Staying safe

Know what to expect on the road

Motorway traffic

 

Are you hesitant and slow on the road, or do you drive carelessly and fast? Do you drive defensively, or aggressively, or veer wildly between the two? In terms of road safety it pays to know what kind of driver you are because your temperament and attitude will affect not only your road sense but also how other drivers respond to you.

How to keep your driving in check

Don't be aggressive

Many drivers claim to have been victims of aggression on the road, such as drivers running red lights and tailgating.Calm down, not only for the sake of your licence, but for your health too.

Drive defensively

This will help you cope with unpredictable and irrational drivers. Watch the road ahead, anticipate what might happen and be in control, so you are always prepared for the unexpected.

Take extra care at night

Don't rely on other people's car lights to guide you, and drive more slowly. And be aware that the later it is the more you should expect other drivers to be tired.

Expect other drivers to make mistakes

Expect other drivers to do the wrong thing sometimes. Keep your temper and keep your distance – even if it is your right of way.

Stop if you're tired

Stop for a 15-minute snooze and try two cups of caffeinated coffee. Decide if you are alert enough to continue before restarting the engine.

Make your own decisions

Aggressive drivers are pushy drivers who will try to force you to take action. Don't let them dictate how you drive. Always ask yourself 'Is it safe to move?', then decide what to do.

Follow the 'two-second rule'

Pick a fixed landmark – like a road sign or a tree – and when the vehicle in front of you passes it, start counting 'one thousand and one, one thousand and two'. If you pass the landmark before you finish counting, you need to drop back. You should double the size of the gap in difficult driving conditions (like bad weather), or when towing.

 

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