As any motorists will tell you developing bad driving habits is all too easy, but by consciously making a daily effort to drive with care and consideration, it is possible to significantly improve your on-road safety. Here are a few basics to keep in mind next time you turn on the ignition:
- Maintain a safe constant speed and avoid weaving in and out of lanes.
- Use the 2-3 second rule to maintain a safe following distance from the vehicle ahead of you. Increase this to 4-6 seconds when towing a trailer and or when driving;
- in bad weather conditions,
- at night
- on gravel
- Reduce your speed to suit the road, traffic and weather conditions you are driving in.
- Always have an escape route – space to manouver your vehicle should your immediate path of travel be unexpectedly blocked.
- Be aware of the position and proximity of other vehicles within your surroundings.
- Keep to the speed limit at all times, as driving too fast could compromise your ability to stop the car safely.
- Always drive defensively.
- Obey all the road rules including:
- stopping at red traffic lights,
- slowing down when approaching an amber traffic light,
- giving way to pedestrians, joggers and cyclists
- yielding correctly at all intersections (traffic circles and 4-say stops)
- coming to a complete stop at STOP signs
Remember that driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol could lead to accidents, injury or in extreme instances, fatalities.