Safe driving tips and techniques
SAFE driving is not only essential for the safety of yourself and the vehicles occupants but with ever increasing insurance costs, an accident may increase your car insurance premium drastically. These bad habits may seem small, but these bad habits result of most road traffic accidents.
Explained below are essential, but simple safe driving tips designed to enhance your driving skills, confidence and awareness leading to a better, safer driver.
Many of the bad driving habits unfortunately remain with many and below details the most common causes of road accidents and how they can be prevented.
Driving too close Driving too closely to another vehicle in front (tailgating) is dangerous and is one of the main causes of road accidents as it simply does provide a driver with enough reaction time to stop in the event of the vehicle braking or stopping suddenly.
Tailgating is also illegal. In the event of sudden braking or stopping, it not only increases the chance of you hitting the vehicle in front but the vehicle behind you is at risk of hitting you also.
Safe Driving Maintaining a safe following distance increases your thinking and stopping distance. If you are un- sure of a safe following distance, the two second rule is an easy method for such safety aspects. other than safety factor, driving too close to a vehicle in front causes greater brake and disc wear due to the constant accelerating and slowing, increases fuel consumption.
A safe following distance allows the car more often to slow down without the need to brake and as a result less acceleration is needed.
Changing lanes Forty percent of all road accidents are due to drivers failing to look properly. A typical example of why these accidents occur is a lack of appropriate observations before changing lanes. Most of us look into the mirrors before making a lane change but can forget to check the blind spot.
A car can easily be obscured by either the left or right blind spot plus smaller vehicles such as motorcycles and in towns and villages cyclists.
Safe driving It is much safer and cheaper to plan your journey and to allow plenty of time to complete it. If you are late, think, does it really matter? Is what I am late for really worth the potential risks of speeding? Remember the next time you are speeding it will:
increase the possibility of an accident that will affect others and not just you increased fuel consumption high risk of speeding tickets by static cameras or mobile patrols
Speeding is one of the major causes of accidents.