Ge­ne­ral de­fen­si­ve dri­ving tips

George Herald - Auto Dealer - - News -

South A­fri­ca’s ro­ads are a mi­ne­field of pre­ven­ta­ble ac­ci­dents cau­sed by poor dri­ving and poor ro­ad con­di­ti­ons. You can o­ver­co­me so­me of the ob­sta­cles u­sing just a few de­fen­si­ve dri­ving tips and ap­plying the rig­ht at­ti­tu­de. It is al­so a good i­dea to ta­ke a pro­fes­si­o­nal de­fen­si­ve dri­ving cour­se to practi­se so­me of the techni­ques men­ti­o­ned he­re. Practi­cal ex­pe­rien­ce is in­va­lu­a­ble. The point of de­fen­si­ve dri­ving is to keep the dri­ver as a­lert and a­wa­re as pos­si­ble on the ro­ad.

The AA pro­vi­ded tips that you should fol­low for o­ver­all ro­ad sa­fe­ty:

Use the 2-3 se­cond ru­le to main­tain a sa­fe fol­lo­wing dis­tan­ce from the vehi­cle a­he­ad of you.

T­his should be in­cre­a­sed to 4-6 se­conds in bad we­at­her con­di­ti­ons, dri­ving at nig­ht, on gra­vel or w­hen to­wing a trai­ler.

Re­du­ce your speed ac­cor­ding to the ro­ad, traf­fic and we­at­her con­di­ti­ons. Re­mem­ber that pos­ted speed li­mits ap­ply to i­de­al con­di­ti­ons.

To main­tain con­t­rol of your vehi­cle, you must con­t­rol your speed to be ap­pro­pri­a­te for the ro­ad, traf­fic and we­at­her con­di­ti­ons.

Main­tain a sa­fe con­stant speed and a­void we­a­ving in and out of la­nes.

Al­ways ha­ve an es­ca­pe rou­te. Al­ways ha­ve spa­ce to mo­ve your vehi­cle to if your im­me­di­a­te path of tra­vel sud­den­ly gets bloc­ked.

Ha­ving an al­ter­na­ti­ve path of tra­vel is es­sen­ti­al, so ta­ke the po­si­ti­on of ot­her vehi­cles in­to con­si­de­ra­ti­on w­hen de­ter­mi­ning an al­ter­na­ti­ve path of tra­vel.

Do not “o­ver d­ri­ve” your he­ad­lig­hts at nig­ht, that is, d­ri­ve so fast that you can­not stop within the dis­tan­ce a­vai­la­ble. Pe­op­le can not stop in the dis­tan­ce they can see on dip­ped be­am and end up hit­ting pe­de­stri­ans, pot­ho­les or ty­re ca­sings.

Al­ways ad­just your speed so that you can stop within the dis­tan­ce you can see.

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