos are the bane of the road (not just of cyclists, but all road users and pedestrians) and should have their licenses revoked. I would bet any amount of money that they are involved in a high proportion of accidents.
The driving test should be changed to be more like the application for a firearms license, and should also include some psychometric profiling elements.
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01:36pm 31 Dec 2013.