Flippin' heck: Are drivers' attitudes to blame for a spate of overturned cars in Dartford?

News Shopper: A car overturned in Home Gardens, Dartford. A car overturned in Home Gardens, Dartford.

A Dartford driving instructor has blamed the attitudes of drivers for a spate of road accients in and around the town over the past few weeks.

On Monday a woman was rescued by fire crews after her car flipped on to its roof between Phoenix Place/Cranford Road and Heath Street, trapping her inside of the vehicle.

A spokesman for Kent Police said: "The woman managed to get out of the car via the boot. She was taken to hospital by ambulance."

And on Sunday a three-car crash on the A2 at Dartford saw lane closures put in place.

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These recent accidents come just days after a black Vauxhall Meriva displaying a green 'P' sign used by newly qualified drivers, overturned in Home Gardens on May 9.

Kent police were called to just before 7am to reports that the car had collided with a lamppost and flipped on to its side.

South East Coast Ambulance crews treated the female driver for minor injuries.

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On May 8 an overturned car closed one tunnel at the Dartford Crossing.

And on May 6 a car flipped over onto its roof in Hawley Road, on the outskirts of Dartford.

A man, aged in his 20s, who was driving the car was treated at the scene for chest and back pain before being taken to Medway Maritime Hospital.

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David Forrest, aged 54, is a driving instructor and owner of D Drive driving school, based in Dartford and says that the roads in Dartford are not to blame for this string of accidents but the 'defensive' attitudes of drivers.

Mr Forrest said: "It's often the attitudes of other people that cause the problems rather than the roads themselves.

"When we teach people we teach them properly and show them the right attitude to have towards driving - driving isn't just about having the technical skills.

"You see a lot of defensive driving and we teach people how to deal with and avoid those situations."

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7:53pm Mon 12 May 14

HearTheFacts says...

When learning to drive, no its more the point of learning to pass the test.

It's what happens after passing the test, is where the problem is.
When learning to drive, no its more the point of learning to pass the test. It's what happens after passing the test, is where the problem is. HearTheFacts
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