Ok, so I’ve been invited to do a guest Blog here so thank you very much for the invite. My name is Dev and I write blogs about the driving instructor industry as well as operating my own driving schools in Hereford. I teach automatics and I’m probably one of the few driving instructors in Hereford to do this.
I attended the ADIJNC conference meeting recently and this is one of the articles, I hope you enjoy it.
If you find yourself complaining about the record amount of traffic on Britain’s roads, experts say it’s all our fault for doing so much shopping online. Apparently there were 325.1 billion miles travelled in the 12 months to June, an increase of 1.4 per cent on the previous year. Van mileage grew 3.6 per cent as demand for shopping deliveries increase. An RAC spokesman said the rural road figures were “concerning” and added: “Looking over 20 years, there is a staggering 70 per cent increase in van traffic which must be proof that the nation’s ever increasing internet shopping habit is changing the type of traffic on our roads.”
There was an amusing story in the Sun last month, concerning road workers in Watford who arrived a day early for a resurfacing job. Residents had been told that the work was due to start on a Tuesday but woke on the Monday morning to find their cars had been lifted onto a lorry and dumped in the next street. Kiely Bros, hired by Hertfordshire County Council, apologised for the gaffe but local councillor Asif Khan said: “It’s staggering incompetence.” A bit of an understatement if ever I heard one.
I’m writing this piece on Monday October 9th, a day before the deadline for this column. I took a couple of days off to attend the ADINJC conference (which I am sure will be covered elsewhere in this newsletter). I thought that it was an excellent day and I scored it nine and a half out of ten on the feedback sheet. One of the many highlights for me was to get up close and personal with the new Insignia parked outside by Vauxhall, one of the conference main sponsors. Coincidentally the car was also reviewed by Clarkson in the weekend’s Sunday Times. He rated it three out of five stars, which is pretty good for our Jezza. Do you remember the time when Vauxhall refused to supply him with any more cars to review after he couldn’t find anything good to say about the old Vectra?
You have probably heard that King Salman has announced that women in the Islamic kingdom of Saudi Arabia will be allowed to drive from June 2018. They have been banned for 60 years, although some have been illegally taking to the roads in anticipation. The woman was sitting behind the wheel for the first time with her husband alongside her ‘teaching’ her to drive. The car suddenly sped forward and crashed into a concrete block. The woman lost her life and it was not known whether she was wearing a seatbelt.