These two definitely do not mix. I have never met anybody who admitted that their drivng was worse after drinking alcohol, although I have seen the attempts of some drunk drivers, which all too often end in tragedy.
DON’T DRINK & DRIVE!
If you have a drink, wait at least 12 hours before driving. Keep yourself safe and your friends & family happy.
Your concentration falls away quickly when you are tired. This affects your decision making and reaction speed.
If you feel tired whilst driving, open a window for fresh air, and stop for a rest at the earliest opportunity.
REMEMBER! Many accidents are caused by drivers falling asleep at the wheel.
When driving, avoid over revving the engine. This will not only save the Planet, but also save you money by delaying your next visit to the petrol station.
Remember! If the engine is screaming, it will soon result in you being mugged by the petrol station.
To drive safely you need to be able to concentate fully on your driving. Always turn your mobile phone off, and resist the temptation to destroy your stereo speakers with max volume on your in car entertainment system.
Keep safe – Be happy.
When approaching a restricted gap (ie parked vehicles) remember to give a 1 metre clearance on both sides of your car.
If you can’t leave a 1 metre gap, then slow down and be prepared to stop.
REMEMBER! LESS GAP = LESS SPEED.
Whenever you get into a car, prior to moving off, you must carry out your cockpit drill. This involves checking your handbrake is on, gearstick is in neutral, all doors are shut correctly, adjusting your seat, seatbelt, steering wheel height, and finally your mirrors.
This is to ensure that you are comfortable, can reach all the controls with ease and have good all round vision.
Remember: If you FAIL TO PREPARE, then you should PREPARE TO FAIL.
Anticipation is a crucial part of driving.
With good anticipation you can avoid getting into potentially dangerous situations, because you can adjust your driving to compensate for another drivers actions which you have anticipated.
An example is………… why is the oncoming car close to the centre of the road, yet not indicating right. The chances are he has forgotten to signal, or there is a fault on his indicators. You anticipate that he may turn across you and you adjust your speed accordingly.
When the car sweeps across the road in front of you, it doesn’t catch you unawares and once more you have kept yourself, and others, safe.
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When signalling make sure you give your signal clearly and in good time.
Signals are given to Warn or Inform, but not to confuse other road users.
Always make sure you check your mirrors before any change in speed or direction, (ie – before any manouevre, lane change etc.). It is important to know what is happening all around you, so that you are aware of how what you are about to do will affect other road users.
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