Canny Driving on Motorways

Many Motorways are ‘victims of their own success’, carrying far more vehicles than they were designed for, with drivers regularly facing congestion varying from the occasional queue to lengthy stop/go queues. Using queuing theory, but expressing it in layman’s terms, this book looks at why and where queues can start, and which lane is best to try to get past the holdup as quickly as possible. More

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About Canny Driver

My chosen subject at university was Computer Science, but as this subject was in its infancy when I went to Uni, I had to spend my first year also studying Statistics, which included queuing theory.

I didn’t like Statistics but, a bit like my O-level Latin has helped my spelling in later life, the basics of queuing theory has proved helpful, and provide great insight into some of the phenomena that we encounter on congested motorways and roads. I’ve used that knowledge to help me through too many Motorway queues, and now I’d thought I’d share my hints, tips and suggestions for effective Motorway driving by writing a book and authoring this website.

As well as queuing theory, do I understand the technology involved?

Well, my career is in Information Technology where my main focus has been on the development of computer systems for use in the Public Sector, including Police and enforcement systems.

Police projects have varied from the first Command and Control system for New Scotland Yard, to systems for countries from Canada to Algeria. More recently I have had responsibility for ANPR systems installed in several Police areas, and the introduction of new technology for VOSA (the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency which has replaced by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency in 2014).

My work has involved many hours both commuting by car and travelling long distances on Motorways. Whilst I used to average over 35,000 miles a year, I’m pleased to say that recently this has dropped to under 20,000 miles per annum, although most of this mileage is still on Motorways – where I’ve been able to avoid all but one accident (where I came to stop in a queue on the M4 but a car three back from me didn’t, and drove into the queue at a speed approaching 70 mph destroying his car and the car he hit, whilst also seriously damaging the next car and lightly damaging mine).

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