Trusty Tips for Safe Driving
You may think you know how to drive safely, you did pass your driving test after all! However, you may have picked up some habits which can put yourself, and others, at risk. Take a look at our trusty tips in order to stay safe on the road.
Always Wear Your Seatbelt
No matter how short your journey is, you should always wear your seatbelt. It only takes a second for an accident to happen so, even if you’re just driving down the road, you should make sure you’re buckled up.
According to a ‘Think!’ campaign, you’re twice as likely to die in a car crash if you don’t wear a seatbelt. Be sure to always wear it, not only will you protect yourself from getting injured or worse killed, you’ll also avoid facing a possible fine of £500.
Never be a Middle Lane Driver
Middle lane hogging is not safe. You should only use this lane to overtake vehicles so, if you’re not overtaking, you should stick to the left-hand lane. If you are caught sitting in the middle lane then you may be fined on the spot and given driving points.
By hogging the middle lane you’re going against the Highway Code and causing unnecessary congestion, which could result in an accident. So, no matter how tempting it is to stay in the middle lane, keep to the left!
Don’t Use Your Phone
You might be tempted to ‘quickly’ text someone back but, as soon as you take your eyes off the road, you’ll be distracted and could end up having a crash. The text can wait. It’s illegal to use your phone when driving; you can get points on your license as well as a fine of £100.
Using a mobile phone in any way, whether it’s to check directions on a map or read a message when stuck in traffic, is dangerous so it’s best to keep your phone out of sight to avoid distraction and temptation to use it.
Stop for a Bite to Eat
You may think you’re good at multi-tasking, but no matter how good you are, you should never do it whilst driving. Instead of trying to drive and eat, stop at a service station when you get hungry. Or, if you haven’t got time to stop, be a bit more prepared and have something to eat before you set off!
You’re twice as likely to be in an accident if you consume food whilst driving as you can easily lose concentration. So, if you’re feeling peckish, take a break.
Don’t Drive When You’re Tired
You’re bound to feel tired on a long journey so plan to have a 15 minute break every 2 hours to ensure you don’t fall asleep at the wheel. If you do happen to feel tired pull over in a rest zone, or somewhere safe, for a break.
Now you know our trusty trips that are certain to make your journey safer. If you’re due to drive on the other side of the road any time soon, be sure to take a look at our post on tips for driving safely on the right side of the road here.