Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Defensive Driving - A Few Thoughts For Learner Drivers

As a learner driver there is a very good chance that you've come across the term "defensive driving."

For those who aren't in the know defensive driving is a technique to help you avoid accidents whilst on the road, as well as reduce the risk of claiming on your learner driver insurance policy.

Unfortunately, as drivers, we are faced with aggressive motorists almost every day and it is this type of driver that you need to defend yourself from. 

But the real question is how? How do you deal with that motorist who tailgates you or the driver weaving in and out of busy traffic cutting other road users and causing general annoyance and chaos?

Here's a few tips:

Be aware of other road users
It's really important to be aware of what other road users are doing around you. By being more aware of others you are less likely to be caught off guard should someone cut in front or try to overtake you, for example. This in turn helps to reduce the likelihood of an accident - as you are more aware and ready for what other road users may do.

Focus on your driving
By staying focused when driving you are reducing the likelihood of an accident. By being aware of other cars around you, checking your mirrors regularly and watching for any changes on the road ahead you can help to minimise the likelihood of an accident.

When you go out on the road set your phone to silent, avoid eating on the move and generally try to minimise distractions. By doing this you can stay focused on what's important - the drive.

Stay alert
It's important to stay as alert as possible at the wheel - drowsiness whilst driving is one of the leading causes of road accidents. By having a good night’s rest and that cup of coffee before getting behind the wheel could make a huge difference.

Finally - Safety Comes First
When you're driving you need to think "safety first" - so avoid aggressive, inattentive driving. Not only does this annoy and upset other road users it increases the likelihood of an accident. By being alert, aware, focused and considerate you are not only protecting yourself - you are protecting others.