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Looking after your car and keeping it in top condition is important if you want to be safe on the road. Being road safe isn’t just about protecting yourself: it’s also about protecting your passengers and other people who use the road. It never hurts to refresh yourself on some safe driving techniques, we thought we’d recap on some top tips for being the safest driver you can be.
Watch your speed
Whether you’ve got the fastest car model or you’re just in a rush, it’s easy to put your foot down and exceed the speed limit. Here are some simple tips to help you to keep your speed under control.
Distracted drivers cause crashes, and distractions come in a wide variety of shapes and forms. The easiest way to stay in control is to be self aware and prevent your concentration from being undermined. Watch out for these common distractions:
Be ‘fatigue’ aware
Tiredness presents a very real danger for drivers. Fatigue slows reaction times, reduces your concentration, and diminishes your ability to understand and react to unfamiliar situations. That translates to a very difficult driving experience both for you and for drivers around you who are trying to interpret and react to your decisions. Avoid fatigue with some smart decisions:
Share the road with care
The road is shared by a wide range of vehicle types and sizes. It’s easy to become complacent and get used to looking for the same size of car whenever you pull out at an intersection. The reality is it’s our interactions with the biggest and the smallest users that can cause the most danger.
Driving around cyclists requires constant vigilance - they are a lot smaller than cars and need to be given space as well as consideration for the speed at which they travel. Large trucks and lorries can easily cause drivers to make mistakes, particularly if you underestimate the speed or manoeuvring space that trucks need to get around.
You can reduce the dangers of sharing the road with different vehicle types by remembering these straightforward tips:
Being a safe driver means being aware of the hazards you may encounter on the road and giving yourself the time and ability to react quickly and effectively. Taking time to remember some simple ways to be safer has the potential to be a positive benefit for everyone on the road.