Five Ways You Can Become A Better Driver

No matter how experienced a driver is, there’s always room for improvement. Here’s a few ways we can all become better drivers…

Obey the Speed Limit

The speed limit exists for a reason. It’s a recognition that road infrastructure can pose a hazard when the vehicles travelling on it exceed a certain speed. Not only to the person driving, but other road-users as well. To be a good driver, obeying the speed limit is the absolute starting point; no matter how rushed or impatient we may become.

Be Courteous to other Road-Users

Our road network is one of the safest in the world, but it can still be an intimidating place. We all benefit by being courteous whilst behind the wheel. When it’s safe to do so, let people join your lane or join moving traffic. Give other road-users plenty of space, too, especially if they’re vulnerable (such as cyclists or pedestrians).

Avoid Escalating the Situation

There are always going to be aggressive and irresponsible drivers. It’s a fact of the life. What matters is how we respond to them. Escalating the situation, by speeding, tailgating or gesticulating will serves as a distraction. More importantly, it can quickly worsen an otherwise inconsequential series of events. Don’t take the actions of bad drivers personally, and ignore them when possible.

Communicate Effectively 

Road safety requires good communication between road-users. The most obvious form of communication is indication. Make your intentions known, and in good time, when you intend to change lanes or make a manoeuvre. Adjust your speed to an appropriate level, too.

Avoid Distractions 

Driving is, essentially, a question of moving around in a large chunk of metal at high speeds. It’s serious stuff, then, and requires your full attention. Negligence can lead to serious injuries or worse. So, focus entirely on the road ahead of you and avoid distractions. Switch off your phone or put it somewhere you can’t reach it. Avoid eating at the wheel and try to avoid letting passengers detract from your focus.

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