Being a professional driving instructor doesn’t mean you are immune from having a road traffic accident – I should know!
A couple of years ago, I was involved in an accident which was entirely my fault, although you seem to get scoffed at if you tell people about this and then tell them you are a Driving Instructor! I have told my students on a regular basis that, like anyone else who drives, I am a human being not a robot and I am bound to make mistakes – probably moreso than most because I am on the roads so much more.
I was driving from Ross’ house in Wokingham to pick up Grace from Guildford. I was around halfway there when I met a rather large traffic jam near the Coral Reef roundabout in Bracknell. The car ahead of me was going quite fast and I misinterpreted it to mean that the way ahead of them was clear. However, I couldn’t see as this car was a rather large jeep. Before I knew it, they stopped suddenly and I went into the back of them! I teach my students on a regular basis not to assume anything, unfortunately I kind of did on this occasion!
I, of course, apologised most sincerely to the driver in front of me. I felt even worse when they told me that they had only had their car less than a week! The car ahead of them was also involved. The Police arrived and were extremely sympathetic and understanding. No matter how hard they try though, you always feel a little like a criminal when you are standing on the roadside puffing into a breathalyser.
Road safety is so important and, with so many accidents taking place on our roads every single day, it is important to stay alert, focus on your driving and always, always forward plan.
The small print: Please note that I received monetary compensation for writing this post. However, all views expressed are my own and all words were written by me!