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Done for doing 10 mph

picture of car brakingYou may recall the recent story of the poor lady from Bristol who was fined for doing 10 mph on the M32. She reportedly suffered from a clinical fear of driving as well as MS, and claimed she had joined the M32 by accident.

It would be unfair to harp on about this particular case, but it does remind us of the need for every driver to make good progress at all times, subject to the driving conditions and speed limits encountered. Sadly, many drivers now seem to drive well within the prescribed limits and overtaking seems to be a dying art. The reasons are not hard to find.

Speed cameras have made everybody err on the safe side � better to be under the prescribed limit than over. However, most car speedometers over-read by anything up to 10%, so somebody doing an indicated 37 mph in a 40 limit to ensure they are definitely not placing their licence in peril, could actually be doing as little as 34 mph and needlessly holding the flow of traffic as a result.

As for overtaking, it seems some drivers simply won�t do it on single carriageway roads any more � presumably for fear of momentarily exceeding the speed limit and getting caught in the act. As a result, we see an increasing number of queues tailing back behind slow-moving vehicles such as tractors and heavily-laden good vehicles.

The IAM has always supported the safe and legal use of speed and will continue to do so.

The case of the lady from Bristol has a happy ending! IAM staff examiner Andy Poulton spent some time with her after she regained her licence, in order to boost her confidence behind the wheel.

Driving on side lights

This is only legal when there are street lights illuminated ( less than 100 metres apart) and where the speed limit is less than the national speed limit of 60 mph. It is illegal during the hours of darkness where there are no illuminated street lights (so there may be lights but they are not lit), or where there is a national speed limit, or when headlights are legally required (visibility seriously reduced � fog, snow, spray usually, where visibility is less than 100 metres).

However if you think you need lights on put your headlights on. It is not for you to see, it is for you to be seen. Side lights are really only parking lights.

If a car just on side lights is amongst cars with headlights on, then it is extremely difficult to pick that car out. Drivers do not expect other vehicles to be on side lights and moving, so it takes additional time for them to react, and that may be too late.

Bill Storey

MATLOCK (Derwent and Hope Valleys)Group of Advanced Motorists

Tel 01629 812732

IAM Group No. 4191