Become a better driver with these 10 top tips
Better your driving skills and confidence on the road with these awesome driving hacks to driving safely
Every time you get behind the wheel of your car, you are operating a dangerous and big piece of machinery.
It’s easy for us to fall into bad habits after years of driving. We pick them up the more time we spend behind the wheel and the truth is, these can be dangerous to your safety and the safety of others on the road.
From using your phone while driving, listening to loud music, and not checking your blind spot - these are things so many of us are guilty of.
Of course, having vehicle insurance can help cover the costs of damage when things go wrong, but if your insurer finds out you were driving while texting, speeding or not wearing a seat belt at the time of the incident, then your claim will be rejected.
Because we actually want to pay your claims, we have put together this list of top tips to know and implement when it comes to driving. Pay attention, these could save your life (yes, seriously)...
Make sure your hands are in the right position
To give you the most control and stability you are supposed to keep your hands at either 9 and 3 or 8 and 4.
So if you picture your steering wheel as the face of a clock, then these numbers are the hours on the clock.
This position also helps your muscles in your arms to relax more, instantly making you a better driver with more control over your car.
Put that phone away!
We are all guilty of checking our phone while driving. But this bad habit leads to more car accidents than many of us know!
According to Arrive Alive, researchers have found that using your phone while driving (even listening to a phone call), can reduce your brain activity that is associated with driving by as much as 37%!
Rather leave phone calls and texts to when you are not driving. It’s as simple as that!
When you are speeding, then this is not only dangerous to your safety (and the safety of others), but it can result in higher damage costs if you get in an accident.
Hitting something when driving at 60 km/h will cause far less impact damage than hitting something when driving at 120km/h.
Not to mention the speeding fines!
Keep a safe following distance
You need to always keep a 2 to a 3-second gap between you and the car in front of you, and an even bigger gap if you are driving on a highway.
You can figure out how many seconds you are behind someone by finding a fixed object on the side of the road such as a tree or sign and start counting the moment the car in front of you passes it, it should take 3 seconds for you to pass the same object.
Keeping a safe following distance can save you from bumper bashings and help you to get out a bad hijacking situation if need be.
Use your lights in the rain and at dusk and dawn
When visibility is poor, then don’t forget to use your headlights!
Always check your water, oil and tyres
You need to make sure the tread of your tyres is not too worn, that your tyres are at the right pressure (check in your car manual for this) and that your oil and water are always topped up.
Always be aware and alert
You need to always pay attention to what is going on around you! This means that you should not drive when you are tired or even have a bad cold, you should stay clear of the roads.
Turn down the tunes
Listening to loud music can be a huge distraction and even decrease your ability to react to something unexpected on the roads.
So rather leave the music blasting for home (if that’s okay with your neighbours of course).
Don’t forget to put on your seatbelt
It is illegal to drive without a seatbelt. ILLEGAL! Wearing a seatbelt can quite literally save your life.
Don’t forget to check your blind spot and indicate
There are so many people on the roads who forget to check their blind spots, only to pull into another lane and sideswipe a car they didn’t even see!
Before changing lanes, check your blind spots by adjusting your car mirrors to fully cover these spots. The trick is to make sure your side mirrors are aligned just outside what your rearview mirror covers, and rely on your own vision to cover the areas in your peripheral vision. Have a look at this link to find out how to adjust your mirrors correctly.
And, always indicate!
Yours in uncomplicated car insurance,