I’ve had the AA Drive Tech, National Speed Awareness course today. An alternative to the Fixed Penalty fine and penalty points I received last Christmas. If you have not previously attended a course within a 3 year period, you will be offered this one. And it helps. It really helps. It wasn’t as boring as I though. Quite decent.
Some of the things I’ve learned:
More paint, more restraint. More red, more dead. (about the paint you often see on the roads)
Speed limit is a limit not a target.
We used to drive on the left. We now drive on what’s left… 🙂
Aggressive drivers tailgating and flashing you on the motorway tend to be very annoying. A study was done and it revealed that these people usually are not satisfied with their life, their job, family and tend to use their car to bully others in traffic.
Don’t react. Control yourself. Be careful. You never know what “animal” is driving the other car.
When you are inside the car you feel that you are becoming anonymous. You loose your control and you do and say weird things that don’t represent you.
If you’re sleepy, of course you need to stop and rest, but if you can’t do it, chewing a gum or making verbal commentaries about the road, traffic or weather helps to keep you focused and concentrated.
The most common word put down on the reports by the insurance companies is: SUDDENLY.
UK has the most positive statistics in Europe on road accidents, injuries and deaths. We are doing even better than Sweden. No wonder. We have cameras everywhere.