Tips on how to reduce risk whilst driving
Driving can be very dangerous business and it is vital that we ensure every measure is taken to stay safe on the roads. Allianz Your Cover (www.yourcoverinsurance.co.uk) provides you with 3 tips on how to reduce risk whilst driving:
1. All in working order…
Before you do anything, make sure your car insurance and breakdown cover are up to date. Have the numbers and membership information to hand in case of emergency. Then, make sure you regularly check:
- Battery levels, headlights and windscreen wipers to make sure all are in order.
- If it’s cold out, check your antifreeze and windscreen washer fluid levels are topped up. A 50-50 mix of water and antifreeze is recommended.
- Check your brakes, tyre pressure and tyre treads. These are all essential in keeping you safe on the road.
- Taking your car in for regular servicing will ensure any small problems that could get bigger are nipped in the bud.
2. Drive Sensibly…
Whether it is wet or dry, icy or sunny, the roads require very careful driving habits to stay safe.
- Slow down. According to a survey by Autocar magazine, almost 95% of UK motorists admit to speeding, yet speeding is the main cause of road accidents. So it stands to reason that observing the speed limit will decrease your chances of an accident.
- Avoid abrupt acceleration and breaking. Sudden changes in speed can cause skidding and loss of control, especially if it’s icy or wet. You can avoid aquaplaning by ensuring tyre treads are adequate (at least 3mm) and by driving in the tyres tracks left by the cars in front.
- Keep your distance. Two chevrons is the minimum recommended on motorways, and this is even greater in the wet and snow, so give plenty of room to the car in front, even at seemingly low speeds.
- Light up. With the shorter nights already upon us, it is wise to keep your lights on from mid-afternoon so that you have the best view of what lies ahead and so that others can see you coming.
3. Make yourself comfortable…
Don’t forget to take care of yourself, too, when you’re out on the road. Your wellbeing is crucial to maintaining the safety of your car, your passengers and yourself.
- Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water and keep your sugar levels up, especially if it’s a long drive.
- Take breaks regularly. If you’re driving more than 3 hours, a quick 10-15 min break for a coffee or tea will help keep your mind focused on driving.
- Wear comfortable clothes. If it’s hot - lightweight, loose fitting materials are advisable and sunglasses will keep you from getting blinded by the sun. If it’s cold, make sure you wrap up warm – which will save on battery by putting less strain on the heaters – and wear rubber shoes with a good grip. This should help you stay in better control of your accelerating and breaking and ultimately keep you safer on the roads.