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« Reply #15 on: 26 September, 2014, 08:48:20 AM »

I reckon I'm pretty good at observing speed limits but through lack of concentration was picked up by a camera doing 37mph in a 30mph zone recently. I was very angry with myself as I drive through that camera four or five times every week!

I opted to take a Speed Awareness Course at 85 rather than the 100 fine and 3 points. All I can say is that having approached the course with some skepticism it has change my mode of driving significantly. It should be compulsory for all drivers/bikers.Grin

How about this: 25 of us on the course and when asked what we were focused on when driving in a line of traffic we all said 'the car in front'. Mistake! Lift your eyes up, you will still see the car in front but won't miss road signs and potential hazards that are coming up. Try it, I did and was amazed at the signs I spotted (close to home) that had never registered with me before.

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« Reply #16 on: 26 September, 2014, 09:51:56 AM »

I always imagine myself as a WWII fighter pilot when out driving, bandits coming at you from every angle in every possible and unpredictable way


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« Reply #17 on: 26 September, 2014, 06:36:31 PM »

Beware the Mercedes in the sun!
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« Reply #18 on: 26 September, 2014, 07:20:57 PM »

I always imagine myself as a WWII fighter pilot when out driving, bandits coming at you from every angle in every possible and unpredictable way


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I did not know that you had seen me driving .......

However, sometimes no matter how observant you are you can get caught. My daughter-in-law, 36 weeks pregnant was driving her Galaxy which was hit by a Focus which was driven straight over a stop sign and hit her square on the B pillar. Witnesses said they were sure her car was going to roll over!!!  Fortunately mother and baby are 100% OK, but there were some worrying moments. Thank goodness for airbags!!!!

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« Reply #19 on: 26 September, 2014, 08:01:05 PM »

You do need to keep your awareness up even on local journeys. My wife has been caught in two different locations driving on roads she has been using all her life because she didn't notice that the decades old 40 limit had been dropped to 30 for a few hundred yards.

I have no such excuse for when I have been caught. Just not paying enough attention.

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« Reply #20 on: 26 September, 2014, 09:50:53 PM »

On a route of 20 miles I travel regularly the speed limit changes 16 times!

C O A S T

Concentration

Observation

Anticipation

Space

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« Reply #21 on: 27 September, 2014, 09:06:23 AM »

I've done the awareness course a couple of times and am due to do it again in a couple of years' time! I enjoyed it and agree that everyone should do it. About once every three and a bit years is about right. It certainly makes you a better driver, if only for a while.
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« Reply #22 on: 27 September, 2014, 11:03:10 AM »

Beware the Mercedes in the sun!

Could have sworn they were Messerschmitts............Wink


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« Reply #23 on: 27 September, 2014, 11:04:50 AM »

I always assume, no-one else on the road has passed their tests....and this is their first time out on the road.....OTT or........Wink


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