Over the past years as a driver, I’ve learned that being in haste can be very dangerous. In fact, it’s when you should use your head most. You need to stay calm. This is one of the strongest reasons why I recommend driving schools. Access2Drive, a Long Island driving school does a great job in helping their students stay calm on the road.
So what’s have I learned?
In busy congested conditions or in built-up areas give yourself time. There’s no need to speed and you won’t get there any quicker.
In 2010, 40% of all road-traffic fatalities happened in built-up areas compared to only 6% on motorways. 75% of all traffic accidents happen in towns where there are generally more hazards per mile.
The risk of fatality in your car is dependent on collision speed – a rear end shunt on the motorway is unlikely to be serious if the collision speed is low, but hitting a child, a pedal cyclist or a motorcyclist even below the urban speed limit can be fatal for them.
Don’t treat speed limits as a target and ensure you are constantly taking road and traffic conditions into account.
Keeping your speed and distance means that hazards are more likely to dissolve ahead of you and you won’t fall foul of harsh acceleration and braking (which will also save your fuel too). Pay extra attention where there are junctions, traffic lights and pedestrian crossings. In particular, try to anticipate what pedestrians and cyclists might do. If pedestrians, particularly children, are looking the other way, they may step out into the road without seeing you.
Knowing that you have plenty of time to complete your journey will help you to relax and avoid the temptation to push your speed.
Look ahead and anticipate
Don’t just look at the vehicle in front and in your mirror to observe what is going on immediately around.
Anticipate what is happening ahead of you by looking at the furthest point along the road as well as observing the behaviors of your fellow road users.One of the main causes of accidents is the failure to
One of the main causes of accidents is the failure to recognize a hazardous situation. If a driver fails to see the possible danger, he or she cannot take steps to avoid it. The average driver reacts to an expected event in 0.7 of a second – and up to three times longer when the event is unexpected or the driver is distracted. This means that it can take up to 2.5 seconds for a driver to see what is happening and then decide on a reaction – all this and then the overall stopping distance of the vehicle needs to be taken into account.
Satnavs are fast becoming a major cause of driver distraction where the driver often blindly follows instructions rather than anticipating the road ahead.
What you see takes priority over what the satnav says. We’ve all heard the stories of people being stuck in narrow lanes, driving into rivers and directed into oncoming traffic. If the road looks wrong, don’t take it.