Safe driv­ing tips and tech­niques

Lesotho Times - - Motoring -

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

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

— driv­ingtest­tips

Speed­ing is one of the ma­jor causes of ac­ci­dents.

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