Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Staying safe on the road is about more than just your driving

When a lot of drivers think about staying safe when they're out on the road, the first thing that comes to find is their driving. This is, of course, a very good thing. There are a lot of things on the road that you don't have control over, but your driving is certainly not one of them. If you make sure that you're driving as carefully as possible, then you're doing a great deal to make sure that you're safe when you're behind the wheel. Having said that, your driving isn't the only thing that can have an impact on the how safe you are. In fact, your vehicle itself can make a big difference in that regard. With that in mind, here are a few things other than your own driving that you should pay attention to in order to make sure that you're always safe when you're on the road.

Visibility

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Even if you're the most careful driver on the planet, that's not going to make the slightest bit of difference if you can't see in front of your face while you're behind the wheel. There are a lot of different things that might impact your ability to see when you're driving and you need to be ready to deal with all of them. One of the most obvious is, of course, the sun. Make sure that you've got a pair of sunglasses in the car at all times so that you're not blinded by the sun's glare. You also need to make sure that your windscreen is in good condition. There's nothing worse than ending up with a crack in your windscreen when you're halfway to your destination. Windscreen chip repair is generally far more convenient and affordable than getting the entire thing replaced. So you should always make sure that you get it dealt with as quickly as possible.

Your tyres

Your tyres can often be an incredibly significant factor in making sure that your car is safe when you're driving. However, the issue is that it's often very difficult for the average driver to notice when their tyres have started to become unsafe. On test is to use a 20p coin and insert it into the tread of your tyre. If the outer band of the coin is covered up, then your tyres are above the legal limit, and if it is below, then they likely need to be replaced.
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Other people

Let's face it; there are few more significant dangers when you're out on the road than other people. Even if you're the safest driver in the world, there will always be people out there who are more than willing to put themselves and other people at risk. The best way to avoid these kinds of drivers is to adopt a "defensive" style of driving. Defensive driving is all about being as aware of your environment as possible and being able to predict hazards that might come along. There are plenty of places where you can learn defensive driving, and it can make you and any passengers far safer.


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