27 February 2015

Who's The Worst Driver You Know?

I was recently asked to write an article about the worst driver I know, but didn't want to offend that particular person and risk ruining our relationship!  Plus, I was mindful of people we know who have experienced hurt as a result of some bad driving and didn't want to make light of it.

The angles discussed reminded me of a survey yonks ago - that much searching has not yet found - which resulted in a majority of the people asked claiming they'd rather be told they had no sense of humour than to be told their driving is bad.

It's obviously a really touchy subject!

The point of the post was to talk about the More Than Telematics Insurance.  This is when a small black box is attached to your car to monitor things such as your speed and your braking to build up a picture of your driving style. This information is then reflected in your insurance premiums and savings of hundreds of pounds can be made.

It is especially aimed at young drivers but, with any luck, it will also be helpfully vital, because I once attended one of those Speed Awareness courses (*blushes*) where they opened with the shocking statistic that speed is the biggest killer of young people worldwide.  (More info in this report HERE).

That kind of figure never leaves you and much searching has not yet found the notes I made that day either, which is a shame because it was enormously interesting.  They also advised, for example, that your laptop or handbag can kill you in a crash should they (or any other large object) fly off the passenger seat and hit you at speed and even a mobile phone can cause a nasty injury.  This is something else I've always remembered so, to this day, all our stuff goes on the floor of the car.

There were lots of people there like me, who took our tests around 30 years ago and many things have changed on the roads since then, including the cars.  It was a very worthwhile cause and it's a better investment of resources - education and re-education - than fiscal fines.  We all came out humbled and I am definitely more cautious now.

So it's not only young drivers who could benefit from being assessed in this way.  It's easy to get into bad habits.  According to them, the average time checking for traffic at a junction before pulling out is under four seconds.  Four seconds!  Which is downright dangerous obviously.  Especially for motorcyclists who won't always get glimpsed in a glance. (You'll find yourself checking how long you take - or don't - now!).

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Jeremy Vine
(Image Daily Mail)
And the lovely Jeremy Vine from Radio 2 (someone who I secretly have a crush on) did a feature on his lunchtime programme a while ago saying he was probably going to have to give up his cycling to work because he honestly feels he's risking his life on the roads regarding the ridiculous amount of unthinking driving he encounters.

What he said was startling:  'Every morning when I leave the house, my wife says farewell in the manner of Japanese women who waved off pilot husbands in World War II.'  

He wrote a brilliant article about that HERE - so he's done the bit about some of the worst drivers we know for me and he also, much more recently, held a discussion on his show about how relationships can disintegrate when people with more nerve than I have actually criticize someone else for lacking ability or awareness behind the wheel.  Like I said - very touchy.  Made me hoot though.

Would you rather be told you had no sense of humour (or anything else) than be told your driving is bad?

Who's the worst driver you know?  We won't tell anyone.  Honest ;)

[Disclosure - this is a commissioned post].

22 comments:

  1. I daren't share this information either, as the person concerned would probably never speak to me again. All I know is that if we're going out together I always offer to drive! After being involved in a car accident last year that wasn't my fault I'm more wary than ever about the need to feel safe. I think that many of us could do with safety refresher training and I don't understand why some people find it necessary to drive at the speed they do/ fail to indicate and continue to use mobile phones behind the wheel.
    Thanks for this informative post - brilliant as always x

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    1. Thank you Izzie. It's terrible when you don't feel safe but don't want to offend. I think refresher courses would be good every 5-10 years too - the lack of consideration is astonishing and the statistics really are powerful. Thanks for such a brilliant comment - as always x

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  2. I do try to stick to limits and consider myself a cautious driver, but not necessarily a great (or even a good one probably!). Tail-gaters really get my goat though and I imagine they probably are responsible for a decent few accidents too.

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    1. The fact you're more cautious than most probably makes you a good driver Tania. One of the other things they taught us on that course re tail-gaters was to avoid speeding up. They said you're already in a dangerous situation and it only puts you in a dangerous situation but faster. X

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  3. I'm not a driver, I've never learnt. The idiots on the road terrify me and I don't think I ever want to learn to be honest.

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    1. I wouldn't be without my car and most people are OK but there are still too many idiots out there, you're right.

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  4. Really interesting post, it's definitely made me think. I'm going to be timing myself as I check at junctions now, and even though I like to think I'm a safe driver I don't think I always do look that long, especially on quiet roads. I'm going to remember that about things on the passenger seat do, I do usually put my bag on the floor for security reasons but I'd not thought about them being a danger if the car stopped suddenly.

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    1. Thank you. I always stop and look for a bit longer than I used to now and I'm glad you've taken on board the stuff on a passenger seat - it's really important :)

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  5. took m,e 17 years and over 1k lessons to pas my test !!! still never been on motorway or ringroad

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    1. Oh goodness! There's always a first time, but let us know eh? ;)

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  6. I don't often drive with others. I think my DB is the only one actually, and he's an excellent driver. My son is going to learn to drive soon which has me quaking in my boots somewhat. :)

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  7. I don't know who I would class as my worst driver, apart from some of the other drivers on the road (especially during the school run)

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  8. I'll have to whisper but it's him indoors LOL. I often say "don't drive like that till I put my seatbelt on" xx
    P.S. had no idea about your crush x

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    1. My ex-h was a nightmare - so glad not to have to endure that anymore! Should have hung out for JV ! ;)

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  9. Lol to your secret crush on Jeremy! Mich x

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  10. Psst..... Younger Dad had to go on one those speed awareness courses not so long ago! I have to say I'm pretty awful when I'm not concentrating ie backing into another car only after a week of having my brand new wheels! X

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    1. Those courses are excellent and no doubt made him a more conscientious driver too! I remember your accident in your brand new wheels very well! x

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  11. I am probably the worst driver I know, although touch wood so far I have only crashed into stationary objects!

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    1. How admirable of you to admit it and hope you're ok x

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