After a long and detailed conversation with a movie stunt driver recently, I've been spurred on to write a series of articles which I'm going to publish in the blog over the next few weeks. It will be a series talking about driving skills and how you can do your part to help both yourself and all those around you on the road. This isn't "speed kills" or anything like that, but hopefully a series of bite-sized chunks of information to give you something to think about. It might cover topics you already know about. It might make you think "crap - I do that!" or it might make you think a little more about what's going on when you drive. Either way, I hope you find it useful. Feel free to comment as usual.
Part 1 - Traffic is like a flowing river.
This is the best way to think of traffic. Imagine all the cars are particles of water flowing in a river. If you slow down for no reason, you cause an obstruction like a rock being dropped in the river. Water - the other vehicles - now have to either slow down or go around you, which causes turbulence behind you and to the sides. Turbulence slows down the flow and causes problems. The same is true if you are going to pull out in to traffic - make sure there's enough room or you create a blockage and more turbulence. Apart from your own safety and that of others around you, your sole job is to get from A to B without causing any interruption in the flow of the river.