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Essential safer driving tips

It’s easy to get into bad habits behind the wheel. Things we once knew like the back of our hands can slip from our minds over time. Fortunately, a few key reminders can refresh your knowledge and take the blinkers off.  

Daniel Hutson From the Motor team
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  • Even on a comfortingly grey British day, the sun can make a surprise appearance any time. If it’s winter and the sun is low in the sky, it can present a serious hazard, especially if the light is bouncing off standing water or snow. Always keep a suitable pair of sunglasses in the glove compartment.
  • You might not feel so inclined to throw on some driving gloves as you are to don your shades, but they can make a great difference to your grip.  
  • Remember to leave at least a two-second gap between you and the car in front? Keep it in mind again, allowing more time to react to the driver in front of you. Allow for a bigger space where you can, especially at high speed. This is easier to remember on a motorway, but is arguably even more important on rural road. According to Brake, the road safety charity, more than half of fatal crashes in Britain occur on country roads. 
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  • Fatigue is such a basic thing to overlook – let’s face it, for most people with busy schedules being tired all the time is just a way of life. But it can seriously affect your judgement. Boring as it may be, remember to take breaks and stay well hydrated on long drives.
  • Keep up with your kit. You may be tempted to get rid of everything that’s rattling around in your car, but don’t forget there are a few things you should keep in there for when the weather turns. A first-aid kit, de-icer, jump leads… and some food and drink in case you’re stranded, although you might want to refresh those supplies from time to time.
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