Video clip solves mystery of head-on collisions

Last week while I was cycling next to the N2 I saw a sight that frustrates, and even infuriates other motorists, especially those who tackle the N3 to Gauteng. Two heavily laden trucks were having what seemed to be a race, albeit at snail’s pace when compared to the other vehicles using the road. The “faster” of the two trucks was overtaking the other one so slowly that they had passed out of sight before the manoeuvre was completed. By this time, vehicles had started backing up in the overtaking lane.

A few days later I happened to see a video clip on Facebook or YouTube of two trucks engaged in the same manner, but this time this happened somewhere on the N1 between Cape Town and Johannesburg.

What shook me rigid was that on this occasion, the overtaking exercise was completed when both vehicles had travelled almost a kilometre. Furthermore, the overtaking vehicle forced oncoming vehicles to move onto the shoulder of the road to avoid a head-on collision! There’s more! In this process the overtaking vehicle ignored the arrows that indicate the narrowing of the lane ahead, and a solid barrier line on two occasions. The entire incident was recorded on the dashcam of a following vehicle.

This video clip solved a mystery for me. I had long wondered how vehicles travelling on our national freeways can be involved in head-on collisions. Now I know! Last Wednesday I was returning to Scottburgh South from Park Rynie along Marine Drive next to the Park Rynie Camping Ground. I noticed a dark patch in the sea and stopped to have a closer look.

The sea was calm, but this spot didn’t change, and I wondered whether it was some kind of oily pollution. The surface also appeared slightly ruffled, unlike the rest of the water surrounding it.

For a brief moment I thought it might be sardines, but since the only report of sardines was about two or three weeks ago when News24 carried a brief report about a few sardines that were netted on the beach at Margate, I discounted the thought of little fish.

Mystified, I continued on my way, occasionally glancing at the smudge on the surface of the ocean, convinced that it must be pollution. An hour later, I was astounded to hear that sardines were being netted at Scottburgh main beach – the Sardine Run has started! Exciting, but where are the birds that usually follow the sardine shoals? T

here may be an element of truth in the rumours going around that the foreign fishing vessels are entering our coastal waters at night, and harvesting anything and everything they can, including sardines.On  July 14, the French celebrate Bastille Day. More importantly, there is another battle that occurs in most households in July, the Battle for the Remote! Why, you might well ask.

Well, the Tour de France starts on July 1, and the British are starting to sell their strawberries and cream at the Wimbledon Tennis Tournament on Monday, July 3. For domestic bliss, it might be a good idea to purchase a second television set!

Henry Parsons

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