John Denver had a deep love of the countryside – West Virginia, mountain momma, a night in the forest, and all that clobber. No doubt part of the attraction is that the traffic in the Blue Ridge Mountains is light, the highways are well maintained, and the drivers are both courteous and punctilious in obeying the rules of the road. I was certainly looking forward to a change of pace and temperament when I left London four years ago for a life in rural Kent. I couldn’t wait to escape the perils and stresses of urban driving. After all, what could be better than trading in all that jostling for position and endless traffic jams for quiet country roads where there’s no rush to get anywhere? Oh how wrong I was.