(NB: I may still write this book, and so reserve the right to reuse any of my posts for huge personal gain if there's a bidding war between publishers). As a serial owner of second hand cars, I have become acquainted with hard shoulders right across this land in my 30 plus years behind the wheel. I have sat on these asphalt oases in all weathers, on busy roads, on quiet roads, at night, during the day, in the heat of summer, in the bitter face of a winter storm. In the days before mobiles, and even afterwards if coverage was poor, you'd have to walk to the next emergency phone, sometimes inches from vans with protruding cargo. I don't know if the ONS has records of how many miles there are of hard shoulder, but let's hear it for this innovation. Let's hear your stories, old and new, and see your pictures, old and new. Let's hear local and national news stories. Let's debate the rise of the "smart motorway": good or bad? I give you: Hard Shoulders of Britain!