"I attended your course based at Teretonga. I am e-mailing you to share an experience I had on the wet open roads of state high one this morning. I was traveling along at 100km/hr on my way to bluff, and saw a telecom power line worker standing on the right side of the road on the grass, from say 100 – 200m away. Before you no it the man proceeded to run out over the road to the other side without looking left! Straight away the defensive driving kicked in and I was only about 80m or say away from him running in to my lane when I hit the brakes. With no ABS I locked up and was sliding straight towards him for a second or so, then began to pulse the brakes and turn to deviate around the side of him. If I had not reacted with the pulsing of the brakes I would have killed this man I am sure of it! Once he had realised the mistake he had made he froze and stood in the middle of my lane! So if I had just remanded locked up, I would of collected him at roughly 80km/hr! I like to thank you for the opportunity of practicing this technique in a controlled environment in wet conditions, because of that practice and realisation of how 5km/hr difference in speed makes, a life was saved today I believe!"
Andy Fulton Hogan Southland