Hazards on roads

READING of yet another road crash death, reported as the fourth in one month in the Horsham area, and all too conscious of the untold grief and hurt which this brings to the families involved, prompts me to write in the hope of encouraging perhaps some additional training for motorists wishing to anticipate the hazards presenting on our roads.

Although a current RoSPA (Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents) report indicates that annual deaths on British roads has fallen to below 2,000, this does not obviate the fact that statistically each of these occurrences is calculated to cost the taxpayer - you and me - a total of more than £1.5m in emergency service expenditure, court and insurance claims, lost family income, repairs to damaged roads and tax revenue denied to the Exchequer.

A driving licence, once obtained, in general means no more mandatory training throughout a lifetime on the roads, and relatively few would accept that skills once learned do require updating and improving.

As a member of the Institute of Advanced Motorists might I through these columns encourage drivers, and particularly those with perhaps limited experience, to seriously consider the advantages of additional training before they become a statistic - a browse on the IAM website with access to our local point of contact could well prove a worthwhile investment.

DEREK WILLIAMS

Chairman, Crawley/Horsham Advanced Motorists Group

Heron Way

Horsham