Vicki Butler-Henderson teaches Tim Saunders how to drive!
By Tim Saunders, 10th June 2012
Our regular contributor, Tim Saunders participated in a YouDrive@Porsche event at Silverstone where Vicki Butler-Henderson, a Porsche driving consultant, ran the theory session alongside chief Porsche driving consultant Gordon Robertson.
“This is the third year that I have been involved with YouDrive@Porsche,” says Vicki, who has been racing since the age of 12 and has been a racing instructor for 10 years. “I love the brand. I wanted to get involved to improve the driving skills of motorists and see how I could collaborate with the manufacturer. The course, which runs eight times a year at the Porsche Experience Centre at Silverstone, makes you aware of perception, peripheral vision and reaction times.”
Gordon Robertson, Chief Porsche Driving Consultant adds: “The £165 YouDrive@Porsche course, was designed for friends and relatives of Porsche customers who wanted to learn about driving regardless of the cars they owned. It’s all about thinking about the right way of driving. All driving consultants at Porsche have a mixed background. I am an ADI driving instructor while others are racing drivers and ex-police instructors.”
Tim Saunders adds: “It was a fabulous experience where I learnt much about driving in treacherous conditions and what to look out for and how to control my vehicle. Of all transport deaths (road, rail, sea and air) road deaths account for 96 per cent.
Consider that an average of 2,222 people die on UK roads annually and 24,950 people are seriously injured and that 75 per cent of these accidents occur in 30mph zones and you can see the huge importance of this course.”
Vicki Butler-Henderson, a motoring journalist for the past 20 years, is currently filming the next series of Fifth Gear.