You’re biggest risk of having a bad accident is within the first two years of you passing your driving test. Follow these hints and you can reduce this risk.
- After passing your test it will be strange to find an empty front passenger seat. The first time you drive take someone with you for support. Think seriously about displaying a `P’ plate.
- When you do have to drive completely alone, begin on roads that you know but remember to keep a road atlas in the car in case you get lost.
- When you get your confidence, drive like you own the car, not the road!
- You’ve learnt to drive and passed your test by sticking to the rules. Stay this way and you’ll stay alive ! So will your passengers and others on the road.
- Your quick reactions won’t always stop you having an accident. Spotting and responding to problems ahead in plenty of time will.
- Drive in a way that suits your ability and the traffic conditions. It doesn’t impress anybody if you drive fast in the wrong places and you could end up in a lot of trouble.
- Have plenty of sleep, especially before making a big journey and take plenty of rest breaks to restore your alertness. Listen to the radio for traffic reports and make sure you’ve enough fuel.
- Fiddling with the radio or a cassette when your driving can be distracting, so can playing your sound system so loud that you can’t hear the sirens of an emergency vehicle.
- Give your mates a lift, but remember you’re the driver so you’re in control. Don’t succumb to peer pressure. If they give you hassle, drop them off at a bus stop!
- Keep your eyes moving but don’t scare your passengers by turning your head away from the road ahead when talking to any of them!
- Take motorway tuition and seriously think about advanced driver training. Research shows that it makes better drivers.
- Driving a four wheel drive motor doesn’t suspend the laws of physics. You can still lose control if you ask too much of it.
- Don’t leave valuables in your car where they can be seen because this invites a break in.
- Keep space from aggressive drivers. Don’t get involved in trouble.
- Be seen. Whenever you need to turn your windscreen wipers on switch your lights as well.
- If you’re driving on a slippery or loose surface use the foot controls very gently.
- Taking drugs and driving, like drinking alcohol before driving is a definite `No’..
- Before driving abroad you need professional advice.
- Keep some tools in your car !
- If you’re driving alone, particularly if you’re a woman you should:
a. Plan your journey properly and let somebody know your route.
b. Carry a pen, paper, maps, first aid kit, torch, small change, warm clothing/blanket and a fire extinguisher.
c. Carry a mobile phone (only for emergencies).
d. Carry a personal attack alarm.
e. Be sure that your car is in good order and join a recovery organization
- If your vehicle breaks down, don’t panic. There are far more friendly people on the roads than those who would wish to harm you.
* If you can, pull up where there are houses, street lighting and a telephone.
* If you are somewhere remote you are at less risk if you stay inside your car. Use your mobile phone. If you have to walk take your personal attack alarm with you.
* If a stranger does offers assistance, note their car number, keep your doors locked, speak to them through a closed window and send them to get help.