Being prepared for what may happen next when driving, is a key factor in keeping safe.
By planning ahead you can be prepared for what other road users around you might do next, and be ready to make adjustments to your driving plan if things change...... basically, the opposite to the blame culture that overwhelms many drivers around us!
Instead of moaning because 'that white van cut me up', think about how your driving could have been adapted to prevent the situation from happening in the first place.
Thinking drivers who are alert to the possibility of mistakes by others and are prepared to alter their driving plan are far less likely to be involved in a collision than the drivers who blindly blames others ....... let's face it, there's no such thing as an 100% perfect driver!
I'm sure one day in your driving past, you once made an error that someone else made safe!! A little bit of courtesy goes a long way eh? ... See MoreSee Less
Whizzing over towards Brands Hatch this morning to meet with an elderly lady, who is now driving her car with hand controls, to ensure she can remain independent despite her recent illness and mobility issues.
I really enjoy our chats and helping her develop new car control skills and the confidence to keep driving. ... See MoreSee Less
Overtaking may not be the most common cause of collisions on the road. but they are certainly among the most serious!!...... Better road signage, markings and design may well help, but changing the whole of our existing road system will be an endless task.
A good start point for a safe overtake would be asking ourselves a couple of questions...... Do I need to do this? Is now really the right time? When we think about the journey as a whole, rather than just the next stretch of road, driver frustration often reduces. Unless the journey is a massive emergency, there's rarely a NEED to overtake: overtaking the odd car here and there, you're unlikely to get to your destination more that a few minutes earlier.
Before starting an overtaking manoeuvre. there are many things to think about:
*Road markings and signs?
*Bends? Hills? Obstructions?
*Any junctions where others may emerge?
*Can you see well ahead for approaching traffic?
*How is the vehicle ahead being driven? Who is driving it?
*Can you give plenty of space?
*Do you have the ability to do this safely? ... See MoreSee Less