Got back from my trip to Carlisle for my "speed awareness course" late last night. Just over 500 miles. Stopped off in Kilmarnock overnight on Thursday to visit my daughter and grand daughter, wee Mabel (not so wee anymore), then had the top down yesterday from there to Carlisle. Magic!
The course itself took 4 hours and was attended by about 30 people 18 - 65, men and women. The "lecturers" did a good job of presenting the course, with a mixture of anecdotes and slides, but I learnt nothing new, apart from maybe changing where I am focussing on the road when looking for approaching hazards. I tend, like most people apparently, to look slightly to the centre and right when viewing the road ahead, and don't give enough attention to the left side. Pretty obvious really. I didn't see the camera that got me! On the bright side I didn't get any points on my license, and don't have to declare the course to my insurance company.
Suitably chastised, I headed home at a sedate 60/70mph, which was just as well, as I passed a couple of traffic cars at the roadside.
As an interesting aside, the presenters, when questioned, took the stance that we should be lowering speed limits on motorways etc., and thought the proposed average speed cameras that are going to be placed on the A9 between Perth and Inverness (every 3 1/2 miles for 87 out of 110 miles) where a great contribution to making it a safer route.
I think that we're going to go back to the days of the red flag acts.