Your Reaper heard a particularly stupid advert on the radio this afternoon. I was flicking through one of the Sunday papers whilst the wireless was on in the background, and I heard an advert coming on reminding people to... use their car lights more during the winter.
I kid you not. People seriously need reminding of this?! People seriously need reminding of the fact it's now going to be getting darker earlier in the day than before? People seriously need reminding that they're going to need to switch on their headlamps earlier in the day than before? My god, what on earth has this country come to?
Although as it happens, there may just be an audience for these sorts of adverts, believe it or not. I was driving through Enniskillen on Friday night and I saw no less than three people driving around the town with their car lights off. Yeah, seriously. Not even on sidelamps, but completely off. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought the Highway Code stated that car lights must be switched on at the same time as the street lights come on?
What a shame that we're probably paying for these adverts, eh?
* Although your Reaper must admit to a lapse of concentration once behind the wheel. I was once driving out of a town in a 40mph zone. At the end of the road, I had to turn right on the roundabout onto a national speed limit road. At that point, the street lights would finish. When I noticed that everything had gone dark, I suddenly got very scared. The car lights went on quicker than the speed of... well, light. File this one under the "you only do it once" category.