Being a better driver may not be one of your new years resolutions but it is always one of ours. If everyone played a part towards being a better driver, we would all benefit and our roads would be quite safer too. Here are a few easy tips for you to play an important role in helping make our roads safer and provide a better driving experience for everyone on the road with you.
Keep your Hands on the Wheel in the Right Position
You may remember your driving instructor telling you to keep your hands on the steering wheel at the 10 and 2 positions on the clock. These guidelines have changed over the years and it has been proven that it is better and safer to keep your hands lower, at either 9 and 3 or 8 and 4 clock positions.
Don’t Drive when you are Tired or Unwell
Most people are aware of the massive risk that drinking and driving pose to drivers as well as others on the road. A lack of sleep or medication can impair your judgement just as much, if not worse than alcohol. If you are sleep-deprived or on medication that may jeopardise your good driving judgement, it is best not to drive.
Keep Left pass Right
To prevent traffic congestion, stay in the far left hand lane at all times and only use the right hand lane to pass vehicles that are travelling at a slower speed. Avoid traffic fines by not exceeding the speed limit even when you are passing a vehicle.
Keep your eyes not only on the vehicle directly in front of you but also on the vehicles further on the horizon. Also be aware of the vehicles on your left and right hand sides as well as checking in your rear view mirror of the vehicles behind you, every 5 seconds. This does take practice but will give you extra reaction time should anything happen.
Safe Following Distance
This is one those tips that is often at the top of everyones safe driving list. It can benefit you in many ways, not only is it safer by helping to prevent accidents, it also prevents you from breaking prematurely which is a main cause of traffic congestion. You can either follow the 3 second rule, where you allow 3 seconds from the car in front of you, or a distance of at least three car lengths from the car in front of you when driving.