And while we may have a good road safety record in comparison to other European countries, I suspect this is because there are so many skilled drivers out there, compensating for the wilful blunders of the lunatic fringe. Every day, hundreds of accidents are averted by the sharp responses of careful, alert drivers; the unsung guardians of our national road network. Yet despite their good efforts, the carnage goes on.
This is hardly Clarkson\’s fault, but there is a difficulty about Top Gear that cannot be denied. Its core audience is exactly the kind of young male drivers who are statistically likely to cause most serious accidents, which makes the programme\’s celebration of speed for speed\’s sake particularly uncomfortable.
Top Gear\’s naughty because it encourages the lunatic fringe, while the country that watches Top Gear has a good safety record as opposed to those that don\’t?