The day I started writing this article I drove into Manchester on a lovely sunny day. There I was plodding happily along the M62, sunglasses on, music on,thinking about my day. All of a sudden, brake lights are all around and traffic jam here we come! Anyway, after sitting stationary for a few minutes, I suddenly noticed a jackknifed lorry up ahead in a horrific collision.
It had only just happened as people were still clambering out of their cars and as there were no emergency vehicles there, I knew I had to stop. Fortunately there were no major injuries, just a broken ankle and a gentleman with shock, I’m glad I went on first aid training! I was straight on the phone to the police and ambulance service who arranged for the relevant emergency services to be deployed to the scene, it’s amazing how quickly they can get to the scene of an RTC. Once they arrived they quickly got to work on stopping the traffic as all lanes had debris, securing the vehicles involved and began to clear the debris and fuel off the road.
You may be wondering why I’ve included this in my review of the ingenie Driver Development Day… Well as I was leaving the scene once the emergency services had arrived, I was going through in my head all of the skills I had learnt at Silverstone, in particular, the high-speed braking which covers what to do in exactly this situation. If only more people could spend half a day learning these extra vital skills, the road would be a much safer place.