I honestly thought I was a good driver until about 10 years ago now. I had the opportunity to do a defensive driving course for HM Forces as a next career progression to staff car driver became available.
It basically meant I would be flying about as fast as possible "legally" with "blues and two's"
around the country picking up top brass and using the fabled black tuned 3.0 24v Vauxhall Senator
that the MOD so very much favoured... Often with police outrider escort
It was a dream job for a petrol head
Anyway I digress... I would highly recommend a defensive driving course, it opens your eyes to the possible dangers on the road and almost gives you "Jedi like"
powers to fortell what hazard may be lurking round the next bend.
The amount I learned on the 8 week course was simply mind boggling and it was very confusing at first after a lot of classroom work when you get into a high powered (at the time) Volvo 850 T5
and all the instructor keeps telling you to do is "keep your foot in, don't brake just yet" ALA the Stig methodoligy.
You learn to position the car correctly for every corner.
take into account the simple things that you never notice, like knowing that you are coming to a built up area by seeing street light lamp posts over the top of hedge rows and slowing down accordingly.
You also start to look further down the road all the time... Crikey, when on a motorway now, I look down the road as far as I can see for possible bottle necks of traffic that could be slowing down rapidly, not just the first few cars ahead of me..
Overtaking properly is "Pièce de résistance
" of any advanced driver's repertoire... Again, something I thought I did quite well previously... Nope!!!!
The final test is a lesson in total multi-tasking itself! You must commentate on all possible hazards while driving at high speeds and be aware of your surroundings at all times, pre-empting and reacting accordingly!
After that, Driving at high speed on a French toll road or German autobahn is quite easy as long as you respect the conditions of traffic, weather and capabilities of your own skill level and car.
As my instructor said... "Speed does not kill.... The sudden decrease of velocity after realising you have been an idiot does"
Well worth investing in a defensive driving ADI course IMO..... If you like driving fast... do it, just make sure you have the skills to handle it!