Many of us who drive cars can agree that we’ve been in a close call with another driver at least once. It is therefore imperative that we learn the basics of safe driving.
For tips about what you can do to become a better driver, read on in this article.
Stick to the speed limit
There are a number of reasons why speeding is wrong, and taking the roads too fast will not make you a better driver, no matter what you think.
One reason why sticking to the speed limit is a must, is because it is the law. If you get caught, you can get fined and get points on your licence. Too many points and your licence will be taken off you.
Plus, the faster that you drive, the more fuel that you will use up. From a safe driving point of view, you will also increase your risk of causing or having an accident when you don’t drive at the appropriate speed for the road that you are on.
Adjust your speed to conditions
That being said, as driving instructors will tell you, speed limits are not a target, and are a maximum for the road that you are on. It could be fine to go the national speed limit on a dual carriageway on a dry and sunny day, but in the rain, you may need to slow down a little due to surface water, spray from other cars, and lack of vision.
All good drivers have the ability to react to different scenarios and then know how to adjust their driving accordingly.
Be better at braking
No matter if you have been on an automatic driving course or had manual driving lessons, learning the art of progressive braking is a must. It is best to start slightly, then increase the pressure that you are braking with, and finish off light.
This will ensure a smooth transition from moving to stopping, and avoid anything too sudden or jerky. It also gives other drivers on the road the chance to react to what you are doing, rather than constantly slamming on the brakes at the last minute.
Braking better will also ease the wear and tear on your tyres and your brakes, which helps your bank balance at the end of the day.
Anticipate and look ahead
Being a better driver is more than just looking at the car in front of you. If you give yourself space between the car in front of you and yourself, then that is a good thing.
But it also allows you a little time to anticipate anything else on the road such as other dangers. If you’re in an unfamiliar area then this can be especially important.
Look ahead and anticipate, and it will mean that you are driving safely, as well as giving yourself time to react to the carelessness of other drivers.
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