Travelling by car on a bank holiday weekend is not normally seen in a positive light.
The jams can be horrendous, drivers who usually don’t drive on motorways take to them like ducks to creosote and, if you’ve got kids in the back, there’s that constant attempt to ward off the dreaded question “Are we nearly there yet?”
I spent over four hours on Good Friday making slow progress towards my in-laws’ new home in Bridport, Dorset, with my two young ‘uns in the back, and another three hours (by a much better, more pleasant route) returning home on Easter Monday, so I know what I’m talking about.
However, despite the best efforts of the outer lane hogs on the M3, I managed to stay relatively sane carspotting. You should try it, as the bank holidays have rich pickings.
So, in no particular order, here are some of the things I noticed on the roads of southern England last weekend.
The other thing that I could help noticing was the number of cars with 09 plates. Now the car industry is most certainly in the shitter and car sales are around two-thirds of what they were last March, but we mustn’t lose sight of the fact that people are still buying cars. I’ve seen quite a few in the last few weeks and there were loads in Dorset, of all sizes.
It’s all too easy at the moment, if you try and earn a living in the car industry (as I do), to forget that there are some people out there with jobs, disposable incomes and the desire to invest in a new car. But if you get out on the road and drive around for a while, you’ll soon spot some newly registered cars and, if you’re a glass half-full kinda person, it might just give you a lift.