Posted on: 28/12/2014
A new year means a new start. And what better time to reflect upon your driving habits and what you need to change. Below, you can find a list of common resolutions that you should be making on Wednesday night:
Put down the electronic devices
This should seem like common sense but mobile phone use can cause serious car crashes. It’s illegal to ride a motorcycle or drive using hand-held phones or similar devices. The rules are the same if you’re stopped at traffic lights or queuing in traffic. It’s also illegal to use a hand-held phone or similar device when supervising a learner driver or rider.
Use your indicator
This simple change in your driving habits could help keep you out of potential incidents next year. Hopefully you already use your signal to indicate an upcoming turn but do you often forget to use it when changing lanes? Whether you call it signalling, using the indicators, turning on the blinkers, or something else, letting other road users know what you’re doing is more than just a matter of good manners; it’s an essential part of road safety.
Leave enough room
Tailgating is one of the most dangerous bad driving techniques you can develop. Make sure you can see the rear wheels of the car in front of you touching the ground. If you can see the wheels touch the ground, then there is enough room for you to safely maneuver around that car in the case of an emergency. Their car may stall, a danger may approach from behind, or you may need to get out of the way of an emergency vehicle.
Don't eat and drive
Eating while driving is another textbook bad driving habit and one that can be avoided.
Check your wheels
This is one that most of us probably forget to do but regularly checking your tire pressure is an easy way to avoid a blowout.
Make sure everyone is buckled up
Many of today’s cars will alert you and your front-seat passenger if your seat-belts are not buckled, but what about those riding in back? It’s a simple step that could very well save the lives of everyone in your car should a crash happen.
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