Tip #44 Steering Technique

Do you remember learning the recommended ‘push-pull’ steering technique and how difficult it was? It’s an unnatural method and most drivers end up merely ‘shuffling’ the wheel, which can be dangerous when there’s a need to steer quickly. Provided it’s done smoothly, there is nothing wrong with ‘rotational’ steering, where your hands cross. In matters of steering technique, […]

Tip #43 The Ultimate Goal

Over the years I’ve been privileged to own and drive some of the world’s greatest cars, from Porsche 911s to Ferraris and the McLaren F1, as well as a variety of everyday family transport. No two cars are the same. Each has its own characteristics and demands a different driving style. Developing your skills and behaviour to […]

Tip #42 Attitude is King

Greater skill and safety are the main motivations for drivers to better their abilities behind the wheel, with the added benefits of reduced motoring costs and stress. If you wish to improve, you should approach organisations such as the Institute of Advanced Motorists or RoSPA. Such groups follow the principles of Roadcraft, the police advanced driving manual, […]

Tip #41 Speed Into Hazards

One behaviour that compromises safety is speeding into hazards – even slightly too fast is too fast, especially if you have traffic following close behind. Having to brake late, suddenly or harshly in front of close-following traffic leads to rear-end shunts. It’s down to you to avoid this by leaving plenty of space to the vehicle ahead […]

Tip #40 Dashcam Commentary

Small, dashboard-mounted video cameras are increasingly popular. If fitted with a microphone, they can really help to assess and improve your driving. Observation and planning underpin advanced driving. By using the camera to record a running commentary on your drive, you can then replay the result and evaluate the relevance of your observations. Such feedback will help you […]

Tip #39 Look, Assess, Decide

When driving, do you continually look at the prevailing road conditions, assess what hazards are potential or actual threats and decide on a plan of action to maximise safety? All this is your responsibility as a motorist. The earlier you scan for hazards, the sooner you can assess how predictable they are, the more informed your decisions […]

Tip #38 Self-Analysis

The best way to improve your driving is to be aware of your own actions and take full responsibility for them. At all times take the defensive option rather than the offensive one – don’t let your emotions overrule common sense. After each drive, ask yourself how your behaviour affected other road users and how you could have […]

Tip #37 Time & Space

In a moving vehicle, time and space are directly related, and drivers crash when they run out of one or the other. Situations differ, but it’s always up to you to create enough time to react and space to act. Gaps to other vehicles must be constantly reviewed, taking weather, road and traffic conditions into […]

Tip #36 Sign Language

Improve your hazard perception by keeping your eyes moving and using road signs and markings to assist planning. Many drivers ignore signs and are then caught out by ‘unforeseen’ dangers. The Highway Code is the definitive guide to road signs, so it pays regularly to refresh your knowledge of it. However, few drivers ever do this, and cannot […]

Tip #35 Understeer & Oversteer

You may have heard of understeer and oversteer but do you know the difference? If you enter a corner too fast and the front wheels skid straight on, that’s understeer. To correct it, release the throttle and don’t apply any more steering angle. Oversteer is a rear-wheel skid and more challenging. You should steer in the direction the […]

Tip #34 Space & Separation

Why are drivers constantly using their brakes? Simply, they drive too close to the vehicle in front. By opening up a safer following distance, they’d use the brakes about 50 per cent less. Allowing a greater distance to the vehicle ahead gives you more space and time in which to think and react, reducing the need for […]

Tip #33 Low Speed Discipline

Do you exceed 20mph speed limits and think it’s ok? If the answer is yes, then your driving discipline needs reassessing. Authorities impose 20mph limits for the safety of pedestrians, especially children. If you hit a child at 20mph, they will probably survive. At 40mph, they probably won’t. More than 75 per cent of all accidents […]