Never take both hands off the wheel when the vehicle is moving.
Don’t just look into your mirrors; act safely and sensibly on what you see.
Always use your brake to show traffic behind you of the conditions ahead.
- Mirrors, signal manoeuvre.
- Traffic Signs and Hazards
- Look, assess, decide and act
- Awareness and Anticipation
- Always try to anticipate the actions of other road users.
A slight bend can feel like a very sharp corner to a driver who approaches it too fast leading to disastrous results so go slow around bends.
Your overall stopping distance is the only really safe gap and anything less in taking a risk.
If in doubt, don’t overtake. Overtaking often takes longer than you may think, especially if you are overtaking a large vehicle.
When using the right hand lane to go ahead or turn right, be aware of traffic in the lane to your left. Turning your vehicle around keep on the lookout for other road users, particularly
pedestrians about to cross behind you and vehicles approaching from any direction.
If you are following too close behind a large vehicle, the driver might not be able to see you in their mirrors. Rule of thumb; if you can’t see the vehicles mirrors, the driver can’t see you.
Motorcyclists and cyclists are harder to see than other vehicles and are exposed to bad weather, slippery roads and uneven surfaces. Look out for them especially at junctions.
Leave plenty of space between yourself and the vehicle ahead for controlled braking. Always check in your mirrors before you brake.
Pick a marker ahead of you such as a light post or sign. As soon as the front of your vehicle goes past your marker, say to yourself “only a fool breaks the two second rule”. If you get to your marker before you have finished saying the above then you are too close to the vehicle in front. Double or even treble this distance if the road is wet or icy.
If you happen to be in really thick fog and you can see the rear lights of a vehicle ahead, then you maybe too close to stop in an emergency.
Lock it or lose it. Do not leave anything on display in your car that could cause someone to break into it.
On the spot fines are imposed for most minor motoring offences. Make sure you know the regulations for each country you intend visiting and obey them.
Prevention is better and indeed cheaper than cure. Stick to the service schedules. If you notice any faults, consult your garage.
Remember, the perfect driver doesn’t exist so whatever stage you have reached as a driver, always aim for a higher standard.