A visitor from Manchester emailed us after returning home and described the standard of driving in this area as “atrocious.”

He wrote: “In three days here, I’ve seen a year’s worth of bad driving.”

His opinion is just that. An opinion.

But regular drivers in the county will know standards on the roads continue to deteriorate.

Speeding, tailgating, undertaking and cutting are just four examples you can observe on pretty much any journey.

The A31 saw three serious incidents within hours yesterday. Staying safe out there is increasingly a matter of luck rather than judgement.