Dear Friends, Members, Associates and colleagues,
May I start by giving my apologies for my absence recently, to the point my wife had also been in contact with the Salvation Army in an attempt to find me!
I took on the role as President at the same time as I was made redundant at age 62 I had to go into the big wild world and either find a job or start my own business. Starting my own business I did and although successful has taken over everything else in my life. I’ve missed my wife, boat, children, grandchildren and contact with GAM.
I had a very pleasant coffee with Graham Ranshaw last weekend and we discussed that in a future role I will make a bigger effort to attend Sunday Runs and Committee Meetings and will stay in contact with GAM electronically when I am away on business.
Like you I’m still heavily involved in trying to educate drivers, to improve their on-road skills and increase road safety through my business – a specialist driver training company. Most of my work is with the National Health Service, working in England, Ireland,Scotland and Wales. What I will say is that I do believe with these emergency response courses, it is a way that driving skills can be cascaded down through friends and family and give people a pride in the way the drive. I tell all the drivers I put through the Future Qual Btec Level 3 course that they are automatically able to receive an IAM ‘First’ which is a wonderful accolade to the work you are all delivering to improve safety on our roads.
Lots has changed with the IAM and I must get up to speed with it all and the only way I can do this is to make some time for myself, family and the IAM which I do want to do. Everyday is a learning day I keep saying and we as trainers, educators to people we meet through either the IAM or through professional courses run by the Emergency Services must never close our eyes to. But, I must tell you something funny that happened last week, I thought I knew it all until I was told by an 18 year old medical student that I was teaching that the marker posts on a motorway depicting distances on the A or B carriageways are in kilometres not miles!!! Why then are the motorway distances to next destination signs in miles? Countdown markers in yards? Phones are a kilometre apart and there are fifteen smaller markers between not ten? No wonder we’ve confusion on our roads and now that included me! I have to admit that since 1972 when I first went onto the Police Traffic department I’ve been telling everyone the wrong thing.
I do hope to be at the next Sunday Run on 23rd April and I thank all the supporters of the Guildford Group for their continued support and efforts you all put in.
President, Guildford Advanced Motorists.