Tip #9 Aquaplaning

This happens when a car’s tyres skim over a film of water, losing contact with the road. Although tyre design is a factor, aquaplaning is always caused by excessive speed for the conditions. A car’s contact points with the road are about the size of four small envelopes. Lose these, and you also lose steering […]

Tip #8 Night Driving

How fast should you drive at night and how do you judge if it’s safe or not? The key, as ever, is vision. Always match your speed to what you can see ahead of you. Simply put, the less you can see, the slower you should drive. Don’t take risks in the dark – and […]

Tip #7 Changing Lanes

Always make sure it’s safe to change lanes in fast-moving motorway traffic. Indicate your intentions early, for at least two seconds, before checking your mirrors again and making your move, adjusting your speed to suit the lane you are joining. This gives other drivers time to react and co-operate. Never forget to check the blind […]

Tip #6 Road Surfaces

The condition of the road you drive on, and how it changes with the addition of rainwater, oil, loose gravel or wet leaves, is often overlooked. Road engineers may improve safety by laying skid-resistant surfaces on corners and approaches to hazards where heavy braking occurs, such as traffic lights. However, it’s important to remember that […]

Tip #5 – New Drivers

New drivers are more likely to be involved in an accident during their first few months of driving unaccompanied, either due to lack of skill, limited experience or immature attitudes that can manifest themselves in risk-taking and thrill-seeking. To maintain control, drivers need to develop a sense of responsibility behind the wheel. Other areas to […]

Tip #4 – Mobile Phones

Mobiles are not dangerous but people who use them at the wheel certainly are. They make the decision to pick up the phone fully aware that it’s illegal and highly dangerous act with potentially fatal consequences for anybody in the vicinity. The conversation is a major distraction, and taking your eye of the road for […]

Tip #3 – See & Be Seen

When driving in low light conditions, common in winter but also at dawn and dusk and in bad weather throughout the year, the ‘see and be seen’ safety rule is essential. Some drivers think they’ll drain their battery by using their lights, so drive without them for as long as possible. Yet if other road […]

Tip #2 – Mind Control

There are three core components of driving: skill, knowledge  and attitude. Skill may be developed with advanced driver training. Knowledge depends on experience, which may be less than drivers suppose; routine journeys rarely present entirely new challenges. But what about attitude? Attitude cannot be taught, yet it controls everything. Safety is a mindset. Evaluate and […]

Tip #1 – Frosty & Icy Roads

Frosty mornings can leave roads in a hazardous condition, and such dangers may be misjudged or underestimated as surfaces and grip can vary greatly. Take particular care where the road is shaded by trees or buildings, as these may be the last areas to thaw. Be careful on hills, too. Descending an icy gradient at […]