Thame Driving Blog

    Save Lives #SlowDown

    Thame Driving Blog

    About 2 years ago I was approached by several customers about information that we know as "motor industry experts" but is unknown to the wider public.

    I thought that knowing what to do to pass your MOT or how to claim money back if you hit a pothole was easy information to find. Apparently not, and anayway when it comes to cars and motoring, what I have found is that there is alot of guff and untruths out there. The feeling I got was that people want to listen to people that they trust.

    So....I started writing articles about useful motoring information, amusing tales and local information. I now send this out to over 2,000 people on a monthly basis along with other motor related emails and generally get really good feedback. In fact what happens now is that my readers are now telling me what to write about.

    I hope you enjoy the articles and if there is a particular topic you want to know about then please let me know.


    This week is Global Road Safety Week, which is a campaign designed to save lives by encouraging drivers to slow down.

    Recently we’ve seen some steep increases in the penalties for speeding, and also using a mobile phone whilst at the wheel.

    But is it enough to make a difference?

    I think we’re always going to see those idiots who attempt to overtake 5 cars at 90mph on a narrow road, but on the whole I’m getting the sense around the roads of Thame that drivers are taking more care.

    I have to confess that I do find it frustrating when the roads are wide and open but the limit is 40.

    The temptation to sneak it up to 50 is attractive, so I always make sure I stick on the cruise control and remind myself that it’s literally only a couple of extra minutes (or even seconds!) that I’ll be slowed down by.

    The Road Safety Week campaign is also reminding us of stopping distances, and how they increase significantly with only a small increase in speed.

    It’s the kind of thing we pour over when we’re swotting up to pass our test, but how many of us can remember the numbers?

    I certainly couldn’t, so I found this little infographic to be a useful reminder.


    Ultimately, we all know that speed limits are there for safety, not just to inconvenience or irritate us.

    And with this in mind, I’m happy to have taken the ‘social media pledge’ by posting on Twitter with the hashtag #slowdown.

    Happy driving