My Safe Journey Guide to low-risk road habits
Today’s fast-paced lifestyles and busy schedules mean we all need to get from A to B much quicker than ever before.
Whether it’s to drop the kids off at school, to reach a client meeting in time or to beat the evening rush hour, we’re all pretty impatient on the roads but that doesn’t mean safety should come second best.
Road traffic accidents are still a major issue and it’s time we all did something about our bad driving habits.
Thankfully, there are companies like Slater & Gordon Solicitors out there to help out if the worst does come to worst but as the saying goes, prevention is always the best form of precaution.
So with that in mind, here are some useful pieces of advice to get your road safety in gear:
- This one might make you roll your eyes right up to the sky but in a blog post about road safety, I’ve got to tell you to always wear your seatbelt. As the driver, it’s also your responsibility to ensure everybody else in the vehicle is wearing one too so make sure your passengers buckle up.
- Make some time to brush up on the Highway Code. It might be a bit of a snoozefest but these things are always changing so you never know when you might be breaking the rules. Grab yourself an updated copy and get stuck in with a cuppa.
- Another top tip of mine is to regularly monitor the condition of your tyres. Conduct thorough checks on a monthly basis (at least) to ensure that they have enough air (in line with what your vehicle manual requires), enough tread and no lumps, bumps or punctures that might result in unnecessary accidents.
- While you’re at it give your lights a once over to make sure they’re all working. This isn’t just a must-do safety precaution, it’s also mandatory by law so save yourself a slap on the risk and keep road safety in check.
- Another one that might make you exhale a sigh of frustration but one that just has to be mentioned is the importance of adjusting your speed. I’m not just talking sticking to the speed limits (duh!) – I mean, don’t see that number in the big red circle as a target to hit. Even if the sign is telling you that you can go 40 for example, rethink how sensible that would really be if:
- The weather is rainy, icy, foggy or windy,
- The road conditions are poor e.g. loose surfaces or potholes,
- You need to be responsive to the behaviour of other drivers around you.
Incorporate these handy hints into your driving adventures and you can be safe in the knowledge you’ve done pretty much everything you can to keep you and your passengers safe.
This is a collaborative post.