The speed awareness course I attended in Tunbridge Wells today was actually very enjoyable. There, I’ve said it.
A lot is made of the fallacy that excess speed is the main cause of accidents. Of course if you do a little research you’ll see this simply isn’t true. In fact, the most dangerous driver I’ve ever experienced was also the slowest.
I’m very excited to be attending my first speed awareness course in just over a week’s time (read about that here) because it looks like the event has prompted the production of the very first batch of WeDriveOnTheLeft.com products. Photos will follow but I’m looking forward to wearing the most perfect t-shirt for the event, and soon anyone attending such a farce will also be able to get suited up appropriately.
I just rediscovered, after perhaps more than a decade, the Alliance of British Drivers. I read a lot of their material about a decade ago – they had reams and reams of great information and unreported facts – but since then I’d more or less forgotten about them. For example, through them I learned that less than 1% of accidents have speed as the main cause, and less than 7% have speed as a contributory factor. And that speed cameras create accident blackspots. And that increasing speed limits to realistic levels causes average speed to drop. And on and on.
We all get annoyed by idiot drivers (the trend seemingly that they’ll be driving large German manufactured vehicles) who either think they are above everyone else or simply do not care enough about others to give a hoot – but there is one thing that really gets my goat more than anything else!