Yay, schools out, you and your family may be thinking this weekend, let’s jump in the car and head off somewhere holiday-ish.

Bad idea! Very, VERY bad idea!

Because this Saturday is not like other Saturdays (especially not like those ones who used to wear skimpy outfits, gyrate lasciviously, and sing a bit).

No, this Saturday is Black Saturday, the single most dangerous day of the year on Britain’s roads. That’s according to CCTV firm Vision Truck who warn that the roads will be literally littered with stressed and distracted drivers.

So, if you do one thing this Saturday make it not getting in your car and driving anywhere in it. Make it staying at home and being thankful you had to good sense to do so.

If you like, you could send us a letter or an email here at Bankstone News to thank us for warning you not to drive anywhere on Black Saturday.

But you won’t do that, will you. We know what you’re like. You’ll get in that ruddy car of yours and drive it just to spite us. Well, more fool you!

That’s your prerogative, of course. Your choice at the end of the day. But if you really must drive then, please don’t be out on the roads at 2pm, because that’s when the blackness of Black Saturday is at its blackest.

It’s the single most dangerous hour of the most dangerous day. You’d honestly better better off playing with water and mains electricity than driving at 2pm tomorrow – although we would strongly recommend you don’t do that either.

July is the top month for serious and/or fatal RTAs with an average total of 2,300 compared with just 1,500 in the depths of winter. And right now is the worst bit of July, because everyone tries to go on holiday at the same time, which is obviously not going to work!

Added to which, Saturday’s are really bad days for getting distracted while driving anyway (1.7 times worse than other days). This is partly because pedestrians dress more provocatively on Saturdays, partly because you’re more likely to have kids and/or animals and/or spouses in the car with you, and partly because you’ve probably been out on the lash on Friday and are still a bit bleary from that.

So, basically, if you know what’s good for you and your family, just stay home tomorrow.

If it means cancelling a holiday, so be it.

Better that than exposing yourself to the menace of so-called Black Saturday.


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