Friday, 16 August 2019

Old Buckenham WI in July

Improving your driving
The July meeting of Old Buckenham WI began with a minute’s silence in memory of their dear friend and committee member Gill Freitag.
The speaker for the evening was Martin Woodhouse of the charity 'I am road smart' (formerly known as the Institute of Advanced Motorists). Martin gave a great deal of advice and information on how to drive more safely. He told members that road traffic accidents are the leading cause of premature death in the world and 95% of all crashes are caused by driver error. The majority of roads in Norfolk are rural and these pose more hazards than motorways and A roads. Reaction time for an adult is 2/3rds of a second (greater with age) which at 30 mph means travelling 30 ft before applying the brake. Martin advised giving cyclists a wide berth (as if overtaking a car) and if alongside a lorry on a roundabout stay behind it as the driver can't see you. This applies on dual carriageways too, drive in the gaps between lorries until you can safely go past. Another good tip is to apply the 2 second rule. Allow 2 seconds between you and the car in front to give yourself braking time. If you are being tailgated increase this to 4 seconds. There was also advice on driving on flooded or icy roads and using fuel economically by removing unnecessary baggage and not leaving the engine running to defrost the windscreen. With theft in mind Martin suggested locking valuables out of sight and for keyless ignition cars using a Faraday purse to contain your entry key. All this information was given in an entertaining and anecdotal way.
President Kate Lloyd thanked the hostesses and cooks for making the annual Progressive Supper such a success. Names were taken for the Norfolk and Norwich Operatic Society’s production of 'Made in Dagenham' in January, for the visit to Costessey September, for proposed visits to Hotter shoes and Norwich Cathedral's Broderers Guild and for a quiz.
The meeting took place on the hottest evening of the year and members were treated to a spectacular thunderstorm as they left.
The next meeting is on Thursday 26 September at 7.30pm in Old Buckenham Village Hall when Miss Gerry Foster will speak about sheepdog training.

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