A DRIVING instructor gave her top five tips that no driver should ever forget.
Given the variety of UK roads, it’s important not to become complacent while driving, even after twenty years behind the wheel.
To ensure best practice and safe driving at all times, Seb Goldin, CEO of RED Driving shared his five golden rules.
Always give yourself more time
Whether you’ve been making your journey every day for the past ten years or this is your first time going in that direction, consider the time it takes to get there and leave scope for the unplanned. .
This means you’re less likely to encounter any surprises along the way that rush you, removing potential stressors from the journey.
Remember the street light rules
While it may be tempting to go faster, if there are street lights and no signs to the contrary, the default speed limit is always 30mph.
There are also an increasing number of 20mph zones. In contrast, when there are no street lights, the speed limit for cars and motorbikes is usually 60 mph for one-way roads and 70 km/h for two-way roads.
Who knew that street lighting had a hidden meaning!
Check weather conditions
Different weather conditions pose very different risks to road users, but a little preparation can go a very long way.
Get ready for winter cruise 15 minutes in advance; Make sure your engine is warm and de-icing in cold weather.
In winter, the amount of dirt and spray from larger vehicles can make visibility difficult, so a full can of screen cleaner can be a lifesaver.
Also clean the headlights, taillights and reflectors – these get dirty when salty fumes come out from the roadway and can reduce your visibility and be seen.
Remember to monitor oil levels and tire pressure, making sure your car is in top condition before you head out. And don’t forget to clean your license plate too or risk a £1,000 fine.
Always focus on the road ahead
Distracted driving is extremely dangerous – even if you think you’re a pro behind the wheel. Focusing on anything other than the road ahead increases the reaction time a driver needs to put their foot on the brake – the time when you’re sometimes out of danger while driving if something unexpected happens. out.
Drive in a safe bubble
Keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front.
This gives better visibility and will give you time to safely respond in any case. Practice the rule of two second: only a fool can avoid the rule of two.
When the vehicle ahead of you passes a road sign, say this to yourself.
This little saying takes two seconds to say, and you should have finished it by the time your car passed the sign.
This is for dry, well-ventilated conditions. Remember that braking distance is greatly increased in wet and icy road conditions.
https://www.thesun.ie/motors/8285601/driving-instructor-tips-never-forget/ I’m a driving instructor and here are five tips you should never forget