HOW CAN I BE A SAFER DRIVER?
If you're not sure what to focus on when driving, here are a few pointers to help;
READ THE ROAD
The further ahead you look, the more time you have to identify and respond to hazards. Always be able to stop your vehicle in the distance you can see to be clear, as you don’t know what’s around the next corner.
Having looked ahead, use that knowledge to anticipate the problems that might come up and plan for them well in advance, so you can avoid needing to take last-minute action.
USE THE TWO-SECOND RULE
Watch as the vehicle in front goes past a marker, then say "only a fool breaks the two second rule". If you're at the marker before you've finished, you're too close. Double the gap in the wet.
At 70mph your stopping distance is the length of a football pitch. Looking away at a crucial moment can be fatal, so keep your eyes on the road.
ASSUME THE WORST
Never assume another driver has seen you or will react as you expect. Don't rely on someone else's reactions to keep you safe.
LOOK BEHIND & TO THE SIDE
Use mirrors regularly so you have a 360 degree understanding of what's going on around you. Always check your blind spots before pulling away.
MANAGE YOUR PERSONAL SPACE
If you keep space around your vehicle, you'll always have more time and room to deal with hazards. If space is tight, slow down.
Driver fatigue is a major factor in many crashes. On long journeys take at least a 15 minute break after every two hours at the wheel.
NO SUDDEN MOVEMENTS
If you've scanned all around and used that information to predict what might happen, you should never be surprised by another vehicle's movements.
LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES
Near misses happen to everybody. Afterwards, think how you could have avoided getting into that situation, even if you think it was the other driver's fault.