On Good Friday morning my husband and I attempted to make the journey between Sr Albans and Oulton Park circuit. This straightforward journey involved some 160 miles of M1, and then the M6. There was heavy traffic, as could be expected, but the weather was dry and sunny and visibility excellent.
It was with increasing dismay that we were forced to come to an abrupt halt six times. Without exception, all six incidents, one of which involved us crawling the whole length of the Birmingham expressway, seemed to be caused by people driving too close to the vehicle in front and not thinking about what they were doing.
All the accidents were nose-to-tail shunts involving the great British disease, “brain fade”. I am an underwriter with a leading insurance company. We, the motor insurers, are constantly under attack for increasing premiums and excesses, and for being too selective in the risks we take. How can we be expected to do otherwise?
People must realise that, if they don’t take care to avoid unnecessary accidents such as those we saw on Good Friday, motor insurance premiums will increase to such a high level that some people will simply not be able to afford to drive the cars they presently do, nor enjoy the peace of mind given by comprehensive cover.
They should ask themselves: would I put my money on my driving?
Beverley Gilder, St Albans, Henfordshire