Attending a speed awareness course brings home to Richard Barr the need for drivers to be trained to be more aware of the unforeseen

There were 19 of us. We had shown up at a building on an industrial estate on the edge of the city. It was 9am and we were all on time – in fact so early that we had mostly arrived before the man with the key to let us in. Avoiding all eye contact, we huddled near a table that had on it what might have been coffee in tall stainless steel containers, aware of only one thing about each other: we had all committed an offence – and the same one.

A few weeks earlier I was travelling back late one evening. Norwich has a challenging ring road with plenty of junctions and changes of speed limit. I am no saint but I try to obey the law and I have had a points-free driving lic...

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