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Whether you have only just passed your driving test, or you are an experienced driver with many years of experience, driving is probably the most dangerous activity you do on a daily basis. Road traffic accidents costs the Australian government around $27 billion each year, but the human cost far exceeds this. It is estimated that around 1.3 million people around the world die on the road each and every year, but that 5 million lives could be saved by the year 2020 with effective action and sensible precautions.
Every time you get behind the wheel of a car, not only should you be aware of what’s happening on the road in front of you, but you must also be constantly aware of surrounding traffic, scanning for people who may be driving erratically or vulnerable people like pedestrians and cyclists. It only takes a moment of lapsed concentration for an accident to happen, but is something you would have to live with for the rest of your life.
Here are 3 easy steps to help you become and better and safer driver:
Take the correct precautions
The first step to safe and sensible driving is to take out the correct insurance cover before you even step into the vehicle. Settling for the minimum legal cover may save you a few dollars each year, but consider what you would do if the very worst were to happen and you were involved in a serious accident that was deemed to be your fault. Do you have enough savings to cover the additional repair costs and medical expenses for both you and the injured party?
Online car comparison sites like Captain Compare allow you to quickly check the cost of cover on a huge range of different car insurance policies and products at the click of a button.
Driving can be a stressful activity, particularly if you are running late, have kids fighting in the back of the car or seem to be stuck in a never-ending line of traffic. However simple this advice may sound, you MUST do everything you can to keep calm and mitigate the risk of having some kind of road rage episode. Not only does this put you at much greater risk of having an accident, you could find yourself in serious trouble if you act aggressively or threaten other road users.
If you find yourself the victim of road rage by another driver, try to keep calm and diffuse the situation by whatever means necessary. Do not open the door to confront the driver, simply move away as quickly as possible and report them to the police.
Remember the Two Second Rule
Did you know that almost 30% of crashes are rear-end bumps? Make sure you watch your distance!
Always keep in mind the two second rule to maintain a safe distance between your vehicle and the car in front. As the car in front passes in front of a stationary object (like a tree or lamp post) count slowly to two – if the front of your vehicle reaches the object before you have finished then you’re too close! This is especially important when it’s raining. Stopping distance is doubled when the roads are wet and increased by ten times if they are icy.