When you’ve been driving for a while, it’s easy to get complacent. You know you can control your vehicle, you’ve never had a crash, and you have your wits about you. However you may well have just got lucky, and there are a few things on the road which set apart good drivers and great ones. If you want to ensure you’re staying safe and driving as well as you possibly can, here are a few things to bear in mind. These are some of the simple things that great drivers do when they’re on the roads!
They Don’t Allow Distractions
It can be tempting to do other things while you’re driving. Maybe it’s mess with the radio, have a snack or fiddle with the sat nav. However doing these things can cause all kinds of issues, all it takes is for your eyes to leave the road for a few seconds. This truck driver managed to kill four people by going into the back of their car. Why? He’s picked up his phone to change a song; any truck accident lawyer will tell you similar stories. Whatever it is you’re trying to do while you’re driving, it’s not worth it. Pull over to the side of the road, and then continue with your journey when you’re ready.
They’re Aware of Other’s Driving
You might be the best driver in the world. You could do everything right, and know exactly what you’re doing. However, not everyone on the road is going to be. Nervous new drivers, people with bad habits and those making outright dangerous decisions can all cause a problem. A great driver will anticipate and respond correctly, and by doing this, you prevent all kinds of accidents.
They Don’t Drive Aggressively
People on the road can be rude, there’s no doubt about that. Motorists are happy to do what they can to get where they want to be, regardless of other people. And so as a driver it’s easy to get defensive, and even aggressive. But all this achieves is a likelihood of an accident. Instead of trying to block or prevent cars from nipping queues or overtaking, you’re far better to take a deep breath and let it go. It will stop them from forcing their way and possibly causing an accident. Learn to keep your cool, do what you can to prevent anyone getting hurt even if it means allowing someone to do something you don’t agree with.
They Respect Motorbikes
Motorbikes and cyclists are some of the most vulnerable road users. Car crashes can be disastrous, but bikers being out in the open with no seat belt and no vehicle around them for protection. It’s important to be extra vigilant, and give them space. Give them a wide berth when overtaking, at traffic lights give them time and space to move off. Don’t just treat them like other cars, respect bikers and ensure you’re doing what you can to keep them safe.