Tip #55 Anti-Lock Brakes

Anti-lock brakes (ABS) are one of the finest driver safety aids – but only if you know how to use the system and understand what it actually does. ABS prevents the wheels from locking up, ensuring drivers have full directional control, so they can steer to safety around a potential obstacle in the road. And ABS has little advantage when […]

Tip #54 Traffic Signs

Do you know the basic language of traffic signs? What shape are warning signs? What about those that give orders? And what do all the different colours mean? If you don’t know the answers to these simple questions, you’d fail the driving theory test and be judged incompetent to drive. Take time to refresh your knowledge. Signs […]

Tip #53 Three Questions

It’s not always necessary to take advanced driver training to improve your skills. The easiest and best way to enhance your ability behind the wheel is to control your emotions and take responsibility for your actions. Every time you drive, follow it up with some self-analysis. Start with three questions. What stood out on your drive? How did […]

Tip #52 Speed & Self-Discipline

Self-discipline is a rare commodity but it’s essential if you want to protect your licence and avoid accidents. Drivers find it particularly hard to stay within speed limits of 20mph and 30mph in built-up areas, yet this is where more than 75 per cent of all traffic accidents occur. Pedestrians are among the most vulnerable road users […]

Tip #51 Pedestrian Safety

Many drivers enjoy helping other road users and feel a virtuous sense of well-being when they do so. However, a polite gesture could have catastrophic consequences. If a pedestrian is waiting at a crossing or junction, never wave them across or otherwise suggest it is safe to proceed, as you may be partly responsible if they are […]

Tip #50 Smooth is Safe

You might be familiar with terms such as moving mass, inertia and weight transfer. These powerful physical forces on a vehicle are greatly affected by the way you drive, especially if you brake, steer or accelerate aggressively. The smoother and more progressive your inputs to the controls, the safer you will be, as this maximises stability. It […]

Tip #49 Audible Warnings

When is it right to sound your horn? Are you aware of the potential for provocation and retaliation? How can you reduce the possibility of a bad reaction? The horn offers an audible warning of your presence, but few think of it that way and many use it as a rebuke. Nobody likes to have a horn […]

Tip #48 Mirrors

You should use your mirrors before indicating, changing direction or speed, and when joining a new road. Maximising your rearward vision is crucial when making decisions that could affect following traffic. You should also check your mirrors every few seconds to ensure you know what is happening all around you, particularly behind and especially when braking, to avoid […]

Managing Grey Fleet Risk: The Driving Doctor® Can Help

The recent thought-provoking and practical article from TomTom Telematics ‘eight top tips to managing grey fleet risk‘ is a timely reminder to all those within the industry. Not only do those employers with a grey fleet have a a duty of care to their drivers, regardless of vehicle ownership, the financial benefits from grey fleet management is […]

Tip #47 Self-Evaluation

Do you use self-evaluation to assess your driving? This is one of the best ways to improve your skills, as being critical of your own performance enables you to tackle poor attitudes and behaviour. The only way to improve is to accept responsibility for your deficiencies. You can only change yourself, so look at your own driving, […]

Tip #46 Road Positioning

Taking an advantageous position on the road can be extremely useful, enhancing long-range observation and improving safety margins when approaching hazards, as when following another vehicle or passing other road users. When safe to do so, adjust your position to see farther ahead, for example when cornering or overtaking. Where space is tight, slow down. Use positioning to […]

Tip #45 Risk Awareness

Driving can be dangerous but constant vigilance and risk awareness can help keep you safe. Remain alert to dangers by looking all around you – make a habit of checking your mirrors with every change of speed or direction and don’t ignore apparently ‘static’ hazards. Check whether parked or stationary cars on or near the road are […]